Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up […]

India woman held for ‘posing’ as groom for a dowry

India woman held for ‘posing’ as groom for a dowry

Image caption Krishna Sen (left) married her first wife (centre) in 2014 Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly posed as a man and duped two women into marriage for dowry. Krishna Sen was arrested on Wednesday in the northern state of Uttarakhand for demanding dowry, which is illegal in India. Police told […]

Nirav Modi: Who is India’s scandal-linked billionaire?

Nirav Modi: Who is India’s scandal-linked billionaire?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nirav Modi (right) is a jeweller to the stars including Naomi Watts (left) He was already the second most famous Mr N Modi of India. But now Nirav Modi – the billionaire diamond trader and jeweller to Hollywood and Bollywood stars – is in the news for very different […]

Winter Olympics: Swiss athletes hit by norovirus outbreak

Winter Olympics: Swiss athletes hit by norovirus outbreak

Image copyright EPA Image caption Freestyle skier Fabian Boesch was named as one of the athletes who contracted the virus Two Swiss athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have become the first competitors to be hit by an outbreak of the norovirus. The freestyle skiers were taken away from the rest of […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM’s remarks ‘inept’, deputy says

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM’s remarks ‘inept’, deputy says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce at a press conference in 2016 Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has sharply criticised the nation’s leader, Malcolm Turnbull, in an escalation of tensions that have rocked the government. On Thursday, Mr Turnbull admonished Mr Joyce for making a “shocking error” over his affair […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM bans ministers from sex with staff

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM bans ministers from sex with staff

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce will take one week of leave, Malcolm Turnbull says Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will prohibit sex between ministers and their staff, after it was revealed his deputy had an affair with a former staffer. In a press briefing, he condemned Barnaby Joyce for a “shocking […]

India woman dies after hair caught in go-kart wheel

India woman dies after hair caught in go-kart wheel

Image copyright Sant Arora/Hindustan Times Image caption The woman was visiting the theme park with her husband, young son, and other relatives An Indian woman has died in an amusement park in the northern state of Haryana, after her hair got tangled in the wheels of a go-kart. The 28-year-old woman, Puneet Kaur, was on […]

Chinese woman joins handbag in X-ray machine

Chinese woman joins handbag in X-ray machine

Image copyright Pear Video Worried about your bags being stolen at security? One Chinese woman joined her handbag through an X-ray machine to prevent just that. Staff at Dongguan Railway Station in southern China were shocked to find the silhouette of the train commuter on their X-ray monitors. An online video showed the bizarre incident […]

China demands clampdown on ‘vulgar’ quiz apps

China demands clampdown on ‘vulgar’ quiz apps

Image copyright Reuters China has called for a clampdown on online quiz shows which have surged in popularity in recent months. The country’s media and publication regulator said there was “vulgar and tawdry” content in some of the quizzes. Companies should avoid promoting extravagance or sensationalism and focus on spreading “healthy, beneficial knowledge”, it added. […]

Barnaby Joyce takes leave over scandal

Barnaby Joyce takes leave over scandal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce will take one week of leave, Malcolm Turnbull says Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take a leave of absence following politically damaging debate over his affair with a former staffer. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that Mr Joyce would not fill his post as acting […]