Australian party pitches four-day working week

Australian party pitches four-day working week

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Greens leader Richard Di Natale says many Australians are overworked Australia should consider adopting a four-day working week or a six-hour working day, a political leader says. Richard Di Natale, head of the left-wing Australian Greens, argues reducing hours would boost productivity and allow workers more time with family. […]

Hong Kong goes crazy for ‘hero’ policeman

Hong Kong goes crazy for ‘hero’ policeman

Image copyright Hong Kong police A 20-year-old Hong Kong policeman has swept to fame online after he talked a suicidal Pakistani man out of killing himself – in fluent Urdu. The man had climbed a 20-metre-high (65ft) crane at a construction site, and police were called to the scene. Ifzal Zaffar, who is of Pakistani […]

Rhino horns worth $5m seized in Thailand off flight from Ethiopia

Rhino horns worth $5m seized in Thailand off flight from Ethiopia

Image copyright AFP Twenty-one rhino horns worth an estimated $5m have been seized in Thailand after being found in luggage sent from Ethiopia in the biggest such haul in years. The seizure comes days after 300kg of elephant ivory was also impounded in the country. Thailand is seen as a transit point for the illegal […]

South Korea warns against eating river rats

South Korea warns against eating river rats

Image copyright EPA Image caption The river rat, also called nutria or coypu, was introduced for fur farming South Korea’s government is warning people not to eat river rats, after a reported surge in the number of people hunting the creatures for their bile. A university study published in January said that the rodents’ gall […]

Anger over UK ship’s damage to pristine reef

Anger over UK ship’s damage to pristine reef

Image copyright Stay Raja Ampat Two weeks ago, a British cruise ship accidentally ran aground in one of Indonesia’s most pristine coral reefs, causing extensive damage. For local people, who rely on dive tourism, it is a sad and worrying time. “I was born here, I was in tears when I saw this damage,” said […]

Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia ‘to deport 50 North Koreans’

Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia ‘to deport 50 North Koreans’

Image copyright AP Image caption Relations between Malaysia and North Korea have plummeted over the murder of Kim Jong-nam Malaysia says it will deport 50 North Koreans for overstaying their visas, despite its recent ban on North Koreans leaving the country. The group were working in Sarawak on Borneo island, Malaysia said. But it did […]

Taiwan ex-leader Ma Ying-jeou charged over secrets leak

Taiwan ex-leader Ma Ying-jeou charged over secrets leak

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Ma has already appeared in court several times for a lawsuit relating to the same incident Taiwanese prosecutors have charged former president Ma Ying-jeou with leaking secret information obtained from wiretapping a political opponent. Mr Ma has insisted he did not break any laws as he was merely […]

Bali policeman killing: Sara Connor to weigh up appeal

Bali policeman killing: Sara Connor to weigh up appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sara Connor has seven days to decide if she will appeal An Australian woman jailed over the killing of an Indonesian policeman will decide whether to appeal her four-year sentence. Sara Connor, 46, had denied playing any role in Wayan Sudarsa’s fatal assault on Bali’s Kuta beach last August. […]

China fans anger over Seoul’s missile move

China fans anger over Seoul’s missile move

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Korean retailer Lotte has seen closures of some Chinese stores over the US missile deployment row The deployment in South Korea of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system has been slammed by Beijing. Now the Chinese Communist Party is calling on its people to […]

Beauty and the Beast release postponed in Malaysia

Beauty and the Beast release postponed in Malaysia

Image copyright Disney The release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been postponed in Malaysia. The Emma Watson film was due to open on Thursday but has been put on hold due to an “internal review”. No specific reason has been given for the decision. “The movie release date has been postponed and we […]