Uighur inmates dig their way out of Thai jail

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Detained Uighurs in Thailand say they left to escape persecution in Xinjiang Some 20 ethnic Uighurs from China are on the run after escaping from a Thai detention centre, officials say. The inmates were among a group of more than 200 Uighurs detained in 2014. Officials said 25 inmates dug […]

Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US base in Okinawa houses tens of thousands of troops The US military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. US troops on Okinawa have also been told […]

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern ‘regrets Trump story’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump met earlier this month New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says she regrets sharing an anecdote about her recent meeting with US President Donald Trump with her friends. Ms Ardern met Mr Trump at the Apec summit in Vietnam earlier this month. On Sunday, a local […]

John Mayer surprise for Thai couple’s themed wedding

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Mayer: Singer-songwriter extraordinaire and inspiration for many a wedding It was a wedding to remember for two John Mayer fans in Thailand, who paid tribute to their musical idol and received the ultimate surprise – congratulations from the man himself. Bride Saowaluck “Nong” Mangtrakul, 36, and her groom […]

India BJP minister criticised for peeing in public

Image copyright Ram Shinde/Facebook Image caption Ram Shinde is a minister in Maharashtra state government A minister from India’s ruling party has been criticised for urinating in the open, despite a government drive to persuade people to use toilets. Video of Ram Shinde relieving himself in a field in Maharashtra went viral on World Toilet […]

Okinawa incident sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US base in Okinawa houses tens of thousands of troops The US military has banned all troops stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol, following a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. In addition, soldiers on Okinawa are banned from leaving their base and their residences, the […]

MP Bob Katter’s abrupt crocodile line amuses Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bob Katter is a veteran politician from northern Queensland Australia may have learned the result of its same-sex marriage vote last Wednesday, but it took until Sunday for one memorable reaction to gain steam. It was given by veteran MP Bob Katter, a same-sex marriage opponent who once claimed […]

India’s Indira canteen: The best meal you can buy for 13 cents

Image copyright Asif Saud The governing Congress party in the southern Indian state of Karnataka recently set up Indira canteens in the state capital, Bangalore, which serve more than 200,000 cheap meals every day. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey joins the queue to sample the treats and comes back more than satisfied. It’s just after 07:00 […]

Australian PM cancels parliamentary week amid key debates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is facing pressure to resolve debates on political eligibility and same-sex marriage The Australian government has cancelled a week of parliament, arguing it will help legalise same-sex marriage and resolve a dual citizenship saga. The lower house will return on 4 December, not 27 November, and not […]