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N Korea ‘providing materials to Syria chemical weapons factories’

Image copyright AFP Image caption There have been recent reports of chlorine gas attacks in the eastern Ghouta region North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used in chemical weapons manufacturing, US media report, citing findings by UN experts. The materials include acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes, reports say. An as-yet-unreleased […]

China’s Xi Jinping: Extending president’s rule would be farce, says critic

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Xi Jinping is currently due to step down as president in 2023 Allowing Chinese President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely will be seen by historians as a farce, a government critic has told the BBC. In a rare show of public dissent, ex-state newspaper editor Li Datong sent an open […]

Anthony Wong: Hong Kong actor on looking for his father

Anthony Wong Chau-sang is one of Hong Kong’s most successful actors. His British father left home when he was a child. He says this left him struggling with his identity. Filmed and edited by Zoe Chen, produced by Zhijie Shao and Heather Yang Anthony Wong: Hong Kong actor on looking for his father}

Sridevi Kapoor: ‘Case closed’ in Bollywood star’s death

Media captionSridevi was an icon in Bollywood cinema Police in Dubai have closed the case into the death of Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor after handing over her body to relatives. The actress, 54, died on Saturday “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub. It had […]

iQiyi: ‘China’s Netflix’ to list on US stock market

Image copyright Iqiyi Chinese video streaming service iQiyi – often called China’s Netflix – has filed to be listed on the US stock market. Owned by online giant Baidu, it plans to raise $1.5bn (£1.1bn) through an initial public offering on the Nasdaq. iQiYi had more than 50 million subscribers by the end of 2017 […]

Sridevi Kapoor: ‘Case closed’ in Bollywood star’s death

Media captionSridevi was an icon in Bollywood cinema Police in Dubai have closed the case into the death of Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor after handing over her body to relatives. The actress, 54, died on Saturday “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub. It had […]

China’s Xi Jinping: Extending president’s rule would be farce, says critic

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Xi Jinping is currently due to step down as president in 2023 Allowing Chinese President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely will be seen by historians as a farce, a government critic has told the BBC. In a rare show of public dissent, ex-state newspaper editor Li Datong sent an open […]

Top Australian police officer quits over ‘racist’ comments

Image copyright Twitter/@3AW693 Image caption Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin reportedly posted on YouTube under a fake name One of Australia’s most senior police officers has resigned after being linked to “shocking” online posts made under a fake name. Victoria state’s Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin, who was also head of professional standards, quit on Monday. He […]

US cuts Cambodia aid over democracy concerns

Image copyright AFP/GETTY Image caption The ruling party of long-term leader Hun Sen won all 58 of the Senate seats up for grabs on Monday The United States has announced it is suspending some assistance programmes to Cambodia over its concerns with “setbacks to democracy” in the country. Last year the country’s main opposition party […]

Winter Paralympics: North Korea to send team following talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Winter Olympics saw both Koreas march together under a unified flag (pictured) North Korea will participate in the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, according to South Korea’s news agency. The two countries have been discussing North Korea’s involvement at the border village of Panmunjom. The decision follows the […]