Fanfare in N Korea over new investment

North Korea has unveiled a new housing and business development in the capital Pyongyang, which it says shows its economic resilience and strength. In recent years, the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, who attended the event, has been experimenting with some economic reform, including allowing a limited number of small, private shops to exist. John Sudworth […]

Cyclone Cook: New Zealanders flee ahead of huge storm

Cyclone Cook: New Zealanders flee ahead of huge storm

Image copyright Ian Jenkins Image caption A swirling storm caused by the approaching cyclone was seen on Lake Taupo New Zealanders are evacuating towns along North Island’s north-east coast, ahead of what is being called the worst storm in generations. Cyclone Cook is expected to make landfall at 18:00 local time (06:00 GMT) over Bay […]

Xi-Trump call: China urges ‘peaceful’ North Korea solution

Xi-Trump call: China urges ‘peaceful’ North Korea solution

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyongyang has reacted angrily to the dispatch of a US strike group to the region China’s President Xi Jinping has called for a “peaceful” resolution to tensions over North Korea, in a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Chinese state media said. On Tuesday Mr Trump tweeted that the […]

A missing pastor and the disappearances chilling Malaysia

A missing pastor and the disappearances chilling Malaysia

Image copyright Family of Raymond Koh Image caption Mr Koh has been missing since 13 February It all began with the case of the missing pastor. On the morning of 13 February, Raymond Koh was exiting a highway in the leafy suburb of Kelana Jaya just outside of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. A widely […]

Toshiba files unaudited results and says future is in doubt

Toshiba files unaudited results and says future is in doubt

Image copyright Getty Images Toshiba has filed its delayed financial results, warning that the company’s survival is at risk. “There are material events and conditions that raise substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” the company said in a statement. The electronics-to-construction giant reported a loss of 532bn yen (£3.8bn; […]

North Korea lashes out at US Navy strike group move

North Korea lashes out at US Navy strike group move

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Carl Vinson (centre) is being escorted by other warships North Korea has said it will defend itself “by powerful force of arms” in response to the US deployment of a Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula. The foreign ministry, quoted by state news agency KCNA, said the deployment […]

The woman whose death led to a foeticide investigation

For generations, India has battled female foeticide. Although it is illegal for doctors to reveal the gender of babies during pregnancy, it is estimated that 600,000 baby girls are aborted every year. The issue is in the spotlight again after 19 aborted foetuses were found by police in Maharashtra. The BBC spoke to the family […]

Why an X-Men comic has ignited political debate in Indonesia

Why an X-Men comic has ignited political debate in Indonesia

Image copyright Marvel Comics Image caption The release of the first issue of X-Men Gold generated controversy in Indonesia Marvel Comics has had to apologise and alter its latest comic release after one of its artists made hidden references to an ongoing political controversy in Indonesia. The imagery included by Indonesian Muslim Ardian Syaf, a […]