HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth

Image copyright Getty Images HSBC has posted a pre-tax profit of $17.2bn (£12.3bn) in 2017, saying its focus on Asia was driving growth. The results represent a 141% jump on the $7.1bn profit of the previous year. But that comparison is flattering, given 2016 saw the bank incur a string of one-off costs including the […]

Indians who ‘abused witches’ arrested by police

Image caption Local officials presented the women with ration cards after the case emerged Police in India have arrested 11 people in northern Jharkhand state for abusing two women after they were accused of practising “witchcraft”. The 65-year-old woman and her daughter, 35, were allegedly stripped naked, made to walk through the streets, and forced […]

Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Image copyright AFP Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, Chinese state media report. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Last week, Michael Rohana was charged […]

Trump India ‘dinner and chat’ property offer criticised

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump Jr took control of the Trump Organisation empire before his father’s presidential inauguration Investors in a luxury property development in India are being offered the chance to have “conversation and dinner” with Donald Trump Jr. The eldest son of the US president is visiting India this week […]

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Government MP George Christensen posted this image with a caption: “Do you feel lucky, greenie punks?” An Australian MP has drawn criticism for posting a photo online that showed him aiming a gun and asking: “Do you feel lucky, greenie punks?” George Christensen, a government MP, put the photo on […]

Winter Olympics: Alexander Krushelnitsky subject of anti-doping case

Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in the mixed doubles alongside wife Anastasia Bryzgalova An anti-doping case has been opened against Russian medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, says the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). Krushelnitsky, who won bronze with his wife in the mixed doubles at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, is suspected of testing positive for […]

Black Panther: South Korea tops international box office

Image copyright Getty Images Moviegoers in South Korea have helped propel Marvel Studio’s Black Panther to the top of the global box office rankings. The film took $25.3m (£18m) in Korean cinemas during its opening week – more than anywhere outside the US. Key action scenes were filmed in the port city of Busan, and […]

Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the ancient compound A fire broke out at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism – the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa. Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda. Chinese state media […]

Kiwis consider foreign house buyer ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dream of home ownership is fading for many New Zealanders In one of the world’s most liveable cities, and arguably its windiest, there are tough choices for prospective first-time property buyers in Wellington, where real estate prices soared by more than 18% in the year to June 2017. […]

Pakistan: Zainab Ansari’s killer gets four death sentences

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zainab’s rape and murder sparked outrage in Pakistan A court in Pakistan has given a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, four death sentences for raping and murdering a six-year old girl last month. Zainab Ansari’s body was found in a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore, on […]