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Trump invites Indian PM Modi to White House

Trump invites Indian PM Modi to White House

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump has invited India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the United States after a phone call between the two leaders. Washington said Mr Trump saw India as a “true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world”. “The two discussed opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the […]

Japan gets first sumo champion in 19 years

Japan gets first sumo champion in 19 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In recent years, sumo has been hit by falling numbers of Japanese recruits Japan has named its first home-grown sumo grand champion in almost two decades, in a boost to the traditional wrestling sport. Kisenosato, 30, was promoted to the top-most yokozuna rank after his win in the first tournament […]

Terrex: Hong Kong to return Singapore army vehicles

Terrex: Hong Kong to return Singapore army vehicles

Image copyright AFP Image caption The vehicles had been used in training exercises in Taiwan Hong Kong has said it will return nine Singaporean military vehicles that it seized in November. The Terrex infantry carriers were impounded on their way back from Taiwan, where Singapore had been using them in training exercises. The incident sparked […]

China hits back at US over South China Sea claims

China hits back at US over South China Sea claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China is one of a number of countries who lay claim to parts of the South China Sea China has asserted its “indisputable sovereignty” over parts of the South China Sea after the Trump administration vowed to prevent China from taking territory in the region. The Chinese foreign ministry […]

Australia and New Zealand to pursue ‘TPP 12 minus one’

Australia and New Zealand to pursue ‘TPP 12 minus one’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump insisted leaving the TPP was good for American workers Australia and New Zealand say they are hopeful of pressing ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, despite America’s formal withdrawal. The US-led 12-nation agreement was set to cover 40% of the world’s economic output. Pulling out of […]

Melbourne car deaths: Family mourns ‘perfect little baby’

Melbourne car deaths: Family mourns ‘perfect little baby’

Image copyright Bryant family Image caption The youngest victim, Zachary Bryant, with his two-year-old sister, Zara The parents of a three-month-old boy killed in an allegedly deliberate attack by a motorist in Melbourne have paid tribute their son. Matthew and Nawwar Bryant said Zachary, a “loving, happy, and perfect little baby”, was the light of […]

Netflix to feature documentary on HK activist Joshua Wong

Netflix to feature documentary on HK activist Joshua Wong

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Joshua Wong was the public face of the occupy protests that paralysed parts of Hong Kong Video-streaming giant Netflix has acquired the distribution rights for a documentary about Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. The film chronicles his political life focusing on his role in the 2014 protests which […]

Jallikattu: New Tamil Nadu bill backs India bullfights

Jallikattu: New Tamil Nadu bill backs India bullfights

Image caption Protesters burnt vehicles during Monday’s protests The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has passed a new bill to allow a controversial bull-taming festival. The vote comes after days of protests in support of the sport, known as jallikattu. On Monday, protesters set several vehicles on fire and incidents of arson were reported […]

South Korea ministry apologises over artists’ blacklist

South Korea ministry apologises over artists’ blacklist

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Culture ministry officials made a statement of apology to the nation South Korea’s culture ministry has apologised for blacklisting of artists who were critical of the government of embattled President Park Geun-hye. The ministry called the situation “distressing” and promised to co-operate fully with any investigation. The move follows the […]

Actor fatally shot during Bliss n Eso music video in Brisbane

Actor fatally shot during Bliss n Eso music video in Brisbane

Image copyright 9news.com.au Image caption Police at the scene in Eagle Lane, Brisbane An actor has died after being shot while filming a music video in the Australian city of Brisbane. The man, in his 20s, suffered a chest wound inside the Brooklyn Standard bar in Eagle Lane in the city centre, Queensland police said. […]