India woman held for ‘posing’ as groom for a dowry

Image caption Krishna Sen (left) married her first wife (centre) in 2014 Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly posed as a man and duped two women into marriage for dowry. Krishna Sen was arrested on Wednesday in the northern state of Uttarakhand for demanding dowry, which is illegal in India. Police told […]

Nirav Modi: Who is India’s scandal-linked billionaire?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nirav Modi (right) is a jeweller to the stars including Naomi Watts (left) He was already the second most famous Mr N Modi of India. But now Nirav Modi – the billionaire diamond trader and jeweller to Hollywood and Bollywood stars – is in the news for very different […]

Winter Olympics: Swiss athletes hit by norovirus outbreak

Image copyright EPA Image caption Freestyle skier Fabian Boesch was named as one of the athletes who contracted the virus Two Swiss athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have become the first competitors to be hit by an outbreak of the norovirus. The freestyle skiers were taken away from the rest of […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM’s remarks ‘inept’, deputy says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce at a press conference in 2016 Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has sharply criticised the nation’s leader, Malcolm Turnbull, in an escalation of tensions that have rocked the government. On Thursday, Mr Turnbull admonished Mr Joyce for making a “shocking error” over his affair […]

Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up […]

India woman dies after hair caught in go-kart wheel

Image copyright Sant Arora/Hindustan Times Image caption The woman was visiting the theme park with her husband, young son, and other relatives An Indian woman has died in an amusement park in the northern state of Haryana, after her hair got tangled in the wheels of a go-kart. The 28-year-old woman, Puneet Kaur, was on […]

‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

Image copyright Serge Wich Image caption Bornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM bans ministers from sex with staff

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barnaby Joyce will take one week of leave, Malcolm Turnbull says Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will prohibit sex between ministers and their staff, after it was revealed his deputy had an affair with a former staffer. In a press briefing, he condemned Barnaby Joyce for a “shocking […]

China demands clampdown on popular quiz apps

Image copyright Reuters China has called for a clampdown on online quiz shows which have surged in popularity in recent months. The country’s media and publication regulator said there was “vulgar and tawdry” content in some of the quizzes. Companies should avoid promoting extravagance or sensationalism and focus on spreading “healthy, beneficial knowledge”, it added. […]