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Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Lim Choon Hong (left) and his wife Chong Sui Foon (right) were jailed for three weeks and three months respectively A Singaporean couple have been jailed for starving their domestic worker from the Philippines, in a case that has shocked the city-state. The woman lost 20kg (44 lbs) – […]

‘Swirl face’ sexual offender in Vancouver after release

‘Swirl face’ sexual offender in Vancouver after release

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Christopher Paul Neil was arrested in 2007 in Thailand Convicted paedophile Christopher Paul Neil has been release from custody and will settle in Vancouver. Dubbed “swirl face” due to efforts he made to disguise himself, Neil is classed a “high-risk sex offender”. The 42-year-old Canadian was arrested in Thailand […]

Hong Kong escalator malfunction: Two men arrested

Media captionHong Kong escalator malfunction injures dozens Two technicians in Hong Kong have been arrested for “perverting the course of justice”, after a malfunctioning escalator injured shoppers in a mall. The two men were suspected of tampering with the escalator after the incident, report local media. An escalator at the Langham Place shopping centre suddenly […]

Eight school children feared dead in Japanese avalanche

Media captionRescue workers have tried to negotiate the snow-covered slopes Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort. The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo. Eight students were found with no vital signs while […]

Several feared dead in Japanese avalanche

Several feared dead in Japanese avalanche

An avalanche in a ski resort north of Tokyo has hit a group of Japanese school students, leaving several injured and some feared dead. Six people were showing no vital signs, and three others were missing, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency. About 70 people including students and teachers from several schools are said to […]

Cyclone Debbie: More than 3,500 evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Cyclone Debbie: More than 3,500 evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Image copyright Bureau of Meteorology Image caption Cyclone Debbie is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 More than 3,500 Australian residents have been evacuated as a cyclone carrying winds up to 240km/h (150 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is expected to intensify into a Category 4 system before it arrives early […]

South Korea ‘to seek arrest’ of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

South Korea ‘to seek arrest’ of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Park is South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office South Korean prosecutors have said they will seek an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun-hye, for her role in a corruption scandal. Earlier this month, she lost her presidential immunity and was dismissed from […]

Hong Kong election: Beijing-backed Lam vows to heal divide

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? The first woman elected to lead Hong Kong has vowed to heal divisions amid demands for more democracy and protests at Beijing’s growing influence. Carrie Lam, 59, had the backing of the Chinese government in Beijing and was widely expected to win. The […]

Hong Kong prepares for new leader

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? Hong Kong is preparing for the election of a new leader. The candidate will be chosen by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing electors, rather than a public vote, which pro-democracy campaigners have been fighting for. Carrie Lam, deputy to the current leader, is […]

Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Myanmar: UN to probe ‘killings and rapes’ of Rohingya

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh The United Nations human rights council is to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar’s army against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Some 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last six months, and the UN has gathered […]