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Padmavat: Controversial film cleared by India’s top court

Padmavat: Controversial film cleared by India’s top court

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Supreme Court has cleared the release of the film India’s Supreme Court has cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat, and overturned the decision by four states to ban its screening. It has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh […]

Kazakhstan bus fire kills 52

Kazakhstan bus fire kills 52

A bus has caught fire in north-western Kazakhstan, killing 52 people, the interior ministry has said. Five people managed to get out and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said. The accident happened at 10:30 local time on Thursday (04:30 GMT) in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region. The bus is thought […]

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app

Image copyright DPRK Today Image caption The app allows North Korean mobile phone users to try out new looks A new mobile phone app developed in North Korea allows its users to experiment with new looks. While such photo manipulation apps are common around the world, it appears that Bomhyanggi 1.0 (Spring Scent) is the […]

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

Media captionSouth Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha: “We understand North Korea better than anybody” South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. “We have to make the most” of the opportunity, South Korean Foreign […]

Australia Day: Poll examines attitudes to controversial date

Australia Day: Poll examines attitudes to controversial date

Media captionAustralia Day: Why a celebration has become controversial Less than half of Australians know the historical origin of the country’s national day, according to a poll. Australia Day, on 26 January, has been the subject of debate in recent times over concerns it is offensive to indigenous Australians. The day commemorates the arrival of […]

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

Image copyright AFP Image caption The “reunited” flag symbolises aspirations in both the North and South to end the nearly seven decades of division North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. They also agreed to field a joint women’s […]

India rape and murder: Suspect in Haryana case found dead

India rape and murder: Suspect in Haryana case found dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case had triggered protests against Haryana’s chief minister Indian police say they have found the body of a teenage boy who was the main suspect in a rape and murder case in the northern state of Haryana. A manhunt was launched after the girl’s parents alleged he abducted her. […]

Jallikattu: Five gored to death at Indian bull-taming event

Jallikattu: Five gored to death at Indian bull-taming event

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists say the sport puts the players and the animals at risk At least five men in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have been gored to death while watching a bull-taming contest known as Jallikattu. The men were spectators at events held since Sunday. The controversial sport […]

Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee held ‘for spying for China’

Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee held ‘for spying for China’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jerry Chun Shing Lee began working for the CIA in 1994, the US justice department says A former CIA officer has been arrested in the US on charges of retaining classified information in a case thought to be linked to the crippling of the agency’s spy operation in China. Jerry […]

Myanmar police kill seven ethnic Rakhine protesters

Myanmar police kill seven ethnic Rakhine protesters

Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities have stepped up police presence following the unrest Police in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state have opened fire on Buddhist protesters, killing at least seven. The violence occurred after more than 4,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists gathered in Mrauk U on Tuesday to protest at a ban on the annual commemoration […]