Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are […]

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hyon Song-wol, pictured centre, was the star attraction during the visit to South Korea A North Korean delegation has arrived in South Korea for a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month’s Winter Olympics. It is headed by Hyon Song-wol, leader of the popular Moranbong girl band […]

India police ‘failed to help injured teenagers’

India police ‘failed to help injured teenagers’

Two teenagers involved in a road crash in India reportedly died after police refused to take them in their patrol car to the nearest hospital. Three police officers in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, are accused of failing to transport the young men because they did not want blood stains in their car. They are now under […]

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunfire could still be heard eight hours after the assault began Afghan security forces say they have regained control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by gunmen. At least five civilians were killed and six were injured in the siege, the interior ministry said on Sunday. […]

Kabul: Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan security forces have taken up positions around the hotel At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say. Special forces have killed two of the attackers, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told the BBC. An official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP […]

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea’s Sports Minister (left) met with South Korea’s Minister of Culture sports and tourism (right) in the company of IOC president Thomas Bach (centre) North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. The two countries agreed a breakthrough deal earlier this month […]

Asian wildlife trafficking ‘kingpin’ Boonchai Bach arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Boonchai Bach faces up to four years in jail for smuggling parts of protected animals Thai police have arrested a man alleged to be the head of Asia’s biggest illegal wildlife trading networks. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained in a town on the border with […]

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

Image copyright New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries New Zealand’s fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing. In the waters around New Zealand – as many countries – animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are […]

Philippines stops sending workers to Kuwait over abuse fears

Image copyright EPA Image caption Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines had “lost four women” in Kuwait The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait, while it investigates the deaths of several Filipinos there. The ban comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed abusive employers in the Gulf state had driven four domestic […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: DNA suggests suspect in other case was ‘innocent’

Image caption For almost a year, Mudasir was thought to have been the killer Pakistani officials say they will investigate allegations police carried out an extrajudicial killing of a man wrongly accused of murdering a child. The allegations uncovered by BBC Newsnight focus on DNA tests suggesting the child victim was killed by the same […]