African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Now only 21 countries in the world maintain official ties with Taiwan The government of Sao Tome and Principe has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, officials said. China welcomed the decision by the African island nation saying it was “back onto the correct path of the One China principle”. […]

Singer Richard Marx ‘restrains unruly man’ on Korean Air flight

Singer Richard Marx ‘restrains unruly man’ on Korean Air flight

Image copyright Twitter / @richardmarx Image caption Marx was among a group of passengers and crew who restrained the man with rope American singer Richard Marx has said he had to restrain a fellow passenger on a Korean Air flight, after the man allegedly attacked others onboard. The incident happened as Marx and his wife, […]

Australia’s oldest working scientist wins battle over office

Australia’s oldest working scientist wins battle over office

Image copyright ABC Image caption David Goodall has been given a new office A 102-year-old scientist has won a battle to keep working on campus at an Australian university. David Goodall was ordered to work from home next year after his presence at Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University was deemed a safety risk. But the […]

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “My children have seen their mother defiled,” Caitlan Coleman says in the video An Afghan insurgent group has released video of a kidnapped North American couple, featuring two children apparently born to them in captivity. The footage from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman […]

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “My children have seen their mother defiled,” Caitlan Coleman says in the video An Afghan insurgent group has released video of a kidnapped North American couple, featuring two children apparently born to them in captivity. The footage from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman […]

Pakistan bustard hunting: Shots fired at Gulf royal party

Pakistan bustard hunting: Shots fired at Gulf royal party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Conservationists say hunting Houbara bustards in Pakistan will put the species in danger Suspected rebels have attacked a hunting party of Gulf royals in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. The gunmen let the men off with a warning not to hunt in the area, after firing bullets into their vehicle, […]

Nepal police investigate death of girl banished for menstruating

Nepal police investigate death of girl banished for menstruating

Image copyright AFP Image caption Menstruating girls and women in western Nepal are sometimes banished to dilapidated sheds Police in Nepal are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who was banished to a poorly-ventilated shed because she was menstruating. They say the girl suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm. Under an ancient […]

Indonesia justice: Foreign tourists in Gili island ‘walk of shame’

Indonesia justice: Foreign tourists in Gili island ‘walk of shame’

Image copyright Facebook: Gili Trawangan, Meno, Air Image caption It is not clear whether those paraded admitted any guilt Last week photos surfaced of two unidentified Western tourists being paraded around an Indonesian island in a “walk of shame” for alleged theft. The images show a foreign man and woman walking alongside uniformed officers on […]

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “My children have seen their mother defiled,” Caitlan Coleman says in the video An Afghan insurgent group has released video of a kidnapped North American couple, featuring two children apparently born to them in captivity. The footage from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman […]

New US Okinawa base backed by Japan Supreme Court

New US Okinawa base backed by Japan Supreme Court

Image copyright AP Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the government’s plan to relocate a US airbase to a remote part of the island of Okinawa. The island’s governor wanted the base moved off Okinawa altogether and built in another part of Japan. The US has about 26,000 troops and several bases in […]