China human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘admits being brainwashed’

China human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘admits being brainwashed’

Image copyright Chen Guiqiu Image caption Xie Yang was detained in July 2015 A Chinese court says a prominent human rights lawyer, Xie Yang, has admitted being “brainwashed” overseas at his trial for inciting subversion. It released transcripts in which he says he was trained in Hong Kong and South Korea to “develop Western constitutionalism […]

The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee children dream

The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee children dream

Image copyright Obada Kassoumeh “The situation in Syria is terrible – so terrible that I think it stops kids from dreaming. But it’s their dreams that one day will make Syria good again,” says Obada Kassoumah. “I wish I could just give them a little bit of hope and make them believe that yes, they […]

Kushner family apologises for mentioning Jared at China pitch

Kushner family apologises for mentioning Jared at China pitch

Image copyright Reuters A company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has apologised for mentioning him at a Chinese conference. Nicole Kushner Meyer used her brother’s name while promoting an investment-for-visas scheme in Beijing and Shanghai. Critics were quick to accuse the family business of playing up its […]

Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid

Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid

Image caption A British nuclear test at Maralinga, in the South Australian outback Indigenous Australians who were exposed to radiation from British nuclear tests will receive upgraded healthcare, the Australian government has announced. From 1952 to 1963, Britain detonated bombs at Maralinga and Emu Field in South Australia, and the Montebello Islands off Western Australia. […]

Polls open in South Korea presidential election

Polls open in South Korea presidential election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Voters are choosing between 13 candidates Polls have opened in South Korea’s presidential election, called early after a corruption scandal that brought down President Park Geun-hye. Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger. The election is being closely watched at a time of […]

How one woman fought to convict her rapists

How one woman fought to convict her rapists

Image caption Bilkis Bano says she wants her attackers to understand the severity of their crime Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and saw 14 members of her family being murdered by a Hindu mob during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Her 15-year battle for justice finally bore fruit last week, […]

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

Image copyright AFP Image caption Afghan forces – backed by the US – have recently carried out a series of operations against IS militants The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said. He died 10 days ago in an […]

Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll

Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moon Jae-in (left) and Ahn Cheol-soo are the main rivals in an election which could see South Korea move to the left South Koreans will elect a new president on Tuesday, months ahead of schedule, after a corruption scandal that felled conservative President Park Geun-hye. The poll comes amid […]

Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits ‘one in five’ Australians

Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits ‘one in five’ Australians

Image copyright Getty Images One in five Australians has suffered image-based abuse, according to the nation’s most comprehensive study on “revenge porn”. The national survey of more than 4,200 people found that men and women were equally likely to be targeted. A fifth had had nude or sexual images taken without their permission, while 11% […]

British rock band TTNG detained in Hong Kong over visas

British rock band TTNG detained in Hong Kong over visas

Image copyright Facebook British band TTNG and US musician Mylets have been briefly detained in Hong Kong over alleged visa offences. According to media reports, the band members were held after a raid by police and immigration officers on a warehouse venue hosting their gig. The founder of concert organisers Hidden Agenda was also arrested, […]