Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

Image copyright Empics Mahjong lovers in China have found a unique way to deal with a merciless heat wave descending on their city. What do you do if it’s way too hot but you just can’t stay away from your favourite boardgame? Well, kick your shoes and socks off, grab a chair and umbrella and […]

Singapore Airlines reviews nut policy after toddler scare

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Nuts can prove fatal to those who suffer severe allergic reactions An allergy scare involving a three-year-old toddler has prompted Singapore Airlines to review the serving of nuts on board its flights. Marcus Daley suffers from anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition which can be triggered by food including […]

Extradited Thai ex-monk charged with child sex offences and fraud

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Wirapol Sukphol was seen flying in a private aircraft in a YouTube video released in 2013 A former monk has been charged with sex offences, fraud and money laundering after being extradited from the US to Thailand. Wirapol Sukphol, formerly Nen Kham, became notorious in 2013 when a YouTube video […]

Thailand general jailed for trafficking at mass trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption The crackdown uncovered a network of smugglers taking cash from impoverished migrants A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial. Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority […]

Liu Xiaobo: Censored by China, supporters take to social media

Image copyright Facebook/Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group Image caption An empty chair by the seashore has become a memorial symbol for Liu Xiaobo online A social media movement – styled as a “global memorial” – has been launched to mourn and commemorate the loss of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese democracy activist Liu […]

Why does Indian’s Karnataka state want its own flag?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Karnataka has had an unofficial ‘Kannada flag’ since the 1960s The government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka recently set up a panel to explore if the state can have its own separate flag. The BBC explains why it has become such a contentious issue. A ‘Kannada flag’ […]

Thailand convicts general of trafficking at mass trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption The crackdown uncovered a network of smugglers taking cash from impoverished migrants A court in Thailand has found a former general guilty of human trafficking at a landmark trial in Bangkok. Manas Kongpan is among more than 40 people convicted in the trafficking of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted […]

Justine Damond: Australian PM calls shooting ‘inexplicable’

Media caption“Justine should be here. This shouldn’t have happened” Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will seek answers from US authorities over the “inexplicable” death of a woman shot by a policeman. Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was killed in Minneapolis after calling police to report a possible crime. The incident is under investigation […]

Thailand convicts Rohingya traffickers at mass trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption The crackdown uncovered a network of smugglers taking cash from impoverished migrants A court in Thailand has begun handing out guilty verdicts for human trafficking during the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis. More than 100 defendants are on trial on charges including trafficking, kidnapping and murder. Facing severe repression in Myanmar, […]

Singapore artist tops ‘comic book Oscars’ nominations

A Singaporean artist’s graphic novel has topped the list of nominations for the Eisners, the Oscars of the comic book world. Sonny Liew tells the BBC about the challenges he faced in making the book, which has been criticised by the Singaporean government for “potentially undermining” its authority. Video by the BBC’s Tessa Wong. Singapore […]