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China firm sorry over race-row advert

Media captionThe advert was described as one of the most racist to be screened A Chinese firm has apologised over an advert for detergent which has provoked a storm of allegations of racism. The manufacturer of Qiaobi said it strongly opposed and condemned racial discrimination, and was sorry the advert had caused controversy. In it, […]

India arrests over assaults on Africans

India arrests over assaults on Africans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption African students often complain that they are racially abused in India Indian police say five people have been arrested over attacks on six Africans last Thursday, the latest in a number of assaults that have strained ties between African countries and India. Earlier this month, a Congolese man was […]

Japan boy left in woods ‘as punishment’

Japan boy left in woods ‘as punishment’

The parents of a seven-year-old boy missing in the mountains of northern Japan have admitted that they left him alone in the woods as a punishment. The child has not been seen for two days, since his parents abandoned him in northern Hokkaido, a region home to wild bears. The couple first told police he […]

US curfew on Okinawa after death

US curfew on Okinawa after death

Image copyright AP Image caption Marine Corps commander in Japan Lt Gen Nicholson (C): “We too must be in mourning” The US military base on Japan’s island of Okinawa has imposed a midnight curfew and a ban on alcohol after the arrest of an ex-Marine suspected of killing a Japanese woman. There would be no […]

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 […]

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 […]