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Chinese-born Bambi artist dies aged 106

Chinese-born Bambi artist dies aged 106

Image caption Bambi’s distinct style was adapted from Tyrus Wong’s concept art Tyrus Wong, the artist whose works inspired the Disney film Bambi, has died aged 106. A Chinese immigrant, Mr Wong’s vibrant paintings captured Walt Disney’s eye and became the basis of the film’s distinct style. In a statement, the Walt Disney Family Museum […]

Indonesia: Ferry blaze off Jakarta kills 23

Indonesia: Ferry blaze off Jakarta kills 23

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The remains of the ferry were towed back to port in Jakarta At least 23 people have been killed and 17 more are missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia. The Zahro Express ferry was carrying more than 230 people to Tidung island, a resort some […]

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un has given a televised address to mark the start of 2017 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country is close to testing long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The intercontinental ballistic missiles were in their “last stage” of development, Mr Kim claimed during his New […]

S Koreans protest against President Park on New Year’s Eve

S Koreans protest against President Park on New Year’s Eve

Image copyright AP Image caption Protesters want President Park to resign at once South Koreans have gathered in large numbers at a New Year’s Eve protest against their impeached leader, demanding her removal from power. Large crowds formed near the presidential palace and constitutional court in the capital Seoul on Saturday. Park Geun-hye was impeached […]

China court jails 16 for black market kidney trading

China court jails 16 for black market kidney trading

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Some of the defendants carried out secret transplants, the court said Sixteen people in China have been jailed for up to five years each for involvement in illegal kidney transplants, state media report. A local court said the defendants – mainly health professionals – had used the internet to match […]

New Year celebrations: Global festivities welcome 2017

Media captionFireworks in major cities have ushered in the New Year, from Asia to Europe Celebrations are under way as people around the world ring in the New Year. From Sydney in Australia to Pyongyang in North Korea and Moscow in Russia, crowds gathered to say goodbye to 2016, a tumultuous year in global politics. […]

Bangladesh MP Manjurul Islam shot dead at home

Bangladesh MP Manjurul Islam shot dead at home

A member of the Bangladesh parliament has been killed by gunmen at his home in the north of the country. Manjurul Islam, an MP for the governing Awami League, was shot several times by three men in Gaibandha district, police say. He later died in hospital and the identities of his assailants, who reportedly fled […]

India mine collapse: Bodies of 13 recovered in Jharkhand

India mine collapse: Bodies of 13 recovered in Jharkhand

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rescue efforts are ongoing The bodies of 13 people have been recovered from a coal mine which collapsed on Thursday in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Dozens remain missing and their distraught families are waiting anxiously as rescue efforts continue. Two men were rescued alive but there were at […]

The Japanese parents who apologise for their children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan’s press demand public apologies, whether by perpetrators or people connected to them Apologies are common in Japan, indeed it is virtually a cliche about the country. But 2016 has seen some controversial public acts of contrition – notably parents standing up before the public to say sorry for […]

New Year celebrations: Fireworks light up Sydney Harbour

Media captionSydney Harbour Bridge was the focal point for Australia’s celebrations A massive fireworks display has lit up Sydney Harbour as Australia’s largest city ushered in 2017. Some 1.5 million revellers had been expected to turn out on the waterfront. Earlier, Auckland in New Zealand became the first major world city to welcome the New […]