Charles Jenkins: US soldier who defected to North Korea dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Jenkins walked across the DMZ and surrendered to North Korean soldiers there when he was 24 A former US sergeant who defected to North Korea and became Pyongyang’s prisoner for nearly 40 years has died. Charles Jenkins, 77, lived in Japan where he had settled with his family after […]

Inside China’s ‘virtue schools’ for women

Image copyright Pear Video Image caption A recent video exposing a “virtue school” in China showed women forced to clean floors while on their hands and knees Centres training women to be “virtuous” have sprung up across China in recent years, telling women that career and femininity do not mix and forcing them to do […]

Sam Dastyari: Australian senator to quit after China scrutiny

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sam Dastyari says he will resign from the Senate An Australian senator has pledged to resign following politically damaging revelations about his dealings with a Chinese businessman. Sam Dastyari, from Labor, has been at the centre of several claims in recent days – a year after he first became embroiled […]

India outrage over brutal rape and murder of six-year-old

Image copyright AFP Image caption The extent of the injuries to the child have horrified Indians Police in India are questioning several people in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a six-year-old in the northern state of Haryana. Her body was found on Sunday close to her home from where she was allegedly […]

In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

China has been building what it calls “the world’s biggest camera surveillance network”. Across the country, 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and an estimated 400 million new ones will be installed in the next three years. Many of the cameras are fitted with artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technology. The BBC’s John […]

Zaira Wasim: Indian man held after star molested on flight

Image copyright @zairawasim_/Instagram Image caption Ms Wasim shared her experience on her Instagram account, which has almost 400,000 followers Police have arrested an Indian man accused of molesting a Bollywood actress on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Sunday. Zaira Wasim, 17, said a “middle-aged man” sitting behind her had repeatedly moved his foot […]

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershocks

Image copyright Rodong Sinmun Image caption North Korea insists on its right to pursue nuclear tests North Korea’s nuclear test in September didn’t just generate diplomatic shockwaves but also a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks have continued ever since, and on Saturday the US Geological Survey said it had detected two more, sparking significant debate about […]

Australian gay couple in ‘legal limbo’ can finally divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pair were trapped in a “legal limbo”, lawyers said As the first same-sex couples began registering for marriage in Australia, one woman was exercising another new right – being allowed to divorce. Lawyers for the Perth woman filled out divorce papers on Sunday, a day after same-sex marriage […]

Big recall of baby milk products ordered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global recall affects consumers in several countries including Britain, China and Sudan. French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination. Health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December. The recall affects […]

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Feltman met top North Korean officials on his trip including Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho A top UN official told senior North Korean figures there was an “urgent need” to keep channels open to avoid the risk of war, the organisation says. The statement follows a visit to Pyongyang by […]

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