John Kerry finds Vietnam War site where he killed a man

John Kerry finds Vietnam War site where he killed a man

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption US Secretary of State John Kerry on the Mekong Delta, where he fought against the Viet Cong in his mid-20s The outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the place in the Mekong Delta where he was ambushed during the Vietnam war. The former Navy […]

Philippines’ Duterte threatens martial law

Philippines’ Duterte threatens martial law

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Duterte said he would act to “preserve the nation” Martial law could be imposed in the Philippines if the drugs problem worsens, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. The 71-year-old former state prosecutor said the aim would be “to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land”. About […]

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zhou Youguang was born is 1906 during the Qing Dynasty Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111. Mr Zhou and a Communist party committee spent three years developing the Pinyin system […]

Japanese man rescued after night at sea on surfboard

Japanese man rescued after night at sea on surfboard

Image copyright MSC Image caption The Japanese man ran out of energy after battling the current for six hours A Japanese surfer who spent a night at sea clinging to his surfboard has been rescued by the crew of a container ship off the east coast of Australia. The 37-year-old told police a current had […]

Takata fined $1bn in US over exploding airbag scandal

Takata fined $1bn in US over exploding airbag scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 100 million airbags made by Takata have been recalled globally Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to pay $1bn (£820m) in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects in its exploding airbags. The firm also pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge, the company and the […]

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built islands on reefs and, says a think-tank, is building military facilities on some Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US […]

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built islands on reefs and, says a think-tank, is building military facilities on some Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US […]

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built islands on reefs and, says a think-tank, is building military facilities on some Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US […]

Natarajan Chandrasekaran: Who is new Tata Group chairman?

Natarajan Chandrasekaran: Who is new Tata Group chairman?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Chandrasekaran is the first person outside India’s affluent Parsi community to be appointed as chairman India’s Tata Group appointed Natarajan Chandrasekaran as its new chairman on Thursday, months after an acrimonious stand-off with its outgoing chairman Cyrus Mistry. The BBC’s Sameer Hashmi profiles the new chief. Chandra – as […]

Australian minister Sussan Ley resigns over expenses scandal

Australian minister Sussan Ley resigns over expenses scandal

Image copyright ABC Image caption Sussan Ley has resigned as Australia’s health minister Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley has resigned after using a taxpayer-funded trip to purchase an apartment on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had accepted Ms Ley’s resignation on Friday. Entitlements scandals have engulfed Australian politics in recent years. […]