Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills dozens

Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills dozens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The explosion targeted people queueing to register to vote A suicide attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, officials say. More than 50 others were injured in the blast which hit a crowd waiting at the entrance to the centre. […]

China dragon boat accident leaves 17 dead

China dragon boat accident leaves 17 dead

Image copyright EPA Image caption The rescue effort went on into the night Seventeen people have died in a dragon boat accident in southern China thought to have been caused by strong current. One of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers overturned on Saturday and another arriving at the scene also capsized, TV pictures […]

How leisure time is changing for North Korea's privileged

How leisure time is changing for North Korea's privileged

Image copyright AFP Image caption Swimmers gather in a pool at a water park in Pyongyang While the majority of people in North Korea live in poverty, experts say there is a growing middle class with money to spend and free time to enjoy. From dolphin aquariums to shopping centres, this is how the country […]

Pakistan's Ziarat: An ancient juniper forest and its living fossils

Pakistan's Ziarat: An ancient juniper forest and its living fossils

The juniper forests at Ziarat in the Pakistani province of Balochistan are some of the largest – and oldest – in the world. According to a report submitted in April 2016 at Unesco by Pakistan’s Directorate General of Archaeology, the Ziarat forests are spread over nearly 110,000 hectares. No dendrological study has been conducted but […]

Palestinian lecturer and Hamas member killed in Malaysia

Palestinian lecturer and Hamas member killed in Malaysia

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ten shots were fired at the Palestinian professor early on Saturday morning A Palestinian professor and member of the Hamas militant organisation has been killed in a drive-by shooting on the streets of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The family of Fadi al-Batsh, 35, has accused Israel’s spy agency Mossad […]

India introduces death penalty for child rapists

India introduces death penalty for child rapists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Reported rapes of minor children had more than doubled in India between 2012 and 2016 India’s Cabinet has approved the introduction of the death penalty for child rapists, amid uproar over a series of high-profile cases. The change to the country’s penal code applies to those convicted of raping a […]

North Korea missile and nuclear test halt hailed

North Korea missile and nuclear test halt hailed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-un says the North has achieved nuclear “weaponisation” North Korea’s announcement that it is halting nuclear and missile tests has received a broad international welcome. Leader Kim Jong-un said further tests were not needed, as the North had demonstrated it had nuclear weapons. Donald Trump described the move as […]

What do Indian parents tell their children about rape?

What do Indian parents tell their children about rape?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India’s crime records show that reported rapes of minor children had more than doubled between 2012 and 2016. Outrage has grown in India after two incidents where children were tortured, raped and murdered. People across the country came out in protest, with some of them even taking their children […]

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-Un says there is no need for further missile tests North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country will suspend all missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site, state media say. “From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic […]