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Bipin Ganatra: India ‘fire chaser’ awarded

Bipin Ganatra: India ‘fire chaser’ awarded

Image copyright Ronny Sen Image caption Bipin Ganatra is not a professional fireman Bipin Ganatra, a volunteer fire-fighter who was featured in a BBC series from India last year, has been given a prestigious government award. Mr Ganatra has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award for “rescuing people whenever there is […]

Pakistan bans TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain over ‘hate speech’

Pakistan bans TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain over ‘hate speech’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Religious broadcaster Aamir Liaquat Hussain is a controversial figure in Pakistan Pakistan’s media regulator has banned a high-profile television host after accusing him of hate speech that could put lives at risk. Aamir Liaquat Hussain had accused five missing liberal activists and their supporters of blasphemy. Such allegations can incite […]

The battle that crowns a pop queen

Media caption‘Rock, paper, scissors’ like you’ve never seen it before What if it all depended on a rock, paper, scissors contest? Everything you had ever worked for your entire life, decided by a split-second choice. Rock. Paper. Scissors. For 24-year-old Miku Tanabe, that is exactly what happened. When gripping footage emerged last month of what […]

People will rise against N Korean regime, says defector

Media captionNorth Korean defector Thae Yong-ho said thinking about the fate of his family in North Korea “breaks his heart” In August last year, Thae Yong-ho became one of the highest-ranking officials ever to defect from North Korea. In a wide-ranging interview in Seoul, he tells the BBC’s Stephen Evans he believes leader Kim Jong-un […]

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 […]