Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The procession to transfer the ashes of King Bhumibol from the crematorium to the Grand Palace The final stage of the funeral ceremony for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has taken place in Bangkok. The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had […]

Myanmar: Foreign journalists charged over parliament drone flight

Myanmar: Foreign journalists charged over parliament drone flight

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security guards spotted the journalist flying the drone near the parliament in Naypyidaw Myanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese with breaking import laws after they flew a drone near the country’s parliament. They are being held in custody until their first hearing and could face up […]

Mattis: North Korea nuclear threat accelerating

Mattis: North Korea nuclear threat accelerating

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption North Korea engaged in “outlaw” behaviour, Mr Mattis said The threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a visit to South Korea. Mr Mattis warned it would face a “massive military response” if it used nuclear weapons. Separately, North Korea released […]

South Korea professor ‘mentally stressed’ comfort women

South Korea professor ‘mentally stressed’ comfort women

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former “comfort women” are active in South Korean society A South Korean court has found a university professor guilty of defamation for questioning accepted views on so-called comfort women. The term is a euphemism for women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels. Park Yu-ha, of […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce was invalidly elected, a court has ruled Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled. The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others […]

North Korea to release captured South Korean fishermen

North Korea to release captured South Korean fishermen

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The seizure of a South Korean boat comes amid rising tension over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions North Korea says it will release a South Korean fishing boat it seized six days ago for “illegally” sailing into its waters, state media report. The vessel and its crew will […]

Hong Kong Exchange trading floor closes for good

Hong Kong Exchange’s trading floor closes its doors on Friday. After more than 30 years, it’s moving to electronic trading – joining a growing club after Tokyo, Singapore and London. Video by Zoe Chen and Juliana Liu. Hong Kong Exchange trading floor closes for good}

US sailors rescued after five months adrift in Pacific

US sailors rescued after five months adrift in Pacific

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The women – and their dogs – survived thanks to a water purifier and a store of dry food Two US mariners and their two dogs have been rescued by the US Navy after spending nearly five months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, officials say. Jennifer Appel and Tasha […]

Australian indigenous leaders criticise rejection of ‘voice’

Australian indigenous leaders criticise rejection of ‘voice’

Image caption Indigenous leaders say the government has turned its back on them Australian indigenous leaders have criticised a government decision not to establish an official “voice” to parliament representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. The government rejected the proposal for a constitutionally enshrined advisory body on Thursday. Indigenous leaders had proposed the idea […]

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Media captionThousands gather in the streets ahead of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral, as Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports Mourners in Thailand are marking the main part of the five-day funeral ceremony for the country’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The revered king died in October 2016 aged 88. He will be cremated later on Thursday, in a royal […]