Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, toured the island’s current fleet of submarines last month Taiwan has announced plans for eight new submarines, a senior Taiwanese navy official confirmed on Wednesday. The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago. The announcement […]

India man held after postcard divorce

India man held after postcard divorce

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists say thousands of Muslim women have been divorced by their husbands by triple talaq An Indian man was arrested for harassment and cheating after divorcing his second wife via postcard. Mohammed Haneef sent the card just a week after their wedding. It said “talaq” (divorce) three times, enough to […]

Pakistan blast: Lahore census team hit by suspected suicide bombing

Pakistan blast: Lahore census team hit by suspected suicide bombing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 20 other people were wounded in the explosion At least six people have been killed in a suspected suicide attack targeting census workers and their security escort in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Four of the dead were troops. At least 19 others were wounded, officials say. A team […]

Malaysia MP: ‘Ok for rape victims to marry their rapists’

Malaysia MP: ‘Ok for rape victims to marry their rapists’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shabudin Yahaya said there was “nothing wrong” with rape victims marrying their rapists A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were “physically and spiritually” ready to get married. Shabudin Yahaya from the ruling […]

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The missile launches are viewed with alarm by North Korea’s neighbours North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan, US and South Korean officials say. South Korea’s defence ministry said the missile flew about 60km (40 miles). It is […]

Australia makes ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Australia makes ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Image copyright Australian Federal Police Image caption The drugs were concealed between floorboards, police say Australian police have made the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the nation’s history. The 903kg (1990lb) haul of the drug, also called ice, is estimated to have a street value of A$898m (£546m; $680m), Justice Minister Michael Keenan said. […]

Pink Star diamond sets new world record in Hong Kong

Pink Star diamond sets new world record in Hong Kong

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Pink Star has attracted higher bids in the past – but now holds the world record A rare diamond known as the Pink Star has been sold in Hong Kong for more than $71m (£57m), setting a new world record for any gemstone at auction. The oval-shaped 59.6 carat […]

US cuts UN funding over China abortion

US cuts UN funding over China abortion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is overseeing potential funding cuts to the international body The US has withdrawn funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that promotes family planning in more than 150 countries. The state department said the UNFPA “supports or participates in […]

Australia floods: Woman and children found dead in river

Australia floods: Woman and children found dead in river

Image copyright ABC Image caption The family’s car was caught in floodwaters in New South Wales A mother and her two children have drowned after their car plunged into floodwaters in Australia. Their bodies were recovered from a swollen New South Wales (NSW) river on Tuesday following torrential rain in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. […]

Indian singer Kishori Amonkar dies

Indian singer Kishori Amonkar dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kishori Amonkar was known for creating her own distinctive style Renowned Indian singer Kishori Amonkar has died at the age of age 86. Amonkar, who enthralled audiences with her soulful singing for decades, died on Monday night at her house in Mumbai. The singer followed the classical Hindustani school […]