South Korea President Park impeachment trial begins

South Korea President Park impeachment trial begins

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nine judges have 180 days to decide whether Ms Park should step down Constitutional Court proceedings have begun against South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, despite her absence from the impeachment trial. Politicians voted to impeach Ms Park last month over a corruption scandal, but the court must now ratify or […]

Dolphins escape from Taiji facility in Japan

Dolphins escape from Taiji facility in Japan

Image copyright AP Image caption Three dolphins have since returned but one remains missing A pod of dolphins has escaped from a recreational facility in the Japanese town of Taiji, known for its annual controversial hunts. Staffers from the DolphinBase centre discovered nets dividing the pools from the ocean had been slashed, allowing four dolphins […]

Apple pulls New York Times app from China app store

Apple pulls New York Times app from China app store

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has withdrawn the New York Times from its China App Store, following a request from Chinese authorities. The paper said the move was aimed at preventing readers in China “from accessing independent news coverage”. Apple said they had been informed the app violated Chinese regulations but did not say what […]

MS Dhoni resigns as India one-day captain ahead of England series

MS Dhoni resigns as India one-day captain ahead of England series

MS Dhoni has scored more than 9,000 ODI runs in 283 matches MS Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain ahead of the ODI series against England, which begins on 15 January. The wicketkeeper will, however, remain available for selection for the three-match series and the three subsequent Twenty20 internationals. Dhoni, 35, had been […]

Australia hopeful of restoring military ties with Indonesia

Australia hopeful of restoring military ties with Indonesia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indonesia’s Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and Australian counterpart Marise Payne meet last year Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne has said she is confident Indonesia will soon restore military ties with her nation. Indonesia suspended all military co-operation on Wednesday, saying “a lot of things needed to be improved”. Australian […]

Six arrested over New Year sex attacks in Bangalore

Six arrested over New Year sex attacks in Bangalore

Image copyright CCTV Image caption CCTV footage showed two men target a woman walking in Bangalore on New Year’s Eve At least six people have been arrested over the sexual molestation of women during New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Indian city of Bangalore. Local police inspector Hemant Nimbalkar said the arrests were made after […]

Indonesia suspends military co-operation with Australia

Indonesia suspends military co-operation with Australia

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption An Indonesian special forces unit reportedly trains in Perth Indonesia has suspended all military co-operation with Australia, saying “a lot of things needed to be improved”. Army spokesman Maj Gen Wuryanto said the halt came into force in December and a broad range of activities were affected, including […]

Krishna Poonia: Athlete hailed for saving girls from molestation

Krishna Poonia: Athlete hailed for saving girls from molestation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Krishna Poonia won a gold medal for India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi Indian Olympian Krishna Poonia has called recent reports of sexual assaults in Bangalore “sickening”, and described preventing a similar attack. She told the BBC she was in Rajasthan’s Churu district on 1 January when […]

Mayor of Panzhihua, China, ‘shot by senior official’

Mayor of Panzhihua, China, ‘shot by senior official’

A high-ranking official in the Chinese city of Panzhihua is thought to have shot the mayor and the local party secretary before killing himself. The head of the city’s Land and Resources Bureau reportedly burst into a meeting of city leaders before opening fire. The mayor and party secretary suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, […]

Myanmar says ‘no evidence’ of Rohingya genocide

Myanmar says ‘no evidence’ of Rohingya genocide

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rohingya Muslims have been trying to flee into Bangladesh to escape the violence A commission set up by Myanmar’s government says it has so far found no evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. In its interim report, the commission also said there was not enough evidence to […]