Outrage as Emirates tells cabin crew to remove Taiwan flag pins

Outrage as Emirates tells cabin crew to remove Taiwan flag pins

Image copyright Emirates Group/Ed Turner Emirates is under fire after instructing Taiwanese cabin crew to remove pin badges showing the island’s flag from their uniforms. A leaked email says the airline was “instructed by the Chinese government” to “follow the One China policy”. Crew were told to wear China’s flag instead, but this directive was […]

Facebook sorry for Tiananmen picture frame rejection

Facebook sorry for Tiananmen picture frame rejection

Image copyright Facebook / Fung Ka Keung Image caption Hong Kong activist Fung Ka Keung’s profile picture frame was later approved Facebook has apologised for “incorrectly” rejecting a Hong Kong activist’s profile picture frame referencing the Tiananmen massacre. Fung Ka Keung had designed a layer of text, known as a frame, for his profile picture […]

Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain

Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain

Media captionCyclone Mora battered coastal villages in the south-east of the country Cyclone Mora has hit the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh, killing at least five people. Most of them were killed by falling trees in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati, officials told the BBC. Hundreds of houses were fully or partly damaged, the […]

Seven dialysis patients die in Vietnam hospital

Seven dialysis patients die in Vietnam hospital

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patients reported feeling sick and breathless while undergoing dialysis Seven people have died and a woman is in intensive care after undergoing kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in northern Vietnam. The incident happened at Hoa Binh Province General Hospital, west of the capital Hanoi, on Monday. A group of […]

Chinese lesbian dating app Rela shuts down

Chinese lesbian dating app Rela shuts down

Image copyright Getty Images A Chinese dating app for lesbians that has more than five million users has been shut down. The app, Rela, is no longer available in the Android or Apple app stores, and its website and Sina Weibo account have been deleted. Users began to notice that the app was not accessible […]

Ayodhya dispute: India BJP leaders charged with criminal conspiracy

Ayodhya dispute: India BJP leaders charged with criminal conspiracy

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dispute reached a flashpoint in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed a mosque at the site A special court has charged senior leaders from India’s ruling party with criminal conspiracy in relation to the destruction of a 16th Century mosque. Former BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani, veteran leader Murli […]

Australia plans to deny passports to convicted paedophiles

Australia plans to deny passports to convicted paedophiles

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 800 registered sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia in 2016 Convicted paedophiles would be denied passports in Australia under a “world-first” plan proposed by the government. The proposal, to be introduced to parliament, would prohibit registered sex offenders from travelling overseas. Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it would […]

Cyclone Mora: Bangladesh tries to evacuate one million

Cyclone Mora: Bangladesh tries to evacuate one million

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated to shelters Bangladeshi authorities are trying to evacuate up to a million people before a powerful cyclone makes landfall. Cyclone Mora is likely to hit the eastern coast early on Tuesday, the meteorological department said. Port cities in the south-east have been […]

Queensland siege enters second day after policeman’s killing

Queensland siege enters second day after policeman’s killing

Image copyright 9news.com.au Image caption Police set up a roadblock in Queensland A siege in Australia involving a man suspected of killing a police officer on Monday has stretched into a second day. The gunman, named in local media as Rick Maddison, has fired shots at a police helicopter at the location west of Brisbane, […]

Philippine army ‘makes gains’ in Marawi Islamist battle

Philippine army ‘makes gains’ in Marawi Islamist battle

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philippine Marines are among troops battling the Islamist militants in Marawi The Philippine military says it has made gains retaking Marawi city from Islamist militants amid clashes that have left about 100 people dead. According to the military, militants now control only small pockets within the southern Philippine city. But […]