China combats corruption within anti-corruption agency

China combats corruption within anti-corruption agency

Image copyright CCDI Image caption Last week, the anti-corruption agency released a TV show on corruption within its ranks China’s anti-corruption agency says it is going to watch its officials more closely, after uncovering corruption within its own ranks. It says 17 officials from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) have been investigated for […]

Indian YouTuber in trouble over ‘prank’ kissing

Indian YouTuber in trouble over ‘prank’ kissing

Image caption Sumit Verma has apologised for his “kissing prank” video Indian YouTuber Sumit Verma is in trouble after posting a video in which he randomly walks up to women in public places, kisses them and runs away. The Delhi police are now investigating the video and have urged “his victims” to file a complaint. […]

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Despite its potential resources wealth, East Timor is still one of the poorest countries in Asia East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath […]

McDonald’s agrees China franchise sale

McDonald’s agrees China franchise sale

Image copyright Getty Images McDonald’s has agreed to sell 80% of its business in China and Hong Kong, as part of plans to franchise more of its restaurants worldwide. China’s state-owned investment group Citic, and US private equity firm Carlyle Group, will take control of the operations in a deal valued at $2.1bn (£1.7bn). McDonald’s […]

Australian minister Sussan Ley stands aside over expenses scandal

Australian minister Sussan Ley stands aside over expenses scandal

Image copyright ABC Image caption Sussan Ley has stood aside as Australia’s health minister Australia’s health minister has temporarily stood aside after using a taxpayer-funded trip to purchase an apartment worth A$795,000 (£473,300; $585,200) on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Sussan Ley said she made an “error of judgement” in billing taxpayers for three Gold Coast visits […]

India divorce: How ‘triple talaq’ destroys lives

A practice in India that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives in an instant is facing fierce opposition. “Triple talaq” – divorcing by saying the word talaq three times – is legal for Muslims in India but controversial. It is banned across much of the Islamic world. India’s Supreme Court is deciding whether triple […]

S Korea monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest

S Korea monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saturday’s march in Seoul marked the 11th week of rallies against President Park Geun-hye A Buddhist monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire in protest at South Korea’s deal with Japan over its sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two. The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree […]

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

Media captionTime-lapse footage of Beijing smog A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according to Xinhua state news agency. The […]

Thailand floods: 12 dead as record rainfall persists

Thailand floods: 12 dead as record rainfall persists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unseasonal downpours in southern Thailand are expected to continue for at least two more days At least 12 people have died and many villages been submerged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in southern Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with water levels reaching “roof-high” in […]

Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly

Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly

Image copyright AP Image caption Hundreds protested against the Chinese investment on Thursday Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone. The plan envisages the eviction of thousands of villagers around Hambantota port, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital Colombo. […]