Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Image copyright EPA Image caption Teaching was under way when the bomb went off Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the country’s health ministry says. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated […]

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ICRC provided more than 21,000 prostheses and orthoses in 2017 The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul. […]

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Image copyright THE GREENS Image caption Mehreen Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim woman in the senate. Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism. Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future […]

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption The goose now has a bright future ahead of him A goose has won a place at a prestigious Chinese university after its owner joked she was “reluctant to cook it”. In a public post on Weibo, a woman named Ms Wu said she was worried she would not […]

India postman sacked for dumping 6,000 letters over a decade

India postman sacked for dumping 6,000 letters over a decade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No mail in years? Maybe check with your local postman A postal worker in India has been suspended after he was found not to have delivered thousands of letters for more than 10 years. Ever wondered why you never heard back from that job offer, that ATM card application […]

Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On […]

‘They came dressed as soldiers’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many residents have now fled Ghazni after cowering in their homes for days The Taliban’s brazen assault on the strategic city of Ghazni, south of the capital Kabul, has come as a major blow to the Afghan government and its international allies. At least 140 members of the security forces […]

Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On […]

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Spurs’ Son Heung-min (centre) and his South Korean team-mates share the Asian Games stage with less familiar sporting figures Over the the next four days, the last of 12,000 athletes and officials will check into six tower blocks in the centre of Jakarta. The Asian Games athletes village will be a diverse community. Representing two-thirds […]

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pacific Island leaders pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa last year Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities. Mr Pohiva told a local newspaper he would propose the […]

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