Why a 1,200-year-old calligraphy piece angered China

Why a 1,200-year-old calligraphy piece angered China

Image copyright National Palace Museum Image caption Yan Zhenqing is one of China’s most famous calligraphers A decision by Taiwan’s National Palace Museum to lend a rare calligraphy to Japan’s Tokyo National Museum has sparked outrage across China. On paper it seemed like a straightforward cultural exchange, so why has this prized masterpiece created 1,200 […]

Malaysia revises ‘victim-shaming’ school text book

Malaysia revises ‘victim-shaming’ school text book

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The school textbook told girls to dress modestly or risk being rejected by their friends Malaysia’s Education Ministry has said it shouldn’t have published an infographic in a school textbook that said girls must protect their modesty or risk being shamed and ostracised. The textbook, aimed at nine year […]

Grace Millane: Man denies murdering British backpacker

Grace Millane: Man denies murdering British backpacker

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand A 26-year-old man has denied murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand. Miss Millane, 22, from Wickford, Essex, was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on 1 December. Her body was found a week later on the […]

Flight attendant smuggled drugs in ‘highly organised’ ring, police say

Flight attendant smuggled drugs in ‘highly organised’ ring, police say

Image copyright AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE Image caption Police say the drugs were smuggled by a flight attendant Australian police say they have busted a “highly organised” drug ring which allegedly used a flight attendant to smuggle drugs into the country. The Melbourne-based Vietnamese syndicate had been operating for at least five years, Australian Federal Police […]

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians take holy dip

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians take holy dip

Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Millions of people have taken to the waters at the confluence of India’s sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers as part of the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. Officials told the BBC some 15m people bathed on Tuesday. They expect about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at […]

Sabarimala: Woman who defied India temple ban ‘attacked by mother-in-law’

Sabarimala: Woman who defied India temple ban ‘attacked by mother-in-law’

Image caption Kanaka Durga was the first woman to enter the Sabarimala shrine One of the two Indian women who defied a historic ban to enter a Hindu temple is recovering in hospital after her mother-in-law allegedly attacked her. Kanaka Durga, 39, had been in hiding since 2 January, when her entry into the Sabarimala […]

China province looks to boost shopping with longer weekend

China province looks to boost shopping with longer weekend

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under a new proposal, workers in Hebei province could see their weekend extended A province in China may give workers Friday afternoon off as part of wider efforts to boost consumption in the country’s slowing economy. Hebei province is considering extending the weekend “in areas where conditions allow,” according […]

China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

Image copyright CLEP Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang’e 4 is the first mission to land on […]

Taliban talks: Pakistan arrest ‘sends militants message’

Taliban talks: Pakistan arrest ‘sends militants message’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Taliban sent a delegation to Moscow for talks and have met US officials Pakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US, sources in the group say. Hafez Mohibullah, religious affairs minister when the Taliban ran […]

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians begin holy dip

Image copyright Reuters Some four million people have taken to the waters at the confluence of the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers at the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. At least 15m people are expected on the first day alone. Officials project about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at the […]