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Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

Image copyright Junaidi Image caption The punishment was delivered outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their […]

Park Geun-hye: S Korea awaits trial of impeached president

Park Geun-hye: S Korea awaits trial of impeached president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Park has been in detention since she was arrested in March South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye is due to go on trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace. Ms Park, who was very popular when she came to power in 2012, was impeached […]

Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in wildlife. Image copyright Ishwor Joshi/BBC Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards – including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards – were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, […]

Indian woman ‘sets new Everest dual ascent record’

Indian woman ‘sets new Everest dual ascent record’

Image copyright Dream Himalaya Adventures Image caption Anshu Jamsenpa also scaled Everest twice in 2011, but 10 days apart. An Indian has climbed Mount Everest twice in under a week in what may be a new woman’s record for the fastest double ascent. Anshu Jamsenpa, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, reached the summit on 16 and 21 […]

Billboard awards: BTS beat Bieber to be first K-pop winners

Billboard awards: BTS beat Bieber to be first K-pop winners

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BTS sing about issues including bullying and mental health South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop group to win a prestigious US Billboard music award. The seven-member group – known as Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean or “Bulletproof Boy Scouts” – won Top Social Artist, voted for […]

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomb blast happened in a waiting room inside a military hospital More than 20 people have been injured in a small bomb blast at a military hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The explosion happened at Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is used by serving and retired members of the military […]

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in ultra-conservative Aceh province Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday. Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupiahs ($14; £10) to […]

Wang Quanzhang: The lawyer who simply vanished

Wang Quanzhang: The lawyer who simply vanished

Image copyright Family Image caption Wang Quanzhang was detained in August 2015 – and hasn’t been seen or heard from since In August 2015 Wang Quanzhang was detained by the Chinese authorities. In that he was not alone. The nationwide series of raids that summer saw more than 200 lawyers, legal assistants and human rights […]

Billionaire makes ‘biggest philanthropic gift’ by living Australian

Billionaire makes ‘biggest philanthropic gift’ by living Australian

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Andrew Forrest, an Australian iron ore magnate and philanthropist Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have announced they will give A$400m (£229m; $298m) to charity. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the donation was “the biggest single philanthropic gift” in the nation’s history, and the largest by a […]

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyongyang said the missile launched was the Pukguksong-2, which was also tested in February North Korea has confirmed it “successfully” launched another medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The state-run KCNA news agency said the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action. The White House said the missile […]

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