Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country’s fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports. The firm said it is cooperating with the investigation […]

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Image copyright WWF Australia Image caption The eastern quolls have been fitted with GPS tracking devices A species of marsupial, the eastern quoll, has returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in about half a century. The native animals were once found along Australia’s east coast until they were devastated by […]

Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

Image copyright Taylor Weidman Image caption A bite from an infected dog can pass rabies on to humans Thailand is rushing to contain the spread of rabies after a spike in cases across the country. The virus has been detected in 40 provinces including popular tourist areas Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Three infected people have […]

Australia considers visas for white South African farmers

Australia considers visas for white South African farmers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was considering fast track visas for SA white farmers South Africa has dismissed allegations its white farmers are “persecuted” after an Australian minister said they needed help from a “civilised” country. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was exploring giving South […]

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Hekmatyar has been in hiding for many years The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country. The Afghan government asked for the move as part of a deal with Mr Hekmatyar and his militant group in […]

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paying and accepting dowry is a centuries-old South Asian tradition A textbook in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has caused outrage after it listed “ugliness” as a reason for the increased demand for dowry. The textbook said: “If a girl is ugly and handicapped then it becomes difficult for […]

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Loghman Sawari was detained and deported to PNG by Fijian officials Fiji has deported an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea, where he spent years detained under Australia’s controversial immigration policies. Loghman Sawari used fake documents to fly to Fiji to seek asylum, saying he did not feel safe […]

Mattis warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to nuclear use

Media captionUS Defence Secretary Mattis warns North Korea over nuclear weapons The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mr Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US support, before flying to Tokyo. He also […]

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Park bows said she felt a “sense of shame” South Korean prosecutors are set to question President Park Geun-hye over allegations of political corruption in a scandal that has engulfed her presidency. Officials say this will be the first time a sitting president has been questioned by prosecutors. Ms […]

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