North Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics

North Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Athletes, cheerleaders and an art troupe are expected to be part of the North’s delegation at the Olympics North Korea has agreed to send a 140-member orchestra to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month. The two sides are discussing plans for the North’s delegation at Panmunjom […]

Perth bushfire paints skies ‘vivid orange’

Perth bushfire paints skies ‘vivid orange’

Image copyright WA DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Image caption Smoke from the bushfire over Perth on Sunday Skies in Perth, Australia, turned dramatic colours after a bushfire blanketed the city with smoke. More than 150 firefighters fought the blaze as it burned through 3,000 acres (1,200ha) of bushland near the city on Sunday, […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: Anger in Kasur as other parents speak out

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan Kasur is an angry city right now. The murder and sexual assault of six-year-old Zainab Ansari, who disappeared on her way to a Koran class on 4 January, has sparked deadly riots. Zainab was last seen alive on CCTV footage walking hand in […]

India Supreme Court judges: Democracy is in danger

Image copyright Reuters Image caption India’s top court is facing intense scrutiny Four of India’s most senior Supreme Court judges have publicly challenged the authority of the head of the judiciary – in an unprecedented move. In a letter and a press conference, the judges said Chief Justice Dipak Misra was assigning cases to benches […]

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

Image copyright BUAA Image caption Beihang University said Mr Chen’s actions were a seriously violation of conduct A Chinese university has fired a professor accused of sexual misconduct, after a former student named him in a #MeToo campaign. Beihang University in Beijing said an investigation had established that Chen Xiaowu had sexually harassed students. The […]

Bullying suicide: Mourners wear blue for Akubra girl Dolly

Image copyright Facebook/akubraofficial Image caption ‘Dolly’ Everett had been the face of a well-known Akubra campaign Mourners wearing blue have remembered Australian teenager Amy “Dolly” Everett who took her own life after alleged cyber-bullying. The death of the 14-year-old girl, once the face of iconic Australian outback hat brand Akubra, prompted grief and shock across […]

China shuts Marriott’s website over Tibet, Taiwan error

Image copyright Getty Images China has shut down the Chinese websites of Marriot International for a week, after the firm listed Tibet and others as separate countries. The hotel group has apologised for the error and said it did not support separatist movements in China. Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were listed as individual […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: Girl’s father speaks of devastating grief

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan Protesters have set a government office on fire in the Pakistani city of Kasur, in a second day of riots after the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl. Zainab Ansari’s body was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday, several days after […]

China warship sails near Japan-controlled islands

Image copyright AFP Image caption The uninhabited islands are a regular source of tension between China and Japan Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese frigate sailed near disputed islands in the East China Sea. A foreign submarine was also spotted near the islands on Wednesday and Thursday, although its nationality […]

Chinese boy with frozen hair reignites poverty debate

Chinese boy with frozen hair reignites poverty debate

Image copyright People’s Daily Image caption Pictures of eight-year-old Little Wang were shared tens of thousands of times An eight-year-old Chinese pupil, dubbed “Ice Boy” by social media users after images emerged of him arriving at school with swollen hands and frost on his hair and eyebrows, has sparked renewed discussion online about child poverty. […]