James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea, died of a stroke aged 74 late last year, his sons have confirmed. Mr Dresnok’s children said he was loyal to North Korea until the […]

Melbourne terror charges: Men face court over mosque fires

Melbourne terror charges: Men face court over mosque fires

Image copyright ABC/ Iskandar Razak Image caption Melbourne’s Imam Ali Islamic Centre was twice hit by fire Three men have faced a court charged with terrorism offences over alleged arson attacks on an Australian mosque. The two alleged attacks in Melbourne were inspired by so-called Islamic State and targeted a Shia Islamic centre, according to […]

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is expected to indicate later that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan, prolonging a war-weary America’s longest conflict. In his first prime-time speech on a specific policy issue, the Republican leader will address the nation at 21:00 local time (01:00 GMT). He said he had reached […]

James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea after defecting, has died aged 74. His sons – both born in North Korea – told a state media outlet their father had died in […]

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

Image copyright Vikas Dilawari Image caption The Mulji Jetha fountain in South Mumbai before restoration. It is one of at least 50 colonial-era fountains in the city. Metallic sheets barricade the approximately 15ft (4.5m) drinking water fountain (pyaav) outside the postal headquarters in south Mumbai. Dozens of pigeons are jostling in the small courtyard-like space […]

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Image copyright PA Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publishing house, has reversed a decision to censor content in China. The publisher had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had said that […]

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Indonesian flag was misprinted in the guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook. The mistake prompted fury in Indonesia over […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The collision was reported at 05:24 local time east of the Strait of Singapore Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east […]

Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior Catholics

Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior Catholics

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The mother of Leover Miranda, an alleged drug dealer, cries during his funeral on Sunday The head of the Philippines Catholic Church has criticised the government’s bloody campaign against drugs. Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle condemned “those who kill even the helpless”. Police say that since President Rodrigo Duterte launched […]

Hong Kong protest: Thousands march for jailed activists

Hong Kong protest: Thousands march for jailed activists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters carried a banner saying: “It’s not a crime to fight against totalitarianism” Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of Hong Kong in protest at the jailing of three pro-democracy activists. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were initially given non-custodial sentences for their involvement […]