Singapore uncovers ‘high-tech’ exam cheating plot

A Singaporean tutor has admitted to helping six Chinese students cheat in their 2016 exams in what prosecutors say was an elaborate plot. Tan Jia Yan took the exams as a private candidate and FaceTimed questions to accomplices who then rang students and read the answers to them. The students snuck in mobile phones and […]

India child gang rape trial begins in fast-track court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The trial began amid reports of another child being raped and murdered in the western state of Gujarat Eight men accused of the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir have pleaded not guilty in a specially convened fast-track court. The body of the victim, […]

Korean Air CEO’s daughter suspended ‘for throwing water’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cho Hyun-min denies throwing water, but admits to shoving someone in a meeting Korean Air has suspended its CEO’s younger daughter while police investigate reports she threw water at an advertising executive in a meeting. Cho Hyun-min, 36, a senior vice-president at the company, has apologised and called her behaviour […]

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar claim that Rohingya family was repatriated

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In Bangladesh, sprawling camps house a city-sized population of Rohingya refugees Bangladesh has rejected a claim by Myanmar that a family of five Rohingya refugees were “repatriated”, calling the claim “a farce”. Some 700,000 people from the Rohingya minority group have left Myanmar for Bangladesh, fleeing military violence. Myanmar hailed […]

China’s Sina Weibo backtracks from gay content ban after outrage

Image copyright Pu Chunmei Image caption Activist Pu Chunmei (left) was one of several Sina Weibo users who protested against the ban Chinese social media network Sina Weibo has backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry. Last Friday the microblogging platform said that posts related to homosexuality would be taken down. […]

Australia flesh-eating ulcer ‘epidemic’ a mystery, doctors say

Image copyright DANIEL O’BRIEN Image caption Victoria has seen a spike in recent cases of the Buruli ulcer Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a “worsening epidemic” in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have […]

Grave of the Fireflies: The haunting relevance of Studio Ghibli’s darkest film

Image copyright STUDIO GHIBLI Image caption ‘Why must fireflies die so young?’ Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli is renowned for light-hearted classics like My Neighbour Totoro but 30 years ago it released Grave of the Fireflies, a war anime with a powerful message that still reverberates. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka’s 1967 novel and directed by […]

Sydney bushfire deemed ‘highly suspicious’ as threat eases

Media captionHundreds of firefighters tackle the blaze in Sydney A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the city’s southern suburbs. Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to […]

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar says first refugee family returns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In neighbouring Bangladesh, sprawling camps house a city-sized population of refugees Myanmar says it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, despite a UN warning that it is not safe to return. Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled across the border to escape a brutal military campaign that […]

The Thai activist sending make-up to women in jail

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