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, […]

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lava-like rocks were spotted underneath one of the damaged reactors An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says. Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen […]

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police conduct a vehicle search in Kandahar after the reported kidnapping At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says. He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week. About 30 have been […]

India police investigate crude oil theft gang

India police investigate crude oil theft gang

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cairn India’s oilfield in Rajasthan Police in India have broken up a criminal network accused of using water tankers to steal millions of litres of crude oil from the country’s biggest onshore field in Rajasthan. The investigation centres on the Cairn India oilfield in Barmer district and 25 people have […]

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police conduct a vehicle search in Kandahar after the reported kidnapping At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says. He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week. About 30 have been […]

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police conduct a vehicle search in Kandahar after the reported kidnapping At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says. He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week. About 30 have been […]

Philippines Duterte: Martial law extended in Mindanao

Philippines Duterte: Martial law extended in Mindanao

Image copyright EPA Image caption There were protests outside congress on Saturday against the law Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, […]

Afghanistan: 16 police killed in US friendly-fire air strike

Afghanistan: 16 police killed in US friendly-fire air strike

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan police are involved in the fight against Taliban insurgents in Helmand A US air strike has killed 16 Afghan policemen in the southern province of Helmand, local officials say. The attack happened as Afghan security forces were clearing Taliban militants from a village in the Gereshk district, police […]

Police chief quits over Australian’s death

Police chief quits over Australian’s death

Media captionMayor Betsy Hodges was interrupted by angry protesters at a news conference about the resignation A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman. Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home […]

North Korea tourism: US ‘to ban Americans from visiting’

North Korea tourism: US ‘to ban Americans from visiting’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US state department currently warns US citizens not to travel to North Korea The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to […]