North Korea fires anti-ship missiles, says South Korea

North Korea fires anti-ship missiles, says South Korea

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption North Korea displayed anti-ship Styx cruise missiles in a 2012 military parade North Korea has fired several anti-ship cruise missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military says. Authorities said the weapons, launched on Thursday morning near the city of Wonsan, appeared to be short-range “surface-to-ship” missiles. They flew […]

‘Monster’ rocket ‘selfie’ delights India

‘Monster’ rocket ‘selfie’ delights India

Image copyright ISRO Image caption Isro has been popular for sharing onboard footage from its missions Indians are delighted after seeing “selfie footage” from the country’s heaviest rocket. The onboard footage from the 640-tonne “monster” rocket, India’s largest, has been widely shared since it was released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Monday. […]

North Korea fires land-to-ship missiles, says South Korea

North Korea fires land-to-ship missiles, says South Korea

North Korea has fired land-to-ship missiles, South Korea’s military says. They were launched on Thursday morning local time (Wednesday evening GMT) from the city of Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast, according to a statement from the joint chiefs of staff, carried by Yonhap news agency. The statement described them as “a salvo of apparent […]

Burmese military plane vanishes over Andaman Sea

Burmese military plane vanishes over Andaman Sea

Image copyright AFP Hopes are fading for the 120 people on board a Burmese military plane which has gone missing over the Andaman Sea. The army said the plane was flying between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon (Rangoon). Search and rescue efforts are under way. “Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm […]

Japanese fugitive on the run for 45 years is arrested

Japanese fugitive on the run for 45 years is arrested

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say they have confirmed the identity of Mr Osaka through DNA tests For one suspected murderer in Japan, it has been a case of being able to run but not being able to hide. Left-wing revolutionary Masaaki Osaka has been arrested and charged for murdering a police officer during […]

Burmese military plane vanishes

Burmese military plane vanishes

A Burmese military aircraft reportedly carrying more than 100 people has gone missing, officials say. The army said the plane was flying between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon (Rangoon). Search and rescue efforts are under way. “Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm [07:05 GMT] when it reached about 20 miles west […]

South Korea halts Thaad anti-missile system rollout

South Korea halts Thaad anti-missile system rollout

Image copyright EPA Image caption Two launchers which have already been deployed will not be withdrawn South Korea is suspending the deployment of a controversial missile defence system while the government examines its environmental impact. The rollout of the US-funded Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (Thaad) may be on hold for a year. Four recently […]

Cocaine suitcase: ‘Drug mule’ arrested in Shanghai

Cocaine suitcase: ‘Drug mule’ arrested in Shanghai

Image copyright Police handout Customs officials in Shanghai have arrested a woman attempting to smuggle two suitcases into China that were almost entirely made of cocaine. Airport authorities X-rayed the luggage of a woman flying from an unnamed South American country. The scan showed her luggage was darker in colour than normal, and also that […]

Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone

Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The use of mobile phones in schools has been a controversial issue in many places A Singaporean lawyer is suing the principal of a prestigious school for confiscating his son’s mobile phone. The secondary school bans students from using phones during school hours as it considers them a distraction. […]

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) says a major system glitch led to customers being hit by unauthorised money withdrawals and deposits. The problematic transactions reached up to thousands of pesos. Some users claimed on social media that their accounts had even gone into the red. BPI chief executive Cezar Consing […]