China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

Image copyright 1688.com If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow – and then take cover. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China – much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. The tiny crossbows […]

Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

Image copyright Australian Defence Force Image caption An RAAF crew prepare to take-off in F/A-18E Super Hornets Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria. A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. That warning came after the […]

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Image copyright Australian Senate Image caption Australian Senator Pauline Hanson has a history of making polarising comments Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms. Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is […]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy

Karmila Purba is the first female “devil wheel” rider on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. She began performing with a travelling show when she was just 12 years old. Each night she entertains crowds by riding a motorbike around the vertical wall. Video by Haryo Wirawan. ‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy}

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

Otto Warmbier: No post-mortem for US student held by N Korea

Otto Warmbier: No post-mortem for US student held by N Korea

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Warmbier (left) was jailed for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel The family of a US student who died shortly after being freed from North Korea have declined a post-mortem examination, according to a US coroner. Otto Warmbier died on Monday near his family home in […]

Yulin dog meat festival begins despite rumours of ban

Yulin dog meat festival begins despite rumours of ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tradition of eating dog meat dates back some 500 years in China A controversial dog meat festival has begun in the Chinese city of Yulin, despite earlier reports it had been cancelled or toned down this year. The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province. […]

Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes

Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bike-sharing phenomenon allows users to leave their bikes anywhere. A Chinese bike-sharing company has gone out of business after 90% of its bikes went missing in the first five months. Chongqing-based Wukong Bikes said the bulk of its 1,200 two-wheelers were lost or stolen. Unlike rivals, the firm did […]

Justice Karnan: Indian judge jailed for contempt

Justice Karnan: Indian judge jailed for contempt

Image copyright Press Trust of India Image caption Justice CS Karnan has been fighting India’s top judicial figures since January A former Indian judge, who has been on the run since receiving a jail sentence last month, has been arrested and imprisoned. Justice CS Karnan was the first sitting high court judge in India to […]