Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh The United Nations human rights council is to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar’s army against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Some 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last six months, and the UN has gathered […]

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Image caption The MP appeared to be unrepentant about the attack An MP who beat an airline employee repeatedly with a slipper has been banned on five major Indian airlines. Ravindra Gaikwad said he “hit him 25 times with my sandal” for “arrogance” after failing to get a business class seat on an Air India […]

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Chi Chia-wei (centre, wearing rainbow flag) brought on the case with a court petition A panel of judges at Taiwan’s top court has begun hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage. The case has been brought by a gay […]

Aurora Australis: Spectacular displays for first Southern Lights charter flight

Aurora Australis: Spectacular displays for first Southern Lights charter flight

Image copyright @iangriffin Image caption The cosmic light show was described as “spectacular” by Dr Ian Griffin Passengers on board what is thought to be the first charter flight to view the Southern Lights have been left awestruck by the display. The flight took off from Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday night, returning early on […]

Why Apple’s red iPhones are not ‘Red’ in China

Why Apple’s red iPhones are not ‘Red’ in China

Image caption Apple’s special-edition red iPhone 7 and 7plus launch in over 40 countries, including China, on Friday Apple’s latest iPhone might be red, but it’s not Red in China. The special-edition version of the iPhone 7 and 7plus goes on sale in more than 40 countries, but China has done it slightly differently. The […]

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

Image copyright AFP Image caption The struggle for Sangin is part of a wider battle for control in Helmand province The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say. Government forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin. A spokesman for Helmand’s […]

Japan school: Donation row grows for PM Shinzo Abe

Japan school: Donation row grows for PM Shinzo Abe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abe has denied giving money to the controversial school Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave money to a controversial nationalist school, its head told parliament, amid an escalating political scandal. Yasunori Kagoike said the donation had been passed to him by Mr Abe’s wife, in testimony that contradicted Mr […]

Air India files complaint as MP boasts of beating steward

Air India files complaint as MP boasts of beating steward

Image caption The MP appeared to be unrepentant about the attack An Indian MP beat an airline employee repeatedly with a slipper after being unable to get a business class seat on an Air India flight. Ravindra Gaikwad later told Indian reporters he had “hit him 25 times with my sandal” for “arrogance”. The MP […]

Afghan Taliban capture city of Sangin

Afghan Taliban capture city of Sangin

Image copyright AP Image caption Afghan forces have spent months trying to keep the Taliban at bay The Taliban have captured the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say. Afghan forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin. A spokesman for Helmand’s governor confirmed the […]

Sewol disaster ferry raised in South Korea after three years

Sewol disaster ferry raised in South Korea after three years

Image copyright Hankook Daily via Getty Images Image caption Raising the vessel was one of the key demands of the families of the victims A ferry has been raised from the sea bed, three years after it sank in one of South Korea’s deadliest disasters. The Sewol sank off the south-western island of Jindo on […]