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Sasikala: Guilty verdict ends Jayalalitha aide’s chief minister bid

Sasikala: Guilty verdict ends Jayalalitha aide’s chief minister bid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sasikala was appointed as the general secretary of the party after Jayalalitha’s death in December India’s Supreme Court has convicted Sasikala Natarajan of corruption, ending her attempts to become chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Sasikala was an aide of chief minister Jayalalitha, who died in December. Though she has never […]

Toshiba shares plunge as it delays crucial earnings report

Toshiba shares plunge as it delays crucial earnings report

Image copyright AFP Japanese electronics giant Toshiba has seen its shares dive after the firm asked to delay releasing details of a multi-billion dollar loss. It was expected to say it was writing off about $6bn (£4.8bn) at its US nuclear business. But the BBC understands Toshiba has not been able to agree with its […]

Hundreds of medical licenses cancelled over India exam scam

Hundreds of medical licenses cancelled over India exam scam

Image copyright A Moeed Faruqui Image caption A number of students have been held in connection with the scandal India’s Supreme Court has cancelled the licenses of 634 doctors embroiled in a medical school admissions scandal in central Madhya Pradesh state. Hundreds of candidates were found to have cheated to gain admission to medical colleges […]

Fatal Singapore tree fall prompts questions

Fatal Singapore tree fall prompts questions

Image copyright EPA Image caption The giant Tembusu was listed as an official heritage tree The death of a woman in Singapore after a 270-year-old tree fell on her in the Botanic Gardens has left many shocked and saddened. With the authorities still investigating, many in the “garden city” are asking how this could have […]

Lahore protest blast: 11 killed at Pakistan city rally

Media captionChaotic aftermath of Lahore explosion A suspected suicide bomber has targeted a protest rally in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 11 people, local officials say. The blast occurred when owners of medical shops were demonstrating against amendments to a law governing drug sales in Punjab province. Among those killed were senior […]

Pakistan capital bans Valentine’s Day

Pakistan capital bans Valentine’s Day

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some religious groups view Valentine’s Day as promoting indecency A court in Pakistan has banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital, Islamabad, on the grounds that it is not part of Muslim culture. The Islamabad High Court’s order prohibits all Valentine’s Day festivities in government offices and public […]

North Korea says ballistic missile test was a ‘success’

North Korea says ballistic missile test was a ‘success’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The missile fired is thought to be an intermediate-range Musudan similar to this North Korea has confirmed that it “successfully” fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in a test supervised by leader Kim Jong-un. The device was described as a “surface-to-surface medium-to-long-range ballistic missile”, the Korean state news agency KCNA […]

North Korea ballistic missile test sparks condemnation

North Korea ballistic missile test sparks condemnation

Image copyright EPA Image caption The missile fired is thought to be an intermediate-range Musudan similar to this North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has been widely condemned. South Korea and US officials said the missile, launched on Saturday night, flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km (300 miles). South Korea’s defence […]

Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia’s New South Wales state

Media captionFootage showed thick smoke blocking out the sun Rural areas of Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads. Some 97 fires were burning across the state, with 37 uncontained, the Rural Fire Service said. One person had been flown to hospital […]

India activist Kailash Satyarthi’s stolen Nobel medal recovered

India activist Kailash Satyarthi’s stolen Nobel medal recovered

Image copyright AP Image caption Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 A replica of a Nobel medal, which was stolen from the home of Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi, has been recovered, police say. His Nobel certificate as well jewellery and other personal items were also recovered. […]