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28 Jul 2021

Biles pulls out of Olympic all-around title defence as support pours in

TOKYO: Simone Biles abandoned the defence of her individual all-around Olympic crown on Wednesday, a day after her shock withdrawal from the women's team final over mental health concerns.

28 Jul 2021 3
Biles pulls out of Olympic all-around title defence as support pours in
11 Jun 2018

G7, what's next?

Trump's spectacular bust-up with America's allies at G7 raises stakes for Tuesday's summit with Kim and highlights dangers of US leader's self-serving diplomacy.

11 Jun 2018 19
G7, what's next?
29 Aug 2016

Kiss of life

In Laos, where nightfall brings out the drink drivers, there's a 100% volunteer group acting to save lives when the drunks crash.

29 Aug 2016
Kiss of life
25 Aug 2016

A dying breed

Decades ago, Myanmar's national symbols of pride and resistance were too numerous to count, but the peacock is easy to capture - and trade to extinction.

25 Aug 2016
A dying breed
22 Aug 2016

Hong Kong runs on...

... milk tea. Known in Cantonese as <i>cha chaan teng</i>, the tea restaurants serve up Chinese-style, western snacks but always with <i>lai cha</i>.

22 Aug 2016
Hong Kong runs on...
10 Aug 2016

Hun Sen's click farm

What a man! Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has more than 5 million Facebook fans, or so it says. Most Cambodians suspect he's buying popularity from abroad.

10 Aug 2016
Hun Sen's click farm
2 Aug 2016

Afghanistan's sexism

"People claim to be open-minded but many cannot bear having a woman in this position," says Masooma Muradi, the country's only female governor.

2 Aug 2016
Afghanistan's sexism
29 Jul 2016

Cheaper than phones

The Turkish or Bulgarian MP5 costs thousands of dollars but Gul's version, with a one-year guarantee, costs 7,000 rupees, or 2,300 baht.

29 Jul 2016
Cheaper than phones
6 Jul 2016

Pablo's hippopotamuses

Drug lord Pablo Escobar was killed, his gang imprisoned - and his two pet hippos in the past 20 years have turned into a Colombian hippo herd.

6 Jul 2016
Pablo's hippopotamuses
29 Jun 2016

Islamic war criminals

Yezidi women who have escaped the apparently planned genocide of their people in Iraq have begun a campaign to send Islamic State leaders to the International Criminal Court.

29 Jun 2016
Islamic war criminals