Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

Image caption Opium is derived from the poppy seed bulb – a staple crop in Afghanistan Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43% in the past year, United Nations officials have said. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the area used to farm the poppy plant, the source of opium, increased […]

Thailand presses Google over online royal insults

Thailand presses Google over online royal insults

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand is mourning the death of King Bhumibol – who is protected from insult by law Google has agreed to co-operate with the removal of online content insulting Thailand’s monarchy, the country’s deputy prime minister says. Prajin Juntong said he had met Google representatives to complain about material found using […]

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “America has lost,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a business forum in China The US has said it will seek clarity on the Philippine president’s announcement of a “separation from the US”. Rodrigo Duterte made the comments in China on Thursday at an economic forum, saying the separation applied to […]

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “America has lost,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a business forum in China The US has said it will seek clarity on the Philippine president’s announcement of a “separation from the US”. Rodrigo Duterte made the comments in China on Thursday at an economic forum, saying the separation applied to […]

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “America has lost,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a business forum in China The US has said it will seek clarity on the Philippine president’s announcement of a “separation from the US”. Rodrigo Duterte made the comments in China on Thursday at an economic forum, saying the separation applied to […]

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’ comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “America has lost,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a business forum in China The US has said it will seek clarity on the Philippine president’s announcement of a “separation from the US”. Rodrigo Duterte made the comments in China on Thursday at an economic forum, saying the separation applied to […]

Pakistan bans all Indian TV and radio as tensions mount

Pakistan bans all Indian TV and radio as tensions mount

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not clear if joint Pakistani-Indian films, like Ramchand Pakistani, will be affected by the ban Pakistan has banned all television and radio content from India and threatened to shut down any stations that flout the sanction. The ban drew immediate criticism from cable operators and viewers in […]

Millions of Indian debit cards ‘compromised’ in security breach

Millions of Indian debit cards ‘compromised’ in security breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian banks have issued nearly 700 million debit cards A number of major Indian banks are taking safety measures amid fears that the security of more than 3.2 million debit cards has been compromised. Some of the affected banks have been asking their customers to change security codes. They […]

Australia and Thailand ban chanting at World Cup qualifier

Australia and Thailand ban chanting at World Cup qualifier

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans attending the match must wear white, black or grey Football officials from Thailand and Australia have banned chanting at next month’s World Cup qualifying match out of respect for the late Thai king. Football associations in the two countries have also said fans should wear black, grey, or white. […]

Pakistan court says schizophrenia ‘not mental disorder’

Pakistan court says schizophrenia ‘not mental disorder’

Image copyright AP Image caption Safia Bano has pleaded for mercy for her husband The Supreme Court in Pakistan has ruled that schizophrenia is not a mental illness, paving the way for the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic man convicted of murder. Imdad Ali was declared clinically insane after killing a cleric in 2002. Safia […]