Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Duterte is to be taken “seriously, but not literally” An apparent admission by the president of the Philippines that he had killed criminal suspects when he was mayor of Davao should not be “taken literally”, his spokesman has said. Martin Andanar told the BBC that Mr Duterte was […]

Instagram fixes Singapore viral ‘bug’

Instagram fixes Singapore viral ‘bug’

Image caption Some users employed a ‘hack’ that involved tagging themselves in Singapore to increase reach Instagram said it had fixed a “bug” that saw users geo-tag themselves as being in Singapore in a bid to go viral – even though they were not there. Some users claimed the apparent hack increased the chances of […]

Bangladesh factory boy killed in air hose assault

Bangladesh factory boy killed in air hose assault

Image copyright AFP Image caption Child labour remains common in Bangladesh A 13-year-old boy has died in hospital in Bangladesh after an apparently gruesome assault at a spinning mill. The incident took place in Dhaka’s Narayanganj district. Police say a colleague pumped air into the boy’s rectum using a high-pressure hose. Police say the reason […]

India court bans liquor shops on highways

India court bans liquor shops on highways

Image copyright Bloomberg Image caption About 5% – or 6,755 – deaths were due to cases where the driver was either drunk or had taken drugs India’s top court has ordered all liquor shops to shut down along state and national highways in an attempt to reduce drink driving and road accidents. The court told […]

Chinese activist Zheng Churan: ‘Hey Trump, feminists are watching you"

Chinese activist Zheng Churan: ‘Hey Trump, feminists are watching you"

Image copyright Zheng Churan Image caption Ms Zheng posted pictures of her mailing her letter to Mr Trump One of China’s most prominent women’s rights activists has written a letter warning US President-elect Donald Trump against “sexist behaviour”. Zheng Churan says “feminists around the world are watching” Mr Trump for signs of “straight man cancer”. […]

YouTube blocks North Korean state television channel

YouTube blocks North Korean state television channel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In January the channel was live with the news of “a successful nuclear test” Google’s video-streaming service YouTube has blocked North Korea’s state television channel. Korean Central Television’s page now bears a message saying the account has “been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines”. The channel is used mainly […]

The islands in the way of WW2 peace deal between Russia and Japan

The islands in the way of WW2 peace deal between Russia and Japan

Image copyright EPA Image caption The two countries formally ended hostilities and do have diplomatic relations as set out in a 1956 joint declaration Russian President Vladimir Putin goes to Japan to meet PM Shinzo Abe for talks on the volcanic islands that have stood in the way of a peace deal since World War […]

Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction

Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The seal features nine dragons which signify masculinity and the imperial authority An 18th Century Chinese imperial seal has been sold for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) – more than 20 times its estimated price. The sale, to an unnamed Chinese collector, took place in Paris on Wednesday after […]

Japan parliament legalises casinos

Japan parliament legalises casinos

Image copyright Reuters Japan’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law to legalise casinos. The move paves the way for casino resort developments that also include hotels and shopping centres. International gaming firms including Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Caesars have expressed an interest in running businesses in Japan. Casino operators are keen to find new […]