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Liu Xiaobo: Jailed Chinese dissident has terminal cancer

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Liu Xiaobo is a poet and human rights campaigner Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been moved from prison to hospital after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy. His lawyer says […]

North Korea refuses Olympic offer from South

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Korea is hosting the Winter Olympics in 2018 North Korea has rejected an offer from the South to form a unified team for next year’s Winter Olympics. South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in backed proposals for a collaboration after it was suggested by sports minister Do Jong-hwan. But North […]

British rugby fan crashes on New Zealand All Blacks’ couch

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Ioane brothers: national stars and surprise hosts to one British rugby fan When a British rugby fan supporting his side in New Zealand was offered a place to stay over with some friendly locals, he had no clue he would end up in the home of two All […]

Pakistan fuel tanker inferno kills at least 150

Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire A lorry carrying fuel has burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, killing at least 150 people, local officials say. Villagers had gathered, reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the crashed tanker, when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in […]

Pakistan fuel tanker inferno kills at least 140

Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire A lorry carrying fuel has burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, killing at least 140 people, local officials say. Villagers had gathered, reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the crashed tanker, when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in […]

Kashmir cable car accident: At least seven people killed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cable cars at Gulmarg offer spectacular views of the Himalayas At least seven people have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir when the wire supporting a cable car snapped in the high-altitude tourist resort of Gulmarg, officials say. The cable car was sent crashing to the ground, killing everyone […]

AirAsia X flight lands after ‘shaking like washing machine’

Media captionWatch: Passenger films on board the flight An AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Australia after an engine problem left it “shaking like a washing machine”. The pilot said the decision to return to Perth 90 minutes after leaving was made because of “technical issues” with the […]

Vietnam blogger Pham Minh Hoang deported to France

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hoang denies he was trying to overthrow the government A French-Vietnamese dissident blogger has been deported to France after losing his nationality of birth. Pham Minh Hoang served a jail sentence after being convicted in 2011 over articles that “blackened the image of the country”. Hoang, 62, was arrested in […]

China landslide: More than 100 missing as search continues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fifteen bodies have so far been recovered but 118 people remain unaccounted for More than 100 people remain missing after a huge landslide buried homes in a village in Sichuan province, south-western China. A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital on Saturday but hopes of […]

Pakistan oil tanker fire ‘kills scores’

At least 100 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local media report. They say dozens of people were burned, as they tried to collect fuel leaking from the vehicle. Those injured are being taken in hospital. Firefighters are now at the scene tackling the […]

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