North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits

Image copyright KCNA Image caption No more cigarettes: Has Kim given up, or is this a subtle change in his image? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have undergone a minor media makeover as he prepares for a series of meetings with former sworn enemies. He’s due to meet South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in […]

India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, has been on hunger strike since 13 April As India’s rape crisis continues, a hashtag has emerged expressing support for a hunger striker demanding tougher penalties for rapists. “#BetiKhatreMeinHai” which translates to “daughter in danger” is being used to […]

Bajau people ‘evolved bigger spleens’ for free-diving

Image copyright Melissa Ilardo Image caption The Bajau subsist by gathering shellfish on the sea floor In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows. The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor. Scientists […]

Banyan: Insecticide ‘drip’ to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Image caption The tree is spread across three acres A 700-year-old banyan tree in the southern Indian state of Telengana has been put on special “drips” filled with diluted pesticides, to ward off insects. The tree is spread across three acres and is reportedly the second largest of its kind in the world. Officials are […]

India video reunites man with family after 40 years

Image copyright Mumbai Police Image caption Khomdram Gambhir Singh (right) was found living rough in Mumbai An Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago has been reunited with his family after his brother recognised him in a YouTube video that went viral. Khomdram Gambhir Singh went missing from Manipur state aged 26 in 1978. His […]

#MeToo hits Japan as Junichi Fukuda quits over harassment claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A Japanese broadcaster says it will file a complaint against the finance ministry alleging a top official sexually harassed a female journalist. Junichi Fukuda resigned on Wednesday but denies the allegations. Japan’s socially conservative society has so far been slow to join the […]

Top Japanese official resigns over sexual harassment claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A top Japanese official resigned on Wednesday following allegations he sexually harassed female journalists. Junichi Fukuda denies the accusations reported in a magazine which says it has evidence against him. Separately, a local governor stepped down over allegations he paid women for relationships. […]

Philippines’ Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sister Patricia Fox, 71, says her activism is not politically motivated Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally authorised an investigation into an Australian nun who was detained earlier this week. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political […]

Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the nation’s largest lender Australia’s largest lender collected fees from customers it knew had died, a major inquiry has heard. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) told a public hearing that some of its financial planners had billed services to deceased clients. In one case, […]

Trump ‘will walk out’ if North Korea talks not fruitful

Media captionTrump on North Korea meeting US President Donald Trump says that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not fruitful he will “walk out”. At a joint news conference, he and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea over nuclear disarmament. Mr Abe is […]