• 15 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bodies of the boys were recovered from the Matamuhuri river late on Saturday Five teenage students have drowned in a river in Bangladesh moments after playing a football match, police say.The boys, from a school in the south-eastern Cox's Bazar district, went to bathe after a friendly game between supporters of Argentina and Brazil.They...

  • 15 July 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption A suicide bombing earlier this month killed more than a dozen people in the Afghan city of Jalalabad The number of civilians killed in the long-running war in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first six months of this year, the UN says. Some 1,692 fatalities were recorded, with militant attacks and suicide bombs said to be the leading causes...

  • 15 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea is thought to operate dozens of restaurants abroad, such as this one in Dubai A group of 13 North Korean restaurant staff who moved to the South in 2016 were forced to defect by South Korean intelligence, their manager says.Ho Kang-il told South Korea's Yonhap news agency he had been blackmailed and that his 12 female employees...

  • 15 July 2018 Related TopicsThailand cave rescue Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 12 boys and their coach pictured with a drawing of Saman Gunan (also spelled Kunan), who died working to rescue them The 12 young footballers who were saved from a Thai cave after an international rescue effort are mourning a former Navy Seal who died in the operation. Volunteer diver Saman Gunan lost his...

  • 14 July 2018 Related TopicsThailand cave rescue On 23 June, 12 boys went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province with their football coach - and ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. The BBC's Helier Cheung and Tessa Wong were at the scene as a dramatic rescue bid gripped the world.What happened over those two weeks is a remarkable story of friendship, human endurance -...

  • 13 July 2018 Image copyright BBC Tamil Image caption N Logeswari died after she was forced to jump off a building as part of a safety drill Indian police have arrested a training instructor in the southern state of Tamil Nadu after a 19-year-old college student died in a safety exercise. Police said N Logeshwari died after she was forced to jump off a building into a safety net held by fellow...

  • 13 July 2018 Related TopicsThailand cave rescue Image copyright REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Image caption Seven British divers who aided in the rescue returned to the UK on Friday One of the British divers who helped to save 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has insisted he was not a hero.Rick Stanton, from Coventry, said he was using a "very unique skill set" to "give...

  • 13 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blast occurred at a plant which makes chemicals for the food and pharmaceutical industries An explosion at an industrial park in China's Sichuan province has left 19 people dead and 12 others injured, officials say.In a statement quoted by Reuters, the authorities in Jiang'an county said the blast happened at a chemical plant run by Yibin...

  • 13 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Air China is one of the country's main carriers A co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette on an Air China flight caused the plane to start a rapid emergency descent, investigators have said.They say he tried to hide the fact that he was smoking but accidentally shut off the air-conditioning, causing oxygen levels to fall.The crew on Tuesday's flight...

  • 13 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The US has lifted an order that blocked Chinese tech giant ZTE from doing business with US companies, forcing the firm to halt major operations.US President Donald Trump had intervened to end the ban, which was imposed in April and tied to ZTE violations of US sanctions against Iran and North Korea.Instead the US said ZTE would be fined and forced to...

  • 13 July 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption It is the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan since 2014 A suicide bomber has killed at least 128 people and injured more than 150 in an attack on a campaign rally in south-western Pakistan, officials say.An election candidate was among the dead in the town of Mastung. So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack.Earlier, a bomb attack on a...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption File picture of another Air China aircraft Chinese authorities are investigating why a plane was forced to drop more than 6,500m (21,000ft) due to loss of cabin pressure. The Air China flight from Hong Kong to Dalian lost altitude rapidly and oxygen masks dropped in the cabin. The plane then returned to cruising altitude and continued as...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (3R) are at the summit Nato leaders are turning their attention to the conflict in Afghanistan, on the second day of a Brussels summit so far dominated by demands from President Donald Trump.Taliban militants reportedly killed up to 30 soldiers in attacks on Afghan...

  • By Secunder Kermani BBC News, Multan 12 July 2018 Image caption Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says there is decreasing space for freedom in Pakistan The son of assassinated former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto has told the BBC he is campaigning to implement her vision of a "peaceful, progressive, prosperous, democratic Pakistan".Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP),...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Net neutrality ensures that users can access all websites at the same speed and cost India has adopted recommendations strongly backing net neutrality that experts say could be the "strongest" in the world.Net neutrality means service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not charge differently based on content. The recommendations...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright AUSTRALIAN BALLET Image caption The Australian Ballet's Sleeping Beauty performance was plunged into darkness A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia.Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.About 2,000 patrons had to be evacuated by...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are yet to arrest the other two priests Two of four Indian priests charged with allegedly raping a woman have handed themselves in for police questioning in the southern state of Kerala. The Kerala high court denied bail to both of them and one other priest, who is also expected to give himself up later on Thursday. The woman, 32,...

  • 12 July 2018 Related TopicsThailand cave rescue Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescuers carry one of the boys on a stretcherThe cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum.Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, predicting it would be...

  • 12 July 2018 Related TopicsTrump Kim summit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un (left) and Donald Trump signed the agreement at their historic summit in Singapore US President Donald Trump has published a letter from Kim Jong-un, in which North Korea's leader voices hopes for a "new future" in bilateral relations.Mr Trump said the letter from Mr Kim (dated 6 July), was "a very...

  • 12 July 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Supporters were outraged when Nawaz Sharif was handed a 10-year jail sentence last week Ousted Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan despite facing a 10-year jail sentence for corruption.Sharif and his daughter Maryam both face arrest when they arrive back in Lahore from London on Friday.The three-term PM was ousted from office last...