South China Sea: Philippines’ Duterte sends troops to unoccupied islands

South China Sea: Philippines’ Duterte sends troops to unoccupied islands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said “everyone is making a grab” for the South China Sea Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea. “The unoccupied, which are ours, let’s live on it,” Mr Duterte told reporters during a visit […]

Thailand king signs constitution paving way for polls

Thailand king signs constitution paving way for polls

Image copyright Reuters The king of Thailand has signed a new constitution that paves the way for a return to democracy but still gives the army an influential role in politics. King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed the document at a ceremony in Bangkok. It constrains future elected governments with an appointed senate, and commits governments to […]

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority

Media captionThe leader of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has given a wide ranging interview to the BBC’s Fergal Keane Aung San Suu Kyi has denied there is ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in Myanmar – despite widespread reports of abuses. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the Nobel peace prize winner acknowledged […]

North Korean missile fired ahead of US-China summit

North Korean missile fired ahead of US-China summit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The missile launches are viewed with alarm by North Korea’s neighbours North Korea has test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan. South Korea’s defence ministry said the missile flew about 60km (40 miles). It is the latest in a series […]

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, toured the island’s current fleet of submarines last month Taiwan has announced plans for eight new submarines, a senior Taiwanese navy official confirmed on Wednesday. The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago. The announcement […]

India man held after postcard divorce

India man held after postcard divorce

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists say thousands of Muslim women have been divorced by their husbands by triple talaq An Indian man was arrested for harassment and cheating after divorcing his second wife via postcard. Mohammed Haneef sent the card just a week after their wedding. It said “talaq” (divorce) three times, enough to […]

Pakistan blast: Lahore census team hit by suspected suicide bombing

Pakistan blast: Lahore census team hit by suspected suicide bombing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 20 other people were wounded in the explosion At least six people have been killed in a suspected suicide attack targeting census workers and their security escort in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Four of the dead were troops. At least 19 others were wounded, officials say. A team […]

Malaysia MP: ‘Ok for rape victims to marry their rapists’

Malaysia MP: ‘Ok for rape victims to marry their rapists’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shabudin Yahaya said there was “nothing wrong” with rape victims marrying their rapists A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were “physically and spiritually” ready to get married. Shabudin Yahaya from the ruling […]

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The missile launches are viewed with alarm by North Korea’s neighbours North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan. South Korea’s defence ministry said the missile flew about 60km (40 miles). It is the latest in a series of […]

Australia makes ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Australia makes ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Image copyright Australian Federal Police Image caption The drugs were concealed between floorboards, police say Australian police have made the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the nation’s history. The 903kg (1990lb) haul of the drug, also called ice, is estimated to have a street value of A$898m (£546m; $680m), Justice Minister Michael Keenan said. […]