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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 […]

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Being gay is not banned in Jakarta, but police said the men could be charged under anti-pornography laws 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 […]

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 […]

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Being gay is not banned in Jakarta, but police said the men could be charged under anti-pornography laws 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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