‘Proud to be Japanese’ posters star Chinese woman

‘Proud to be Japanese’ posters star Chinese woman

Image copyright OTHER A poster promoting national pride has been the source of much confusion in Japan in recent weeks. The posters around Kyoto were warmly welcomed by some, but touched a nerve among those concerned about rising right-wing nationalism. But now there’s a twist, as it has emerged that the model they feature is […]

Kushner family business cancels China business pitch

Kushner family business cancels China business pitch

Image copyright Reuters The company owned by the sister of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has pulled out of presentations planned for China this weekend. Kushner Companies was scheduled to pitch real estate opportunities to investors in the southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou at the weekend. But last week, Nicole Meyer Kushner came under […]

Thailand warns Facebook to block content critical of the monarchy

Thailand warns Facebook to block content critical of the monarchy

Image copyright Getty Images Authorities in Thailand have warned Facebook to take down content critical of the monarchy, or face legal action. The social media giant has been given until next Tuesday to remove more than 130 items from pages viewable in Thailand. Facebook says it does consider requests from governments to block material, and […]

China presses South Korea on Thaad missile system

China presses South Korea on Thaad missile system

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US military says the Thaad system became operational in South Korea on 2 May China’s president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a US missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader. The Thaad missile system, aimed at intercepting attacks from North […]

Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce

Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce

Media captionShavista Sheikh: ‘These words destroy people’s lives’ India’s Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a clutch of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam. The court said it would examine whether the practice known as “triple talaq” is fundamental to the religion. India is one of a handful of countries […]

Cancer patient fulfils wedding photoshoot dream

Q May Chen, 28, has terminal breast cancer, and is single. But she hasn’t let either of these facts stop her arranging her ideal wedding shoot. From her home in Taiwan, she told the BBC’s Cindy Sui: “I was always waiting for someone to appear, to help me fulfil my dreams, including taking wedding photos. […]

At least 22 killed by collapsing wall at Indian wedding

At least 22 killed by collapsing wall at Indian wedding

At least 22 people have been killed when a wall collapsed during a wedding party in western India. The guests had taken shelter from heavy rain under a tin shack when a wall collapsed onto it in the storm. Another 26 people have been injured in the accident in Bharatpur, a district in Rajasthan state, […]

Hilsa: The fish that is being loved to death

Hilsa: The fish that is being loved to death

Media captionU Kauk Tin: ‘Now this fish is becoming very rare.’ For decades fishermen in Myanmar have caught and sold the hilsa fish, but overfishing and poor regulation is taking a terrible toll, as the BBC’s Ko Ko Aung reports. “We have been catching hilsa for years. So did my parents. In those days the […]

Hong Kong pro-democracy rally venue bid rejected

Hong Kong pro-democracy rally venue bid rejected

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hong Kong’s pro-democracy marches draw big crowds every year (like here in 2016) The organisers of Hong Kong’s biggest annual pro-democracy march say their application to begin their protest in the usual venue has been rejected. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) said the decision was taken by the government […]

Australian soldier killed in training incident

Australian soldier killed in training incident

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials have released few details about the incident An Australian soldier has died during a training exercise in the Northern Territory. The man was taking part in a “routine” activity at the time, the Department of Defence said. It did not give details of the incident. The army has suspended […]