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Chinese theme park ‘to take on Disney’

Chinese theme park ‘to take on Disney’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The new theme park promotes Chinese culture in its attractions China’s richest man has opened a massive entertainment complex to compete with US giant Disney. “Wanda City”, in south-eastern city Nanchang, features rides, shopping centres and an aquarium, and cost more than $3bn (just over £2bn). Its owner, Wang Jianlin, […]

Buddhist monk killed in Bangladesh

Buddhist monk killed in Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh say a 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been hacked to death in the south-eastern district of Bandarban. An official said the monk’s body was found inside a Buddhist temple. It is the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities, secular activists and academics. More than 20 people have been killed by […]

The instant hero who was torn down in days

The instant hero who was torn down in days

Image copyright ABC Image caption Duncan Storrar, from the Australian city of Geelong, was called a “national hero” after asking a question about tax on television An Australian man who asked politicians why he wasn’t getting a tax cut has become a symbol for progressives and a target for conservatives, writes BBC Australia editor Shaun […]

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

Image copyright AP North Korea has released a new set of photos of Kim Jong-un and party and military leaders. The BBC spoke to US-based North Korea expert Michael Madden about what the pictures tell us, after the recent and rare party congress. That retouching debate Image copyright AP “Kim Jong-un is putting himself on […]

Lightning kills 50 in Bangladesh

Lightning kills 50 in Bangladesh

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Experts say rising temperatures may be causing more frequent lightning More than 50 people across Bangladesh have died after being struck by lightning in the past two days, police say. Many of the dead were farmers who were killed as they worked in their paddy fields. Bangladesh is prone to […]

Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival

Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has invested $1bn (£693m) in Didi Chuxing, the car-hailing app that has a greater market share than US rival Uber in China. Tim Cook, chief executive, said that the move would help Apple to better understand the Chinese market. Didi Chuxing, previously known as Didi Kuaidi, said it represented the […]

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

Image copyright AP North Korea has released a new set of photos of Kim Jong-un and party and military leaders. The BBC spoke to US-based North Korea expert Michael Madden about what the pictures tell us, after the recent and rare party congress. That retouching debate Image copyright AP “Kim Jong-un is putting himself on […]

Singaporeans baffled by OED Singlish entry

Singaporeans baffled by OED Singlish entry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption No, not this helicopter – so what does a ‘Chinese helicopter’ actually mean to Singaporeans? As a native speaker of Singlish, I was proud to hear 19 Singaporean terms have made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. “Ang moh” (local term for a Caucasian), chilli crab (our national dish) and […]

Cambodia PM’s six-word title ‘mandatory’

Cambodia PM’s six-word title ‘mandatory’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hun Sen has been increasing his control over Cambodian media and social media in recent months Media outlets in Cambodia have been told they must begin referring to PM Hun Sen as “Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander”. In a three-hour briefing at the information ministry, reporters were told […]

Australian killed near Baghdad embassy

Australian killed near Baghdad embassy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers on patrol in Baghdad’s so-called Green Zone, where the Australian embassy is located A security contractor has been killed outside the Australian embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop issued a statement identifying the victim as a 34-year-old Australian man. Ms Bishop said […]