Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat in offshore centres A second group of refugees who were detained in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by Australia have left for the US under a resettlement deal. About 40 men left PNG’s Manus Island on Tuesday, local media and refugee advocates said. […]

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea is believed to be the third-biggest market in the world for Bitcoin trades, behind Japan and the US. South Korea is banning the use of anonymous bank accounts to make cryptocurrency transactions. The move is aimed at stopping virtual currencies being used for crimes such as money […]

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Image caption Gui Minhai – one the five famous Hong Kong booksellers – is also a Swedish citizen Chinese authorities have allegedly seized a Chinese-Swedish citizen from the train to Beijing – despite the presence of two Swedish diplomats. Publisher Gui Minhai had recently been released from prison. His Hong Kong publishing house sold books […]

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dinh La Thang is one of the most senior officials to go on trial in decades The most senior Communist Party official to go on trial in decades has been sentenced to 13 years in jail in Vietnam. Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement […]

India woman fights family over ‘low caste’ husband’s murder

India woman fights family over ‘low caste’ husband’s murder

Image copyright Courtesy: Kausalya Shankar Image caption A wedding picture of Shankar and Kausalya after they got married in July 2015 In March 2016, a 22-year-old man was hacked to death in daylight on a crowded road in southern India for marrying a woman of a higher caste. His wife survived the attack and went […]

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are […]

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are […]

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hyon Song-wol, pictured centre, was the star attraction during the visit to South Korea A North Korean delegation has arrived in South Korea for a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month’s Winter Olympics. It is headed by Hyon Song-wol, leader of the popular Moranbong girl band […]

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say. Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry […]

Kabul: Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel

Kabul: Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan security forces have taken up positions around the hotel At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say. Special forces killed two of the attackers, an interior ministry spokesman said, and were trying to get to the others. An official told AFP news […]