Hafiz Saeed: US seeks re-arrest of Pakistan $10m bounty cleric

Media captionIn 2014, Hafiz Saeed told the BBC that Washington was unfairly targeting him The US has urged Pakistan to re-arrest and charge cleric Hafiz Saeed, who is accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Mr Saeed, who had been under house arrest since January, was released on Thursday after […]

‘Indiana Joan’: 95-year-old accused of looting Middle East tombs

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least one of Mrs Howard’s digs was at the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo A 95-year-old Australian woman has found herself at the centre of an international row over her collection of ancient Middle Eastern artefacts. Joan Howard, the wife of a UN diplomat, used her travel to the […]

Beijing nursery ‘needle abuse’ of children shocks China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Authorities are investigating the RYB Education kindergarten in Beijing’s Chaoyang district A Beijing nursery is accused of giving injections and feeding drugs to toddlers, in a case that has sparked outrage in China. Authorities are now investigating the nursery, which is a branch of the well-known RYB Education chain. The […]

Japanese politician brings baby to assembly sparking debate

Image copyright NHK Image caption Yuka Ogata’s baby boy was considered a visitor and hence not permitted to attend A local Japanese politician has been criticised by lawmakers for trying to bring her baby to a council session. Yuka Ogata said she wanted to show how difficult it is for women to juggle careers and […]

Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers

Image copyright KALEEM Image caption PNG police resumed an operation to remove asylum seekers on Friday Asylum seekers who were refusing to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea have been moved to alternative accommodation, the government in Canberra has confirmed. Buses carrying about 300 asylum seekers left the Manus Island camp […]

Eight ‘North Korean fishermen’ wash ashore in Japan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The men’s boat was seen by a breakwater at Yurihonjo on Friday morning A boat carrying eight men claiming to be North Korean fishermen has washed ashore the coast in Japan. Japanese police said the men were found at Yurihonjo city’s marina late on Thursday, and taken into custody. The […]

Pakistan’s $10m bounty cleric Hafiz Saeed released

Media captionIn 2014, Hafiz Saeed told the BBC that Washington was unfairly targeting him Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed, who is accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been released. Mr Saeed, who carries a $10m (£7.5m) US bounty, had been under house arrest in the city of Lahore since […]

Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy

Image copyright AFP/GETTY IMAGES Image caption Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull with Chinese President Xi Jinping last year China has criticised Australia for making “irresponsible remarks” over the South China Sea in a policy paper. On Thursday, Australia raised concerns about the “pace and scale” of China’s activities in the disputed zone – part of a […]

Australian paramedics fulfil dying woman’s wish to go to the beach

Image copyright Queensland Ambulance Service/Facebook Image caption Queensland Ambulance Service shared this image on their Facebook page A terminally ill woman in Australia has been granted her final wish to go to the beach by paramedics in Queensland. The moment which was shared on social media by the Queensland Ambulance Service shows a paramedic standing […]

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Deal to allow return of Muslim refugees

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are now living in refugee camps like this one in Bangladesh Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. A statement from the Bangladesh foreign ministry said displaced people […]

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