James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea after defecting, has died aged 74. His sons – both born in North Korea – told a state media outlet their father had died in […]

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

Image copyright Vikas Dilawari Image caption The Mulji Jetha fountain in South Mumbai before restoration. It is one of at least 50 colonial-era fountains in the city. Metallic sheets barricade the approximately 15ft (4.5m) drinking water fountain (pyaav) outside the postal headquarters in south Mumbai. Dozens of pigeons are jostling in the small courtyard-like space […]

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Image copyright PA The world’s oldest publishing house, the Cambridge University Press, has reversed a decision to censor its content in China. The publishers had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had […]

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Indonesian flag was misprinted in the guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook. The mistake prompted fury in Indonesia over […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Media captionThe USS John S McCain suffered damage midships to port Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore

Image copyright Malaysian Navy Chief Image caption The Malaysian Navy chief has tweeted a picture appearing to show the US vessel with a hole on its port side Ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says. […]

Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior Catholics

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A relative of Leover Miranda, an alleged drug dealer, cries during his funeral on Sunday The head of the Philippines Catholic Church has criticised the government’s bloody campaign against drugs. Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle condemned “those who kill even the helpless”. Police say that since President Rodrigo Duterte launched […]

Sir Colin Meads: All Blacks legend dies of cancer, aged 81

A statue of Sir Colin Meads was unveiled in his home town of Te Kuiti in June 2017 All Blacks great Sir Colin Meads, who was named New Zealand’s best rugby player of the 20th Century, has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 81. The former second row played 55 Tests within 133 games for the […]

Aryana Sayeed: Kabul concert goes ahead despite threats

Image caption Aryana Sayeed is known as Afghanistan’s Kim Kardashian Hundreds of young men and women attended a concert by Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed in the capital Kabul despite opposition from conservatives, and threats of an attack. The concert was held amid tight security at the heavily protected Intercontinental Hotel. It was a rare […]

Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years

Image copyright AFP Image caption The USS Indianapolis – pictured here in Pearl Harbor, 1937 The World War Two heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found in the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after its sinking by a Japanese submarine. The warship was discovered 18,000 feet (5.5km) beneath the surface. The Indianapolis was destroyed returning from […]