Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Image copyright AFP Image caption A symbol of hope or bad PR for Fukushima? Fukushima residents have reacted angrily to the statue of a boy in protective gear, saying it gives the impression of a city still contaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Fukushima’s nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami in 2011, causing the […]

India denies China printing currency claim amid social media row

India denies China printing currency claim amid social media row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rupee is printed across four high-security presses in India The Indian government has denied a report that a Chinese company would be printing its currency notes, calling it “baseless” amid social media outrage. The report by the South China Morning Post claimed a Chinese company had been contracted […]

Rainbow trout can now be called salmon in China

Rainbow trout can now be called salmon in China

Image copyright iStock Image caption The rainbow trout has been labelled as the true victim of the move If you think there’s something fishy about the salmon you’re eating, that could be because it’s not salmon. New rules introduced in China mean rainbow trout can now be labelled and sold domestically as salmon. Why? Because […]

Melbourne no longer 'most liveable city'

Melbourne no longer 'most liveable city'

Image copyright Getty Images Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, […]

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Wilson was convicted in May of concealing child sexual abuse A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has confirmed. The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid […]

The farmers using sewage to make saris

The farmers using sewage to make saris

India is one of the biggest users of groundwater in the world, extracting more than the USA and China combined. But as the population grows, supplies are becoming scarce in some areas, like rural Bangalore. Muniragu was forced to abandon his vegetable farm when his borewell ran dry. But by diverting urban wastewater on to […]

Korea talks: Moon to visit Pyongyang in September

Korea talks: Moon to visit Pyongyang in September

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Agreement on the summit was reached between Northern (left) and Southern officials at the border on Monday South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang next month to meet the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. It will be the first time in more than a […]

South Korean woman jailed over secret nude model photo

South Korean woman jailed over secret nude model photo

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe use of hidden and up-skirt cameras is a huge problem in South Korea A South Korean woman has been jailed for secretly photographing a male nude model and posting the image online. The 25-year-old – who is also a nude model – was sentenced to 10 […]

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

Image caption China says it is fighting separatism and Islamist militants in Xinjiang China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”. Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education”, officials admitted. The rare admission from Beijing […]

China's ire puts global focus on fringe activist

China's ire puts global focus on fringe activist

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Andy Chan says China’s pressure proves that Hong Kong should go it alone A lunchtime talk by a little-known Hong Kong politician has drawn global attention to China’s influence on free speech in the territory. Andy Chan is the head of a fringe nationalist party calling for Hong Kong’s independence […]