The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

Image copyright Vikas Dilawari Image caption The Mulji Jetha fountain in South Mumbai before restoration. It is one of at least 50 colonial-era fountains in the city. Metallic sheets barricade the approximately 15ft (4.5m) drinking water fountain (pyaav) outside the postal headquarters in south Mumbai. Dozens of pigeons are jostling in the small courtyard-like space […]

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Image copyright PA Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publishing house, has reversed a decision to censor content in China. The publisher had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had said that […]

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Indonesian flag was misprinted in the guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook. The mistake prompted fury in Indonesia over […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The collision was reported at 05:24 local time east of the Strait of Singapore Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east […]

US-South Korea set for divisive military drills

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Foal Eagle, held earlier this year, saw US and South Korean troops practice a beach landing The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send […]

US Navy ship collides with oil tanker off Singapore

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The USS John McCain was performing a routine stop when it struck an oil tanker Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says. The USS John McCain was sailing through the Strait […]

Online abuse of Malaysia’s Muslim women

Image copyright AFP When a 15-year-old Malaysian girl voiced her dream of becoming the country’s first female prime minister on Twitter earlier this year, she was roundly abused online for not donning the hijab. Surekha Ragavan asks if Malay Muslim women encounter more rage on social media. It’s no secret that women everywhere are vulnerable […]

Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior Catholics

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The mother of Leover Miranda, an alleged drug dealer, cries during his funeral on Sunday The head of the Philippines Catholic Church has criticised the government’s bloody campaign against drugs. Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle condemned “those who kill even the helpless”. Police say that since President Rodrigo Duterte launched […]

Hong Kong protest: Thousands march for jailed activists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters carried a banner saying: “It’s not a crime to fight against totalitarianism” Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of Hong Kong in protest at the jailing of three pro-democracy activists. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were initially given non-custodial sentences for their involvement […]

Aryana Sayeed: Kabul concert goes ahead despite threats

Media captionThe concert by Aryana Sayeed was a rare event in Kabul Hundreds of young men and women attended a concert by Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed in the capital Kabul despite opposition from conservatives, and threats of an attack. The concert was held amid tight security at the heavily protected Intercontinental Hotel. It was […]