Memoir by Japanese WW2 emperor Hirohito sold in New York auction

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The notes were dictated by the emperor and written down by an aide A memoir by former Japanese Emperor Hirohito about how his country entered World War Two has fetched $220,000 (£164,000) at an auction in New York. Also known as the Imperial Monologue, it chronicles the slide into war […]

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

Image copyright Getty Images Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some international flights. The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent “engine events”. Two flights were forced to return to Auckland this week after mechanical trouble, local media […]

Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were […]

Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend. Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public discussion on a recent, controversial protest by a hardline religious group. Earlier this year a number of social media activists were “disappeared,” before being released. Two later told […]

China rebukes Australians over influence debate ‘hysteria’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in China last year China’s embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of “irresponsible remarks” and local media of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”. […]

India 10-year-old raped girl’s baby adopted

Image copyright NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images Image caption According to the latest government figures, a child is raped every 27 minutes in India A baby girl, delivered recently by a 10-year-old girl who was raped by two of her uncles, has been adopted. The three-month-old has been handed over to her new parents, a couple from […]

‘Hero’ India driver risks life to save children in runaway van

The driver of a school van in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh risked his own life to save the lives of his child passengers on Tuesday. Shiv Yadav had parked his van on the side of a busy road to relieve himself when he realised the children had accidently put the van in gear. […]

Rohingya crisis: UN rights chief ‘cannot rule out genocide’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nosuba Khatun and other Rohingyas who have escaped to Bangladesh bear bullet wounds The United Nations human rights chief has said an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein was addressing a Human Rights Council session in Geneva. More […]

Australia unveils laws to prevent foreign interference

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canberra announces new laws to counter foreign interference The Australian government has proposed a wide-ranging crackdown on foreign interference in political activity. PM Malcolm Turnbull said rules policing espionage, counter-intelligence and political donations would undergo the most significant overhaul in decades. Proposed new laws, which need parliamentary approval, would […]

India leprosy patient’s pension restored after outrage over ID card

Image copyright Bangalore news photos Image caption Sajida Begum’s case had caused outrage in India A leprosy patient in the south Indian city of Bangalore who lost her pension as she was unable to provide biometric data has now been given a new identity card to restore her welfare payment. Sajida Begum, 65, who is […]