China shares get long-sought MSCI index listing

US stock index provider MSCI has agreed to include China’s mainland domestic shares in its emerging markets index for the first time. Image copyright Reuters The move is a step forward for Beijing as it attempts to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital. China’s inclusion had been rejected for the past three […]

India arrests 15 for cheering Pakistan in Champions Trophy

India arrests 15 for cheering Pakistan in Champions Trophy

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistan beat India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy Fifteen people have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. Police told the BBC that the Muslim men had been charged with sedition. […]

The wounded victims of child marriage

The wounded victims of child marriage

Image caption Shafa is only 16 but has already endured a forced marriage and a miscarriage In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls grow for this law to be amended, BBC Sinhala’s Saroj Pathirana meets one young girl […]

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption It is common to see basements in Beijing converted into housing units, such as this one photographed in 2014 The recent discovery of around 400 people living underneath an upscale Beijing apartment complex has shone fresh light on the Chinese capital’s housing crunch. On Saturday, a state radio report […]

Wallabies coach calls furious fan after Scotland defeat

Wallabies coach calls furious fan after Scotland defeat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had a frustrating weekend in Sydney Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has spoken to the rugby fan whose social media critique of the Australian side made international headlines. Fuelled by “15 years of hurt” and 16 beers, Jack Quigley’s 800-word Facebook rant attracted over 50,000 likes […]

India girl, 16, ‘brutally gang raped’ and thrown from moving train

India girl, 16, ‘brutally gang raped’ and thrown from moving train

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been growing anger against increasing number sexual assault cases against women A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped and thrown from a train in the northern state of Bihar, police say. The teenager told police that two men abducted her from an isolated spot near her home […]

Champions Trophy: How Twitter played the India-Pakistan final

Champions Trophy: How Twitter played the India-Pakistan final

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India captain Virat Kohli was given a lifeline when he was dropped on five, but his wicket fell the very next ball Pakistan thrashed defending champions India in the Champions Trophy to stun the country of 1.2 billion people on Sunday. India started as the favourite both in TV […]

Baby elephant killed on Malaysia highway

Baby elephant killed on Malaysia highway

Image copyright Alicia Solana Mena/ MEME Image caption Activists say elephants are increasingly being seen near busy Malaysian highways A baby elephant has been discovered dead on a Malaysian highway after it was apparently killed by a vehicle. State park officials who found the carcass said such incidents “do not happen very often”. Environmentalists said […]

India’s Jet Airways gifts free lifetime flights to baby born mid-air

India’s Jet Airways gifts free lifetime flights to baby born mid-air

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jet Airways says it is the first time they have seen a baby been born in-flight Private Indian airline Jet Airways has gifted free lifetime air tickets to a baby born aboard one of its flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The crew and a passenger, who was a […]

Four foreigners tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison

Four foreigners tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison

Image copyright Getty Images Four foreigners have escaped from Bali’s Kerokoban Prison using a tunnel, say Indonesian officials. The prisoners were identified as Australian Shaun Edward Davidson, Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov, Indian Sayed Muhammad and Malaysian Tee Kok King. Prison governor Tony Nainggolan said police launched a search and believed the men were still in Bali. […]