China’s Shenzhou 11 docks at Tiangong 2 space station

China’s Shenzhou 11 docks at Tiangong 2 space station

Image copyright Reuters Image caption State television carried live video showing Jing Haipeng (L) and Chen Dong waving after they entered the Tiangong space lab Two Chinese astronauts have arrived at the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, in a mission aimed at developing China’s capabilities as a space power. The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft blasted off from northern […]

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Image copyright AFP Image caption The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej has led to outpourings of grief across Thailand Thailand’s justice minister has asked people to take action against those who insult the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Paiboon Koomchaya called for critics to be “socially sanctioned”, but stopped short of backing […]

Indonesia castration law ‘will wipe out paedophilia’

Indonesia castration law ‘will wipe out paedophilia’

Image caption Indonesian President Joko Widodo said sex crimes would carry the maximum penalty Indonesia could “wipe out” paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be “no compromise” when it came to punishing such sexual crimes. Indonesia passed […]

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Image copyright AFP Image caption The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej has led to outpourings of grief across Thailand Thailand’s justice minister has asked people to take action against those who insult the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Paiboon Koomchaya called for critics to be “socially sanctioned”, but stopped short of backing […]

China officials confess to corruption in new TV series

China officials confess to corruption in new TV series

Image copyright CCTV Image caption Former Communist Party boss Bai Enpei was given a suspended death sentence for bribery and abuse of power A new television series showing corrupt Chinese officials making confessions has proved a hit, officials say. More than 10 disgraced figures will appear over eight episodes of Always on the Road – […]

Hong Kong court allows lawmakers to take office

Hong Kong court allows lawmakers to take office

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching attended the hearing on Tuesday evening local time Hong Kong’s government has failed to block two pro-independence lawmakers from taking their oaths in a last-ditch legal challenge. Judge Thomas Au of the High Court rejected a request for their swearing-in to be delayed for […]

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Thai royal death: ‘Social sanction’ urged against critics

Image copyright AFP Image caption The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej has led to outpourings of grief across Thailand Thailand’s justice minister has asked people to take action against those who insult the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Paiboon Koomchaya called for critics to be “socially sanctioned”, but stopped short of backing […]

Ikea Shanghai frowns on elderly daters

Ikea Shanghai frowns on elderly daters

Image copyright Sina Weibo: CCTV News Sad news for elderly lonely hearts in Shanghai: they can no longer look for love in Ikea. The Swedish furniture giant’s Shanghai store has seen a strange phenomenon of senior citizens descending upon its famed cafeteria to socialise and even find partners. Locals said it occurs twice weekly, usually […]

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers. The marsupial’s milk contains important peptides that appear to be able to kill hard-to-treat infections, including MRSA, say the Sydney University team. Experts believe devils evolved this cocktail to help their young grow stronger. The scientists are looking […]

Singapore self-driving taxi has first ‘prang’

Singapore self-driving taxi has first ‘prang’

Image copyright nuTonomy Image caption Six of the cars are being tested in a small part of Singapore. A self-driving taxi being trialled in Singapore has had its first accident. nuTonomy, the firm behind the scheme, said the car had clipped a small lorry while driving at about four miles per hour. It played down […]