Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies

Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies

Media captionLiu Xiaobo: China’s most influential dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital due to a terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights […]

India court bans waste dumping in Ganges

India court bans waste dumping in Ganges

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Ganges is sacred to Hindus who worship it as “Mother”, but it has also become badly polluted India’s top environment court has banned the dumping of waste within 500 metres of a heavily polluted stretch of the Ganges river. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said the 500km (310-mile) stretch […]

Pakistan: Man arrested over death of boy tied to donkey

Pakistan: Man arrested over death of boy tied to donkey

Image copyright Mohammad Zubair Khan Image caption Mohammad Miskin (second R, flanked by policemen) denies the allegations against him Police in Pakistan have arrested a man accused of tying a young boy to a donkey which then dragged him to death. The incident happened in Lora village, 80km (50 miles) south of Abbottabad. Reports said […]

Afghan girl roboticists granted US entry

Afghan girl roboticists granted US entry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The girls were planning to participate via Skype if they were not allowed entry A group of Afghan school girls taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been granted entry to attend it after their initial visa applications were denied, US media said. US President Donald Trump […]

Visa denial for Afghan girl roboticists team overturned

Visa denial for Afghan girl roboticists team overturned

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The girls were planning to participate via Skype if they were not allowed entry A group of Afghan school girls taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been granted visas to attend it, after their initial applications were denied, US media said. US President Donald Trump urged […]

Hong Kong residents rally against downtown gentrification

Hong Kong residents rally against downtown gentrification

Image copyright Facebook/Central and Western Concern Group Image caption The buildings have a lot features unique to their era Conservation groups in Hong Kong are lobbying against a controversial plan to demolish a cluster of low-rise tenement buildings in the heart of the city. Town planners will be meeting on Friday to consider the proposal, […]

Australian man’s thumb surgically replaced by toe

Australian man’s thumb surgically replaced by toe

Image copyright South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Image caption Surgeons attached Zac Mitchell’s big toe to his hand An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position. Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western […]

Second arrest over Australian boy shot dead in bed

Second arrest over Australian boy shot dead in bed

Image copyright NSW Police Image caption Brayden Dillon, 15, died in his Sydney home A second person has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was shot in his bed in Australia. Brayden Dillon was asleep in his family’s Sydney home in April when a masked gunman allegedly broke in and shot […]

Pakistani corruption case hinges on a font

Pakistani corruption case hinges on a font

Image copyright Twitter/@rahimaxarsenal Doubt has been cast on a key document at the centre of a corruption inquiry in Pakistan because of the use of a particular typeface. And Twitter users are poking fun at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz using the hashtag #FontGate. The social media campaign is just the […]

Japan ‘black widow’ Chisako Kakehi retracts confession

Japan ‘black widow’ Chisako Kakehi retracts confession

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chisako Kakehi, now 70, was arrested in 2014 A Japanese pensioner has said she does not remember admitting to a Kyoto court that she had poisoned her fourth husband. Chisako Kakehi stands accused of killing three partners and attempting to murder a fourth. Prosecutors say Ms Kakehi targeted the men […]