• 21 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died in a military hospital at the age of 61, state media report.Reports say he had been suffering from a serious illness for several months and had received medical treatment abroad and in Vietnam.He was sworn into office in the communist country in 2016, following a stint as public security minister.The role of...

  • 21 September 2018 The US Republican Party has apologised to Hindus after an advertisement meant to woo them ended up offending instead.The ad, published to celebrate a Hindu festival for the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, also included the political message: "Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours."The donkey is the political symbol for the Democrats while the elephant is...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Zhang Peng Image caption Gaming and e-sports are hugely popular in China Video game-streaming service Twitch has been blocked in China.Since 20 September, Twitch's website has been unreachable from the country and its app has been removed from the local Apple App Store. Twitch has confirmed that it is being blocked but it has not said why the authorities have...

  • 21 September 2018 Related TopicsTyphoon Mangkhut Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV shows the moment the hillside collapsed A landslide in the Philippines has killed at least 21 people and left dozens missing, with some texting for help from under the rubble, say police.The slide on Thursday engulfed two villages in Naga in Cebu province.It comes days after the north...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright JAXA Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan's space agency (JAXA) believes it has successfully landed two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid, making history."We don't have confirmation yet, but we are very, very hopeful," project manager Yuichi Tsuda said.On...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright RSPCA/FACEBOOK Image caption A video of the incident was shared widely online An Australian man has been arrested over a video that allegedly showed him deliberately driving his car into several emus.The footage caused outrage after surfacing online earlier this week. It prompted a nationwide effort to find the perpetrator.On Friday, police in Victoria said a...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The sanctions relate to China's purchase of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets China has told the US to withdraw sanctions on its military over purchases of Russian jets and missiles or "bear the consequences".The US says China has contravened US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption James Ricketson has denied all charges An Australian filmmaker who was sentenced by a Cambodian court to six years in prison on spying charges has been granted a royal pardon. James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June 2017 while flying a camera drone over an opposition rally.Mr Ricketson, who denied the charges, has been a critic of...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright VCG via Getty Images Image caption Former nanny Mo Huanjing started a fire that killed four members of a family A Chinese nanny has been executed after deliberately starting a fire that killed a mother and her three children in the eastern city of Hangzhou.Mo Huanjing, 35, was sentenced to death for arson in February.She had allegedly racked up significant...

  • 21 September 2018 Image caption Bishop Franco Mulakkal denies wrongoing A bishop has been arrested in the southern Indian state of Kerala over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times times between 2014 and 2016. The 44-year-old woman registered a police complaint in June, alleging that the Catholic Church had taken no action despite repeated appeals.It led to unprecedented protests by nuns who...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright UNSW Image caption Cane toads are highly adaptive and release a destructive toxin Scientists say they have unlocked the DNA blueprint of the cane toad, raising fresh hopes of slowing the animal's destruction of habitats.The amphibian, native to South America, has become a prolific pest since it was introduced in other parts of the world last century.In...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Najib has pleaded not guilty to all 25 charges Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, has been charged with 21 counts of money laundering, in a case linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal.He was charged in court on Thursday in relation to the alleged transfer of $556m (£421m) from state fund 1MDB into his...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright JOSHUA GANE Image caption Sewing needles have been inserted inside strawberries in Australia Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has temporarily removed sewing needles from its shelves as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian full-back Israel Folau is one of many rugby stars with large tattoos Tattooed rugby players will be asked to cover up during next year's World Cup in Japan to avoid offending people, the sport's governing body has said.In Japan, tattoos have long been associated with the notorious yakuza crime syndicates and inked tourists...

  • 20 September 2018 Image caption The school's staff has been charged for trying to cover up the crime The principal of a boarding school and four members of staff are among nine people arrested over the rape of a 15-year-old student in northern India.Four male students have been held for the rape, which left the girl pregnant, while the school staff are accused of covering up the assault.Staff at...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queensland's Whitsunday Islands are popular among holidaymakers A girl has suffered a "significant leg injury" in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say.It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours.On Wednesday, a woman was treated for leg and torso wounds. She...

  • Taiwan hair salon covers 'swastika' signs after outcry By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring 20 September 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption German and Jewish communities criticised the shop's logo A hairdressers in Taiwan has covered up its street signs, after it was criticised for having a logo similar to the Nazi swastika, it's reported. According to the Taiwan News...

  • 20 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows passengers on the flight reaching for oxygen masksMore than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots "forgot" to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said.Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption The visit of Moon Jae-in (R) took in the symbolic Mt Paektu North Korea's leader wants to complete denuclearisation quickly and hold a second summit with Donald Trump soon, South Korea's president says.President Moon Jae-in, who has ended a landmark trip to the North, said Kim Jong-un also wanted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit...

  • 19 September 2018 Image copyright LOVE FAMILY Image caption Daniel Love (left) has taken his case to the High Court of Australia An Aboriginal man has launched legal action against Australia over what he argues is an attempt to deport him to Papua New Guinea (PNG).Daniel Love, 39, was born in PNG but has lived in Australia since he was five. He has a PNG mother and Aboriginal Australian...