India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

Image copyright Swati Vadlamudi Image caption A screenshot of the cartoon which was shared widely on social media An Indian journalist and cartoonist who has received online threats over a cartoon that refers to recent incidents of rape says she will not back down. Swati Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and […]

German mass raids target forced prostitution gang

Image copyright Reuters More than 100 people have been detained across Germany in raids against an organised crime gang involved in people trafficking and forced prostitution. Germans and Thais were among those held as police commandos targeted dozens of brothels and flats in 12 states. Women and transgender victims were smuggled in on fake visas, […]

Mike Pompeo, CIA chief, made secret trip to North Korea – reports

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Pompeo’s (left) mission reportedly was to prepare for the Trump-Kim summit CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over […]

Choi Eun-hee: South Korean actress who was kidnapped by North dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Choi was one of South Korea’s most famous actresses during the peak of her popularity A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 91. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped […]

Singer Jessie J wins Chinese equivalent of X-Factor

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India parents ‘paid to sabotage daughter’s rape trial’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last week there was fresh outrage after the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl near Kathua city in Indian-administered Kashmir. An Indian teenager who was kidnapped and gang raped last year has accused her parents of accepting money from her alleged assailants in return for pressing her […]

China’s first quarter growth beats expectations at 6.8%

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China’s economic growth remains “solid” but debt risks remain China’s economy grew at an annual pace of 6.8% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to official data, beating forecasts for the period. The growth figures for January to March were also above Beijing’s […]

South Korean actress kidnapped by North’s Kim Jong-il dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Choi was one of South Korea’s most famous actresses during the peak of her popularity A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 92. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped […]

Rugby Australia ‘accepts’ Folau’s explanation in anti-gay row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israel Folau says his faith is more important to him than his career Rugby Australia says it accepts star player Israel Folau’s statement that he did not mean to hurt people when he made an anti-gay comment. The Wallabies player was widely criticised earlier this month when he suggested […]

China’s economy grows 6.8% in first quarter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China wants to boost domestic consumption to drive growth China’s economy grew 6.8% between January to March from a year earlier, according to official figures. The growth rate was slightly higher than forecast for the period, and is unchanged from the previous quarter. The latest GDP figures are also […]