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Mother Mushroom: Vietnam releases well-known dissident into US exile

Image copyright Vietnam Bloggers Network Image caption Mother Mushroom was allowed to take her family to the US with her The high-profile Vietnamese dissident and writer known as Mother Mushroom has arrived in the US with her children and mother after being released from jail. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh left Vietnam on Wednesday to fly […]

Sabarimala: Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the protesters against women entering the temple are women themselves Crowds of angry Hindu devotees have prevented women from entering one of Hinduism’s holiest temples despite a historic Supreme Court ruling. Crowds of agitated protesters in Kerala attacked female devotees, many of whom turned back as a […]

MJ Akbar: India minister quits after #MeToo allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Akbar has not responded to the allegations against him India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar has resigned after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, officials have confirmed. The former prominent newspaper editor is the most high profile figure to be named in what is being […]

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The man’s alleged plan to claim an insurance payout went tragically wrong A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has surrendered to police. The 34-year-old was presumed dead after his car was found in […]

China disappearances show Beijing sets its own rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption China’s biggest film star and the president of Interpol both recently vanished – before turning up in detention The recent disappearances of two high-profile Chinese citizens have once again focused international attention on China’s legal system and its use of secret detentions. First to vanish was A-list actress Fan Bingbing, […]

Xinjiang top official defends Uighur ‘internment camps’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uighurs make up about 45% of the population in Xinjiang The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving […]

The Facebook cleaners: ‘I’ve seen hundreds of beheadings’

Social media platforms pay armies of moderators to remove offensive content, so you’re not exposed to violence and other upsetting material. The Cleaners, a documentary, looks at the toll this takes on a group of outsourced workers in the Philippines. The Facebook cleaners: ‘I’ve seen hundreds of beheadings’}

Pakistani pop star Fakhr-e-Alam begins Asia leg of round-world flight

Image copyright @falamb3/Twitter Image caption Fakhr-e-Alam began his journey in the US state of Florida on 10 October A former pop star aiming to be the first Pakistani to fly around the world in a light aircraft has landed in Karachi, six days after take-off. Sporting a khaki jumpsuit, Fakhr-e-Alam is piloting a single-engine plane […]

Afghan drought ‘displacing more people than Taliban’

Image caption The UN estimates that 260,000 Afghans have fled their homes this year due to drought A deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban. The BBC’s Secunder Kermani reports from Herat. Shadi Mohammed, 70, wells up […]

Xinjiang top official defends Uighur ‘internment camps’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uighurs make up about 45% of the population in Xinjiang The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving […]