India designer sorry over ‘insulting’ sari remark

India designer sorry over ‘insulting’ sari remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mukherjee is one of India’s most sought after fashion designers Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has apologised for saying that Indian women who do not know how to wear a sari, a traditional garment, should feel shame. He made the remark at an event at Harvard University last week. […]

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Image copyright Getty Images India’s second largest state-run bank has uncovered a $1.8bn (£1.3bn) scam linked to a single Mumbai branch. The fraud amounts to nearly a third of Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) market value, and 50 times its profits for the last quarter of 2017. The bank said the fraudulent transactions appeared to benefit […]

Oxfam executive ‘aware’ of Asia staff abuse claims

Oxfam executive ‘aware’ of Asia staff abuse claims

Image caption Lan Mercado took up her post as Oxfam’s Asia regional director in 2016 A senior figure in Oxfam says she is aware of past claims of sexual abuse involving the charity’s staff in Asia. Lan Mercado told the BBC the cases took place in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal before she started as […]

The new scandal imperilling Barnaby Joyce

The new scandal imperilling Barnaby Joyce

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is facing intense scrutiny Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, was briefly evicted from office last year over a dual citizenship eligibility saga. Now, two months after Mr Joyce’s return, a fresh scandal threatens to oust him again. Mr Joyce is facing damaging political […]

Maldives opposition MPs forcibly moved from parliament

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Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Expensive guests: North Korean cheerleaders at the Pyeongchang Olympics South Korea has approved a plan to pay the cost of hosting North Korea’s delegation to the Winter Olympics. The 2.86bn Korean won ($2.64m, £1.9m) will come from the South’s unification ministry budget. A group of more than 400 North […]

Maid left to ‘sleep outside with dog’ dies

Maid left to ‘sleep outside with dog’ dies

Image copyright Steven Sim Office A domestic worker in Malaysia has died after suspected abuse by her employer, including being made to “sleep outside with the dog,” a politician has said. The maid, known only as Adelina, came from Indonesia and worked for a family in Penang. Her employers are accused of not feeding Adelina […]

Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation

Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation

Image copyright KCNA Image caption This handout photo by KCNA shows Kim Jong-un, who appears to be supported by Ms Kim Yo-jong on his left and Mr Kim Yong-nam on his right North Korea’s leader has called for a “further livening up” of the “warm climate of reconciliation” with the South created by the Winter […]

Winter Olympics: Would Chloe Kim have made it as a South Korean?

Winter Olympics: Would Chloe Kim have made it as a South Korean?

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Chloe Kim in action during the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe final in Pyeongchang Star snowboarder Chloe Kim’s lightning moves won her Olympic gold on Tuesday, while her Twitter call-out for ice cream and admission of ‘hanger’ (angry when hungry) won her thousands of hearts on social media. “I hate […]

Tonga parliament building flattened by Cyclone Gita

Tonga parliament building flattened by Cyclone Gita

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tonga’s Parliament House is more than 100 years old The parliament building in the Pacific country of Tonga has been destroyed by the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years. Cyclone Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage. Electricity lines […]