Japanese emperor: Akihito begins historic abdication

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe day’s ceremonies began with several private rituals in the Imperial Palace Emperor Akihito is preparing to step down from the throne, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years. Tuesday’s ceremonies began with private rituals in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. The 85-year-old has […]

Protests return to Hong Kong streets

Protesters took part in a demonstration to state their dissatisfaction at Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s recent decision to suspend a controversial law which would allow extradition to mainland China. Ms Lam has since sent an apology to the people of Hong Kong. Mourning is also taking place after the death of a protester, who is […]

Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople celebrating LGBT rights in Havana are detained A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana. Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country’s 12th annual march against […]

Italian George Clooney fraudsters arrested in Thailand

Image copyright CRIME SUPPRESSION DIVISION/ ROYAL THAI POLICE Image caption The two were arrested on the outskirts of Pattaya in Thailand Two Italians accused of posing as US actor George Clooney to promote a fashion business have been arrested in Thailand after years on the run. Francesco Galdelli, 58, and Vanja Goffi, 45 have been […]

Argentina and Uruguay reel after massive power outage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBusinesses in Buenos Aires were affected by the nationwide power cut Power has been restored to much of Argentina and Uruguay after a massive electrical failure left tens of millions of people in the dark. Argentine President Mauricio Macri has promised a full investigation. Argentine media said […]

‘Tragedy’ as 300 yaks starve trapped by snow in India

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities tried to drop food to the animals but were pushed back by poor weather (file pic) At least 300 yaks have starved to death near India’s border with China after getting trapped by heavy snowfall. Government official Raj Yadav said they found the corpses in the north-east state […]

Pakistan attack: Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Balochistan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Pearl Continental Hotel is popular among foreign visitors Three gunmen who stormed a five-star hotel in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing at least one guard, have been shot dead by security forces, officials say. The attack and subsequent siege, which targeted the Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in the […]

Albania protests: Petrol bombs hurled at PM’s office

Thousands of Albanians have been protesting against Prime Minister Edi Rama, with some throwing petrol bombs at his office. For the last three months, there have been anti-government demonstrations in Albania. Mr Rama faces allegations of electoral fraud and corruption. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha urged crowds to continue protests until Mr Rama steps down from […]