Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pictures on social media show black plumes of smoke rising into the sky Afghan security forces are battling gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul. Four attackers targeted the complex in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood, the Afghan interior ministry said. A bomber blew himself […]

Sydney homes searched over ‘plane bomb plot’

Sydney homes searched over ‘plane bomb plot’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police search for evidence at a home in inner Sydney Australian police are searching five properties in Sydney over a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane. Four men were arrested in raids across the city late on Saturday. Police said they had seized materials that could have […]

Caring for dying children in China

Lyn Gould, from the UK, set up a centre to care for terminally ill children in Changsha, China, a place where palliative care is not well understood. Caring for dying children in China}

Angelina Jolie denies ‘cruel’ Cambodia child auditions

Angelina Jolie denies ‘cruel’ Cambodia child auditions

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angelina Jolie has come under fire for her description of recruiting child actors Angelina Jolie has fiercely denied playing tricks on Cambodian children while casting for a film. The actress and UN special envoy recruited local children to star in her film about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, First They Killed My […]

Why did Apple pull VPNs from its app store in China?

Why did Apple pull VPNs from its app store in China?

Image copyright Getty Images The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple’s decision to remove their products from its app store in China. VPNs allow users to hide their IP addresses and access online material that might be blocked by internet filters. At least three were removed from the app store over […]

Philippines mayor accused by Duterte of drugs trade links shot dead

Philippines mayor accused by Duterte of drugs trade links shot dead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Duterte’s war on drugs has reportedly left more than 7,000 people dead in a year A Philippine mayor accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of having links with the illegal drugs trade has been shot dead in a police raid. Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of the city of Ozamiz on […]

South Korea baby bust as birth rate falls to record low

South Korea baby bust as birth rate falls to record low

Image copyright Getty Image caption The country has spent billions trying to encourage people to have more children The growth of South Korea’s population this year will be the slowest rate ever recorded, despite efforts to boost it, officials say. About 360,000 babies will be born, leading to concern over the effect of an ageing […]

Bangladesh police arrest four in ‘shaved heads’ student rape case

Bangladesh police arrest four in ‘shaved heads’ student rape case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Images of the alleged rape victim and her mother caused outrage in Bangladesh Four men have been arrested in Bangladesh over the alleged rape of a student, after pictures of her with a shaved head were shared online. Police said Tufan Sarker, a unionist linked to the governing Awami […]

Trump ‘disappointed’ with China after North Korea missile test

Trump ‘disappointed’ with China after North Korea missile test

Image copyright AFP Image caption Coverage of the latest ICBM launch was shown on giant screens in Pyongyang US President Donald Trump says he is “very disappointed” with China for not doing enough to stop North Korea’s weapons programme. Writing on Twitter, he said he would not allow China to “do nothing” about the reclusive […]

President’s daughter sparks breastfeeding debate with photo

President’s daughter sparks breastfeeding debate with photo

Image copyright Aliya Shagieva Image caption Aliya Shagieva said the row was because the female form had been hyper-sexualised A picture of the Kyrgyz president’s youngest daughter feeding her baby dressed in her underwear has sparked a debate about breastfeeding and sexualisation. Aliya Shagieva posted the photo on social media back in April with the […]