Seoul protest targets South Korean President Park Gun-hye

Seoul protest targets South Korean President Park Gun-hye

Image copyright Reuters Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to demand the resignation of President Park Gun-hye. Large numbers of police officers are being deployed to prevent demonstrators reaching the presidential palace. Ms Park is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to access government documents without clearance. […]

Bagram blast: Explosion hits US airbase in Afghanistan

Bagram blast: Explosion hits US airbase in Afghanistan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Bagram has frequently been targeted by the Taliban A huge explosion at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, the largest US military facility in the country, has killed at least four people. At least 14 others were wounded in the blast, local district governor Haji Shookor told the BBC. The Taliban said […]

Singles Day: Alibaba breaks record sales total

Media captionChina’s Singles Day: The made-up festival E-commerce giant Alibaba has beaten its sales record for its annual Singles Day event. About 20 hours into the event, Alibaba sales had reached 103bn yuan ($15bn; £12bn), easily topping the previous record set last year of $14.3bn. But some have questioned the accuracy of the numbers, amid […]

Myanmar debris: ‘Mystery object lands at jade mine’

Myanmar debris: ‘Mystery object lands at jade mine’

Image copyright Yannaing Pyi Sone Aung Image caption The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m (15ft) long and 1.2m wide A large metal object has fallen from the sky into a jade mining area in north Myanmar, state media say. The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m […]

Macau’s former chief prosecutor charged with nearly 2,000 crimes

Macau’s former chief prosecutor charged with nearly 2,000 crimes

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Macau, known as the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’, is a popular gambling destination The former chief prosecutor in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau has been charged with nearly 2,000 crimes. Ho Chio-meng is accused of setting up a criminal syndicate, abuse of power, and money laundering. Relatives and colleagues […]

Afghanistan: Fatal attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif

Afghanistan: Fatal attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif

Image copyright EPA Image caption The massive blast destroyed nearby buildings and cars A suicide bomber has rammed a truck into a German consulate in Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians and wounding 120, officials said. Gunman attacked the building after the blast, in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, battling with German and Afghan forces. The […]

Singles Day: Alibaba closes in on record sales

Media captionChina’s Singles Day: The made-up festival E-commerce giant Alibaba may smash the sales record for its annual Singles Day event. About 15 hours into the event, sales had reached 91.2bn yuan ($13.4bn; £10.6bn), the firm said. Last year’s record was $14.3bn. But some have questioned the accuracy of the numbers, amid claims of inflated […]

Myanmar debris: ‘Mystery object lands at jade mine’

Myanmar debris: ‘Mystery object lands at jade mine’

Image copyright Yannaing Pyi Sone Aung Image caption The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m (15ft) long and 1.2m wide A large metal object has fallen from the sky into a jade mining area in north Myanmar, state media say. The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m […]

India rupees: Chaos at banks continues after ATMs reopen

Media captionIndia’s 500 and 1,000 rupee notes are no longer legal tender Long queues continue outside banks and several ATMs have run out of cash in India, three days after 500 ($7) and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. The BBC visited many ATMs of big banks in Delhi and Mumbai […]

Japan and India sign civil nuclear agreement

Japan and India sign civil nuclear agreement

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Modi, left, praised the two countries’ “growing convergence” Japan and India have signed a civil nuclear agreement after talks in Tokyo between their two leaders. Japan will supply fuel, equipment and technology to India, which wants more nuclear-generated electricity for its rapidly growing population. The accord is strictly for […]