Hong Kong sci-fi film mixes robots and Chinese opera

Featuring flying warrior robots and guitar-toting opera singers, Hong Kong animation Dragon’s Delusion aims to break stereotypes of Chinese culture. Its producers are now making a feature-length film after a successful crowdfunding exercise. Video by Gwyneth Ho of BBC Chinese and Tessa Wong. Hong Kong sci-fi film mixes robots and Chinese opera}

Indonesia Lake Toba: Nearly 200 feared dead after ferry sinks

Indonesia Lake Toba: Nearly 200 feared dead after ferry sinks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Devastated friends and families have been waiting for news on the shore More than 190 people are now thought to be missing after Monday’s ferry disaster on Lake Toba, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The number, revised up from 130, is three times the number of passengers the ferry […]

Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 190 reported missing

Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 190 reported missing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Devastated friends and families have been waiting for news on the shore More than 190 people are now thought to be missing after Monday’s ferry disaster on Lake Toba, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The number, revised up from 130, is three times the number of passengers the ferry […]

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia says its inquiry will be unprecedented globally Australia has announced that it will hold a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment. The investigation is in part a response to the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said. The government described the inquiry, to […]

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets have fallen around the world in the wake of President Trump’s latest tariffs threat to China. The Dow Jones closed down almost 1.2% or 287 points after Asian and European markets fell sharply earlier. Mr Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an extra $200bn (£141bn) of Chinese goods, […]

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

Image copyright Reuters After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won its opening game, beating Colombia 2:1, and securing the team’s first victory against a […]

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Thomson holds his third Open Championship trophy in 1956 Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s greatest golfers and a five-time Open Championship winner, has died aged 88. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years and died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf […]

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is seen here with Mehbooba Mufti in May, 2018 Indian-administered Kashmir has come under direct rule after its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned. She quit on Monday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition with her People’s Democratic […]

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM

Image copyright Getty Images Technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it up. Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (£13,300; $17,600) had been shredded – and the suspected culprits are rats. Police said the rodents probably entered the machine through a […]

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

Image copyright AFP Image caption The new threat comes after Beijing vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect […]