Maldives orders army to resist any Supreme Court impeachment order

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police broke up opposition celebrations of a Supreme Court ruling on Friday The Maldives government has ordered the security forces to resist any move by the Supreme Court to arrest or impeach President Abdulla Yameen. The court on Friday had ruled the trial of exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed unconstitutional and […]

Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team loses first practice match

Image copyright ALLSPORT/Getty Images Image caption The athletes of Team Korea in action against Sweden The joint North and South Korean women’s ice hockey team has lost its first match – a friendly against Sweden – before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Swedish women’s team beat their Korean counterparts 3-1. The unified […]

Winter Olympics: First test for joint Korean ice hockey team

Media captionNorth Korea’s women’s ice hockey team arrived in the South last week The joint North and South Korean ice hockey team is set to play its first match on Sunday, ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. The match is an international friendly against Sweden, who the unified women’s team will face during […]

North Korea ‘uses Berlin embassy to get missile parts’

Image copyright Reuters North Korea has been acquiring technology for its nuclear and weapons programmes through its Berlin embassy, Germany’s head of intelligence says. Hans-Georg Maassen told NDR TV that many of these activities had been thwarted, but not all were detected. He did not say what type of technology was procured, but said it […]

Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Enrique Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned. Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, […]

Winter Olympics: North Korea presses ahead with military parade

Image copyright KCNA / STR Image caption North Korea’s military parades – like this one in April 2017 – can be large affairs North Korea has defended plans for a large-scale military parade scheduled for the day before the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pyongyang’s annual military parade to mark the founding of its armed […]

New Zealand gannet ‘no mates Nigel’ dies alongside fake partner

Image copyright Friends of Mana Island Image caption Nigel (pictured with two replica birds) won the hearts of visitors to the island Nigel “no mates”, a lonely New Zealand gannet who lived his life on the edge of the cliffs of an uninhabited island, has been found dead alongside his partner – a concrete replica […]

Pakistan migrants feared drowned off Libya

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU has tried to reduce migrant numbers with a highly criticised deal with the Libyan coastguard Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libyans were also aboard. […]

India principal ‘puts students through trial by fire’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Corporal punishment is banned in Indian schools Police in India have lodged a complaint against a school principal after she allegedly forced 13 pupils to hold their hands over a candle flame. The head teacher, Sushanti Hembrom, was trying to find out if one of the nine-year-olds had stolen […]

North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions, UN told

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Inspections of ships have been stepped up, but the UN says more must be done North Korea earned nearly $200m (£141m) last year by exporting banned commodities in breach of international sanctions, a UN report says. The report by a panel of experts said several countries including China, Russia and […]