Ashutosh Maharaj: Followers win fight to keep guru in freezer

Ashutosh Maharaj: Followers win fight to keep guru in freezer

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Followers of guru Ashutosh Maharaj insist he has been meditating since his apparent death in 2014 An Indian court has granted permission for the followers of a long-dead spiritual guru to preserve his body in a freezer. Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the sect Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (Divine Light […]

Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islamists behead Vietnamese

Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islamists behead Vietnamese

Two Vietnamese men have been beheaded by Philippine Islamist group Abu Sayyaf, the country’s military said. Their bodies were found on Basilan island in the country’s south, a stronghold of the group. The two victims were part of six Vietnamese sailors kidnapped by the militants last year. The southern Philippines have seen a surge in […]

Shareable luxury handbags arrive in China

Shareable luxury handbags arrive in China

Image copyright LAURENT FIEVET/AFP Image caption Luxury goods are very popular among wealthy Chinese youths Luxury handbags are the latest shareable commodity to arrive in China, it’s reported. According to the official eNorth website, online users can now rent handbags including brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Dior, using the mobile messenger app WeChat. […]

North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill

North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill

Media captionMissiles fired during US-South Korea drills serve as warning to North Korea The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill, after North Korea tested a long-range missile experts believe may reach Alaska. Self-restraint was “all that separated armistice and war” and could be changed at any time, the two allies said. […]

Chinese deities flown on business class to Malaysia

Chinese deities flown on business class to Malaysia

Image copyright Thean Hou Temple Image caption Chinese sea goddess Mazu went viral after she was seen travelling in business class Images of three revered Chinese deity statues went viral on social media after they were seen travelling in business class on a flight from China’s port city of Xiamen to the Malaysian capital Kuala […]

What’s behind the India-China border stand-off?

What’s behind the India-China border stand-off?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India and China have a long history of border disputes For four weeks, India and China have been involved in a stand-off along part of their 3,500km (2,174-mile) shared border. The two nations fought a war over the border in 1962 and disputes remain unresolved in several areas, causing […]

Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islmaists behead Vietnamese

Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islmaists behead Vietnamese

Two Vietnamese men have been beheaded by Philippine Islamist group Abu Sayyaf, the country’s military said. Their bodies were found on Basilan island in the country’s south, a stronghold of the group. The two victims were part of six Vietnamese sailors kidnapped by the militants last year. The southern Philippines have seen a surge in […]

Shell withdraws Malaysia cardboard cutouts after ‘distasteful’ groping

Shell withdraws Malaysia cardboard cutouts after ‘distasteful’ groping

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shell has more than 950 stations across Malaysia Shell is removing life-sized cardboard cutouts of a female employee from all of its Malaysian petrol stations after “distasteful” images appeared online. Pictures of men kissing the figure, holding her hand and touching her chest and crotch have gone viral on Facebook […]

North Korea missile test: US seeks Security Council meeting

North Korea missile test: US seeks Security Council meeting

Media caption“One expert says the missile could reach Alaska” The US has sought an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea’s new missile provocation. A closed-door session of the 15-member council is expected on 5 July. The request came after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic […]

North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches

North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches

Media caption“One expert says the missile could reach Alaska” Russia and China have urged North Korea to “freeze” its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises. North Korea said its missile could […]