Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Spurs’ Son Heung-min (centre) and his South Korean team-mates share the Asian Games stage with less familiar sporting figures Over the the next four days, the last of 12,000 athletes and officials will check into six tower blocks in the centre of Jakarta. The Asian Games athletes village will be a diverse community. Representing two-thirds […]

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pacific Island leaders pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa last year Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities. Mr Pohiva told a local newspaper he would propose the […]

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Image copyright AFP Image caption A symbol of hope or bad PR for Fukushima? Fukushima residents have reacted angrily to the statue of a boy in protective gear, saying it gives the impression of a city still contaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Fukushima’s nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami in 2011, causing the […]

Rainbow trout can now be called salmon in China

Rainbow trout can now be called salmon in China

Image copyright iStock Image caption The rainbow trout has been labelled as the true victim of the move If you think there’s something fishy about the salmon you’re eating, that could be because it’s not salmon. New rules introduced in China mean rainbow trout can now be labelled and sold domestically as salmon. Why? Because […]

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Wilson was convicted in May of concealing child sexual abuse A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has ruled. The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid […]

How China’s ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan

How China’s ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Andy Chan says China’s pressure proves that Hong Kong should go it alone A lunchtime talk by a little-known Hong Kong political figure has drawn global attention to China’s influence on free speech in the territory. Andy Chan is the head of a fringe nationalist party calling for Hong Kong’s […]

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

Image caption China says it is fighting separatism and Islamist militants in Xinjiang China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”. Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education”, officials admitted. The rare admission from Beijing […]

Afghanistan: Battle-torn Ghazni residents ‘can’t find food’

Afghanistan: Battle-torn Ghazni residents ‘can’t find food’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some families have managed to get out of Ghazni, where food is running low Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low, as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day, the UN has warned. “Life is getting hard for people, they can’t get food […]

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late? It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and […]

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A soldier keeps watch on the Ghazni road A Taliban attack on Ghazni has continued for a third day – with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the Afghan city. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, the Afghan army’s chief-of-staff, said the strategic city was not under threat of falling into […]

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