• 18 September 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Chinese experts will investigate Chuang Chuang's death A popular giant panda has died unexpectedly in a Thai zoo - prompting China to send experts to investigate. Chuang Chuang had been at the Chiang Mai zoo on loan from China since 2003. The 19-year old bear was widely popular across Thailand, especially due to repeated efforts by the zoo to...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood in a scene from the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Zealand is poised for another Middle-earth-tied economic boost after Amazon Studios picked the country as the location for its much-anticipated Lord of the Rings television series.The show is widely tipped to be the most...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright ASALEO CARE Image caption The adverts prompted hundreds of complaints in Australia Adverts which were the first to depict menstrual blood on Australian television did not breach viewing standards, regulators say.The ads were run by sanitary pad brand Libra last month and showed stained underwear and blood on a woman's legs. Viewers made over 600 complaints that...

  • 18 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNeil Parker speaks to reporters from his hospital bed on WednesdayAn Australian hiker who was injured in a 6m (20ft) fall down a waterfall says he had to "carry" his broken leg while crawling for two days to be rescued.Neil Parker, 54, was bushwalking alone near Brisbane on Sunday when he slipped, leaving his wrist...

  • 18 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat do the Taliban say to US claims that negotiations are dead?The Taliban have told the BBC that their "doors are open" should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future.Chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai insisted negotiation remained "the only way for peace in Afghanistan" during an...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images India's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health.An executive order had been approved banning vaping products because of their impact on young people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.It is not clear if the order will also prohibit the use of vaping...

  • 18 September 2019 Image caption Residents of Kasur are demanding the police take action Angry crowds have protested in the Pakistani district of Kasur after the bodies of three boys were found.Police have confirmed one was raped before he died. Post-mortem reports on the other two boys are awaited.Kasur in Punjab province has seen a string of child abductions, rapes and murders in recent...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India's sports betting industry is among the worlds largest Indian police have registered a case against two alleged bookies for approaching a cricketer from the women's national team to fix matches.The alleged incident took place in February before the start of a limited-overs series against England. Rakesh Bafna and Jitendra Kothari...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsThailand cave rescue Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Musk (R) called British diver Mr Unsworth "pedo guy" Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he did not intend to accuse a British diver of being a paedophile when he called him "pedo guy" on Twitter.Vern Unsworth, 64 - who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from an underwater cave in 2018 - has sued Mr Musk for defamation.In...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsKashmir tensions Image copyright Getty Images The detention of a veteran Kashmiri parliamentarian and former chief minister under a controversial law has generated heated debate in India.Farooq Abdullah is now detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which among other things, allows detention without formal charge for two years.He had previously been under...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Hwang Kyo-ahn demands the resignation of the "criminal" justice minister South Korea's opposition leader has become the latest politician to publicly shave his head in a protest against the government.Hwang Kyo-ahn had his hair entirely shaved off in front of supporters and journalists outside the presidential palace on Monday evening.The...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsHong Kong anti-government protests Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been violent clashes on the streets of Hong Kong since June Hong Kong's government contacted eight public relations firms to try and rebuild the embattled city's image, but all of them declined the contract.The city has seen months of unrest sparked by a proposed extradition...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsCardinal Pell sex abuse case Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption George Pell leaves a court hearing in Melbourne in February Cardinal George Pell has launched a final bid to overturn his convictions in Australia for child sexual abuse.Pell was jailed for six years in March after being convicted of abusing two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s. The former...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Ashraf Ghani at an earlier election rally Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 48 people and injured dozens others.In Parwan province, north of the capital Kabul, an election rally where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak was attacked, and 26 people died.Another blast, near the US embassy in...

  • 16 September 2019 Image caption BBC research shows civilians continue to suffer disproportionately An average of 74 men, women and children were killed every day in Afghanistan throughout the month of August, the BBC has found.The findings show unrelenting violence affects almost the entire country as US negotiations to withdraw after 18 years of war are in disarray.We confirmed 611 security...

  • 15 September 2019 Related TopicsKashmir tensions Image caption The Indian army and Asrar's family have conflicting versions of what caused his fatal injury There have been conflicting accounts of the number of deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir, and how they were caused, since the region was stripped of its autonomy six weeks ago. The BBC's Yogita Limaye looks at some cases in the city of...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Bjorn Vaughn Image caption Many parts of Indonesia are burning Almost every year, a smoky haze blankets the South East Asian region - signalling the return of forest fires in Indonesia. For many in this region, grey skies and a lingering acrid smell are not unfamiliar, but 2019 has already brought with it some of the worst haze levels in years.But what causes...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Magpies are a common threat to cyclists around Australia An Australian man has died in a bicycle crash while trying to escape from a swooping magpie.The 76-year-old cyclist suffered head injuries on Sunday when he veered off a path and crashed into a park fence south of Sydney, police said.Despite paramedics' efforts to save him, the...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Gladys Liu has been heavily scrutinised by political opponents, and was reduced to tears last week As Australia increasingly debates China's influence on its society, a new MP is facing damaging questions over her past links to Beijing-associated groups. Others, however, dismiss the controversy as "xenophobic paranoia". The BBC's Phil Mercer...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Italian Carabinieri Image caption Mossan Rasal (centre) was able to deliver the wallet - and its contents - to the rightful owner A young man who found a wallet containing €2,000 (£1770; $2200) in cash on the street in Rome refused a reward after returning it to its owner.Mossan Rasal, a 23-year-old Bangladeshi citizen, went directly to the police...