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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 AFP/CHONGQING UNIVERSITY Image caption Cotton sprouts, seen to the left, 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 step […]

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

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 […]

‘Afghan Justin Trudeau’ finds fame on TV talent show

Media captionAbdul Salam Maftoon, right, on being compared to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau One is the leader of a G7 nation and the other is a wedding singer, but their striking likeness could sway a TV talent contest in Afghanistan. Abdul Salam Maftoon from north-east Afghanistan has won fame for his resemblance to Canadian […]

China’s weakening trade figures should concern us all

Image copyright Getty Images If China wanted to appease Donald Trump’s ever-present anger at its trade surplus with the United States, the latest trade figures won’t work to calm him down. China’s exports to the rest of the world, announced on Monday, were unexpectedly down when they had been expected to rise. But that was […]

Lion Air crash: ‘Black box’ voice recorder recovered

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bright orange voice recorder was discovered on Monday The “black box” voice recorder from a Lion Air flight which crashed off the coast of Jakarta in October has been recovered, said officials on Monday. All 189 people on board died when Flight JT610 fell into the sea shortly after […]

Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people

Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Devotees have been gathering in Allahabad for days India’s Kumbh Mela festival is billed as the world’s biggest gathering of people. Between now and March organisers expect about 120 million pilgrims to bathe at the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. […]