Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week

Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week

Media captionFootage said to be filmed on Sunday 14 January showed huge plumes of smoke An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting […]

Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many women in Sri Lanka see alcohol consumption as contrary to the nation’s culture A move to grant women in Sri Lanka the same rights as men to buy alcohol legally has been overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. He told a rally he had ordered the government to withdraw […]

Papua New Guinea volcano: Islanders flee worsening eruption

Papua New Guinea volcano: Islanders flee worsening eruption

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kadovar island lies off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea About 1,500 people are being evacuated from islands off Papua New Guinea, where a long-dormant volcano has started erupting, the Red Cross says. The volcano on Kadovar island began emitting smoke and ash last week, prompting the evacuation of […]

China tanker fire: Bodies found as Sanchi burns, one week on

China tanker fire: Bodies found as Sanchi burns, one week on

Media captionSalvage workers managed to board the burning oil tanker on Saturday Salvage workers have managed to board a burning oil tanker off China’s coast, recovering the bodies of two crewmen before smoke forced them to leave. The Sanchi is still ablaze one week after a collision with a cargo ship. The salvage team also […]

India boat capsize: Three school students die off Mumbai

India boat capsize: Three school students die off Mumbai

A rescue operation is continuing after a boat carrying 40 school students capsized off the Indian coast near Mumbai. Thirty-two pupils have been rescued so far and three bodies, said to be girls, have been found, according to reports. Ships have been diverted to the area near Dahanu, in Maharashtra state, to help with the […]

China tanker fire: Bodies found as Sanchi still burns

China tanker fire: Bodies found as Sanchi still burns

Media captionSalvage workers managed to board the burning oil tanker on Saturday Salvage workers have managed to board a burning oil tanker off China’s coast, recovering the bodies of two crewmen before smoke forced them to leave. The Sanchi is still ablaze one week after a collision with a cargo ship. The salvage team also […]

India boat capsize: Search under way for missing children

India boat capsize: Search under way for missing children

A rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying 40 schoolchildren capsized off the Indian coast near Mumbai. Thirty-two children have been rescued so far and two bodies have been recovered, reports say. Ships have been diverted to the area near Dahanu, in Maharashtra state, to help the rescue. The boat had been overcrowded […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: Anger in Kasur as other parents speak out

Pakistan Zainab murder: Anger in Kasur as other parents speak out

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan Kasur is an angry city right now. The murder and sexual assault of six-year-old Zainab Ansari, who disappeared on her way to a Koran class on 4 January, has sparked deadly riots. Zainab was last seen alive on CCTV footage walking hand in […]

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

Image copyright BUAA Image caption Beihang University said Mr Chen’s actions were a seriously violation of conduct A Chinese university has fired a professor accused of sexual misconduct, after a former student named him in a #MeToo campaign. Beihang University in Beijing said an investigation had established that Chen Xiaowu had sexually harassed students. The […]

India Supreme Court judges: Democracy is in danger

India Supreme Court judges: Democracy is in danger

Image copyright Reuters Image caption India’s top court is facing intense scrutiny Four of India’s most senior Supreme Court judges have publically challenged the authority of the head of the judiciary – in an unprecedented move. In a letter and a press conference, the judges said the chief justice was assigning cases to benches of […]