India man walks 800 miles to ‘remind’ PM Modi of poll promise

Image caption Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from his home in Orissa state to capital Delhi An Indian man who walked 1,350km (838 miles) by foot to highlight an “unfulfilled promise” by the prime minister has resumed his trek after a brief stay in hospital. Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from the eastern […]

S Korea players swap shirts to fox rivals

South Korea will be playing in their ninth successive World Cup finals South Korea’s coach says he made his players wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse opponents who he says cannot tell them apart. Only Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and captain Ki Sung-yueng wore their usual shirts against Bolivia and Senegal earlier […]

Taliban rules out extension of Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefire

Media captionTears, hugs and selfies as Afghan troops and Taliban mark a truce for Eid A widely welcomed three-day ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. The Taliban said its militants had been ordered to take up arms again on Sunday night – now the Eid festival had ended. […]

Taliban rule out extension of Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefire

Media captionTears, hugs and selfies as Afghan troops and Taliban mark a truce for Eid The Afghan Taliban have rejected calls to extend a three-day ceasefire declared for the Muslim Eid festival. A spokesman said the truce would end on Sunday night and operations against the security forces would resume. Government officials urged the militants […]

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were due to meet political supporters A Cambodian prince and former prime minister has been injured and his wife killed in a head-on car collision in the south-west of the country. A taxi hit the vehicle Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, and […]

Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban

Media captionTears, hugs and selfies as Afghan troops and Taliban mark a truce for Eid Afghanistan has extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid festival period. President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to follow the government’s lead and enter peace talks. In extraordinary […]

Taliban and Afghan forces embrace in Eid ceasefire

Image copyright EPAs Image caption Taliban militants, soldiers and residents mingle in Kunduz In scenes that would have seemed impossible a few days ago, members of the Afghan Taliban have been embracing Afghan security forces amid a three-day ceasefire called to mark Eid. President Ashraf Ghani has extended the government’s ceasefire and called on the […]

Thai king takes control of some $30bn crown assets

Image copyright EPA Image caption Maha Vajiralongkorn became king in December 2016 Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been granted full, personal ownership of royal assets thought to be worth at least $30bn (£22bn). The Crown Property Bureau, which controlled the royal fortune on behalf of the monarchy, said it transferred ownership of the assets following […]

Trade tariffs: Chinese media in Trump ‘fools build walls’ jibe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soybeans are among US exports to be hit by Chinese retaliatory tariffs Chinese media have mocked US President Donald Trump over plans to impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods, saying “wise men build bridges but fools build walls”. Mr Trump announced the tariffs on Friday, accusing […]

Harvard University ‘discriminates against Asian-Americans’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harvard is one of the world’s most prestigious universities Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-American applicants, a non-profit group suing the flagship US academic institution has claimed. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) said Harvard preferred white, black and Hispanic applicants, some less qualified than Asian-American ones. It said Harvard […]