Activists ‘held for Liu Xiaobo memorial’

Activists ‘held for Liu Xiaobo memorial’

Image copyright Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group Image caption The activists held a seaside memorial for the late dissident last week At least four men have been detained by Chinese police after publicly commemorating the death of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, an activist says. The seaside memorial, which took place on 19 July, […]

Heinz in court over ‘healthy’ toddlers’ snack Shredz

Heinz in court over ‘healthy’ toddlers’ snack Shredz

Image copyright ACCC Image caption The Shredz packaging said the bars were “99% fruit and veg” – but a nutritionist said they were loaded with natural sugars Heinz has been taken to court in Australia after a watchdog said it falsely marketed a children’s food as healthy. The lawsuit concerns Shredz, a snack made from […]

Justin Bieber cancels remaining Purpose World Tour dates

Justin Bieber cancels remaining Purpose World Tour dates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bieber had been expected to play another 14 dates in Asia and North America Justin Bieber has cancelled the rest of his Purpose World Tour because of “unforeseen circumstances”, his publicist has said. The move will affect 14 dates in Asia and North America over the next three months. […]

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Media captionThe blast is one of many to have struck Kabul this year. Video: Ahmad Shuja A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people, officials have told the BBC. At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could […]

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Campaigners say parents are generally reluctant to admit child sexual abuse and incest is almost always hushed up India’s Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby. The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant […]

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular?

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Shinzo Abe had to answer tough questions on Monday Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing an uphill struggle amid plummeting ratings and a growing lack of confidence in his leadership. The latest public opinion polls suggest support has dropped to less than 30%. This week he is facing a […]

Bernard Tomic amazed at career, despite lack of effort at times

Bernard Tomic amazed at career, despite lack of effort at times

Tomic reached a career-high ranking of 17 in January 2016 Bernard Tomic says he has never “really tried” throughout his tennis career, adding that he has probably been operating at “around 50%”. The Australian claimed he was bored during his straight-set defeat by Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on 4 July. A series of lacklustre displays […]

China opens first cinema on disputed South China Sea island

China opens first cinema on disputed South China Sea island

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China built its “newest city” Sansha in 2012 to administer to the disputed region Everyone needs a bit of entertainment – even if you are on a disputed island in the South China Sea. China this weekend opened what it called a state-of-the-art cinema hall in Sansha, a city […]

Kabul hit by deadly suicide car bomb

Kabul hit by deadly suicide car bomb

Image copyright Reuters A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 24 people, officials told the BBC. According to the Afghan interior ministry spokesman, at least 42 were also injured in the blast. The attacker detonated a bomb in his car in a mainly Shia neighbourhood in the west […]

South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after ‘China threats’

South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after ‘China threats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Vietnam and other neighbours contest China’s territorial claims in the area Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea, following strong threats from China. A source in the south-east Asian oil industry has told the BBC that the company behind the drilling, […]