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UK paedophile faces jail for abuse

UK paedophile faces jail for abuse

Image copyright PA Image caption Mark Frost was extradited from Spain last year A prolific paedophile faces years in jail after admitting to 45 sex offences against children in the UK and abroad. Retired English teacher Mark Frost, 70, admitted abusing nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012. He pleaded guilty to 23 charges […]

Afghan woman’s ears cut off by husband

Afghan woman’s ears cut off by husband

Image caption Zarina is now in a stable condition in hospital A 23-year-old Afghan woman has described to the BBC how her husband tied her up and cut off both her ears in a domestic violence attack in the northern province of Balkh. The woman – Zarina – is now in a stable but traumatised […]

The mystery of a Chinese tycoon’s disappearance

The mystery of a Chinese tycoon’s disappearance

Image caption Mr Xiao’s disappearance was widely covered by Hong Kong newspapers on Wednesday In 2015 five Hong Kong booksellers disappeared and later resurfaced in mainland China in the hands of Chinese authorities. Now, there are concerns that Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua, who has not been seen since last week, has met a similar fate. […]

India Budget 2017: Promise to boost rural spending

India Budget 2017: Promise to boost rural spending

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Jaitley said agriculture was expected to grow at 4.1% in 2016-17 India’s government has unveiled its annual budget, with promises to boost rural spending and pull more people out of poverty. It comes months after the controversial withdrawal of high value banknotes which caused chaos in the economy, hurting […]

India IT sector fears new US H-1B visa bill for skilled workers

India IT sector fears new US H-1B visa bill for skilled workers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Indians get around 85% of H-1B visas, mostly in the IT industry India is concerned that a new US bill designed to limit the number of highly skilled workers entering will heavily impact the country’s IT industry. The bill introduced to the US House of Representatives proposes doubling the minimum […]

Bangladeshi girl may be first female with ‘tree man syndrome’

Bangladeshi girl may be first female with ‘tree man syndrome’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Doctors hope Sahana Khatun, 10, may have a less aggressive version When a bark-like wart grew on 10-year-old Sahana Khatun’s face four months ago, her father was not worried. But after they began to spread, he became more concerned, travelling south from his village to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to […]

India mourns one of its oldest elephants, Indira

India mourns one of its oldest elephants, Indira

Image copyright Shimoga Nandan Image caption Indira’s diet was rich in greens, which may have been her secret One of the world’s oldest elephants, Indira, has died in her eighties in southern India, forest officials say. She had been unwell and stopped eating earlier this month. A vet at the elephant camp in Karnataka state […]

Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect

Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hafiz Saeed speaks to the press after being detained by police in Lahore Pakistan has ordered the detention of a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which killed 166 people. Hafiz Saeed – who led the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and has a $10m (£5.8m) […]

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face relocation to island

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face relocation to island

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bangladesh wants to move thousands of Rohingya refugees from their camps in Cox’s Bazar The Bangladesh government is moving to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees to a vulnerable island in the Bay of Bengal. A government directive said they would be transferred to Thengar Char before […]

Ko Ni death: Thousands mourn shot Myanmar lawyer

Ko Ni death: Thousands mourn shot Myanmar lawyer

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mourners carry Ko Ni’s coffin at his funeral in Yangon Thousands of people have attended the funeral of a leading lawyer shot dead in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, on Sunday. Ko Ni, who was an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was shot in […]