Meesha Shafi: Pakistan actress says pop star Ali Zafar harassed her

Meesha Shafi: Pakistan actress says pop star Ali Zafar harassed her

Image copyright Getty Images/AFP Image caption Meesha Shafi (left) has acted in films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, while Ali Zafar is well known as an actor and singer A leading Pakistani actress has accused a popular singer of sexual harassment, in what is thought to be the first #MeToo moment in conservative Pakistan. Meesha Shafi, […]

Why a coat worn to meet the Queen makes New Zealand swell with pride

Why a coat worn to meet the Queen makes New Zealand swell with pride

Image copyright PA When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a traditional Maori coat to meet the Queen, it had quite a few people scratching their heads – and most New Zealanders glowing with pride. It’s a korowai, a cloak-like garment woven with feathers and steeped in history, tradition and cultural significance. Worn by […]

Australia bank inquiry ousts first executive amid fee scandal

Australia bank inquiry ousts first executive amid fee scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AMP is a leading financial services firm in Australia The head of Australia’s largest wealth manager has resigned after the company admitted lying to regulators for more than a decade. AMP chief executive Craig Meller quit after an inquiry heard the business had routinely charged fees to customers for […]

Why this India priest carried an 'untouchable' into a temple

Why this India priest carried an 'untouchable' into a temple

Image caption Dalits have historically been denied entry into temples A Hindu priest from a temple in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad made headlines for carrying a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) man on his shoulders into the temple’s inner sanctum. It has been seen as a dramatic move because Dalits have historically been […]

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

Image copyright Getty Images To understand today’s headlines about China’s approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past. The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial – events like Mao’s Cultural Revolution are still […]

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Image copyright Melissa Ilardo Image caption The Bajau subsist by gathering shellfish on the sea floor In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows. The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor. Scientists […]

Banyan: Insecticide 'drip' to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Banyan: Insecticide 'drip' to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Image caption The tree is spread across three acres A 700-year-old banyan tree in the southern Indian state of Telengana has been put on special “drips” filled with diluted pesticides, to ward off insects. The tree is spread across three acres and is reportedly the second largest of its kind in the world. Officials are […]

Indian Premier League: Chennai Super Kings charter train to Pune for fans

Indian Premier League: Chennai Super Kings charter train to Pune for fans

Fans embarked on the journey which takes in the region of 21 hours Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings have chartered a special train to take 1,000 fans more than 1,000km to Friday’s match – for free. The south-eastern India city has been banned from hosting games due to safety concerns with the team’s […]