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Robert Schellenberg case: China accuses Canada of ‘double standards’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has had his jail sentence increased to a death sentence China has rejected accusations from Canada that it is arbitrarily applying a death sentence to a Canadian convicted of drug smuggling. China’s foreign ministry warned Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to “stop making such irresponsible remarks”, accusing […]

China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

Image copyright CLEP Image caption Cotton sprouts seen close-up under a protective cover on board the Moon lander Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant […]

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians take holy dip

Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Millions of people have taken to the waters at the confluence of India’s sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers as part of the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. Officials told the BBC some 15m people bathed on Tuesday. They expect about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at […]

Sabarimala: Woman who defied India temple ban ‘attacked by mother-in-law’

Image caption Kanaka Durga was the first woman to enter the Sabarimala shrine One of the two Indian women who defied a historic ban to enter a Hindu temple is recovering in hospital after her mother-in-law allegedly attacked her. Kanaka Durga, 39, had been in hiding since 2 January, when her entry into the Sabarimala […]

China province looks to boost shopping with longer weekend

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under a new proposal, workers in Hebei province could see their weekend extended A province in China may give workers Friday afternoon off as part of wider efforts to boost consumption in the country’s slowing economy. Hebei province is considering extending the weekend “in areas where conditions allow,” according […]

Robert Schellenberg case: China accuses Canada of ‘double standards’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has had his jail sentence increased to a death sentence China has rejected accusations from Canada that it is arbitrarily applying a death sentence to a Canadian convicted of drug smuggling. Beijing accused Canada of double standards. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was initially given a 15-year jail […]

China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

Image copyright CLEP Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang’e 4 is the first mission to land on […]

Canadian’s death sentence in China ‘horrific’, family says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to jail last year but had his case suddenly reviewed The family of a Canadian man who has been sentenced to death in China say their “worst fears” have been realised. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a 15-year jail term in November but, on […]

Taliban talks: Pakistan arrest ‘sends militants message’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Taliban sent a delegation to Moscow for talks and have met US officials Pakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US, sources in the group say. Hafez Mohibullah, religious affairs minister when the Taliban ran […]

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians begin holy dip

Image copyright Reuters Millions of people have taken to the waters at the confluence of the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers at the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. At least 15m people are expected on the first day alone. Officials project about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at the rivers […]