India woman dies after hair caught in go-kart wheel

Image copyright Sant Arora/Hindustan Times Image caption The woman was visiting the theme park with her husband, young son, and other relatives An Indian woman has died in an amusement park in the northern state of Haryana, after her hair got tangled in the wheels of a go-kart. The 28-year-old woman, Puneet Kaur, was on […]

‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

Image copyright Serge Wich Image caption Bornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM bans ministers from sex with staff

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce will take one week of leave, Malcolm Turnbull says Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will prohibit sex between ministers and their staff, after it was revealed his deputy had an affair with a former staffer. In a press briefing, he condemned Barnaby Joyce for a “shocking […]

China demands clampdown on popular quiz apps

Image copyright Reuters China has called for a clampdown on online quiz shows which have surged in popularity in recent months. The country’s media and publication regulator said there was “vulgar and tawdry” content in some of the quizzes. Companies should avoid promoting extravagance or sensationalism and focus on spreading “healthy, beneficial knowledge”, it added. […]

India designer sorry over ‘insulting’ sari remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mukherjee is one of India’s most sought after fashion designers Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has apologised for saying that Indian women who do not know how to wear a sari, a traditional garment, should feel shame. He made the remark at an event at Harvard University last week. […]

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Image copyright Getty Images India’s second largest state-run bank has uncovered a $1.8bn (£1.3bn) scam linked to a single Mumbai branch. The fraud amounts to nearly a third of Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) market value, and 50 times its profits for the last quarter of 2017. The bank said the fraudulent transactions appeared to benefit […]

Barnaby Joyce takes leave over scandal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce will take one week of leave, Malcolm Turnbull says Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take a leave of absence following politically damaging debate over his affair with a former staffer. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that Mr Joyce would not fill his post as acting […]

Maldives opposition MPs forcibly moved from parliament

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Oxfam executive ‘aware’ of Asia staff abuse claims

Image caption Lan Mercado took up her post as Oxfam’s Asia regional director in 2016 A senior figure in Oxfam says she is aware of past claims of sexual abuse involving the charity’s staff in Asia. Lan Mercado told the BBC the cases took place in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal before she started as […]