North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s crop production has been hit in recent years by both drought and flooding North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says. Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged […]

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Image copyright EPA Ram Nath Kovind, former governor of the northern Indian state state of Bihar, has been elected as the country’s new president. BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare profiles a man many Indians have never heard of. “I have been writing about the Dalits [formerly untouchables] for 27 years. But I first heard of Ram […]

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Image copyright Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Image caption The discovery was made in a rock shelter in the Northern Territory Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier […]

Despacito censored: Malaysia bans ‘unsuitable’ hit from state stations

Despacito censored: Malaysia bans ‘unsuitable’ hit from state stations

Media captionLuis Fonsi’s Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time. Malaysia has banned state broadcasters from playing the hit single Despacito following complaints about the song’s “steamy” lyrics, officials say. A senior minister said the single, featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber on a remix, was considered un-Islamic. Malaysia has strict censorship laws and […]

Rock find ‘rewrites’ Australian human history

Rock find ‘rewrites’ Australian human history

Image copyright Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Image caption The discovery was made in a rock shelter in the Northern Territory Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier […]

Extradited Thai monk arrives to face array of charges

Extradited Thai monk arrives to face array of charges

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Wirapol Sukphol was seen flying in a private aircraft in a YouTube video released in 2013 A former monk has arrived in Bangkok after being extradited from the US to Thailand to face charges including sex offences and money laundering. Wirapol Sukphol, formerly Nen Kham, became notorious in 2013 when […]

Activist art tackles palm oil industry

An environmental art campaign is taking place on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Titled Splash and Burn, the artists want to address the devastating impact of palm oil and start a conversation about issues connected with the industry. Video by Heather Chen, Muhammad Fahmi and Joshua Lim. Activist art tackles palm oil industry}

Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

Image copyright Empics Mahjong lovers in China have found a unique way to deal with a merciless heat wave descending on their city. What do you do if it’s way too hot but you just can’t stay away from your favourite boardgame? Well, kick your shoes and socks off, grab a chair and umbrella and […]

Australian surfer Mick Fanning in another shark scare

Australian surfer Mick Fanning in another shark scare

Media captionMick Fanning was back at the beach where he was attacked by a shark in 2015 An Australian world champion surfer who escaped a shark attack while competing two years ago has been pulled to safety after another scare. Mick Fanning and Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina were removed from the water on Wednesday after […]

Thailand general jailed for trafficking at mass trial

Thailand general jailed for trafficking at mass trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption The crackdown uncovered a network of smugglers taking cash from impoverished migrants A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial. Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority […]