Japanese fugitive on the run for 45 years is arrested

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say they have confirmed the identity of Mr Osaka through DNA tests For one suspected murderer in Japan, it has been a case of being able to run but not being able to hide. Left-wing revolutionary Masaaki Osaka has been arrested and charged for murdering a police officer during […]

Burmese military plane vanishes

Burmese military plane vanishes

A Burmese military aircraft reportedly carrying more than 100 people has gone missing, officials say. The army said the plane was flying between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon (Rangoon). Search and rescue efforts are under way. “Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm [07:05 GMT] when it reached about 20 miles west […]

South Korea halts Thaad anti-missile system rollout

Image copyright EPA Image caption Two launchers which have already been deployed will not be withdrawn South Korea is suspending the deployment of a controversial missile defence system while the government examines its environmental impact. The rollout of the US-funded Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (Thaad) may be on hold for a year. Four recently […]

Cocaine suitcase: ‘Drug mule’ arrested in Shanghai

Image copyright Police handout Customs officials in Shanghai have arrested a woman attempting to smuggle two suitcases into China that were almost entirely made of cocaine. Airport authorities X-rayed the luggage of a woman flying from an unnamed South American country. The scan showed her luggage was darker in colour than normal, and also that […]

Singapore dad sues school principal for confiscating phone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The use of mobile phones in schools has been a controversial issue in many places A Singaporean lawyer is suing the principal of a prestigious school for confiscating his son’s mobile phone. The secondary school bans students from using phones during school hours as it considers them a distraction. […]

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) says a major system glitch led to customers being hit by unauthorised money withdrawals and deposits. The problematic transactions reached up to thousands of pesos. Some users claimed on social media that their accounts had even gone into the red. BPI chief executive Cezar Consing […]

Melbourne siege: Victim of ‘terror incident’ identified

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunman Yacqub Khayre, pictured in 2010, was shot dead by police A man who was killed by a gunman in a Melbourne siege being investigated as a terrorism incident has been identified. PM Malcolm Turnbull named the victim as Kai Hao. He was a 36-year-old newly married father, local media […]

Indonesia counts its islands to protect territory and resources

Image copyright Aulia/UNDP Indonesia Image caption Having more islands recognised would extend Indonesia’s sovereignty over the surrounding waters Indonesia has so many islands it has never been able to fully count or name them. A 1996 law estimated the number of islands in the world’s biggest archipelago at 17,508. But the government is now hoping […]

Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

Image copyright S Niyazi Image caption Farmers have held protest rallies in different parts of the state At least five Indian farmers died after shots were fired during a protest in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. It is unclear who opened fire during the rally in Mandsaur district on Tuesday. Protesters say it was […]

Philippines conflict: Starving residents tell of terror in Marawi

Media captionA mother talks of her family’s ordeal as they hid for 11 days For the past two weeks the Philippines army has been fighting Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. So far, the conflict has killed at least 170 people, including 20 civilians, and more than 180,000 residents have fled. The BBC’s […]