Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

Image caption Monks put on masks to protect themselves from pollution in Lumbini The historic site of Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted. The warnings have […]

Moon Jae-in: South Korean liberal claims presidency

Moon Jae-in: South Korean liberal claims presidency

Media captionMoon Jae-In celebrates becoming South Korea’s new president at a victory rally Liberal candidate Moon Jae-in has claimed victory in South Korea’s presidential election. Mr Moon favours greater dialogue with North Korea, in a change to current South Korean policy. “I will be president for all South Koreans,” he told cheering supporters in Gwanghwamun […]

South Korea presidency ‘won by liberal Moon Jae-in’

South Korea presidency ‘won by liberal Moon Jae-in’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption South Korea under Mr Moon is likely to overhaul its policy towards the North South Korean voters have overwhelmingly chosen the liberal candidate Moon Jae-in as their next president, an exit poll suggests. It put Mr Moon on 41.4%, with his nearest challenger, conservative Hong Joon-Pyo, on 23.3%. Mr Moon […]

Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy

Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy

Image copyright AFP The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance. He was accused of insulting […]

South Korea election: Polls open to choose new president

South Korea election: Polls open to choose new president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Voters are choosing between 13 candidates South Koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger. The election is being closely watched at a time of […]

China human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘admits being brainwashed’

China human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘admits being brainwashed’

Image copyright Chen Guiqiu Image caption Xie Yang was detained in July 2015 A Chinese court says a prominent human rights lawyer, Xie Yang, has admitted being “brainwashed” overseas at his trial for inciting subversion. It released transcripts in which he says he was trained in Hong Kong and South Korea to “develop Western constitutionalism […]

The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee children dream

The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee children dream

Image copyright Obada Kassoumeh “The situation in Syria is terrible – so terrible that I think it stops kids from dreaming. But it’s their dreams that one day will make Syria good again,” says Obada Kassoumah. “I wish I could just give them a little bit of hope and make them believe that yes, they […]

How one woman fought to convict her rapists

How one woman fought to convict her rapists

Image caption Bilkis Bano says she wants her attackers to understand the severity of their crime Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and saw 14 members of her family being murdered by a Hindu mob during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Her 15-year battle for justice finally bore fruit last week, […]

Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll

Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moon Jae-in (left) and Ahn Cheol-soo are the main rivals in an election which could see South Korea move to the left South Koreans will elect a new president on Tuesday, months ahead of schedule, after a corruption scandal that felled conservative President Park Geun-hye. The poll comes amid […]

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

Image copyright AFP Image caption Afghan forces – backed by the US – have recently carried out a series of operations against IS militants The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said. He died 10 days ago in an […]