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Cai Dongjia: China’s ‘godfather of crystal meth’ executed

Media captionFootage shows police raiding homes in Boshe village The former Communist Party chief of a Chinese village once notorious for its drug production has been executed, Chinese state media report. Chinese media have described him as the “godfather of the village” who protected all its drug makers. About 20% of the village’s households had […]

Zhao Ziyang: A reformer China’s Communist Party wants to forget

Image copyright Getty Images In a small, central Beijing courtyard, family and friends are gathering to pay tribute to Zhao Ziyang – the most powerful man in China to oppose the decision to send tanks into Tiananmen Square nearly 30 years ago. He was subsequently erased from Chinese history for what party officials deemed his […]

Indonesian woman mauled to death by giant pet crocodile

Media captionThe 4.4m-long reptile was thought to have been kept illegally at a pearl farm A woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal […]

Meghalaya miners: Drone locates one body in flooded Indian mine

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The miners have been trapped since mid-December Indian navy divers have found the body of a worker who was trapped with 14 others inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men had entered the illegal pit, known as a “rat hole”, on 13 December, and […]

Monika Billen: German tourist found dead in Australian outback

Image copyright NORTHERN TERRITORY POLICE Image caption Monika Billen’s body was found on Wednesday, two weeks after she was last seen Australian police say they have found the body of a German tourist near a bush track in the Northern Territory. Monika Billen, 62, was last seen on 2 January at a popular outback tourist […]

Goldman boss apologises for 1MDB scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Goldman Sachs new boss has apologised to Malaysia for the role an ex-partner played in the corruption scandal at one of the country’s wealth funds. However, chief executive David Solomon also distanced the bank from the scheme, which saw billions embezzled from the state development fund, 1MDB. He said Goldman, which […]

Kisenosato, Japan’s last remaining sumo champion, retires

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kisenosato gave a tearful news conference to announce his retirement Japan’s last remaining home-grown sumo champion has announced his retirement after a string of tournament losses. Kisenosato Yutaka said he had been struggling with injuries but had wanted to continue wrestling to repay fans for their support. In 2017, he […]

India women: First female climbs sacred mountain

Image copyright Dhanya Sanal Image caption Dhanya Sanal was the first woman to scale the peak A woman has climbed a mountain in India, where only men were allowed until now for religious reasons. Dhanya Sanal’s ascent to the summit of Agasthyakoodam in southern Kerala state came after a court ruling in November. Local tribespeople […]

Grace Millane: Man denies murdering British backpacker

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand A 26-year-old man has denied murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand. Miss Millane, 22, from Wickford, Essex, was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on 1 December. Her body was found a week later on the […]

Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians take holy dip

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 […]