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Why Ardern’s Maori cloak, worn to meet the Queen, delighted New Zealand

Why Ardern’s Maori cloak, worn to meet the Queen, delighted New Zealand

Image copyright PA When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a traditional Maori cloak to meet the Queen, it had quite a few people scratching their heads – and most New Zealanders glowing with pride. It’s a korowai, a garment woven with feathers and steeped in history, tradition and cultural significance. Worn by Maori […]

North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits

North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits

Image copyright KCNA Image caption No more cigarettes: Has Kim given up, or is this a subtle change in his image? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have undergone a minor media makeover as he prepares for a series of meetings with former sworn enemies. He’s due to meet South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in […]

K-foreign: The hidden Westerners in Korean drama

Highly addictive and riddled with scripted clich├ęs, South Korean TV soap operas have taken the world by storm. But how easy is it for foreign actors to make it big in the K-drama industry? Video by Heather Chen, Zoe Chan and Joshua Lim. K-foreign: The hidden Westerners in Korean drama}

Bajau people ‘evolved bigger spleens’ for free-diving

Bajau people ‘evolved bigger spleens’ for free-diving

Image copyright Melissa Ilardo Image caption The Bajau subsist by gathering shellfish on the sea floor In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows. The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor. Scientists […]

Banyan: Insecticide ‘drip’ to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Banyan: Insecticide ‘drip’ to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Image caption The tree is spread across three acres A 700-year-old banyan tree in the southern Indian state of Telengana has been put on special “drips” filled with diluted pesticides, to ward off insects. The tree is spread across three acres and is reportedly the second largest of its kind in the world. Officials are […]

India video reunites man with family after 40 years

India video reunites man with family after 40 years

Image copyright Mumbai Police Image caption Khomdram Gambhir Singh (right) was found living rough in Mumbai An Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago has been reunited with his family after his brother recognised him in a YouTube video that went viral. Khomdram Gambhir Singh went missing from Manipur state aged 26 in 1978. His […]

#MeToo hits Japan as Junichi Fukuda quits over harassment claims

#MeToo hits Japan as Junichi Fukuda quits over harassment claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A Japanese broadcaster says it will file a complaint against the finance ministry alleging a top official sexually harassed a female journalist. Junichi Fukuda resigned on Wednesday but denies the allegations. Japan’s socially conservative society has so far been slow to join the […]

#MeToo hits Japan as top official resigns over sexual harassment claims

#MeToo hits Japan as top official resigns over sexual harassment claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A top Japanese official resigned on Wednesday following allegations he sexually harassed female journalists. Junichi Fukuda denies the accusations reported in a magazine which says it has evidence against him. Separately, a local governor stepped down over allegations he paid women for relationships. […]

Philippines’ Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Philippines’ Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sister Patricia Fox, 71, says her activism is not politically motivated Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally authorised an investigation into an Australian nun who was detained earlier this week. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political […]

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

Image copyright Swathi Vadlamudi Image caption A screenshot of the cartoon which was shared widely on social media An Indian journalist and cartoonist who has received online threats over a cartoon that refers to recent incidents of rape says she will not back down. Swathi Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and […]