Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies aged 61

Image copyright Reuters Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died in a military hospital at the age of 61, state media report. Reports say he had been suffering from serious illness for several months and had received medical treatment abroad and in Vietnam. He had been sworn into office in the communist country in 2016, […]

Indian spinner breaks limited-overs record

Shahbaz Nadeem plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem took eight wickets for 10 runs to break the world record for the best bowling figures in top-level limited-overs cricket. The 29-year-old returned figures of 10-4-10-8 for Jharkhand against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India’s highest domestic one-day competition. The […]

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid

Image copyright Jaxa Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan’s space agency is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid. On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will despatch a pair of “rovers” to the 1km-wide space […]

Taiwan hair salon covers ‘swastika’ signs after outcry

Image copyright EPA Image caption German and Jewish communities criticised the shop’s logo A hairdressers in Taiwan has covered up its street signs, after it was criticised for having a logo similar to the Nazi swastika, it’s reported. According to the Taiwan News website, the Berlin Hair Salon in the northern city of Hsinchu has […]

North Korea’s Kim wants fast denuclearisation, South’s leader says

Image copyright AFP Image caption The visit of Moon Jae-in (R) took in the symbolic Mt Paektu North Korea’s leader wants to complete denuclearisation quickly and hold a second summit with Donald Trump soon, South Korea’s president says. President Moon Jae-in, who has ended a landmark trip to the North, said Kim Jong-un also wanted […]

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in makes unprecedented mass games speech

Image copyright Reuters/Pyongyang Press Corps Image caption Moon Jae-in, left, is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang to talk with Kim Jong-un President Moon Jae-in became the first South Korean leader to give a speech to the North Korean public when he spoke at the Mass Games in Pyongyang on Wednesday evening. In his seven-minute […]

Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jet Airways is one of India’s leading carriers More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots ‘forgot’ to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take […]

Queensland shark attacks: Two injured in 24 hours at tourist spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands are popular among holidaymakers A girl has suffered a “significant leg injury” in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say. It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours. On Wednesday, a woman was treated for […]

India school principal held for ‘covering up’ student rape

Image caption The school’s staff has been charged for trying to cover up the crime The principal of a boarding school and four members of staff are among nine people arrested over the rape of a 15-year-old student in northern India. Four male students have been held for the rape, which left the girl pregnant, […]

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib hit with 25 charges of money laundering and abuse of power

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Najib has pleaded not guilty to all 25 charges Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, has been charged with 21 counts of money laundering, in a case linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. He was charged in court on Thursday in relation to the alleged transfer of $556m […]