Asia Bibi: Lawyer flees Pakistan in fear of his life

Asia Bibi: Lawyer flees Pakistan in fear of his life

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters have been demanding Asia Bibi’s death penalty be reinstated The lawyer representing a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has fled Pakistan in fear for his life. Saif Mulook told news agency AFP he had to leave so he could continue to represent Asia […]

Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’

Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new study says the oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say. Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought. They […]

Sri Lanka crisis: Ousted PM ‘has confidence of parliament’

Sri Lanka crisis: Ousted PM ‘has confidence of parliament’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Wickremesinghe has refused to leave office The man at the centre of Sri Lanka’s political crisis has told the BBC he has the support of parliament and will not leave the grand mansion reserved for the island nation’s prime minister. Last week the president sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and […]

Lion Air crash: Black box from crashed plane retrieved

Lion Air crash: Black box from crashed plane retrieved

Media captionDivers find Lion Air plane ‘black box’ A “black box” flight data recorder from Lion Air flight JT 610 has been found by divers off the coast of Indonesia. The plane, carrying 189 people, crashed soon after taking off from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, on Monday. It plummeted into the Java Sea – no […]

Peru’s Keiko Fujimori jailed until bribery case trial

Peru’s Keiko Fujimori jailed until bribery case trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Fujimori (C) was taken into custody after the ruling A judge in Peru has ordered that opposition leader Keiko Fujimori spend three years in jail while she awaits trial for corruption. Judge Richard ConcepciĆ³n said there was a high risk of Ms Fujimori fleeing Peru. Ms Fujimori has been […]

Pakistan court clears condemned Christian

Pakistan court clears condemned Christian

Image caption Asia Bibi’s case had been hugely divisive in religiously conservative Pakistan A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours. […]

Yemen war: US presses Saudi Arabia to agree ceasefire

Yemen war: US presses Saudi Arabia to agree ceasefire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air strikes have caused widespread damage and many civilian casualties The US has called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where three years of civil war have caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Defence Secretary James Mattis said all parties needed to take part in UN-led peace […]

Jin Yong: The ‘Tolkien of Chinese literature’ dies at 94

Jin Yong: The ‘Tolkien of Chinese literature’ dies at 94

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Cha is a legend in the Chinese literary world He’s been referred to as the JRR Tolkien of Chinese literature and the grandfather of martial arts novels – but very few people have heard of him outside the Chinese-speaking world. Novelist Louis Cha, who wrote under the name Jin […]

Lion Air crash: Indonesian plane search focuses on fuselage

Lion Air crash: Indonesian plane search focuses on fuselage

Media captionDebris found from Lion Air crash in sea Indonesian officials believe they have found part of the fuselage of a Lion Air plane which crashed on Monday with 198 people on board. Flight JT 610, a Boeing 737, went down shortly after take-off from Jakarta. No survivors have been found. Dozens of divers are […]

Russia Arkhangelsk blast: Teenager dead at FSB security HQ

Russia Arkhangelsk blast: Teenager dead at FSB security HQ

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security was tightened in Arkhangelsk immediately after the explosion at the FSB building A 17-year-old has died of his wounds after bringing explosives to an office of Russia’s FSB federal security service in the north-western city of Arkhangelsk, officials say. Three FSB employees were hurt when the explosives blew up […]