Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore

Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore

Image copyright nuTonomy Image caption Hop on, it’s a free ride and no-one’s touching the wheel Self-driving cars and taxis are the buzz of the industry. Everyone seems to be doing it, trying grab headlines with every step forward or new trial phase. But the real deal always seemed to be still years in the […]

Japan’s ‘handsome weeping boys’

Japanese companies hire people to make staff cry Employees watch sad films while a “handsome weeping boy” wipes away their tears It is supposed to help people bond There are about 10 of us sitting in a conference room in an office block in Tokyo and a man has just put on a selection of […]

Pokemon Go-playing driver kills woman in Japan

Pokemon Go-playing driver kills woman in Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hugely popular games involves catching monsters in augmented reality A driver playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel has hit and killed a woman in Japan, say police. The 39-year-old man hit two pedestrians in Tokushima city late on Tuesday. The other woman was seriously injured. The driver, who […]

Kabul raid: Seven students among 13 dead in university attack

Kabul raid: Seven students among 13 dead in university attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Terrified students and staff who were barricaded inside the university are now reportedly free Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. Two attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 hours after the […]

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials told South Korean media the missile travelled about 500km North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea. The KN-11 missile was launched from waters near Sinpo and flew about 500km (300 miles) before falling into the Sea […]

Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged

Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Dhammayangyi temple in Bagan pictured as the earthquake struck A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person. The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey […]

Kabul attack: Gunmen target American University

Kabul attack: Gunmen target American University

Image copyright AP Image caption Afghan forces rushed to the scene after the blast and gunfire were heard A militant attack is taking place at the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul. A large explosion has been heard and frightened students barricaded inside rooms in the building say they can hear gunfire close by. […]

Vietnam woman ‘cuts off limbs for insurance payout’

Vietnam woman ‘cuts off limbs for insurance payout’

Image caption The woman originally claimed to have been involved in a train accident A Vietnamese woman has admitted to paying for her foot and part of her arm to be cut off in order to claim an insurance payout, police say. In May, the 30-year-old woman, named as “Ly Thi N”, pretended she had […]

‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer credited with inventing the burkini, at a swimsuit shop in western Sydney The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing – which combines “burqa” with “bikini” – leaves only the […]

Why wearing the burqa is on the rise in South Asia – Deutsche Welle

Even the feminists and the liberal sections in the West are divided on whether the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body, or the niqab, the facial veil, represent personal freedom or suppression. While most experts agree that women, like men, should have the right and liberty to decide what to wear, it […]