North Korea to send ceremonial head Kim Yong-nam to South Korea

North Korea to send ceremonial head Kim Yong-nam to South Korea

Image copyright AFP Image caption It is unclear whether Kim Yong-nam, who heads the parliament in Pyongyang, will attend the opening ceremony along with US Vice President Mike Pence North Korea is to send its highest ranking official for years to the South amid an easing of tensions during the Winter Olympics. Kim Yong-nam, the […]

Male make-up: Korean men have started a beauty revolution

Men in South Korea spend more on skincare per person than men anywhere else in the world. Inspired by their idols in Korean pop music and TV dramas, young people strive for what they consider to be that perfect face. One make-up vlogger tells us about his quest to change perceptions about men who wear […]

Mayor resigns amid misconduct probe

Mayor resigns amid misconduct probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert Doyle was serving his third term as Lord Mayor of Melbourne The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. Robert Doyle, 64, has been accused of sexually harassing three women, including an allegation that he touched a colleague’s breast. Mr […]

Maldives orders army to resist any Supreme Court impeachment order

Maldives orders army to resist any Supreme Court impeachment order

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police broke up opposition celebrations of a Supreme Court ruling on Friday The Maldives government has ordered the security forces to resist any move by the Supreme Court to arrest or impeach President Abdulla Yameen. The court on Friday had ruled the trial of exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed unconstitutional and […]

Ship with 22 Indian crew missing off Benin

Ship with 22 Indian crew missing off Benin

An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday. The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area. The International Maritime […]

Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Enrique Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned. Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, […]

Winter Olympics: North Korea presses ahead with military parade

Winter Olympics: North Korea presses ahead with military parade

Image copyright KCNA / STR Image caption North Korea’s military parades can be large affairs North Korea has defended plans for a large-scale military parade scheduled for the day before the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pyongyang’s annual military parade to mark the founding of its armed forces has taken place in April for 40 […]

Pakistan migrants feared drowned off Libya

Pakistan migrants feared drowned off Libya

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU has tried to reduce migrant numbers with a highly criticised deal with the Libyan coastguard Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libyans were also aboard. […]

North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions, UN told

North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions, UN told

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Inspections of ships have been stepped up, but the UN says more must be done North Korea earned nearly $200m (£141m) last year by exporting banned commodities in breach of international sanctions, a UN report says. The report by a panel of experts said several countries including China, Russia and […]

Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast

Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU has tried to reduce migrant numbers with a highly criticised deal with the Libyan coastguard Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libyans were also aboard. […]