Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone

Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The use of mobile phones in schools has been a controversial issue in many places A Singaporean lawyer is suing the principal of a prestigious school for confiscating his son’s mobile phone. The secondary school bans students from using phones during school hours as it considers them a distraction. […]

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) says a major system glitch led to customers being hit by unauthorised money withdrawals and deposits. The problematic transactions reached up to thousands of pesos. Some users claimed on social media that their accounts had even gone into the red. BPI chief executive Cezar Consing […]

Melbourne siege: Victim of ‘terror incident’ identified

Melbourne siege: Victim of ‘terror incident’ identified

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunman Yacqub Khayre, pictured in 2010, was shot dead by police A man who was killed by a gunman in a Melbourne siege being investigated as a terrorism incident has been identified. PM Malcolm Turnbull named the victim as Kai Hao. He was a 36-year-old newly married father, local media […]

Indonesia counts its islands to protect territory and resources

Indonesia counts its islands to protect territory and resources

Image copyright Aulia/UNDP Indonesia Image caption Having more islands recognised would extend Indonesia’s sovereignty over the surrounding waters Indonesia has so many islands it has never been able to fully count or name them. A 1996 law estimated the number of islands in the world’s biggest archipelago at 17,508. But the government is now hoping […]

Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

Image copyright S Niyazi Image caption Farmers have held protest rallies in different parts of the state At least five Indian farmers died after shots were fired during a protest in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. It is unclear who opened fire during the rally in Mandsaur district on Tuesday. Protesters say it was […]

Manmohan Singh: Actor Anupam Kher to play ex-PM in new film

Manmohan Singh: Actor Anupam Kher to play ex-PM in new film

Image copyright Anupam Kher Image caption The film is based on a memoir written by Mr Singh’s former media adviser Sanjay Baru. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher will play former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a new film. The actor announced on Twitter that he was “looking forward to portraying” Mr Singh in the film […]

Philippines conflict: Starving residents tell of terror in Marawi

Philippines conflict: Starving residents tell of terror in Marawi

Media captionA mother talks of her family’s ordeal as they hid for 11 days For the past two weeks the Philippines army has been fighting Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. So far, the conflict has killed at least 170 people, including 20 civilians, and more than 180,000 residents have fled. The BBC’s […]

Kabul blast: Afghan leader says bomb toll passes 150

Kabul blast: Afghan leader says bomb toll passes 150

Image copyright EPA Image caption Last week’s blast was the most deadly in Kabul since 2001 More than 150 people died in last week’s Kabul suicide blast, President Ashraf Ghani said as he opened multi-national talks on bringing peace. The bombing is the country’s deadliest militant attack since 2001. Previous estimates said 90 people were […]

Live donkey fed to tigers in China zoo after dispute

Live donkey fed to tigers in China zoo after dispute

Image copyright China News Service Image caption The tigers at Yancheng Safari Park, seen here in 2015, pounced on the donkey A group of angry zoo investors have fed a live donkey to tigers at a Chinese zoo after a dispute with management. The incident took place on Monday afternoon at Yancheng city in Jiangsu […]

India editors criticise raid on NDTV channel

India editors criticise raid on NDTV channel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prannoy Roy’s NDTV has denied any wrongdoing A group of influential Indian editors has expressed concerns over a federal investigative agency’s decision to raid the offices of a leading TV channel. The Editors Guild said it “condemns any attempt to muzzle the media”. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) […]