North Korean women 'forced into sex slavery' in China – report

North Korean women 'forced into sex slavery' in China – report

Image copyright Korea Future Initiative Image caption The trade of North Korean women in China is said to be worth $100m a year for criminal organisations Thousands of North Korean women and girls are being forced to work in the sex trade in China, according to a new report by a London-based rights group. They […]

Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days to save fish

Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days to save fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of fishermen say they will lose their livelihood Bangladesh has banned fishing off its coast for 65 days to try and boost depleted fish stocks. The government told the BBC that all types of fishing vessels would be covered by the ban and coast guards would enforce it […]

Frenchman sentenced to death over Indonesia drug smuggling

Frenchman sentenced to death over Indonesia drug smuggling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Félix Dorfin says he will appeal against his death sentence A Frenchman has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking in a shock verdict after prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term. Félix Dorfin, 35, was convicted of trafficking about 3kg (6.6lb) of various drugs into the Indonesian holiday […]

Cambodia re-enacts Khmer Rouge killings – in pictures

Cambodia re-enacts Khmer Rouge killings – in pictures

Image copyright EPA Image caption The National Day of Remembrance, known as the Day of Anger, commemorates victims of the Khmer Rouge regime Cambodian actors have re-enacted atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge on the country’s National Day of Remembrance – known informally as the “Day of Anger”. The brutal regime of Maoist leader Pol […]

'IS members kill dozens' in Tajikistan prison riot

'IS members kill dozens' in Tajikistan prison riot

Image copyright Reuters At least 29 inmates and three guards have been killed during a riot at a high-security prison in Tajikistan, the country’s justice ministry said. A group of Islamic State (IS) members killed the guards before releasing fellow IS convicts and turning on other prisoners, their statement read. Guards then opened fire, leaving […]

Australian finds A$100,000 gold nugget using metal detector

Australian finds A$100,000 gold nugget using metal detector

Image copyright FINDERS KEEPERS GOLD PROSPECTING Image caption The 1.4kg nugget is estimated to be worth about A$100,000 An Australian man has unearthed a 1.4kg (49oz) gold nugget with a metal detector while wandering Western Australia’s gold fields, say locals. A shop in Kalgoorlie shared pictures of the rock online, estimated to be worth A$100,000 […]

Japan economy beats expectations of slowdown

Japan economy beats expectations of slowdown

Image copyright Getty Images Japan’s economy unexpectedly grew in the three months to March, shrugging off forecasts for a contraction in the world’s third largest economy. The economy grew at an annualised 2.1% in the period, preliminary gross domestic product (GDP) data showed. That beat analyst expectations for a 0.2% contraction, as imports fell faster […]

Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

Image copyright Getty Images Google has cut phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm. New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to popular Google apps. The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot […]

US-China trade war: Moving to Vietnam to avoid sanctions

US-China trade war: Moving to Vietnam to avoid sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China’s industries have been hit by US tariff hikes Companies operating in China are facing stiff increases in tariffs on exports to the United States as the trade war between the two countries escalates. So, there’s an incentive for manufacturers in China to move their production to countries not […]