• 5 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists have tirelessly campaigned for Wang Quanzhang's releaseA leading Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to more than four years in jail for subversion has been released. However, Wang Quanzhang has not been allowed to be reunited with his family at their home in the capital, Beijing. Instead he has been escorted to the city of...

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ruby Princess remains off the coast of Sydney with 200 crew members showing symptoms of the virusA criminal investigation has been launched in Australia into how cruise ship passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney despite some exhibiting flu-like symptoms. More than 600 people on board the Ruby Princess...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image caption Novita, and her fellow nurses, wear raincoats to protect themselvesIndonesia - one of the worlds most populous and far-flung nations - only just closed its borders, but experts fear this came too late. As the BBC's Resty Woro Yuniar and Aghnia Adzkia report, its healthcare system will not be able to cope amid warnings that official...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Staff film a tomb sweeping ceremony for a customerPeople in China are paying their respects to dead ancestors digitally as the country continues to face the coronavirus outbreak. The Qingming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is usually a time when people visit the graves of friends and family,...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The silence was observed in Wuhan, where the virus originated late last yearChina has mourned the victims of the coronavirus outbreak by observing a three-minute silence, bringing the nation to a halt. A day of remembrance was declared in China on Saturday to honour the more than 3,300 people who died of...

  • 3 April 2020 Image copyright SINDMO / George Baragamu Image caption The aftermath of Cyclone Harold in the Solomon IslandsDozens of people are missing and feared dead after a ferry in the Solomon Islands set sail despite warnings not to embark during a cyclone. The MV Taimareho was travelling on Thursday night from the capital Honiara, on the island of Guadalcanal, to West Are'are, on Malaita...

  • By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Last week some people came to mosques to offer prayers despite warnings not toPakistan's second largest province has imposed a three-hour curfew-like lockdown to stop people from attending Friday congregational prayers. Sindh has the country's largest...

  • 3 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pearl went missing in Karachi in 2002 while researching extremismPakistan officials are refusing to release the British-born militant found guilty of a US journalist's murder - despite judges throwing out his conviction. Ahmed Sheikh had his sentence reduced to seven years for kidnapping by judges in Sindh High Court on Thursday. He had...

  • By Vikas Pandey BBC News, Delhi 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Majority World Image caption Indian doctors have been working extra hours to halt the spread of the coronavirusSeveral healthcare workers in India have been attacked as they battle to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Reports say doctors have been spat at and chased away from homes, and that in one...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Muslim congregation has been traced to hundreds of positive casesOutrage over a Muslim congregation that has sparked a new wave of Covid-19 cases in India has taken an Islamophobic turn. States across India have traced more than 300 positive cases to the weeks-long event. And Islamophobic hashtags...

  • By Yvette Tan BBC News 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea says not a single person has the virusNorth Korea's claim that "not a single person" in the country has been infected with the coronavirus is facing growing scepticism. It has credited strict containment measures and the shutting down of its borders for this success. But...

  • By Owen Amos BBC News 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright AFP Image caption Parishioners washing their hands as a preventative measure in Malawi's capital, LilongweOn 12 January - less than three months ago - the coronavirus was confined to China. Not a single case had been found outside the country where it emerged. And then, on 13 January, the virus became a global...

  • 3 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesShares in Luckin Coffee have slumped after the company said one of its top executives and other employees had faked sales figures. The Chinese coffee chain has now suspended its chief operating officer Jian Liu and staff reporting to him. It comes after the company appointed a special committee to investigate issues in its financial statements for 2019....

  • By Arunoday Mukharji BBC News, Delhi 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMillions of people in India are struggling for food during the country's coronavirus lockdownMohammad Alam is one of thousands of workers standing in a food queue in India's capital, Delhi. The factory where he worked shut down after Prime Minister...

  • Image copyright Taobao/Sina Weibo Image caption Taobao confirmed that this was no April Fools jokeAn online buyer has won an opportunity to launch a commercial rocket for 40 million yuan ($5.6m; £4.5m) in central China, it's reported. According to the official People's Daily, popular online shopping platform Taobao live-streamed the sale of a commercial rocket yesterday evening. The...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Anjum Mahmood Image caption Dr Mahmood said his grieving father was trapped in quarantine with other coronavirus patientsA British GP whose mother died in Pakistan after contracting coronavirus has said family members were arrested at her funeral and locked in quarantine. Dr Anjum Mahmood said some relatives had been "padlocked" in...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most Chinese people don't actually consume dogs and cats and never plan toShenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. It comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of...

  • 2 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pearl went missing in Karachi in 2002 while researching extremismPakistan has overturned the death sentence of the man convicted of killing US journalist Daniel Pearl, defence lawyers have told reporters. British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, imprisoned since 2002, has had his sentence reduced to seven years for kidnapping, said lawyer...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost 400 cases of Covid-19 have been traced to a Tablighi Jamaat event in DelhiThe Tablighi Jamaat have come into the spotlight after an event they held in the Indian capital Delhi has spawned a number of Covid-19 clusters across the country. But exactly who is this group and why did they hold a big...

  • By David Shukman Science editor 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright ReutersShould more of us wear face masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus? This question is to be assessed by a panel of advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO). The group will weigh up research on whether the virus can be projected further than previously thought; a study in the US...