UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Hekmatyar has been in hiding for many years The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country. The Afghan government asked for the move as part of a deal with Mr Hekmatyar and his militant group in […]

Bees stop play in SA cricket match

Bees stop play in SA cricket match

A groundsman uses a fire extinguisher to disperse the bees at the Wanderers A swarm of bees stopped play midway through Sri Lanka’s innings in the third one-day international against South Africa in Johannesburg. The bees disrupted play twice – sending players diving to the ground – before the game was officially stopped in the […]

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paying and accepting dowry is a centuries-old South Asian tradition A textbook in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has caused outrage after it listed “ugliness” as a reason for the increased demand for dowry. The textbook said: “If a girl is ugly and handicapped then it becomes difficult for […]

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]

Mattis warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to nuclear use

Mattis warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to nuclear use

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Mattis has been holding talks with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mr Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US […]

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Loghman Sawari was detained and deported to PNG by Fijian officials Fiji has deported an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea, where he spent years detained under Australia’s controversial immigration policies. Loghman Sawari used fake documents to fly to Fiji to seek asylum, saying he did not feel safe […]

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paying and accepting dowry is a centuries-old South Asian tradition A textbook in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has caused outrage after it listed “ugliness” as a reason for the increased demand for dowry. The textbook said: “If a girl is ugly and handicapped then it becomes difficult for […]

Bhutan’s calendar baby prince

More than 100,000 trees were planted to celebrate last year’s royal birth in the Himalayan Kingdom, which is nestled between India and China. Bhutan’s calendar baby prince}

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Image copyright Reuters Apple is to start making iPhones in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, the state’s government has said. Ministers said Apple would start an initial manufacturing operation in the state, whose capital is the tech hub Bangalore, in April. The tech giant has a 2% share of India’s mobile phone market, well […]