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Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan troops keep watch at the base near Mazar-e-Sharif after the attack More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed. Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh […]

Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Image copyright AFP Image caption Villagers have blocked roads during the week-long stand-off Residents of a village outside Hanoi are holding policemen and officials hostage in a week-long stand-off over a land dispute. Local authorities have fled and residents now control the village. They have built barricades to keep police out and the situation is […]

Twenty dead as lorry runs into protest in southern India

Twenty dead as lorry runs into protest in southern India

At least 20 people have died after a lorry rammed into a group of farmers staging a protest in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The farmers were outside a police station in Chittoor district, protesting against illegal sand mining. Police said the driver of the truck appeared to have lost control of his […]

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

Image copyright ATSB Image caption This image shows both the genuine and replica flaperons used for the drift analysis Fresh evidence suggests that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is most likely located to the north of a main search zone, Australian scientists say. MH370 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on […]

Thai police arrest man smuggling semen into Laos

Thai police arrest man smuggling semen into Laos

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption File photo of a vial of semen Thai police have arrested a man attempting to smuggle six vials of human semen into Laos. Authorities found a nitrogen tank containing the vials in the man’s bag when he was crossing the border at the northern Thai town of Nong […]

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. It instead ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif’s family when […]

North Korea tension: Volleyball spotted in nuclear test site

North Korea tension: Volleyball spotted in nuclear test site

Image copyright Digitalglobe/Getty Images US experts who analyse satellite images from North Korea say they have seen unusual activity at the country’s nuclear test site: volleyball games. The images were taken on Sunday by a commercial satellite amid speculation that Pyongyang was preparing for its sixth nuclear test at a time of growing tensions with […]

Egypt ‘500kg woman’ loses half her weight after India surgery

Egypt ‘500kg woman’ loses half her weight after India surgery

Image copyright Saifee hospital Image caption Eman Abd El Aty now weighs 250kg, half of what she was believed to weigh when she arrived in Mumbai An Indian hospital treating an Egyptian woman, believed to have been the world’s heaviest woman, says she has lost 250kg (550lbs) after surgery. Eman Abd El Aty’s family said […]

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korea regularly threatens to lay waste to its enemies, but how realistic are such threats? North Korea displayed a lot of missiles – including big ones – at a bombastic military parade over the weekend. But what do we really know about Pyongyang’s missile capabilities? Defence expert Melissa Hanham […]

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea showed off military hardware at a parade in honour of the anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung’s birth China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told […]

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