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North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

Image copyright PUST Image caption Kim Hak-song is said to have worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology North Korea says it has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, […]

North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

Image copyright PUST Image caption Kim Hak-song is said to have worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology North Korea says it has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, […]

Afghan conflict: Families flee Taliban Kunduz assault

Afghan conflict: Families flee Taliban Kunduz assault

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces are coming under pressure from Taliban in the Kunduz area More than 2,000 families have been forced to flee their homes in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz amid heavy fighting, officials say. The evacuations came as Taliban militants seized the district of Qala-e-Zal, just west of the […]

‘Poo protest’ against New Zealand government

‘Poo protest’ against New Zealand government

Image copyright NZ Herald Image caption Campaigners say new standards could mean more faecal matter in water deemed fit for swimming A campaign group in New Zealand has turned to the infamous staple of social media conversations – the poo emoji – to make its point to the government about its handling of the environment. […]

Pope Francis angered by America’s ‘mother of all bombs’ name

Pope Francis angered by America’s ‘mother of all bombs’ name

Media captionThe moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military’s largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in combat as “the mother of all bombs”. “I was ashamed when I heard the name,” the pontiff told an audience of students at the Vatican. “A […]

North Korea claims CIA plotted to kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea claims CIA plotted to kill Kim Jong-un

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plot involved targeting Kim Jong-un at a public event, officials said North Korea has accused US and South Korean agents of plotting to kill its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. A North Korean referred to only as “Kim” was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry […]

India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists’ death penalty

India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists’ death penalty

Image copyright Delhi police Image caption The four men had pleaded not guilty India’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh were given the death penalty by a court in 2013. Rejecting […]

Clash erupts on Afghan-Pakistan border

Clash erupts on Afghan-Pakistan border

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are reports of casualties on both sides of the border Troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan have exchanged fire along their border, prompting Pakistan to seal the Chaman border crossing. Pakistan said Afghan border police opened fire on troops who were guarding a census team. The head of a government […]

India launches ‘invaluable’ South Asia satellite

India launches ‘invaluable’ South Asia satellite

Image copyright ISRO Image caption Indian space agency’s trusted GSLV rocket carried the satellite into space India has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal […]

China’s first big passenger plane takes off for maiden flight

China’s first big passenger plane takes off for maiden flight

Image copyright AFP China’s first large domestically made passenger aircraft has completed its maiden flight, mounting a major challenge to Boeing and Airbus. After about 90 minutes in the air the plane landed safely back at Pudong airport in Shanghai. The plane is a key symbol of Beijing’s soaring ambitions to enter the global aviation […]

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