Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The couple were trying to reach another nearby island when they became stranded on East Fayu Two people have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after a US Navy helicopter spotted their SOS sign. The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia […]

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Image copyright AP Image caption Residents gathered to watch as the raid unfolded in Narayanganj Bangladeshi police say they have stormed a hideout near Dhaka and killed the suspected planner of a cafe attack last month that left 22 people dead. “Tamim Chowdhury is dead,” said senior police officer Sanwar Hossain, referring to the Bangladeshi-Canadian […]

China joins UN in condemning North Korea ballistic missile tests

China joins UN in condemning North Korea ballistic missile tests

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A replica of a Scud missile (centre) similar to those believed launched by the North in July China has joined the 14 other members of the UN Security Council in strongly condemning North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles. The Security Council issued a unanimous statement, agreeing to take “significant […]

The woman who kills drug dealers

Image copyright Carlo Gabuco The Philippines is in the midst of a brutal war on drugs sanctioned by the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, which has seen almost 2,000 killings in a matter of weeks. The BBC’s Jonathan Head explores the country’s dark underbelly of dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in […]

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve ‘magic dolls’ being looked after for a weekend Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use “magic dolls” to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet. More than 1,000 teenage girls who took part in […]

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio

Image copyright @netflix Netflix has taken a light-hearted swipe at North Korea’s recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in the biography of its US Twitter page. The world’s biggest name in on-demand video describes itself as a “Manbang knockoff” in its bio. Manbang is the name for North Korea’s own streaming service, recently unveiled by […]

Haji Ali: India court says women can enter Mumbai mosque

Haji Ali: India court says women can enter Mumbai mosque

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim women are fighting for access to the popular 15th Century Haji Ali mosque in Mumbai A court in India has overturned a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of Mumbai’s Haji Ali mosque. The high court in Mumbai said the ban “violated the constitution” and was discriminatory to […]

England’s tour of Bangladesh to go ahead despite security concerns

England’s tour of Bangladesh to go ahead despite security concerns

England and Wales Cricket Board security advisor Reg Dickason (centre) and Professional Cricketers Association chief executive David Leatherdale (right) have been assessing security in Bangladesh England will tour Bangladesh in October despite security concerns, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed. The ECB carried out a security review in the country following a series […]

Indian man carries dead wife’s body for 12km

Indian man carries dead wife’s body for 12km

Image caption Amang Majhi died from tuberculosis on Tuesday night An impoverished man in India carried his wife’s body for 12km after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide an ambulance to carry the body back to their village. Dana Majhi’s wife Amang, 42, died from tuberculosis in the district hospital in Bhawanipatna […]