Indonesian orangutan smokes a cigarette thrown by zoo visitor

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S Korean envoys ‘to take message from Kim to US’

Media captionKim Jong-un welcomes South Korean officials South Korean envoys will bring a private message to the US from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they meet in Washington later this week, according to reports. They were given the undisclosed message on Monday when meeting Mr Kim in rare talks in Pyongyang, local media say. […]

Sri Lanka police and Buddhist rioters clash after emergency declared

Image caption Kandy has suffered days of violence Police in Sri Lanka have used tear gas to disperse Buddhist rioters in the city of Kandy, who have been attacking mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. They are defying a curfew imposed after a Buddhist youth died during an altercation with a group of Muslims. Three police were […]

Japan volcano: Mount Shinmoedake spews ash

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North Korea used VX nerve agent to kill leader’s brother, says US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam (pictured in 2001) was late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s oldest son The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was killed by a chemical attack in Malaysia on the orders of the North Korean government, the US has concluded. Kim Jong-nam died after a bizarre encounter at Kuala Lumpur airport […]

Bali’s battle against plastic pollution

Media captionRich Horner filmed himself swimming through rubbish off the island of Nusa Penida near Bali A video of a British diver swimming through swathes of rubbish off the coast of Bali has shown the extent of plastic waste floating in Indonesia’s waters. The footage captured earlier this week by Rich Horner showed him swimming […]

Terminal illness led to Australia’s first same-sex marriage

Image copyright Marion Jonkers Image caption Jill Kindt (L) and Jo Grant were married on 15 December A dying woman and her partner were the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Australia, it has been revealed. After the nation redefined its marriage law in December, Jo Grant and Jill Kindt obtained an exemption from […]

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt rejects dead fan’s gift

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dutt has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood films Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has refused to be the recipient of a dead fan’s bank savings and valuables, saying he never met her. Nishi Harishchandra Tripathi, a Mumbai-based woman and a fan of Dutt’s films, died aged 62 in January. Last […]

Coca-Cola plans to launch its first alcoholic drink

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Coca-Cola is planning to produce an alcoholic drink for the first time in the company’s 125-year history – with an alcopop-style product in Japan. It is keen to cash in on the country’s growing taste for Chu-Hi – canned sparkling flavoured drinks given a kick with a local spirit called shochu. […]

Kim Jong-un to meet S Korea leader in landmark summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un was pictured welcoming delegates to a dinner on Monday The leaders of North and South Korea are due to meet at a summit next month, Seoul’s envoy says. It will be the first such meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power […]