‘Oldest’ panda in captivity Jia Jia dies at the age of 38

‘Oldest’ panda in captivity Jia Jia dies at the age of 38

Image copyright AP Image caption The Hong Kong government said it was saddened by the news of Jia Jia’s death A giant panda believed to have been the oldest ever kept in captivity has died at the age of 38, officials say. The death of Jia Jia, whose age in human terms was more than […]

Flooding hits central Vietnam ahead of Typhoon Sarika

Flooding hits central Vietnam ahead of Typhoon Sarika

Image copyright EPA Image caption Four central provinces have been hit by flooding Severe flooding in central Vietnam has left at least 21 people dead and submerged tens of thousands of homes. Worst affected is the province of Quang Binh, where at least 11 people have been killed, crops destroyed and livestock washed away. The […]

Thai king death: Crown prince coronation ‘delayed for a year’

Media captionWhat does King Bhumibol’s death mean for Thailand? Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials say. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday and the crown prince wants more time to mourn his father. Former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda is standing in as regent. Current […]

China backs Brics nations despite global uncertainty

China backs Brics nations despite global uncertainty

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China’s Xi Jinping (R) admitted economic growth in the Brics countries had slowed China’s president has said the long-term prospects of the Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are still positive despite a precarious global economy. President Xi Jinping said the Brics countries were among […]

China poised for space station mission

China poised for space station mission

Image copyright AP Image caption A Chinese rocket carried the space station into orbit in September China is to launch two men into orbit on Monday morning as it continues to develop its ability to explore space. The astronauts will take off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China, Chinese officials said. The […]

Thai king death: Crown prince coronation ‘delayed for a year’

Thai king death: Crown prince coronation ‘delayed for a year’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crown prince wants a delay before acceding to the throne so he can mourn Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials say. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday and the crown prince wants more time to mourn his father. […]

Thai king death: Bangkok’s red light district turns black

Bangkok’s well known red light district has turned black out of respect for the late king. The entertainment industry is under orders to tone down following the death of the world’s longest-reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Thursday. The government has declared a year-long official mourning period. Thai king death: Bangkok’s red light district turns […]

Thai king death: Thousands queue to pay respects at palace

Thai king death: Thousands queue to pay respects at palace

Image copyright AP Image caption A book of condolences is available at the palace for mourners to sign Large queues have formed at the Grand Palace in the Thai capital as mourners pay their respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday. Thousands, dressed in black, have been waiting to enter to sign a […]

Thai king death: Nation mourns loss of revered royal

Media captionKing Bhumibol: A monarch who remained an enigma Thousands of Thai mourners are lining the streets of Bangkok, hoping to see the body of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as it it moved from a hospital to a temple in the Grand Palace. The world’s longest-reigning monarch died on Thursday aged 88, sparking a national outpouring […]

Remembering King Bhumibol online

Remembering King Bhumibol online

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Among the stars: Many took online to express their grief as news emerged of King Bhumibol’s death Mourning in Thailand isn’t just happening on the streets. Social media pages were also turned into a sea of black as news emerged of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning […]