#MeToo Japan: What happened when women broke their silence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shiori Ito accused a high-profile journalist of raping her in 2015 In the space of a fortnight in Japan, a model accused a renowned photographer of exploitation and two top officials resigned over sex scandals. This has re-ignited the #MeToo debate in a country which has been reluctant to […]

Chinese university hosts ‘grenade-throwing’ contest

Image copyright Wikimedia Commons Image caption The North University of China wants students to put down their javelins and pick up their hand grenades A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it’s reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China […]

Indonesian children marry despite outcry

Image copyright Unicef Image caption One in four Indonesian women gets married before she’s 18 Two Indonesian children got married in Sulawesi this week, after a long battle to do so which drew nationwide attention and criticism. The 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl had sought permission from a religious court for their wedding. The case […]

China karaoke bar fire kills 18 in Yingde

Image copyright Screenshot/Pear Video Image caption A video circulating online showed bystanders watching as a three-storey building went up in flames A fire at a karaoke bar in the southern Chinese city of Yingde has killed 18 people and left five others injured. The fire broke out inside the three-storey building in the early hours […]

Pakistan hockey player seeks heart transplant in India

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mansoor Ahmed A former Pakistan hockey player has appealed to the Indian government to grant him a visa so he can travel to the country for a heart transplant. Mansoor Ahmed, 49, is reportedly suffering from complications due to a pacemaker in his heart. In a video posted on […]

Kim Jong-un’s ‘bitter sorrow’ as bus crash kills Chinese tourists

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS Image caption Mr Kim was pictured in state media speaking to an injured Chinese tourist North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “bitter sorrow” over a bus accident that left 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans dead. The accident took place on Sunday night in North […]

Australian boy flies solo to Bali ‘after row over holiday’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian authorities say the boy was found in Bali on 17 March Australian police say they will review how a 12-year-old boy travelled alone to Bali after he had a row with his parents and used their credit card. The boy, from Sydney, booked flights and accommodation online after […]

China sexist adverts: Tech firms apologise after damning report

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Discrimination in recruitment has contributed to a decrease in the proportion of Chinese women working, Human Rights Watch says Leading Chinese tech firms have pledged to address gender discrimination in job ads after a damning report by campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW). Sexist recruitment practices had contributed to a […]

South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea’s speakers were said to play for up to six hours a day South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, ahead of top-level talks later this week. The South has dozens of loudspeakers along the border area, which blast everything from […]

Elderly dog helps save girl lost in Australian bush

Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Max, a cattle dog, stayed with the girl for 16 hours Australian police have praised a dog for remaining with a three-year-old girl as she spent a night lost in bushland. The girl, Aurora, had been the subject of a large search after she wandered away from her home […]

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