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Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On […]

‘They came dressed as soldiers’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many residents have now fled Ghazni after cowering in their homes for days The Taliban’s brazen assault on the strategic city of Ghazni, south of the capital Kabul, has come as a major blow to the Afghan government and its international allies. At least 140 members of the security forces […]

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Spurs’ Son Heung-min (centre) and his South Korean team-mates share the Asian Games stage with less familiar sporting figures Over the the next four days, the last of 12,000 athletes and officials will check into six tower blocks in the centre of Jakarta. The Asian Games athletes village will be a diverse community. Representing two-thirds […]

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pacific Island leaders pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa last year Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities. Mr Pohiva told a local newspaper he would propose the […]

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Image copyright AFP Image caption A symbol of hope or bad PR for Fukushima? Fukushima residents have reacted angrily to the statue of a boy in protective gear, saying it gives the impression of a city still contaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Fukushima’s nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami in 2011, causing the […]

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Wilson was convicted in May of concealing child sexual abuse A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has ruled. The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid […]

How China’s ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan

How China’s ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Andy Chan says China’s pressure proves that Hong Kong should go it alone A lunchtime talk by a little-known Hong Kong political figure has drawn global attention to China’s influence on free speech in the territory. Andy Chan is the head of a fringe nationalist party calling for Hong Kong’s […]

US pushes back on foreign takeover deals

US pushes back on foreign takeover deals

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Donald Trump signed a military spending bill that includes tougher measures on foreign investment The US has passed a new law that strengthens the government’s power to review – and potentially block – business deals involving foreign firms. US President Donald Trump signed the bill, which is part of […]

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late? It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and […]

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A soldier keeps watch on the Ghazni road A Taliban attack on Ghazni has continued for a third day – with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the Afghan city. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, the Afghan army’s chief-of-staff, said the strategic city was not under threat of falling into […]