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Cyclone Debbie: Thousands flee as Australia braced for ‘monster’ storm

Media captionQueensland prepares for imminent arrival of Cyclone Debbie Northeast Australia is bracing itself for the arrival of a “monster” cyclone expected to bring waves of up to 8m (26ft) to the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie, which has been upgraded to a Category four storm, is carrying winds of up to 250km/h (155 mph). Thousands […]

Eight school children feared dead in Japanese avalanche

Media captionRescue workers have tried to negotiate the snow-covered slopes Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort. The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo. Eight students were found with no vital signs while […]

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Image copyright Bureau of Meteorology Image caption Cyclone Debbie is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 About 25,000 people have been told to evacuate as a cyclone carrying winds up to 240km/h (150 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is expected to intensify into a Category 4 system before it arrives early […]

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Lim Choon Hong (left) and his wife Chong Sui Foon (right) were jailed for three weeks and three months respectively A Singaporean couple have been jailed for starving their domestic worker from the Philippines, in a case that has shocked the city-state. The woman lost 20kg (44 lbs) – […]

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 […]