China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports

China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports

Image copyright Getty Images China is suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of efforts to increase pressure on the country over its latest missile test. China’s commerce ministry said the ban would operate until the end of 2017. It follows reports last week that China had rejected a shipment of North […]

North Korean man arrested over killing of Kim Jong-nam

North Korean man arrested over killing of Kim Jong-nam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam had been critical of the North Korean government A North Korean national has been arrested over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Malaysian police say. The first North Korean to be arrested over Kim Jong-nam’s death was named as Ri Jong Chol, 46. An Indonesian […]

Kim Jong-nam death suspect ‘thought she was in TV prank’

Kim Jong-nam death suspect ‘thought she was in TV prank’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam had been critical of the regime An Indonesian woman held over the killing of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother thought she was taking part in a TV prank, police say. Kim Jong-nam is thought to have been poisoned as he waited to board a flight in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. […]

Philippines: Duterte critic Leila de Lima faces drugs charges

Philippines: Duterte critic Leila de Lima faces drugs charges

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Senator Leila De Lima has spoken out strongly against extrajudicial killings Philippine prosecutors have filed drug-related charges against a senator who is an outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Senator Leila de Lima is accused of receiving money from detained drug lords. A former top human rights […]

Donald Tsang: Hong Kong ex-leader guilty of misconduct

Donald Tsang: Hong Kong ex-leader guilty of misconduct

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Tsang, pictured here with his wife, previously said that his conscience was clear Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang has been found guilty of misconduct in office, in a case related to his use of a luxury flat in China. Mr Tsang, who led Hong Kong from 2005 […]

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack prompts Pakistan security crackdown

Media captionAmateur footage from inside the shrine shows people fleeing the scene Pakistan says dozens of militants have been killed in a security crackdown following Thursday’s attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead. Some 18 militants were killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 […]

Pakistan security crackdown after deadly IS attack on Sufi shrine

Media captionAmateur footage from inside the shrine shows people fleeing the scene Pakistan says dozens of militants have been killed in a security crackdown following Thursday’s attack on a shrine that left at least 72 people dead. Some 18 militants were killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 […]

Intrigue at the airport

Intrigue at the airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption Once doted on by his father, Kim Jong-nam had a long fall from grace as a man On Monday, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed in Malaysia. The BBC’s Karishma Vaswani in Kuala Lumpur dissects a week of mystery and intrigue. It’s been almost a week […]

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mount Cook, the highest peak of New Zealand – and Zealandia You think you know your seven continents? Think again, as there’s a new contender hoping to join that club. Say hello to Zealandia, a huge landmass almost entirely submerged in the southwest Pacific. It’s not a complete stranger, you […]

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrested in South Korea

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrested in South Korea

Image copyright EPA Samsung’s heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been placed under arrest in South Korea, accused of bribery and other charges. The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms […]