Sri Lanka crisis: Supreme Court suspends dissolution of parliament

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament, as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on...

Rappler: Philippines to charge critical news site with tax evasion

The Philippines says it will charge the major news site Rappler, which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, with tax evasion. Prosecutors said on Friday they also have grounds to indict founder Maria Ressa...

Sri Lanka’s President Sirisena moves to dissolve parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena has moved to dissolve parliament amid a political crisis following his attempt to replace Sri Lanka's prime minister. The official notification, which took effect at midnight on Friday (17:30 GMT), would trigger...

Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

A man has been arrested after setting a car on fire and stabbing three people - one fatally - in central Melbourne, Australia. The attacker was shot by police after confronting officers on a busy...

BTS T-shirt: Japanese TV show cancels BTS appearance over atomic bomb shirt

A Japanese TV show has cancelled an appearance by hugely popular K-pop group BTS, amid controversy over a shirt worn by one of the band members. A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the...

Conjoined twins: Bhutanese girls separated in six-hour surgery

Surgeons in Australia have successfully separated conjoined twins from Bhutan and say they stand a good chance of a full recovery. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, had been joined at the torso and...

Suicides among Japanese young people hit 30-year high

Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than three decades, the country's education ministry says. In the fiscal year 2016/7 up to March, 250 children from elementary to high school...

Lion Air crash: Jet had airspeed problems on final four flights

Media playback is unsupported on your device Divers find Lion Air plane 'black box' A passenger jet that crashed into the sea near Indonesia last week had an airspeed indicator problem on its final four flights,...

New Caledonia: French Pacific territory votes on independence

Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia are taking part in a referendum on whether to remain part of France or become independent. The vote was promised as part of a deal two...

The Indian princess who became a South Korean queen

The South Korean first lady, Kim Jung-sook, is in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where she is visiting the ancient city of Ayodhya. Ayodhya, which is best known as the birthplace of the...

Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada. Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in...

Lion Air crash: Indonesia to inspect Boeing 737-Max 8 planes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Debris found from Lion Air crash in sea Indonesia has ordered inspections on all the country's commercial Boeing 737-Max 8 planes, after one crashed into the sea with 189...

Filipina women detained at Halloween party in Saudi Arabia

Seventeen Filipina workers in Saudi Arabia have been detained after they took part in a Halloween party, the Philippines foreign ministry says. The women were taken into custody on Friday by intelligence officers who raided...

North and South Korea: The football game that kicked off peace

What does it take to help bring the Korean peninsula back from the brink of war? It turns out that there are two key ingredients: soccer and soju. Last December, as US President Donald Trump...

The Effect of Typhoon Trami That Hit On Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa has been home for the last six years and I my recent experience was imaginable. Although the aftermath did not result in reparable damages, the surprising impact was significant enough to cause us...

Australia sexual abuse: National apology delivered to victims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Australian PM: ‘When a child spoke up, they weren’t believed’ Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. Hundreds of people gathered...

Taiwan train derailment in Yilan County kills at least 18

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Puyuma Express 6432 service came off the tracks close to Xinma station At least 18 people have been killed and 187 injured after a passenger trained derailed in...

Tsukiji: Japan’s famed fish market to relocate

Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has held its final pre-dawn tuna auction before being relocated to a new site. The world's largest fish market, which has been in operation for 83 years, is being moved...

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei vanishes on trip to China

France has opened an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the international police agency Interpol. His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French...

Maldives election: Celebrations as opposition claims victory

Supporters of Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih have taken to the streets in celebration after he claimed victory over President Abdulla Yameen in the general election. The national electoral commission has not yet...