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Guru Ram Rahim Singh rape verdict draws crowds

Guru Ram Rahim Singh rape verdict draws crowds

Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has millions of followers in India Tens of thousands of supporters of an Indian guru accused of rape have flocked to the north of the country ahead of his arrival at court. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, is due to appear at a court in Panchkula, Haryana state, on […]

Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong faces verdict in his bribery trial

Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong faces verdict in his bribery trial

Media captionWhy is the heir to Samsung on trial? A court in Seoul is set to decide whether the billionaire heir-apparent of the Samsung conglomerate will be jailed for corruption. Lee Jae-yong is facing accusations of bribery linked to a scandal that triggered the impeachment of South Korea’s former president. Prosecutors are asking for a […]

Robot priest: the future of funerals?

Developers in Japan are offering a robot “priest” to conduct Buddhist funeral rites complete with chanted sutras and drum tapping – all at a fraction of the cost of a human. It is the latest use of Softbank’s humanoid robot Pepper. Produced by Simon Atkinson. Robot priest: the future of funerals?}

No fizzy drinks: Chinese army tells recruits to shape up

No fizzy drinks: Chinese army tells recruits to shape up

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New recruits go through gruelling tasks, but half don’t pass their initial physical The Chinese military has come up with some advice for would-be recruits on how to pass physical tests, sparking amusement among social media users. In an online post, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) blamed overconsumption¬†of fizzy […]

Indian Supreme Court in landmark ruling on privacy

Indian Supreme Court in landmark ruling on privacy

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ruling is likely to have implications for the Aadhaar biometric scheme India’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, in a landmark judgement. The judges ruled the right to privacy was “an intrinsic part of Article 21 that protects life and liberty”. The ruling […]

Australian spy chief criticised for Duterte fist photo

Australian spy chief criticised for Duterte fist photo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Critics have described the photo as inappropriate The boss of Australia’s foreign intelligence agency has been criticised for clenching his fist in a photo with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte used the pose in his 2016 presidential campaign, a symbol of his tough and controversial crime policies. Critics said […]

‘Amazing’ rediscovery of rare Australian tree-rat

‘Amazing’ rediscovery of rare Australian tree-rat

Image copyright DBCA A rare mammal has been discovered living in Western Australia (WA) decades after it was thought to have been wiped out of the region. The distinctive black-footed tree rat was spotted by chance last year on a seasonal monitoring trip when a researcher went on night time stroll. Months of camera footage […]

The child’s maths lesson outraging India

The child’s maths lesson outraging India

Image copyright iStock A few days ago a school friend sent me a very disturbing video on WhatsApp of a three-year-old being taught maths at home. The tutor, whose face cannot be seen, appears to be a family member – she’s either the child’s mother or aunt or another relative. She’s teaching the child to […]

Cambodia PM tells critics to pay up or go

Cambodia PM tells critics to pay up or go

Image copyright Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images In February this year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that both he and US President Donald Trump shared a view of the media as “anarchic” troublemakers. Two days earlier, a government spokesman had referenced Mr Trump’s treatment of journalists in a Facebook post that threatened to shutter media outlets […]

Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China

Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The typhoon brought Hong Kong to a standstill with many businesses staying closed A powerful storm has swept across southern China, leaving 12 dead and hundreds of people injured. Typhoon Hato made landfall at noon on Wednesday near Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, bringing with it strong winds and […]