Afghanistan delays Kandahar vote after Gen Raziq killed

Afghanistan delays Kandahar vote after Gen Raziq killed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq was a powerful opponent of the Taliban Parliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. Gen Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a rogue bodyguard on Thursday. The Taliban claimed the attack, which […]

China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

Image copyright Getty Images China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of Reuters analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling […]

China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

Image copyright Getty Images China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of Reuters analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling […]

Australian admits kidnap and rape of Briton in outback ordeal

Australian admits kidnap and rape of Briton in outback ordeal

Image copyright ABC Image caption The woman was rescued after police pulled over a 4×4 A man has pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a British backpacker during a weeks-long kidnapping ordeal in Australia. The woman, from Liverpool, was rescued by police in Queensland last year after they stopped a 4×4 she was driving. Her attacker, […]

Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple

Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple

Image caption Two women are trying to enter the temple in full riot gear The Sabarimala temple in the south Indian state of Kerala this week opened its doors to women of all ages for the first time after a historic Supreme Court ruling. However no women devotees have yet entered as violent protesters have […]

Top Afghan commander Raziq killed in Kandahar gun attack

Top Afghan commander Raziq killed in Kandahar gun attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq (C) was a powerful opponent of the Taliban A top Afghan security commander, Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq, has been shot dead by a bodyguard. Taliban militants claimed the attack after a high-level meeting inside the governor’s compound, saying they had targeted Gen Raziq and top US […]

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US General Scott Miller was unharmed in the attack, Nato said A senior US commander has narrowly escaped a gun attack in which top Afghan security officials were killed. The gunman, reported to be acting as a bodyguard, opened fire as officials left a meeting in Kandahar province. Provincial police […]

Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary

“Jia you” is a Mandarin Chinese expression used in cheers at sporting events and rallies or to encourage someone. In Cantonese, it’s “ga yau”. Now the English translation – “add oil” – has been recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. Video by Tessa Wong. Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary}

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan

Image copyright NHK Image caption Cherry blossoms have been spotted in parts of Tokyo this autumn Some of Japan’s famed cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, have bloomed unexpectedly this autumn. The famous pink and white flowers are typically visible for about two weeks in the spring – a phenomenon tourists from around the world […]

Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years and apologises to Essex

Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years and apologises to Essex

Kaneria, who spent six seasons at Essex, has now apologised to the club and former team-mates Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial. The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix. Essex Police say […]