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South Korea seeks arrest of ex-president Park Geun-hye

South Korea seeks arrest of ex-president Park Geun-hye

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Park is South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office South Korean prosecutors have applied for an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun-hye, for her role in a corruption scandal. Earlier this month, she lost her presidential immunity and was dismissed from her post […]

Avalanche hits Japanese school students

Avalanche hits Japanese school students

An avalanche in a ski resort north of Tokyo has hit several Japanese school children, leaving many injured or feared dead. Six people were showing no vital signs, and three others were missing, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency. About 50 people including students and teachers from several schools are said to have been in […]

Cyclone Debbie forces evacuations in Australia

Cyclone Debbie forces evacuations in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queensland is preparing for a destructive cyclone Residents in northern Australia have begun evacuating as a cyclone carrying winds up to 230km/h (143 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is tipped to become a Category 4 system – the second most severe – when it arrives early […]

South Korea ‘to seek arrest’ of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

South Korea ‘to seek arrest’ of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Park is South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office South Korean prosecutors have said they will seek an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun-hye, for her role in a corruption scandal. Earlier this month, she lost her presidential immunity and was dismissed from […]

Hong Kong election: Beijing-backed Lam vows to heal divide

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? The first woman elected to lead Hong Kong has vowed to heal divisions amid demands for more democracy and protests at Beijing’s growing influence. Carrie Lam, 59, had the backing of the Chinese government in Beijing and was widely expected to win. The […]

Hong Kong election: Beijing-backed Lam first female leader

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? Carrie Lam has been elected as Hong Kong’s new leader – the first woman to hold the top job. Mrs Lam, 59, had the backing of the Chinese government in Beijing and was widely expected to win. Hong Kong has a degree of […]

Hong Kong prepares for new leader

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? Hong Kong is preparing for the election of a new leader. The candidate will be chosen by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing electors, rather than a public vote, which pro-democracy campaigners have been fighting for. Carrie Lam, deputy to the current leader, is […]

Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh The United Nations human rights council is to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar’s army against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Some 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last six months, and the UN has gathered […]

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Image caption The MP appeared to be unrepentant about the attack An MP who beat an airline employee repeatedly with a slipper has been banned on five major Indian airlines. Ravindra Gaikwad said he “hit him 25 times with my sandal” for “arrogance” after failing to get a business class seat on an Air India […]

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Chi Chia-wei (centre, wearing rainbow flag) brought on the case with a court petition A panel of judges at Taiwan’s top court are hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage. The case has been brought by a gay activist […]