India Jains say ‘many children have fasted’

India Jains say ‘many children have fasted’

Image copyright Uma Sudhir Image caption Aradhana Samdariya’s death has sparked strong reactions on social media Members of India’s Jain community say 19 children from the community have undertaken religious fasts for “long periods” in recent years. This follows outrage over the death of a 13-year-old girl who died last week after undertaking a fast […]

Phillip Hughes inquest: Family walk out

Phillip Hughes inquest: Family walk out

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An inquest has examined the “completely unexpected and shocking” death of Phillip Hughes The family of Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes walked out of an inquest into his death. The 25-year-old batsman died from a haemorrhage in the brain two days after being hit on the neck during a match […]

Samsung takes £4.4bn hit to profits from Note 7 fallout

Samsung takes £4.4bn hit to profits from Note 7 fallout

Image copyright AFP The total cost of pulling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones off the market will be at least £4.4bn ($5.4bn), Samsung said. The South Korean tech giant had already lowered its third-quarter profit guidance by £1.9bn ($2.3bn). On Friday, it said it expected an additional hit of about 3.5 trillion won ($3bn, £2.5bn). The […]

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88

Media captionJonathan Head looks back at the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances. He was seen as a stabilising figure […]

Indonesia bars LGBT job applicants for new youth position

Indonesia bars LGBT job applicants for new youth position

Image copyright AP Image caption Conservative Muslim groups have in recent months displayed anti-LGBT banners in Jakarta and other big cities The Indonesian government has posted an advert for a new youth ambassador position that orders members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community not to apply. The advert stipulates that the post […]

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88

Media captionJonathan Head looks back at the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state, the palace says. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances. He was seen as […]

Asia Bibi: Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns death row appeal

Asia Bibi: Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns death row appeal

Image copyright AFP A Pakistani Christian woman on death row for blasphemy has had her appeal adjourned after one of the judges refused to hear the case. The judge cited a possible conflict of interest in the case of Asia Bibi. Hundreds of riot police had been deployed around the Supreme Court in the capital, […]

Health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘not yet stabilised’

Health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘not yet stabilised’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crowds of well-wishers gathered outside the hospital The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has “overall not yet stabilised”, the palace has said. On Sunday the palace announced that the king was in an unstable condition after receiving haemodialysis treatment. King Bhumibol, 88, is widely […]

Arrested teens ‘planned IS-inspired attack’ say Sydney police

Arrested teens ‘planned IS-inspired attack’ say Sydney police

Image copyright ABC/ Jessica Kidd Image caption The street where the boys were arrested has been cordoned off by police Police in Australia have alleged that two teenagers arrested on Wednesday were about to commit an attack inspired by the so-called Islamic State (IS). The 16-year-old boys were arrested by a counter-terrorism team in a […]

US election: Australian MPs label Donald Trump ‘revolting slug’

US election: Australian MPs label Donald Trump ‘revolting slug’

Media captionMPs in Australia pass a motion calling Donald Trump a ‘revolting slug’ The parliament of New South Wales, Australia has passed a motion calling US presidential candidate Donald Trump a “revolting slug” unfit for office. It condemned “the misogynist, hateful comments” it said had been made by Mr Trump about women and minorities. It […]