You may not have heard of Michiyo Yasuda, but you know her work

You may not have heard of Michiyo Yasuda, but you know her work

Michiyo Yasuda, the artist who coloured some of Studio Ghibli’s greatest films, has died at the age of 77. She worked with iconic animator Hayao Miyazaki on 13 animated productions including My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. Her work helped Spirited Away win best animated feature at the 2003 Oscars. She retired in 2008 […]

What should come first, a baby or a flat?

What should come first, a baby or a flat?

Image caption A Singapore minister has reignited debate surrounding the country’s slowing birth rates “You need a very small space to have sex.” Those were the words of Singapore’s Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo during a state media interview on marriage and parenthood issues. Like many wealthy countries, Singapore is facing the challenge of […]

Health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘not yet stabilised’

Health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘not yet stabilised’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crowds of well-wishers gathered outside the hospital The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has “overall not yet stabilised”, the palace has said. On Sunday the palace announced that the king was in an unstable condition after receiving haemodialysis treatment. King Bhumibol, 88, is widely […]

Jayaram Jayalalitha: Ailing India chief minister gives up powers

Jayaram Jayalalitha: Ailing India chief minister gives up powers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fears about Ms Jayalalitha’s health have caused tension in the state The ailing chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state has handed over all her responsibilities to her deputy, the state governor has said. All Jayaram Jayalalitha’s portfolios were transferred to OP Panneerselvam, who has stood in for her […]

Hong Kong MP’s oaths rejected after protest

Hong Kong MP’s oaths rejected after protest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Two of the lawmakers are part of the “localist” movement that advocates for an independent Hong Kong Three incoming Hong Kong lawmakers have not been sworn into the Legislative Council after using their oaths to stage anti-China protests. Secretary General Kenneth Chen said the oaths of Sixtus Leung, Yau Wai-ching […]

Samsung slashes profit forecast over Galaxy Note 7 crisis

Media captionSamsung Galaxy Note 7: What went wrong? Samsung Electronics has slashed its quarterly profit forecast due to the scrapping of its Note 7 smartphone. The South Korean firm now expects third quarter profits of 5.2tn won ($4.7bn; £3.8bn), which is a third lower than its original estimate of 7.8tn won. The Note 7 was […]

Rakhine unrest leaves four Myanmar soldiers dead

Rakhine unrest leaves four Myanmar soldiers dead

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption It is not clear who this newly active armed force in Rakhine is At least four soldiers were killed in a third day of clashes in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state on Tuesday, the army said. State media said the soldiers were attacked by 300 men armed with pistols, swords […]

Western contact with China began long before Marco Polo, experts say

Western contact with China began long before Marco Polo, experts say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Greek artisans may have trained those who made the Terracotta Warriors China and the West were in contact more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, new finds suggest. Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of the First Emperor near […]

Sent home to uncertainty

Sent home to uncertainty

Image copyright AFP/GETTY Image caption Afghan refugee families are returning home after being repatriated from Pakistan Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in Europe, Pakistan and Iran are being forced to return home to Afghanistan by the European Union, UN agencies and governments in the region. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis is likely to be the […]

Kabul shrine attack kills Shia Muslims during Ashura

Media captionThe BBC’s Shaima Khalil reports from Kabul: “Eyewitnesses heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire” At least 14 people have been killed in an attack on a shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning. A crowd had gathered at the Karte Sakhi shrine for Ashura, […]