The mega-machines helping China link the world

The mega-machines helping China link the world

China is creating a network of ambitious land- and sea-based transport links to connect its booming economy with those of Europe and Africa. And it’s wasting no time – designing incredible bespoke construction machines to get the job done fast. President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, aims to connect […]

Pakistan election: Who's who and why it matters

Pakistan election: Who's who and why it matters

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPakistan’s election: Five things to know Tens of millions of Pakistanis are preparing to vote in a general election on Wednesday after a campaign tainted by violence and dominated by political controversy. What happens in this South Asian country of nearly 200 million matters: it is a […]

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

Image copyright AFP Image caption The introduction of the 12% “blood tax” sparked protests across India India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods – including the 12% duty on […]

Korea Open: Table tennis players win first joint Korea gold for 27 years

Korea Open: Table tennis players win first joint Korea gold for 27 years

Jang and Cha celebrate their victory at the Korea Open A table tennis mixed doubles pairing with one player from North Korea and one from South Korea has become the first inter-Korea sports team to win a gold medal for almost three decades. Jang Woo-jin from the South and Cha Hyo Sim from the North […]

Sri Lanka's Galle cricket stadium risks being demolished

Sri Lanka's Galle cricket stadium risks being demolished

Image copyright AFP Image caption England fans watch their team play Sri Lanka at Galle Stadium in 2012 One of the world’s most picturesque cricket stadiums is at risk of being demolished because it threatens the heritage status of a nearby fort. Galle cricket stadium, in southern Sri Lanka, is famed for its stunning views […]

Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures

Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The heatwave has filled public parks, but also caused many deaths People across Japan have been urged to take precautions against a heatwave that has killed about 30 people. Thousands more have sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions over the past two weeks. Temperatures reached 40.7C (105F) in central […]

The 600 greyhounds left behind in Macau

The 600 greyhounds left behind in Macau

Macau’s controversial greyhound racetrack, the Canidrome Club, is shutting down, leaving behind 600 dogs. City officials say they will take care of the greyhounds, but their ultimate fate remains uncertain. Video by Martin Yip of BBC Chinese, and Tessa Wong. Source link

Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds author 'not coerced' over will

Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds author 'not coerced' over will

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Colleen McCullough was one of Australia’s best-selling novelists The widower of Australian author Colleen McCullough has been granted control of her multi-million dollar estate after a bitter court dispute. McCullough, who died in 2015, was best known for her 1977 international best-selling novel The Thorn Birds. On Friday, a […]

Uzbek TV channel apologises over steamy Schumer scene

Uzbek TV channel apologises over steamy Schumer scene

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Film star Amy Schumer: Subject of an Uzbek ‘technical failure’ A television channel in Uzbekistan has apologised profusely for allowing a bedroom scene from a Hollywood film to make its way onto domestic screens, it’s reported. Privately-owned entertainment channel Sevimli TV said a “technical failure” meant that an uncut […]

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