Padmavat: Controversial film cleared by India’s top court

Padmavat: Controversial film cleared by India’s top court

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Supreme Court has cleared the release of the film The Supreme Court has cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat, and overturned the decision by four states to ban its screening. It has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh […]

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app

Image copyright DPRK Today Image caption The app allows North Korean mobile phone users to try out new looks A new mobile phone app developed in North Korea allows its users to experiment with new looks. While such photo manipulation apps are common around the world, it appears that Bomhyanggi 1.0 (Spring Scent) is the […]

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

Media captionSouth Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha: “We understand North Korea better than anybody” South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. “We have to make the most” of the opportunity, South Korean Foreign […]

Australia Day: Poll examines attitudes to controversial date

Australia Day: Poll examines attitudes to controversial date

Media captionAustralia Day: Why a celebration has become controversial Less than half of Australians know the historical origin of the country’s national day, according to a poll. Australia Day, on 26 January, has been the subject of debate in recent times over concerns it is offensive to indigenous Australians. The day commemorates the arrival of […]

Sunken tanker Sanchi: Four oil slicks seen, says China

Sunken tanker Sanchi: Four oil slicks seen, says China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The oil spill continues growing An oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank off China has spread into four separate slicks covering an area of 100 sq km (39 sq miles), say Chinese authorities. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tons of ultra-light crude oil when it collided with another […]

India rape and murder: Suspect in Haryana case found dead

India rape and murder: Suspect in Haryana case found dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case had triggered protests against Haryana’s chief minister Indian police say they have found the body of a teenage boy who was the main suspect in a rape and murder case in the northern state of Haryana. The extent of the 15-year-old victim’s injuries had led many to draw […]

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

Image copyright AFP Image caption The “reunited” flag symbolises aspirations in both the North and South to end the nearly seven decades of division North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. They also agreed to field a joint women’s […]

Jallikattu: Five gored to death India bull-taming event

Jallikattu: Five gored to death India bull-taming event

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists say the sport puts the players and the animals at risk At least five men in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have been gored to death while watching a bull-taming contest known as Jallikattu. The men were spectators at events held since Sunday. The controversial sport […]

Myanmar police kill seven Buddhist protesters in Rakhine

Myanmar police kill seven Buddhist protesters in Rakhine

Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities have stepped up police presence following the unrest Police in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state have opened fire on Buddhist protesters, killing at least seven. The violence occurred after more than 4,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists gathered in Mrauk U on Tuesday to protest at a ban on the annual commemoration […]

Japan warns over North Korean ‘charm offensive’

Japan warns over North Korean ‘charm offensive’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea has recently moved towards talks with its Southern counterpart Japan has told an international meeting on North Korea that the world should not be blinded by Pyongyang’s recent “charm offensive”. Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s comments in Canada come as North and South Korea discuss Pyongyang’s plans to […]