China coal-to-gas switch delayed to avert heating crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Coal-fired heating has been China’s favourite fuel but the environmental concerns have pushed the government to convert to cleaner alternatives The Chinese government has scaled back its ambitious plans to eradicate coal-fired heating for this winter amid shortage of gas. Beijing had ordered the nation’s northern provinces to convert from […]

Hirohito’s WW2 memoir bought by Japanese accused holocaust denier

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The notes were dictated by the emperor and written down by an aide A memoir by former Japanese Emperor Hirohito about World War Two has been bought by a Japanese surgeon accused of denying the Holocaust and the Nanjing massacre. Known as the Emperor’s Monologue, the memoir chronicles the slide […]

Priyanka Chopra sparks Twitter search for most unread emails

Image copyright Alan Powell/Instagram How many unread emails have you got piling up in your inbox? 50? 100? Over 1,000? Most likely you would struggle to compete with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who has somehow managed to amass more than 250,000. Chopra is one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities […]

Rajasthan attack: India arrest over ‘love jihad’ killing video

Image copyright AFP Image caption The suspect is seen in the video justifying the incident to “protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims” Police in the western Indian state of Rajasthan have arrested a man who allegedly hacked another man to death and set him alight before sharing video of the apparent religious attack. In […]

Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage

Image copyright EPA Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters outside Australia’s parliament on Thursday Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to change the Marriage Act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate. The vote set […]

China claims Indian drone ‘invaded airspace in crash’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A March 2017 file picture of an Indian army drone An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese state media said. Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre combat bureau, said the incident took place in “recent days”. He did not give an […]

India newborn ‘mistakenly’ declared dead passes away

Image copyright AFP Image caption The incident sparked outrage and a debate over the quality of private healthcare A premature baby who was “mistakenly” declared dead by doctors in India’s capital Delhi has died in another hospital where he was being treated. The doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead […]

Memoir by Japanese WW2 emperor Hirohito sold in New York auction

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The notes were dictated by the emperor and written down by an aide A memoir by former Japanese Emperor Hirohito about how his country entered World War Two has fetched $220,000 (£164,000) at an auction in New York. Also known as the Imperial Monologue, it chronicles the slide into war […]

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

Image copyright Getty Images Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some international flights. The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent “engine events”. Two flights were forced to return to Auckland this week after mechanical trouble, local media […]

Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were […]