US and China sign trade agreement

US and China sign trade agreement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US liquefied natural gas exports will benefit from a Chinese trade thaw The US and China have reached a 10-point trade deal that opens the Chinese market to US credit rating agencies and credit card companies. Under the deal, China will also lift its ban on US beef imports and […]

Pakistan bomb attack: Balochistan blast kills 25

Pakistan bomb attack: Balochistan blast kills 25

Image copyright AFP Image caption The explosion appeared to target the convoy of a senator, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri At least 25 people have been killed in an explosion in Pakistan’s Balochistan province which appears to have targeted a top lawmaker. The blast hit a convoy carrying Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the deputy chairman of Pakistan’s […]

Rent me: Stranger for hire

Middle-aged men, such as Tsutomu Ikeda, are hiring themselves out for friendship via a website in Japan. Whenever Ikeda isn’t running his two businesses, he is spending time with clients who rent him for £7 an hour. We follow him as he joins one client to sing karaoke and takes another out for dinner. Produced […]

Bahubali 2: South Indian epic film sees fans troll Bollywood

Bahubali 2: South Indian epic film sees fans troll Bollywood

Image copyright Spice PR An epic historical fantasy film with spectacular sets and dramatic scenes of war is enthralling India. Widely touted as India’s answer to Game of Thrones, the success of Bahubali 2 has also prompted south Indian film fans to troll Bollywood, writes Sudha G Tilak. There are thrilling royal hunts, roaring elephants, […]

Playboy model angers Maori with nude shoot on sacred mountain

Playboy model angers Maori with nude shoot on sacred mountain

Image copyright Instagram Image caption Jaylene Cook on top of Mount Taranaki For many people, constantly on the hunt for a striking image to post on Facebook or Instagram, reaching the top of a mountain overlooking the clouds might provide the perfect shot. And if you’re a Playboy model, with nearly 300,000 followers, why not […]

Why are India’s top judges doubting each others’ sanity?

Why are India’s top judges doubting each others’ sanity?

Image copyright Press Trust of India Image caption Justice CS Karnan is on a massive collision course with India’s top court The Indian judiciary is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis which has resulted in rival judges issuing court orders for each other to undergo mental health evaluations. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey unravels an […]

Kabul bomb attack targeting Nato convoy kills eight

Kabul bomb attack targeting Nato convoy kills eight

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The explosion hit a busy area in central Kabul A suicide attack on a convoy belonging to the Nato mission in Afghanistan has killed at least eight people in Kabul, officials say. The victims were all civilians, a government spokesman said. About 25 other people were injured, including three US […]

Albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia

Albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia

Image copyright AFP/BOSF Image caption Bornean orangutans are classified as “critically endangered” A rare albino orangutan is being cared for by an animal protection group in Indonesia after being rescued. The white-haired and blue-eyed female orangutan was being held captive in a remote village in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. It had […]

Thai fugitive Red Bull heir Vorayuth ‘in Singapore’

Thai fugitive Red Bull heir Vorayuth ‘in Singapore’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Vorayuth has repeatedly failed to turn up to face charges Thai police say the heir to the Red Bull empire Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, who is wanted in Thailand over the death of a police officer, has fled to Singapore. Authorities have said he left last Tuesday, days before a warrant […]

US anti-missile system ‘operational’ in South Korea

US anti-missile system ‘operational’ in South Korea

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Thaad system, seen here in a file photo, is designed to take out North Korean missiles The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is “operational” in South Korea. A spokesman said the system was now able to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the South. […]