Terry Branstad ‘old friend of China to be US ambassador’

Terry Branstad ‘old friend of China to be US ambassador’

Image copyright European photopress agency Image caption Mr Branstad has not confirmed the nomination Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be nominated by Donald Trump to be US ambassador to China, US media say. Mr Branstad was seen entering Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday for talks with the president-elect. He called Chinese President Xi […]

India doctor to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman

India doctor to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman

Image copyright Courtesy: Dr Muffazal Lakdawala Image caption Eman’s family says she hasn’t been able to leave home for 25 years now An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be flown to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on […]

Pakistan flight crashes in north

Pakistan flight crashes in north

Pakistan Airlines flight with more than 40 people on board crashes in the north of the country – media reports This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a […]

Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

Media captionCollapsed buildings fell on vehicles in Aceh Province An undersea earthquake off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province has killed at least 40 people. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and many people are feared trapped under rubble. Indonesia’s meteorological agency said there […]

South Korea corruption: Choi ordered to appear before hearing

South Korea corruption: Choi ordered to appear before hearing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The business leaders are making rare public appearances for the questioning The woman accused of being behind a massive corruption scandal in South Korea has been ordered to appear before a parliamentary hearing. Choi Soon-sil has been charged over allegations she colluded with President Park Geun-hye to gain influence […]

Australian court approves intersex child’s surgery

Australian court approves intersex child’s surgery

Image copyright Thinkstock A five-year-old Australian child born genetically male will grow up as a sterilised female after a court agreed to her having surgery. The child, known only as Carla, identifies as a girl but has no female reproductive organs, Family Court documents show. The court approved a request by Carla’s parents to surgically […]

India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

Media caption‘She was our lighthouse, our God – why has she left us?’ J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died […]

India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

Media caption‘She was our lighthouse, our God – why has she left us?’ J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died […]

India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

Media caption‘She was our lighthouse, our God – why has she left us?’ J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died […]

Kofi Annan downplays claims of Myanmar genocide

Kofi Annan downplays claims of Myanmar genocide

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kofi Annan is heading a government-appointed advisory commission on Rakhine state Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he would not describe the violence being committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority as “genocide”. “I think there are tensions, there has been fighting, but I wouldn’t put it the way some have […]