India’s Indira canteen: The best meal you can buy for 13 cents

Image copyright Asif Saud The governing Congress party in the southern Indian state of Karnataka recently set up Indira canteens in the state capital, Bangalore, which serve more than 200,000 cheap meals every day. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey joins the queue to sample the treats and comes back more than satisfied. It’s just after 07:00 […]

Toshiba shares fall on new share sale plan

Image copyright Getty Images Toshiba shares fell nearly 5% on Monday after the company announced a plan to help it retain its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). On Sunday, Toshiba said it would raise $5.4bn (£4.1bn) from new shares to plug a hole in its balance sheet left by its bankrupt US nuclear […]

Beijing housing block fire: Nineteen people killed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It took 14 firefighting teams more than three hours to extinguish the fire A fire in a housing block in a southern district of the Chinese capital, Beijing, has killed 19 people and injured eight others, reports say. It took firefighters several hours to bring the overnight blaze under control. […]

Images show North Korea’s ‘submarine ballistic missile programme’

Image copyright DigitalGlobe Image caption Satellite images appear to show evidence of a submarine-launched missile programme North Korea is on “an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine”, according to an analysis of new satellite images by the expert website 38 North. The images represent a powerful reminder that, as […]

Sri Lanka violence: 19 held amid Buddhist-Muslim street clashes

Media captionHomes, businesses and vehicles were damaged in the clashes Riot police and army troops have been deployed in southern Sri Lanka following an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims, and a curfew has been imposed for the second night running. Nineteen people were arrested when clashes erupted in Galle province, after a traffic […]

Mungo Man: Australia’s oldest remains taken to ancestral home

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The return of the remains was welcomed with a traditional ceremony For decades, Australia’s oldest human remains – an Aboriginal man who died about 42,000 years ago – have been stored at a university in Canberra. But on Friday, the skeleton known as Mungo Man was returned to his […]

Exotic Indonesian birds smuggled in drain pipes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eclectus parrots were found in a sorry state, squashed into drainage pipes A wildlife raid in Indonesia yielded startling results after 125 exotic birds were found squashed into pipes. Police say 84 eclectus parrots and 41 endangered white cockatoos were stuffed into drain pipes sealed by wire. Indonesia’s vast jungles […]

Australia youth justice: Inquiry finds ‘shocking’ failures

Australia youth justice: Inquiry finds ‘shocking’ failures

Image copyright ABC Image caption A youth detainee being forcibly stripped by prison guards A major Australian inquiry has recommended the closure of a youth detention centre involved in an abuse scandal that shocked the nation. Last year, a TV programme broadcast images of inmates being mistreated – including one teenage boy who was restrained […]

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Singapore has suspended all trade with North Korea, a customs notice showed, as the UN and US seek ever tougher measures against the state. Singapore Customs said commercially traded goods from or to the North were banned from 8 November. Offenders may be fined or jailed for up to two years. […]

Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition CNRP party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Hun Sen – who has ruled for 32 years – now has no rivals Cambodia’s Supreme Court has dissolved the country’s main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is accused of plotting to topple […]