Save the Children offices in Afghanistan hit by attack

Media captionThe attack sends a huge plume of black smoke into the sky Attackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. At least two people have been killed and 12 injured, officials say. It is believed about 50 staff were in the […]

Australian mother accused of murdering adult children

Image copyright Queensland Police Image caption The woman was arrested on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday An Australian woman has been accused of murdering two of her children and torturing a third, in alleged crimes that spanned at least five years. Maree Crabtree, 51, was arrested on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Police allege she […]

#KnitForJacinda: New Zealand PM’s pregnancy sparks knitting movement

Image copyright iStock Image caption News about Ms Ardern’s pregnancy has sparked a knitting movement across the country A New Zealander has kicked off a knitting movement inspired by the news that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pregnant. Ms Ardern announced last week that she and her partner are expecting their first child this June. […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: Police arrest suspect

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan Pakistani authorities say they have arrested the main suspect in the rape and killing of six-year-old Zainab Ansari. The chief minister of Punjab province accused Imran Ali, 24, of being a serial killer. Speaking at a news conference in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said […]

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupted on Tuesday morning A Japanese soldier has been killed in an avalanche in central Japan that may have been triggered by a volcanic eruption. At least 11 people have also been injured, several of them critically. The eruption sent rocks raining down over a kilometre-wide area near […]

Hong Kong book publisher ‘seized from China train’

Image caption Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai is also a Swedish citizen A Hong Kong publisher with Swedish citizenship is said to have been seized on a train to Beijing, despite being accompanied by two Swedish diplomats. Gui Minhai made headlines when he vanished in Thailand in 2015 and later resurfaced in China, along with […]

North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong

The resort, which has 10 ski courses, also seems to have modern equipment including the Ski-Doo, a Canadian snowmobile. But that has raised questions given UN sanction on supplying equipment to the North. North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong}

Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat in offshore centres A second group of refugees who were detained in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by Australia have left for the US under a resettlement deal. About 40 men left PNG’s Manus Island on Tuesday, local media and refugee advocates said. […]

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea is believed to be the third-biggest market in the world for Bitcoin trades, behind Japan and the US. South Korea is banning the use of anonymous bank accounts to make cryptocurrency transactions. The move is aimed at stopping virtual currencies being used for crimes such as money […]

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Image caption Gui Minhai – one the five famous Hong Kong booksellers – is also a Swedish citizen Chinese authorities have allegedly seized a Chinese-Swedish citizen from the train to Beijing – despite the presence of two Swedish diplomats. Publisher Gui Minhai had recently been released from prison. His Hong Kong publishing house sold books […]

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