Kim and the warhead: A picture decoded

Image copyright AFP Just hours before the sixth nuclear test North Korea is suspected to have conducted, the state news agency released photographs of Kim Jong-un inspecting a nuclear warhead. Defence expert Melissa Hanham decodes what information the picture could yield. This appears to be the biggest and most successful nuclear test by North Korea […]

North Korea: Tremor was sixth nuclear test, says Japan

Image copyright Reuters/KCNA Image caption The news came hours after state media showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bomb North Korea has carried out its sixth nuclear test, Japan’s foreign minister says. “The government confirms that North Korea conducted a nuclear test after examining information from the weather […]

North Korea ‘has missile-ready nuclear weapon’

Image copyright Reuters/KCNA Image caption State media said Kim Jong-un “watched an H-bomb to be loaded into a new ICBM” North Korea says it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that can be loaded on to a ballistic missile. The state news agency released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was […]

Myanmar conflict: Bangladesh police allow Rohingya to flee

Media captionRohingya families are living in makeshift shelters in refugee camps Police in Bangladesh are ignoring government orders to prevent people fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar from crossing the border. A BBC correspondent in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, says members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslim community are streaming through crossings, without being stopped. The UN now […]

North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea has a burgeoning tourism industry A US ban on its citizens travelling to North Korea has come into effect, at a time of heightened tensions over North Korean missile launches. The new rule was announced after US student Otto Warmbier died after being released from prison in […]

Mumbai building collapse kills 33

Media captionScenes from fatal Mumbai building collapse The death toll from the collapse of a six-storey building in Mumbai on Thursday has risen to 33 while 46 others have been rescued, officials have said. Relief operations are still underway, but relief workers told the BBC that all survivors have been rescued. The building in the […]

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot backs mocked Sri Lankan cosplayers

Image copyright Che Studio Image caption Sri Lankan real-life Wonder Woman Amaya Suriyapperuma Hollywood actress Gal Gadot has thrown her support behind two young women in Sri Lanka after they were cyber-bullied for cosplaying as Wonder Woman. The two had become the target of a wave of online memes, body-shaming and harassment. Both Gadot, who […]

Benazir Bhutto: Five cleared of ex-Pakistan PM murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Bhutto served twice as prime minister of Pakistan A special Pakistani court has acquitted five suspected Taliban members of conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The judges cited lack of evidence against them, but jailed two others, who were policemen, for negligence in failing to […]

Myanmar Rakhine: Rohingya refugees drown as exodus mounts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aid workers say many of those on the border are in a desperate condition Bangladesh coast guards have found the bodies of 20 people who drowned fleeing Myanmar, amid a rising exodus from Rakhine state. The group, mostly women and children from the Rohingya minority, were trying to escape a […]

India girl kills herself over ‘menstruation shaming’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Menstruation is a taboo topic in India A 12-year-old schoolgirl from southern India has killed herself after a teacher allegedly humiliated her over a blood stain from menstruation. In a suicide note, she accused the teacher of “torturing” her. Although the girl did not mention period shaming in her […]

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