The Chinese storyteller loved by millions

The Chinese storyteller loved by millions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shan Tianfang China is fondly remembering one of its most famous radio voices, a man whose vivid storytelling was a comfort to millions of people, from commuters stuck in traffic to restless teens struggling to sleep. Shan Chuanzhong, better known by his stage name Shan Tianfang, was a leading exponent of […]

Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Traditional Venezuelan dancers welcomed the hospital ship when it arrived on Saturday A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients. Venezuela’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López, went to the port of La Guaira to welcome the […]

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thuriya set sail from France at the start of July on the round-the-world race An international rescue team is trying to reach a seriously injured Indian sailor who is taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast […]

Asian rivals eye 'flawed' Maldives poll

Asian rivals eye 'flawed' Maldives poll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India fears close ties between the incumbent government of Abdulla Yameen and China The Maldives is set to vote in a heavily-criticised election that will be closely watched by India and China. The Indian Ocean archipelago is best-known overseas for its clear waters and high-end resorts but its government […]

Hong Kong express rail link launches amid controversy

Hong Kong express rail link launches amid controversy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The high speed rail link will open to the public on Sunday A high-speed rail link has been launched in Hong Kong, connecting the territory with mainland China. The Express Rail Link connects Hong Kong to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in 40 minutes – less than half the […]

China Catholic bishops: Historic deal with Vatican reached

China Catholic bishops: Historic deal with Vatican reached

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are at least 10 million Catholics in China Pope Francis has recognised seven bishops appointed by China as part of a historic accord to improve ties between the Vatican and the communist country. The issue of who appoints bishops has been at the heart of a dispute since […]

Lee Chong Wei: Former badminton world number one diagnosed with nose cancer

Lee Chong Wei: Former badminton world number one diagnosed with nose cancer

Lee Chong Wei (left) lost a third consecutive Olympic Games final in 2016 Malaysia’s Commonwealth champion and former world number one Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with nose cancer. The three-time Olympic silver medallist is “responding well” to treatment in Taiwan, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said. Confirming reports that first appeared in […]

Afghan children killed in police station bomb blast

Afghan children killed in police station bomb blast

At least eight children have been killed and six wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province. Police in the Shirin Tagab district blamed the Taliban for planting a mine in the area, which fell into the group’s control last week. The children were playing near a police station when the explosion happened, […]

Viewpoint: What India's first newspaper says about democracy

Viewpoint: What India's first newspaper says about democracy

Image copyright University of Heidelberg Image caption The newspaper was named after its founder, James Augustus Hicky India’s first newspaper, founded in 1780, held up a mirror to British rule in India. It can also teach us about how tyrants work and how an independent press can stop them, writes journalist and historian Andrew Otis. […]

Brecon Beacons sheep rescued by Thai cave team members

Brecon Beacons sheep rescued by Thai cave team members

Image copyright SMWCRT/Hook News Image caption Rescuers Mark Morgan (left to right) Gary Evans, Dave Dunbar, Vince Alkins and Pete Hobson with the stricken sheep Members of a team which helped rescue 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand have rescued a sheep stuck 25ft underground for three weeks. The mission […]

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