Two held for ‘spreading rumours’ about Jayalalitha’s health

Two held for ‘spreading rumours’ about Jayalalitha’s health

Image copyright AFP Image caption A group of Indian Muslims pray for Jayalalitha’s recovery outside the hospital Indian police have arrested two people for “spreading rumours” about the health of Jayaram Jayalalitha, chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state. Ms Jayalalitha, a powerful and controversial politician, has been in hospital since 22 September. Anxiety about […]

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners told to turn off device

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners told to turn off device

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Samsung Note 7 handset caught fire during a lab test in Singapore Samsung has urged owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off the smartphone while it investigates new reports of the device catching fire. The South Korean firm also said it would stop all sales of the […]

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Image copyright AFP Image caption India alleges that Pakistan’s spy agency has close ties with militants, a claim that has consistently been denied A top Pakistani journalist says he has been barred from leaving the country, after he reported a row between the military and government officials. Cyril Almeida said on Twitter he had been […]

New South Wales reverses greyhound racing ban

New South Wales reverses greyhound racing ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s greyhound racing industry has been in turmoil The government of the Australian state of New South Wales has reversed plans to ban greyhound racing. The ban was due to be imposed after an inquiry found overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty, including mass killings and the use of live […]

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India is one of the countries with a high number of child marriages, the report says One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry […]

China building collapse kills at least 22

China building collapse kills at least 22

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Six people are known to have survived Monday’s collapse Twenty two people have been confirmed dead after a group of residential buildings collapsed in eastern China, state media reports. The incident on Monday saw four buildings in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province reduced to rubble, reported the Xinhua news agency. […]

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Image copyright AP Image caption Residents gathered to watch as the raid unfolded in Narayanganj Bangladeshi police say they have stormed a hideout near Dhaka and killed the suspected planner of a cafe attack last month that left 22 people dead. “Tamim Chowdhury is dead,” said senior police officer Sanwar Hossain, referring to the Bangladeshi-Canadian […]

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption The original report on China’s state news broadcaster was unusually outspoken Investigators in China say they have found no evidence that pollution caused hundreds of school pupils to become sick earlier this year. State TV in April said soil tests near the school showed chemical levels at 95,000 times […]

Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The couple were trying to reach another nearby island when they became stranded on East Fayu Two people have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after a US Navy helicopter spotted their SOS sign. The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia […]