Japanese train departs 25 seconds early – again

Image copyright Getty Images A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds early, the second such case in months. The operator said the “great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”. If the details are anything to go by, customers are faced with slipping standards: a train […]

Malaysia’s political drama is worthy of Shakespeare

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All smiles now – but today’s posters hide a story of betrayal and restitution The release of Anwar Ibrahim is an important step in a new beginning for Malaysia, building on the stunning electoral victory that ousted the ruling party on 9 May. It’s also a test of loyalty between […]

Malaysia’s Najib Razak has home searched by police

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crowded scene outside Najib Razak’s house on Wednesday night Malaysian police have searched the home of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, one week after he lost the national election. Multiple police vehicles were seen circulating in front of his house after night fall, according to local media. The new prime […]

WeChat’s owner Tencent sees profits soar by more than 60%

Image copyright Reuters Image caption WeChat has evolved into China’s biggest social network Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has posted a record quarterly profit for the three months to March, sending its shares up more than 5% on Thursday. The firm, which owns the popular messaging app WeChat, posted a 61% year-on-year jump in profit, […]

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit

Image copyright EPA Image caption The two leaders are due to meet in Singapore on 12 June North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US unilaterally insists it gives up nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un […]

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail after Mahathir election win

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anwar Ibrahim was greeted by his supporters Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from jail, paving the way for his return to politics. Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government. Malaysia’s new Prime […]

N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

Media captionHow to talk to North Korea – advice from three North Korean experts North Korea has cancelled Wednesday’s high-level talks with South Korea because of anger over its joint military exercises with the US. The North’s official KCNA news agency said the exercises were a “provocation” and a rehearsal for an invasion. It also […]

India flyover collapse kills at least 18 in Varanasi

Image copyright AFP Image caption A large crowd gathered at the scene in Varanasi At least 18 people have been killed and dozens trapped in the Indian city of Varanasi after a flyover collapsed, crushing vehicles beneath it. The flyover was still being built when portions of its cement structure fell on the road being […]

Pakistan activists targeted in Facebook attacks

Image caption Diep Saeeda has been a human rights activist for 25 years In December 2016 Diep Saeeda, an outspoken human rights activist from the Pakistani city of Lahore, received a short message on Facebook from someone she didn’t know but with whom she had a number of friends in common: “Hy dear.” She didn’t […]

China Sichuan Airlines pilot ‘half sucked out of plane’ survives

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers inspect the Sichuan Airlines aircraft after its emergency landing A Chinese passenger jet was forced into an emergency landing after its windscreen blew out at 32,000ft (9,753m), sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane. Captain Liu Chuanjian said the Airbus A319 had been cruising mid-air when a deafening […]