North Korea missile launch fails

North Korea missile launch fails

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At the weekend, the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development programme A North Korean missile launch has failed, South Korean defence officials say, but it is unclear how many were fired or what exactly was being tested. The US military said it detected a missile which appeared […]

Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism

Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Those in favour of military courts argue that they are important because the government cannot provide adequate security for judges in terror trials Pakistan’s lower house has passed a bill to reinstate secret military courts, despite criticism from human rights activists. Military courts were first set up as a […]

Fish oil does not benefit baby intelligence, study finds

Fish oil does not benefit baby intelligence, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The decade-long study involved more than 2,500 women Taking fish oil while pregnant does not improve the brain development of babies, new research has found. Fish oil has been marketed to women as a prenatal supplement. But a 10-year study of more than 2,500 pregnant women found it did […]

Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye questioned for 14 hours

Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye questioned for 14 hours

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Park Geun-hye’s supporters gathered outside her home in Seoul as she left for questioning Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is expected to be released by prosecutors after a 14-hour interrogation over a corruption scandal that brought her down. Ms Park denied all charges on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported, […]

Ayodhya dispute: India court urges Hindus and Muslims to talk

Ayodhya dispute: India court urges Hindus and Muslims to talk

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dispute reached a flashpoint in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed a mosque at the site which was built in 1528 India’s Supreme Court has advised Hindus and Muslim to settle a bitter dispute over a controversial religious site through negotiations. The court was responding to litigation seeking daily […]

Beauty and the Beast: Malaysia ‘to show uncut version’

Beauty and the Beast: Malaysia ‘to show uncut version’

Image copyright Disney Image caption Emma Watson stars as Belle in the live-action remake Beauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors’ demands for a gay scene to be removed. The blockbuster would be released on 30 March with a PG13 rating, Disney said. […]

Thailand coin-eating sea turtle ‘Piggy Bank’ dies

Thailand coin-eating sea turtle ‘Piggy Bank’ dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The turtle was operated on at a veterinary hospital in Bangkok A turtle in Thailand that had an operation to remove nearly 1,000 coins from her stomach two weeks ago has died from blood poisoning. The 25-year-old sea turtle fell into a coma after a second operation on Sunday, following […]

South Korea’s powerful Lotte family goes on trial

South Korea’s powerful Lotte family goes on trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The man at the centre of the tussle: Lotte Group founder and patriarch Shin Kyuk-ho Four members of the powerful family behind the $81bn (£66bn) Lotte Group business empire have gone on trial in Seoul this week. Monday’s session was a rare reunion of Lotte’s 94-year-old founder Shin Kyuk-ho and […]

Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye faces prosecutors

Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye faces prosecutors

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Park Geun-hye’s supporters gathered outside her home in Seoul as she left for questioning Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is being questioned by prosecutors over a corruption scandal that brought her down. After arriving at the office, she told reporters she was “sorry”. Ms Park resisted efforts to question […]

Guard asked youth inmates for oral sex, Australian inquiry hears

Guard asked youth inmates for oral sex, Australian inquiry hears

Image copyright ABC Image caption Conan Zamolo gives evidence at the royal commission A former guard at an Australian youth detention centre has admitted filming himself asking teenage inmates for oral sex. Conan Zamolo’s testimony came during a royal commission inquiry into youth detention in the Northern Territory. The commission was launched last year after […]