Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan health workers carried the wounded into hospital A bomb has exploded in a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 63 people and wounding more than 180. Witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time […]

Kashmir’s communications partially restored, says India

Kashmir’s communications partially restored, says India

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Kashmiri Muslim talks on a landline phone in Srinagar on Saturday Landline telephone services are being restored to parts of Indian-administered Kashmir, India says. Seventeen out of 100 phone exchanges in the Kashmir Valley are operational, officials say. Internet and mobile phone services remain suspended. Most of the area […]

Bangladesh fire: 15,000 homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

Bangladesh fire: 15,000 homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Although the fire was ferocious, no deaths have been reported A massive fire has swept through a slum in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, leaving 50,000 people homeless. About 15,000 homes were destroyed in the Chalantika slum late on Friday. Many homes had plastic roofs, which helped the flames to […]

How Hong Kong got trapped in a cycle of violence

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Liu Yifei: Mulan boycott urged after star backs HK police

Liu Yifei: Mulan boycott urged after star backs HK police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hashtag #BoycottMulan began gaining traction on Twitter after Liu Yifei’s post Disney’s live-action remake of the animated film Mulan is facing calls for a boycott, after its star voiced support for Hong Kong’s police force. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, a naturalised US citizen, reposted a viral pro-police comment […]

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has complained about South Korea’s “ridiculous” military exercises with the US North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision “completely the fault of South Korea’s actions”. It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon […]

Pacific forum turns into row with Australia over climate goals

Pacific forum turns into row with Australia over climate goals

Image copyright EPA Image caption Leaders of 18 Pacific nations met at a regional meeting in Tuvalu Critics have blamed Australia for undermining a joint statement from Pacific island nations which called for stronger action on climate change. Regional leaders met at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu this week, where smaller island-dominated states sought […]

Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet demonstrators

Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet demonstrators

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump has said Mr Xi could bring about a “happy and enlightened ending” by meeting protesters US President Donald Trump has urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters in Hong Kong who have been demanding democratic reforms. Hong Kong has been in turmoil for weeks, with protesters […]

Stock markets stable after China trade warning

Stock markets stable after China trade warning

Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets around the world have stabilised, after fears of a slowing global economy sparked a big sell-off on Wednesday. The main US share indexes closed 3% lower overnight, but the benchmark Dow Jones was slightly higher on Thursday. This was despite a warning from China that it would take new […]

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