Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Image copyright EPA Ram Nath Kovind, former governor of the northern Indian state state of Bihar, has been elected as the country’s new president. BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare profiles a man many Indians have never heard of. “I have been writing about the Dalits [formerly untouchables] for 27 years. But I first heard of Ram […]

Despacito censored: Malaysia bans ‘unsuitable’ hit from state stations

Media captionLuis Fonsi’s Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time. Malaysia has banned state broadcasters from playing the hit single Despacito following complaints about the song’s “steamy” lyrics, officials say. A senior minister said the single, featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber on a remix, was considered un-Islamic. Malaysia has strict censorship laws and […]

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Image copyright Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Image caption The discovery was made in a rock shelter in the Northern Territory Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier […]

Dalian Wanda $9.3bn deal in ‘crazy’ restructuring

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sunac will still buy 13 tourist projects, including three theme parks One of China’s biggest ever property deals is being restructured, less than a week after it was announced. Dalian Wanda had said it was selling 13 tourism projects – including three theme parks – and 77 hotels to developer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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