Naadam: Mongolia puts on its ‘manly games’ festival

Mongolia is holding its spectacular Naadam summer games – a centuries-old festival traditionally seen as a celebration of its three “men’s games” of wrestling, horse-racing and archery. The slightly less strenuous game of shagai, where bones are flicked like dice, also gets a look-in at the event in the capital, Ulan Bator. Naadam: Mongolia puts […]

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

Image copyright Algalita Image caption The team says that a “raft” spanning 965,000 square miles of microplastic has gathered in the South Pacific A mariner who has spent years travelling “hundreds of thousands of nautical miles” to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a “raft” of plastic debris spanning […]

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident’s ashes scattered at sea

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident’s ashes scattered at sea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Liu Xiaobo’s ashes were scattered in the Yellow Sea, his brother said Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony in the north-eastern city of Shenyang. His ashes were later scattered in the sea, his brother said. Mr Liu, who had been […]

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident cremated in private ceremony

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident cremated in private ceremony

Image copyright Handout Image caption Mr Liu’s widow (R) attended the ceremony alongside other mourners Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony. Mr Liu, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died of liver cancer on Thursday. He was China’s most prominent dissident […]

Liu Xiaobo: Concern for China dissident’s widow Liu Xia

Liu Xiaobo: Concern for China dissident’s widow Liu Xia

Image copyright Handout/AFP Image caption Liu Xiaobo and his poet wife, Liu Xia, in 2002 The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize says it is “deeply worried” about the widow of Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent critic who died of liver cancer on Thursday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee and the UN both urged China […]

India court orders probe into Manipur killings

India court orders probe into Manipur killings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists have been fighting for years to secure a probe into alleged unlawful deaths India’s Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into allegations of extra-judicial executions by security forces in the north-eastern state of Manipur. The court on Friday asked federal investigators to examine multiple civilian deaths between 1979 […]

Australian senator quits over New Zealand dual citizenship

Australian senator quits over New Zealand dual citizenship

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scott Ludlam said he was surprised to learn of his dual citizenship An Australian senator has resigned after realising he holds dual citizenship, meaning his nine-year parliamentary career most likely breached the nation’s constitution. Scott Ludlam, from the minor Greens party, said he only learned of his New Zealand […]

Hong Kong court disqualifies pro-democracy lawmakers

Hong Kong court disqualifies pro-democracy lawmakers

Image copyright AFP Image caption The four lawmakers are all members of the territory’s pro-democracy movement Hong Kong’s High Court has disqualified four lawmakers who protested against Beijing when they were sworn in to the city’s Legislative Council. They were found to have improperly taken their oaths of office in 2016. The ruling comes just […]

Liu Xiaobo: China rejects foreign criticism over dissident’s death

Liu Xiaobo: China rejects foreign criticism over dissident’s death

Media captionLiu Xiaobo: China’s most influential dissident China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were “in no position to make improper remarks”. The activist, who had been serving an […]

India alarm over rising tiger deaths

India alarm over rising tiger deaths

Image copyright AFP Wildlife activists have accused Indian authorities of a culture of secrecy around steadily rising tiger deaths. At least 67 tigers have died this year – many as a result of conflict with humans, including poachers, they say. “There is no transparency in these matters,” Theodore Baskaran, a former trustee of WWF-India, told […]