Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Image caption Masekela was given his first trumpet at the age of 14 Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous […]

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Media captionA cloud of ash could be seen moving across the valley A Japanese soldier has been killed in an avalanche in central Japan that may have been triggered by a volcanic eruption. At least 11 people have also been injured, several of them critically. The eruption sent rocks raining down over a kilometre-wide area […]

Hong Kong book publisher ‘seized from China train’

Image caption Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai is also a Swedish citizen A Hong Kong publisher with Swedish citizenship was seized on a train to Beijing despite being accompanied by two Swedish diplomats, his family say. Gui Minhai made headlines when he vanished in Thailand in 2015 and later resurfaced in China, along with other […]

Zimbabwe family leave Bangkok airport after three months

Image copyright EPA Image caption The family said they faced persecution if they returned to Zimbabwe If you’ve ever complained about being forced to sleep in an airport after a delay, spare a thought for one Zimbabwean family who have finally left Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport where they’ve lived for the past three months. The family […]

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia. A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that Kurdish fighters were using US-supplied weapons against Turkish troops trying to oust them from the Afrin […]

Avalanche and volcano hit Japan ski resort

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption Mount Kusatsu-Shirane ‘appears to have erupted’ on Tuesday One person is missing after an avalanche at a Japanese ski resort which may have been triggered by a nearby volcanic eruption. At least 14 people were also injured in the incident near Kusatsu in central Gunma prefecture, say officials. Several people […]

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Image caption Gui Minhai – one the five famous Hong Kong booksellers – is also a Swedish citizen Chinese authorities have allegedly seized a Chinese-Swedish citizen from the train to Beijing – despite the presence of two Swedish diplomats. Publisher Gui Minhai had recently been released from prison. His Hong Kong publishing house sold books […]

North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong

The resort, which has 10 ski courses, also seems to have modern equipment including the Ski-Doo, a Canadian snowmobile. But that has raised questions given UN sanction on supplying equipment to the North. North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong}

Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat in offshore centres A second group of refugees who were detained in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by Australia have left for the US under a resettlement deal. About 40 men left PNG’s Manus Island on Tuesday, local media and refugee advocates said. […]

Melbourne car attack victims remembered one year on

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A man places flowers near a plaque honouring the victims of the incident The victims of a deadly car attack in Melbourne have been remembered in an emotional memorial service to mark its first anniversary. Six people died and dozens were injured in the allegedly deliberate attack on pedestrians […]

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