Undercover activist detained at Ivanka Trump shoe supplier

Image copyright Deng Guilian A Chinese activist has been detained while investigating alleged workers’ rights abuses at a supplier for Ivanka Trump’s shoe brand. Hua Haifeng was working undercover for the US-based China Labor Watch (CLW), which said he had witnessed examples of forced overtime and wage violations. Two other activists involved in the investigation […]

Priyanka Chopra attacked for ‘showing legs’ to India PM Modi

Image copyright Priyanka Chopra Image caption Chopra posted this picture on Facebook Actress Priyanka Chopra’s decision to wear a dress that showed her legs for a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi has been criticised by some social media users in India. Some Facebook users told her off for “disrespecting” the PM”. The unapologetic actress […]

Facebook sorry for Tiananmen picture frame rejection

Image copyright Facebook / Fung Ka Keung Image caption Hong Kong activist Fung Ka Keung’s profile picture frame was later approved Facebook has apologised for “incorrectly” rejecting a Hong Kong activist’s profile picture frame referencing the Tiananmen massacre. Fung Ka Keung had designed a layer of text, known as a frame, for his profile picture […]

Outrage as Emirates tells cabin crew to remove Taiwan flag pins

Image copyright Emirates Group/Ed Turner Emirates is under fire after apparently instructing Taiwanese cabin crew to remove badges showing the island’s flag from their uniforms. A leaked email says the airline was “instructed by the Chinese government” to “follow the One China policy”. Crew were told to wear China’s flag instead, but this directive was […]

Kabul blast: Huge explosion hits Afghan capital

Kabul blast: Huge explosion hits Afghan capital

A huge explosion has hit the Afghan capital, Kabul. Reports say the explosion happened in an area close to foreign embassies and the presidential palace. It was not immediately clear whether there were casualties, but reports say houses hundreds of metres away were damaged by the force of the explosion. Images circulating on social media […]

Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain

Media captionCyclone Mora battered coastal villages in the south-east of the country Cyclone Mora has hit the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh, killing at least five people. Most of them were killed by falling trees in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati, officials told the BBC. Hundreds of houses were fully or partly damaged, the […]

Seven dialysis patients die in Vietnam hospital

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patients reported feeling sick and breathless while undergoing dialysis Seven people have died and a woman is in intensive care after undergoing kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in northern Vietnam. The incident happened at Hoa Binh Province General Hospital, west of the capital Hanoi, on Monday. A group of […]

Chinese lesbian dating app Rela shuts down

Image copyright Getty Images A Chinese dating app for lesbians that has more than five million users has been shut down. The app, Rela, is no longer available in the Android or Apple app stores, and its website and Sina Weibo account have been deleted. Users began to notice that the app was not accessible […]

Ayodhya dispute: India BJP leaders charged with criminal conspiracy

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dispute reached a flashpoint in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed a mosque at the site A special court has charged senior leaders from India’s ruling party with criminal conspiracy in relation to the destruction of a 16th Century mosque. Former BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani, veteran leader Murli […]

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh with high winds and rain

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have been moved to cyclone shelters Cyclone Mora has hit Bangladesh, lashing the country’s south-eastern coast with heavy rain and high winds. The storm made landfall on Tuesday morning between the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar and the city of Chittagong, with winds of […]