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India rupee ban: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh rubbishes Modi crackdown

India rupee ban: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh rubbishes Modi crackdown

Image copyright AFP Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rubbished the government’s move to ban two major currency notes, calling it “monumental mismanagement”. Mr Singh, the architect of economic reforms in the 1990s, said GDP would fall “by about 2%” because of the move. Earlier this month Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 500 […]

China power station collapse kills 67 in Jiangxi

China power station collapse kills 67 in Jiangxi

Image copyright Xinhua Image caption There were 70 workers in the site when the platform collapsed, reports said At least 67 people were killed when a platform collapsed at a construction site in China’s Jiangxi province. Only two workers were rescued alive and a third was still missing, state television said. The accident took place […]

Bangladesh presses Myanmar as Rohingya flee across border

Bangladesh presses Myanmar as Rohingya flee across border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police in the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar have detained dozens of Rohingya Bangladesh has summoned the ambassador of Myanmar to express “deep concern” at a military operation that has forced thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims to flee border villages. The foreign ministry said “desperate people” were entering from […]

Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling ‘kills nine on bus’

Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling ‘kills nine on bus’

Image copyright AP Image caption Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated in recent months Officials in Pakistan say at least nine people were killed when cross-border shelling from India hit a passenger bus in the disputed Kashmir region. Eleven others were reportedly wounded. Officials say two people also died in Indian shelling elsewhere in […]

BBC returns to would-be Chinese candidate Liu Huizhen

Last week the BBC tried to speak to a woman who was trying to stand as an independent candidate in China’s local elections. Liu Huizhen’s home was surrounded by unidentified men and our team was hustled away. But while the Beijing vote may have gone ahead without Ms Liu as a candidate, our reporter John […]

China breaks patent application record

China breaks patent application record

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei was one of the most prolific Chinese patent applicants, making 3,898 filings last year China-based inventors applied for a record-setting number of patents last year. The country accounted for more than a million submissions, according to an annual report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo). It said […]

Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling ‘kills nine on bus’

Kashmir clashes: Indian shelling ‘kills nine on bus’

Image copyright AP Image caption Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated in recent months Officials in Pakistan say at least nine people were killed when cross-border shelling from India hit a passenger bus in the disputed Kashmir region. Eleven others were reportedly wounded. Officials say two people also died in Indian shelling elsewhere in […]

Kashmir attack: India vows ‘retribution’ after soldier killings

Kashmir attack: India vows ‘retribution’ after soldier killings

Image copyright AP Image caption Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated in recent months The Indian army has vowed to avenge the killing of three of its soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region as tensions keep rising with Pakistan. Militants from across the border had ambushed Indian troops and mutilated the body of one […]

Rohingya Muslims: ‘They set our houses and mosque on fire’

Recent fighting in Myanmar has led to hundreds of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh. Some of those who made it to a refugee camp there spoke to the BBC. Interviews by Akbar Hossein. Filming by Salman Saeed. Rohingya Muslims: ‘They set our houses and mosque on fire’}

Australian woman left 14 cats to eat each other

Australian woman left 14 cats to eat each other

Image copyright RSPCA Image caption Only one cat was found alive at the home in South Australia An Australian woman whose cats ate each other after she abandoned them in her home has been convicted of animal cruelty. RSPCA inspectors found 13 dead cats and an emaciated survivor when they raided the property in Adelaide, […]