Floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh leave 250 dead

More than 250 people have died after relentless monsoon rains caused flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been marooned and the authorities are struggling to reach some areas. Here, a man crosses flood waters in the Saptari District of Nepal. Floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh leave 250 dead}

Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support for Dalit farmer

An Indian woman in the southern state of Telangana says she is being “socially ostracised” because she supported a farmer from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community. Sama Indira, 50, from the upper caste Reddys, says her community association has imposed a fine of 5,000 rupees ($78; £60) on anyone who talks to her. Police said […]

Philippine drug war sees ‘bloodiest night’ of deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The campaign has attracted intense international criticism Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country’s war on drugs. The raids took place over 24 hours on Tuesday in Bulacan province, north of the capital […]

Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support to Dalit farmer

An Indian woman in the southern state of Telangana says she is being “socially ostracised” because she supported a farmer from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community. Sama Indira, 50, from the upper caste Reddys, says her community association has imposed a fine of 5,000 rupees ($78; £60) on anyone who talks to her. Police said […]

Australia Day: Council shifts celebrations over sensitivities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands protest Australia Day in Melbourne earlier this year A council in Melbourne has voted to stop celebrating Australia Day because of Aboriginal cultural sensitivities. The City of Yarra made a unanimous decision to drop all references to Australia Day and cease holding citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. Australia […]

Ecuador detains Chinese boat with endangered sharks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ecuadorian officials released this picture showing the fish found on the fishing boat Authorities in Ecuador have detained the crew of a Chinese fishing boat suspected to have caught endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands. The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was found Sunday in the archipelago, which is a […]

Thai activist gets prison for sharing king’s profile on Facebook

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jatupat Boonpattararaksa pleaded guilty to charges of defaming the monarchy A student activist in Thailand has received a prison term of two-and-a-half years after sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa pleaded guilty to charges of defaming the monarchy. He was arrested for sharing the profile, […]

Hong Kong police arrest activist over abduction claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Lam (centre, in blue shirt) was arrested early on Tuesday morning A democracy activist in Hong Kong who claimed he was abducted and tortured by mainland Chinese agents has been arrested by police. Authorities are accusing Howard Lam of providing misleading information. Mr Lam claimed last week he was […]

N Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam plan but opts to wait

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korean state media released photos of Kim Jong-un apparently reviewing military documents North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam but will hold off, state media said. Although prepared for “the enveloping fire at Guam”, the North said it would […]

Malaysia’s princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony

The main wedding event featured a formal “sitting-in-state” ceremony and saw an estimated 1,200 members of the public in attendance, reports the AFP news agency. Crowds watched the royal ceremony projected onto a big screen at Dataran Bandaraya, a public city square in Johor Bahru. Malaysia’s princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony}