Park Geun-hye: S Korea trial of impeached president begins

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Park was brought to court in Seoul in handcuffs South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has gone on trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace. In her first appearance in public since her arrest in March, she arrived at court handcuffed in a prison […]

Indonesian men to face caning for gay sex

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The men were found in bed together by vigilantes in a part of Indonesia which bans homosexuality Two men are to be caned on Tuesday in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. Gay sex is not illegal in most of Indonesia but is in Aceh, the […]

Everest’s Hillary Step: Has it gone or not?

Image copyright Everest Expedition/Tim Mosedale Image caption The Hillary Step as it looked last week, in a photo taken by Tim Mosedale Days after a British mountaineer claimed that a famous rock feature near the summit of Mount Everest had disintegrated, two Nepali climbers have contradicted him. So has the Hillary Step collapsed, and if […]

Indian army officer awarded amid ‘abuse’ inquiry

Image caption A man was reportedly used as a human shield in Kashmir in April A military officer accused of using a man as a human shield in Indian-administered Kashmir has won a commendation from the army chief. Major Leetul Gogoi reportedly tied a local man to a jeep in April to stop protesters from […]

Rebel Wilson sues magazine publisher over ‘nasty’ articles

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rebel Wilson arrived in Australia from the US last week Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson lost movie roles because she was portrayed as a liar in a series of magazine articles, an Australian court has heard. Ms Wilson is suing publisher Bauer Media over eight articles published by its magazines […]

Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in wildlife. Image copyright Ishwor Joshi/BBC Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards – including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards – were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, […]

Indian woman ‘sets new Everest dual ascent record’

Image copyright Dream Himalaya Adventures Image caption Anshu Jamsenpa also scaled Everest twice in 2011, but 10 days apart. An Indian has climbed Mount Everest twice in under a week in what may be a new woman’s record for the fastest double ascent. Anshu Jamsenpa, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, reached the summit on 16 and 21 […]

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomb blast happened in a waiting room inside a military hospital More than 20 people have been injured in a small bomb blast at a military hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The explosion happened at Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is used by serving and retired members of the military […]

Sylvester Stallone gives Bollywood Rambo the thumbs-up

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sylvester Stallone sent a message of support to the remake’s Indian director Getting a message from Sylvester Stallone about a Bollywood Rambo remake was like “an endorsement from God”, the film’s director has said. Sid Anand told fans there would be none of the singing and dancing often associated […]

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in ultra-conservative Aceh province Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday. Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupiahs ($14; £10) to […]

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