India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week

Image copyright AFP Image caption Schoolgirls staged a protest rally on 8 May after the first two rape and burning attacks A teenage girl in India has been raped and burned alive by her attacker – the third instance of such an attack in the same week. The 16-year-old girl died after being soaked in […]

India man kills self over $13,000 electricity bill

India man kills self over $13,000 electricity bill

Image caption Jagannath Shelke’s family alleges officials did not help him although he approached them An Indian vegetable seller allegedly killed himself on Thursday after receiving an electric bill of nearly $13,000 (£9570) in the western state of Maharashtra. Jagannath Shelke, 36, left behind a suicide note in which he said that the bill was […]

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours

Image caption It is unclear whether any children have gone missing amid escalating abduction rumours More than 30 people have been arrested over lynching of a 55-year-old woman in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The killing happened amid rumours and false WhatsApp messages over kidnapping of children in the state. Police say local people […]

Japan's single women a burden on the state, MP says

Japan's single women a burden on the state, MP says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last year just 941,000 children were born in Japan An MP from Japan’s governing party has been accused of sexism after he said young Japanese women should have more children or face being a burden on the state. Speaking at an LDP party meeting, Kanji Kato said young women […]

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself

Image copyright INDRANIL MUKHERJEE One of India’s most senior police officials has killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, senior officials have confirmed. Himanshu Roy, 55, who was the head of the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra state, shot himself at his home. Mr Roy had been on a long medical leave as he was […]

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes

Image copyright NetEase Comics Image caption Iron Man who? Meet Lin Lie, the star of Warriors of Three Sovereigns The first ever Chinese superheroes have officially entered the Marvel universe. Aero and Lin Lie are just two of a batch of Chinese characters making their debut in graphic novels this week. Co-authored by Marvel and […]

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wave was measured by a buoy at Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand’s Campbell Island in the […]

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

Image copyright AFP Malaysia’s king has agreed to pardon a politician whose case has gripped national politics for two decades, says new PM Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar Ibrahim, once considered a potential future leader, was jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy after falling out with the government. But Mr Mahathir, the PM under which he […]

Mahathir: 'Yes, yes, I am still alive'

Mahathir: 'Yes, yes, I am still alive'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mahathir is known for his sharp humour At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest elected leader – and he knows it. Famed for his witty – and often withering remarks – Mr Mahathir is very much at ease when talking of […]

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

Seven people have been found dead at a rural property in Western Australia (WA), police have confirmed. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered in the town of Osmington, 280km (170 miles) south of Perth, on Friday. Two firearms were found at the scene. “The bodies of two adults were located outside […]