South Korea’s powerful Lotte family goes on trial

South Korea’s powerful Lotte family goes on trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The man at the centre of the tussle: Lotte Group founder and patriarch Shin Kyuk-ho Four members of the powerful family behind the $81bn (£66bn) Lotte Group business empire have gone on trial in Seoul this week. Monday’s session was a rare reunion of Lotte’s 94-year-old founder Shin Kyuk-ho and […]

India court gives sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers human status

India court gives sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers human status

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Ganges and Yamuna rivers are worshipped by millions, but they are also heavily polluted A court in northern Indian has given the Ganges and Yamuna rivers the status of “living human entities”. The high court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand said this would help in the “preservation […]

S Korea complains to WTO about China over Thaad

S Korea complains to WTO about China over Thaad

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US THAAD missile system being deployed in South Korea has angered China South Korea has appealed to the World Trade Organization to determine if the Chinese government is treating South Korean companies unfairly. Seoul claims Beijing is retaliating economically over its deployment of a US anti-missile defence system. […]

Pakistan PM orders Afghan border crossings to reopen

Pakistan PM orders Afghan border crossings to reopen

Image copyright EPA Image caption The crossings shut last month as tensions soared over militant attacks Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the country’s two main border crossings with Afghanistan to reopen immediately. Mr Sharif said the move was meant as a gesture of goodwill. Pakistan shut the crossings last month after a spate […]

Vodafone’s Indian unit and Idea Cellular announce merger

Vodafone’s Indian unit and Idea Cellular announce merger

Image copyright Getty Images UK telecoms giant Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest network, to create the country’s largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market share, the firms said in a statement. The announcement ends months of speculation over an […]

Australian MPs’ private numbers mistakenly published online

Australian MPs’ private numbers mistakenly published online

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The mistake affected a large number of Australian MPs and their staffers The private phone numbers of a large section of Australian politicians have been mistakenly published online. Former prime ministers’ numbers were among those visible on a government website for more than three months, Fairfax Media reported. The […]

Beijing park dispenses loo roll using facial recognition

Beijing park dispenses loo roll using facial recognition

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Besides its free supply of toilet paper, the park is also known for housing the iconic Temple of Heaven complex of religious buildings A park in Beijing has installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition to stop visitors from taking too much loo roll, media reports say. Machines at […]

Man found dead in suspected crocodile attack in Australia

Man found dead in suspected crocodile attack in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images A man has been found dead after a suspected crocodile attack in Australia, authorities say. The victim is believed to be a spear fisherman, 35, whose boat was found empty off Palmer Point, in Far North Queensland, on Saturday. Queensland Police said an initial investigation suggested the man was killed by […]

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China’s President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states. Mr Tillerson met the Chinese leader in […]

How to save a 500-year-old dying language

Media captionVolunteers in Singapore are teaching people the Kristang language Until two years ago, university student Kevin Martens Wong had never even heard of his ancestral tongue, let alone spoken it. The Singaporean linguist was researching endangered languages when he stumbled upon Kristang in a book. As he dug deeper, he realised it was the […]