Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Media captionDonald Trump says the US will ‘handle’ North Korea US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “brutal regime” after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months. North Korea returned Otto Warmbier, 22, to the US last week, saying he had been in a […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

The wounded victims of child marriage

The wounded victims of child marriage

Image caption Shafa is only 16 but has already endured a forced marriage and a miscarriage In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls grow for this law to be amended, BBC Sinhala’s Saroj Pathirana meets one young girl […]

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption It is common to see basements in Beijing converted into housing units, such as this one photographed in 2014 The recent discovery of around 400 people living underneath an upscale Beijing apartment complex has shone fresh light on the Chinese capital’s housing crunch. On Saturday, a state radio report […]

Kabul blast: Protester killed near bomb site

Kabul blast: Protester killed near bomb site

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Afghans accuse the government of failing to tackle the militants Police in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing at least one person, officials say. The authorities moved in early on Tuesday to break up a makeshift protest camp in the city centre. Several others […]

Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law

Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law

Image copyright EPA Image caption Thais mourn King Bhumibol, who died last year and is hugely revered The United Nations has called on Thailand to amend its harsh law against insulting the monarchy. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and […]

Four inmates tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison in Bali

Four inmates tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison in Bali

Media captionA hole found in the outer wall connected to the tunnel Indonesian police are searching for four foreigners who escaped from Bali’s Kerokoban Prison using a tunnel. The prisoners were identified as Australian Shaun Edward Davidson, Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov, Indian Sayed Muhammad and Malaysian Tee Kok King. Prison governor Tony Nainggolan said he believed […]

Dried lizard penis being sold online as India tantric root

Image copyright Neil D’ Cruze Image caption A lizard penis passed off as hatha jodhi, a root believed to bring good luck as it resembles two hands joined in prayer A joint investigative team from the UK and India say they have uncovered an “international fraud” where dried monitor lizard penises are being passed off […]

Baby elephant killed on Malaysia highway

Baby elephant killed on Malaysia highway

Image copyright Alicia Solana Mena/ MEME Image caption Activists say elephants are increasingly being seen near busy Malaysian highways A baby elephant has been discovered dead on a Malaysian highway after it was apparently killed by a vehicle. State park officials who found the carcass said such incidents “do not happen very often”. Environmentalists said […]

India’s Jet Airways gifts free lifetime flights to baby born mid-air

India’s Jet Airways gifts free lifetime flights to baby born mid-air

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jet Airways says it is the first time they have seen a baby been born in-flight Private Indian airline Jet Airways has gifted free lifetime air tickets to a baby born aboard one of its flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The crew and a passenger, who was a […]