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Chinese fishing boats fired on by South Korean coastguard

South Korea’s coastguard has fired shots at Chinese fishing trawlers said to be fishing illegally in South Korean waters. According to news agency Yonhap, the incident happened as the fishing boats tried to flee, despite warnings not to. Chinese fishing boats fired on by South Korean coastguard}

Rock shelter used by speedy early Australians

Rock shelter used by speedy early Australians

Image copyright Giles Hamm Image caption The scientists think the shelter, 550km north of Adelaide, was used episodically over thousands of years The speed at which the first Aboriginal settlers spread across Australia has been underlined by the discovery of an ancient rock shelter north of Adelaide. The rock fissure in the Flinders Ranges contains […]

‘Afghan Girl’: National Geographic star denied bail

‘Afghan Girl’: National Geographic star denied bail

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / FIA Image caption Sharbat Gula, the “Afghan Girl”, pictured ahead of a court hearing in Peshawar An Afghan woman immortalised on the cover of National Geographic magazine has been denied bail after being arrested on fraud charges. Sharbat Gula, whose haunting green eyes made her famous, fled Soviet-occupied Afghanistan as […]

Flight MH370 ‘made rapid descent’

Flight MH370 ‘made rapid descent’

Image copyright ATSB Image caption Australian experts have examined this wing flap which was found off the Tanzanian coast Flight MH370 most likely made a rapid and uncontrolled descent into the Indian Ocean, a new report says. The Boeing 777 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board in March […]

India police under fire over prisoner killings

India police under fire over prisoner killings

Image copyright AFP Image caption The eight prisoners escaped after killing a guard, police said Police in India are facing serious questions after they killed eight prisoners who they said had murdered a guard and escaped from jail using bed sheets to scale a wall. BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare explains the debate that has erupted […]

Social media reacts as India’s top TV personality quits

Social media reacts as India’s top TV personality quits

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Goswami is a divisive but popular figure, famous for interrupting and criticising guests India’s prime-time TV presenter Arnab Goswami has sparked a social media frenzy with the news he is leaving the country’s top English-language channel. Goswami is a household name, famous for his loud, fast-paced news show and habit […]

Thailand’s crown prince to be confirmed king on 1 December

Thailand’s crown prince to be confirmed king on 1 December

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crown prince had delayed succession in order to join people in mourning Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on 1 December, a senior source has told the BBC. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to […]

Kashmir firing: Rivals trade blame as 24 are killed

Kashmir firing: Rivals trade blame as 24 are killed

Image copyright AP Image caption The brother of Indian woman Rajinder Kaur mourns after she is killed by Pakistani shelling India and Pakistan have traded accusations over cross-border firing in the disputed region of Kashmir that has killed at least 24 people since Friday. Eight civilians, including two children, were killed after Pakistani artillery hit […]

South Korea scandal: President Park’s friend Choi detained

South Korea scandal: President Park’s friend Choi detained

Image copyright EPA Image caption The country’s prosecution office has 48 hours to decide if it will formally arrest Choi Soon-sil The woman at the centre of a political scandal threatening South Korea’s president has been detained. Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of President Park Geun-hye, is accused of influence peddling and interfering in state […]

Famous Indian lion Ram dies of old age in Gir forest

Famous Indian lion Ram dies of old age in Gir forest

Image copyright Sandeep Kumar Image caption Forest officials described Ram as “beautiful” and “flamboyant” One of India’s oldest and most popular lions in the wild has died from old age, forest officials told the BBC. Ram was found dead on Saturday, officials at the Gir sanctuary in western Gujarat state said. He was thought to […]