Japan holds Nigerian asylum seeker in solitary confinement

Japan holds Nigerian asylum seeker in solitary confinement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Tokyo immigration detention center in Japan A Nigerian asylum seeker says she is being held in solitary confinement in Toyko after her claim was denied. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza, 48, was detained two weeks ago after the government dismissed her appeal to stay in Japan for protection against religious persecution. […]

Guo Chuan: Search suspended for sailor attempting world record

Guo Chuan: Search suspended for sailor attempting world record

Image copyright AP Image caption Guo Chuan is China’s best known sailor The search for a Chinese sailor who went missing in the Pacific while trying to set a world record has been suspended, the US Coast Guard said. Guo Chuan was attempting to sail from San Francisco to Shanghai within 20 days. The current […]

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption The original report on China’s state news broadcaster was unusually outspoken Investigators in China say they have found no evidence that pollution caused hundreds of school pupils to become sick earlier this year. State TV in April said soil tests near the school showed chemical levels at 95,000 times […]

Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The couple were trying to reach another nearby island when they became stranded on East Fayu Two people have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after a US Navy helicopter spotted their SOS sign. The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia […]

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Bangladesh ‘cafe attack planner killed’ in police raid

Image copyright AP Image caption Residents gathered to watch as the raid unfolded in Narayanganj Bangladeshi police say they have stormed a hideout near Dhaka and killed the suspected planner of a cafe attack last month that left 22 people dead. “Tamim Chowdhury is dead,” said senior police officer Sanwar Hossain, referring to the Bangladeshi-Canadian […]

China joins UN in condemning North Korea ballistic missile tests

China joins UN in condemning North Korea ballistic missile tests

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A replica of a Scud missile (centre) similar to those believed launched by the North in July China has joined the 14 other members of the UN Security Council in strongly condemning North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles. The Security Council issued a unanimous statement, agreeing to take “significant […]

The woman who kills drug dealers

Image copyright Carlo Gabuco The Philippines is in the midst of a brutal war on drugs sanctioned by the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, which has seen almost 2,000 killings in a matter of weeks. The BBC’s Jonathan Head explores the country’s dark underbelly of dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in […]

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve ‘magic dolls’ being looked after for a weekend Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use “magic dolls” to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet. More than 1,000 teenage girls who took part in […]

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio

Image copyright @netflix Netflix has taken a light-hearted swipe at North Korea’s recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in the biography of its US Twitter page. The world’s biggest name in on-demand video describes itself as a “Manbang knockoff” in its bio. Manbang is the name for North Korea’s own streaming service, recently unveiled by […]