North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea has been releasing photos of mass live-fire exercises The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances. The Thaad […]

The Mother of All Bombs: How badly did it hurt IS in Afghanistan?

Image copyright EPA Image caption An Afghan soldier points to the area where the US dropped the bomb On 13 April the US dropped one of its largest non-nuclear bombs on a tunnel complex used by so-called Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan. It was the first time such a weapon had been used in […]

North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea has been releasing photos of mass live-fire exercises The US is to tighten sanctions on North Korea and step up diplomatic moves aimed at pressuring the country to end its nuclear and missile programmes. President Donald Trump’s strategy was announced after a special briefing for all 100 US […]

Chinese anger over ‘acid pollution’ images

Recent aerial photographs of extensive pollution at industrial sites in northern China have caused a public outcry, and calls for action from the authorities. The images, taken by a drone, show a cluster of dark red and rust-coloured pits occupying a big patch of land in a village called Nanzhaofu in Hebei province. The NGO […]

Missing Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

Image copyright EPA Image caption Liang Sheng Yueh is being treated at Grandee International Hospital in Kathmandu A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) […]

China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

Media captionChinese state media released a picture of the launch showing the carrier bedecked in giant colourful streamers China has launched a new aircraft carrier in the latest sign of its growing military strength. It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made domestically. The as-yet unnamed ship […]

India clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for restricted release

Image copyright JIGNESH PANCHAL Image caption The film is about the dreams and desires of four women from small town India An appeals board of India’s film censor authority has cleared an award-winning Hindi language film for limited release. Lipstick Under My Burkha was earlier refused certification because it was too “lady oriented” and contained […]

North Korea tensions: US installs missile defence system in S Korea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Missile defence equipment was transported to a former golf club in Seongju on Wednesday The US military has started installing a controversial missile defence system at a site in South Korea, amid high tensions over neighbouring North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions. The Thaad system is designed to protect against […]

US submarine arrives in South Korea as tensions rise

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The USS Michigan, which has made a port call in Busan, is a nuclear-powered submarine A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier […]

North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-un, here visiting a pig farm, has vowed to continue missile tests In an unusual move, the entire US Senate is being called to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Washington has become increasingly concerned at North Korean missile and nuclear tests and threats to its […]