Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Police told the BBC the bomb detonated at the gate of the New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly […]

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistan beat India by 180 runs Indian police have dropped sedition charges against 15 Muslim men arrested for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. Police in Madhya Pradesh state told reporters sedition was “hard to prove”. The men have been charged with “disturbing communal […]

China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

Image copyright 1688.com If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow – and then take cover. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcake in China – much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. The tiny crossbows […]

‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy

Karmila Purba is the first female “devil wheel” rider on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. She began performing with a travelling show when she was just 12 years old. Each night she entertains crowds by riding a motorbike around the vertical wall. Video by Haryo Wirawan. ‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy}

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Image copyright Australian Senate Image caption Australian Senator Pauline Hanson has a history of making polarising comments Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms. Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is […]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

How did yoga conquer the world?

How did yoga conquer the world?

Image copyright AFP Millions of people around the world have rolled out their yoga mats to celebrate a tradition that was once the preserve of Hindu holy men but is now a worldwide phenomenon. Practitioners in more than 100 countries have planned events this week to celebrate the third International Yoga Day, which Indian Prime […]

Otto Warmbier: No post-mortem for US student held by N Korea

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Warmbier (left) was jailed for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel The family of a US student who died shortly after being freed from North Korea have declined a post-mortem examination, according to a US coroner. Otto Warmbier died on Monday near his family home in […]