Indians have right to privacy, Supreme Court rules

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, in a landmark judgement. The nine judges ruled that the right to privacy “is protected as an intrinsic part of Article 21 that protects life and liberty”. The verdict came in response to privacy concerns over a controversial government biometric ID card […]

The child’s maths lesson outraging India

Image copyright iStock A few days ago a school friend sent me a very disturbing video on WhatsApp of a three-year-old being taught maths at home. The tutor, whose face cannot be seen, appears to be a family member – she’s either the child’s mother or aunt or another relative. She’s teaching the child to […]

Cambodia PM tells critics to pay up or go

Image copyright Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images In February this year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that both he and US President Donald Trump shared a view of the media as “anarchic” troublemakers. Two days earlier, a government spokesman had referenced Mr Trump’s treatment of journalists in a Facebook post that threatened to shutter media outlets […]

‘Alarmingly high’ levels of arsenic in Pakistan’s ground water

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This study says that arsenic in groundwater in Pakistan is far more widespread than previously thought Up to 60 million people in Pakistan are at risk from the deadly chemical arsenic, according to a new analysis of water supplies. The study looked at data from nearly 1,200 groundwater quality […]

Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The typhoon brought Hong Kong to a standstill with many businesses staying closed A powerful storm has swept across southern China, leaving 12 dead and hundreds of people injured. Typhoon Hato made landfall at noon on Wednesday near Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, bringing with it strong winds and […]

The child’s maths lesson outraging India

Image copyright iStock A few days ago a school friend sent me a very disturbing video on WhatsApp of a three-year-old being taught maths at home. The tutor, whose face cannot be seen, appears to be a family member – she’s either the child’s mother or aunt or another relative. She’s teaching the child to […]

‘Alarmingly high’ levels of arsenic in Pakistan’s ground water

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This study says that arsenic in groundwater in Pakistan is far more widespread than previously thought Up to 60 million people in Pakistan are at risk from the deadly chemical arsenic, according to a new analysis of water supplies. The study looked at data from nearly 1,200 groundwater quality […]

Thailand charges dropped against BBC reporter

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jonathan Head arrives at court on Wednesday to fight the defamation charges Charges have been withdrawn against a BBC journalist in a criminal defamation case in Thailand. Jonathan Head faced up to five years in jail if he had been convicted. He and a co-defendant appeared in court in Phuket […]

Chinese social network causes uproar over ‘sex slave’ memes

Image copyright QZONE Image caption The stickers had the appearance of memes and contained captions like “Speechless and choked up” (L) Chinese users of the popular social network QZone are furious after stickers, or memes, that seem to poke fun at World War Two “comfort women” emerged on the platform. The stickers on the Tencent-owned […]

Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia’s owls?

Since the runaway success of the Harry Potter series some Indonesians have started keeping owls as pets. More owls are being sold and conservationists are worried about the impact on the population in the wild. Produced by: Rebecca Henschke, Haryo Wirawan and animation by Davies Christian. Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia’s owls?}

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