Winter Olympics: Soldiers replace security staff after norovirus outbreak

Image copyright AFP Image caption Soldiers took on the work of guarding Pyeongchang’s ice arena ahead of the Winter Olympics Dozens of private security guards at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have been taken to hospital with norovirus, prompting organisers to call in soldiers as guards instead. Vomiting and diarrhoea hit the security […]

Taiwan earthquake: People trapped in Hualien

Image copyright Social media Image caption Several high-rise buildings have sustained severe structural damage A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has damaged buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say. The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Photographs posted on social media showed extensive damage […]

Maldives ex-President Nasheed seeks help from India and US

Media captionTrouble in paradise: Maldives crisis explained The ex-president of the Maldives has called from exile for other countries to intervene in a political crisis engulfing the island nation. Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help release prisoners and the US to curb leaders’ financial transactions. Turmoil began when current President Abdulla Yameen refused to release […]

Asia markets join global stock plunge

Media captionWall Street’s worst day since the crisis – explained in 90 seconds. Asian markets plunged on Tuesday as investors dumped stocks following heavy falls in the US. At one point Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was down 7%, but recovered some of those losses to close 4.7% lower. Asian shares were reacting to heavy losses […]

Maldives: Supreme Court judges arrested amid political crisis

Media captionTrouble in paradise: Maldives crisis explained Maldives police have arrested the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court as a political crisis worsens in the Indian Ocean nation. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the government declared a state of emergency. No details were given about the […]

Australian police charge seven people with abusing boys

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have arrested seven people in Australia Seven people have been charged in Australia over the alleged sexual and physical abuse of three young boys. The four women, two men and a 17-year-old girl face a total of 127 charges over the alleged abuse, which police say happened near […]

Singapore Airshow: Asia aviation in five charts

Asia’s airlines have more new planes on order than anyone else. Its airports are some of the fastest-growing in the world. And the region is also home to the most popular aircraft journey on the planet. With Asia’s largest air show taking place in Singapore, we’ve been taking a look at the region’s aviation industry. […]

Maldives state of emergency declared by government amid political crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police stood guard outside the the Supreme Court on Monday evening The Maldives government has declared a state of emergency for 15 days amid a political crisis in the island nation. Security forces have entered the Supreme Court and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the ex-president, has been arrested. The government has […]

Maldives state of emergency declared by government

Image copyright Reuters Image caption On Sunday, opposition supporters demanded the release of nine jailed MPs The Maldives government has declared a state of emergency for 15 days amid a political crisis in the island nation. The state of emergency gives security officials extra powers to arrest suspects, reports say. The government has already suspended […]

India hit list of Hindu Muslim couples taken off Facebook

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The list links to the Facebook profiles of those named A Facebook page calling for violence against 102 Muslim men who are allegedly in relationships with Hindu women has been taken down. The page, which asks Hindus to “track and hunt the boys on the list”, prompted outrage online. […]