- Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth title
SUMMARY: Roger Federer becomes the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extends his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic.
- Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman
SUMMARY: Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker is named as the 13th Doctor - the first woman to take the role.
- Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks
SUMMARY: Public servants do get a "premium", Philip Hammond says, amid reports he described them as "overpaid".
- Lewis Hamilton wins record-equalling fifth British GP
SUMMARY: Three-time world champion equals record set by Jim Clark and Alain Prost with dominate win at Silverstone.
- Senegal football stadium crush kills eight
SUMMARY: Football fans describe the moment eight people died at a Senegal stadium.
- Tony Blair: I think Corbyn could be PM
SUMMARY: Tony Blair stands by his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, despite changing his mind on his chances of being PM.
- Europe-wide police operation busts horsemeat racket
SUMMARY: Horsemeat unfit for human consumption was exported using forged documents, Spanish police found.
- Netanyahu in Paris to commemorate Vel d'Hiv deportation of Jews
SUMMARY: The Israeli PM joins President Macron to commemorate a mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France.
- Wimbledon 2017: Jamie Murray & Martina Hingis win mixed doubles title
SUMMARY: Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis beat defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title.
- Boy, 16, critical after moped and police car collide
SUMMARY: A moped being ridden by three teenagers is in collision with a police car in London.
- Grenfell fire: McDonnell murder claim 'disgraceful' - Hammond
SUMMARY: The chancellor criticised John McDonnell for saying victims were "murdered by political decisions".
- Dog survives after chasing stone off 150ft cliff
SUMMARY: A lifeboat crew found cocker spaniel Indy at the foot of the cliff, bruised but otherwise unhurt.
- Tour de France 2017: Froome retains yellow jersey as Mollema wins stage 15
SUMMARY: Britain's Chris Froome retains his 18-second overall lead at the Tour de France, as Bauke Mollema wins Sunday's 15th stage.
- Reading bedtime stories while on duty
SUMMARY: A new app helps connect armed forces families by giving parents a chance to read stories while away from home.
- The women behind 10 Disney princesses gather
SUMMARY: From Pocahontas to Moana, the voices of cartoon princesses spanning three decades have met.
- Robin Hood overwhelmed by Maid Marian charity fund
SUMMARY: Nottingham's Robin Hood says money will go to charities that helped his wife, who died of cancer.
- Baby Justin Trudeau meets Canada's prime minister
SUMMARY: The son of Syrian refugees was named after the politician as a thank you to their adopted country.
- Finland naked swimmers bid for biggest skinny dip record
SUMMARY: Organisers say 789 people took part, beating the previous record set in Australia by three people.
- Human kindness and marsupial cuteness
SUMMARY: It's not all doom and gloom - here are a few happy stories.
- 10 things we didn't know last week
SUMMARY: How London Underground is trying to become more gender-neutral - and other news nuggets.
- Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident's ashes scattered at sea
SUMMARY: His wife attended his funeral but it is not clear whether she has been released from house arrest.
- Afghan ex-refugee makes global solo flight
SUMMARY: Shaesta Waiz, who was born an Afghan refugee, says she aims to inspire other women.
- A mission to the Pacific plastic patch
SUMMARY: A "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles is floating in the South Pacific.
- India court orders probe into Manipur killings
SUMMARY: Federal police to investigate widespread claims of unlawful killings in insurgency-hit Manipur.
- China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy
SUMMARY: Villagers sue a Dutch collector over an ancient mummified monk they say was stolen 22 years ago.
- Australian senator quits over New Zealand dual citizenship
SUMMARY: Australian Greens politician Scott Ludlam resigns after discovering his dual nationality.
- Hong Kong court disqualifies pro-democracy lawmakers
SUMMARY: The four are accused of using their oath of office to criticise Beijing and demand more HK rights.
- Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages
SUMMARY: The country's leader says the internet cannot be a "dark place" for criminals to communicate.
- India alarm over rising tiger deaths
SUMMARY: Wildlife activists accuse Indian authorities of secrecy around steadily rising tiger deaths.
- Melbourne fire: Hazardous smoke forces evacuations
SUMMARY: Four people are taken to hospital due to hazardous smoke from a blaze "the size of a sports field".
- Amazon warehouse firm GLP bought for $11.7bn
SUMMARY: The sale of GLP to a China-led consortium will be one of Asia's biggest ever private equity buyouts.
- Sint Maarten jet engine blast kills New Zealand woman
SUMMARY: A New Zealander has died after the force of a jet take-off knocked her down on Sint Maarten.
- Naadam: Mongolia puts on its 'manly games' festival
SUMMARY: Wrestling, racing and a spot of bone-flicking - it's all part of the summer festival of Naadam.
- China mall introduces 'husband storage' pods for shopping wives
SUMMARY: A Chinese mall creates "husband storage” pods for wives to leave their partners.
- Thai farmers race buffalo in mud-filled spectacle
SUMMARY: Farmers in Thailand pit their prize buffaloes against each other in a racing competition.
- Why are young Kyrgyz brides barely Stayin' Alive?
SUMMARY: A Kyrgyz student's feminist protest video against marrying young has gone viral.
- The Indian film where the word 'cow' is banned
SUMMARY: Why India's censors say the word "cow" must be removed from a documentary.
- Parts of China pounded by storms
SUMMARY: Heavy rain and thunderstorms have lashed parts of China, causing water logging and traffic disruption.
- Killing of Qandeel Baloch
SUMMARY: The story of Qandeel Baloch's murder by her brother began with selfies with a prominent Muslim cleric.
SUMMARY: China's crackdown on what it calls "abnormal" sexual activity has triggered a backlash online.
- Disqualification of lawmakers shows up the hypocrisy of the pan-dems
SUMMARY: The need to protect the rule of law and an independent judiciary has been a major pan-democratic cause. But now that a High Court case has turned against four pan-democratic legislators, it’s odd that they and their allies feel not the slightest shame in denouncing and disobeying the judgment.
Do they only respect court rulings that turn their way?
“Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu Chung-yim have been disqualified as lawmakers for...
- High-flier in Chinese politics under investigation ahead of power reshuffle, sources say
SUMMARY: A top contender for a role in China’s next leadership is being investigated by the anti-graft agency of the Communist Party, according to people familiar with the matter.
Sun Zhengcai, at 53 the youngest member of the party’s 25-strong Politburo, is suspected of “serious violation of party discipline”, according to a source in Chongqing.
He was removed as party boss of the city on Saturday.
The development could have a significant impact on the upcoming...
- Carrie Lam issues action call in Hong Kong hospitals’ flu crisis
SUMMARY: The city’s leader has called on the Hospital Authority to come up with urgent measures “very soon” to ease pressure on public hospitals grappling with a flu crisis that has killed 157 so far.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made the request on Sunday after visiting Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she saw its overwhelmed accident and emergency unit in action.
Two-year-old girl fighting for her life as Hong Kong summer flu season hits
She was told patients with...
- Singapore gets on board China’s Silk Road push as ties get back on track
SUMMARY: Singapore’s rocky relations with China are “on track” with plans for high-level official visits and upgrades to a free-trade pact.
Singapore also planned to expand its involvement in the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China’s ambitious project to revive trade along ancient Silk Road routes, the city state’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said at the two-day FutureChina business forum last week.
Asked about the state of ties between the two...
- How US Vice President Mike Pence is walking a tightrope over tenacious Trump scandals
SUMMARY: Mike Pence is the loyal wingman, the discreet figure who rises above the Washington fray. But as the Russia scandal encroaches ever further on Donald Trump’s White House, the vice-president is also walking a political high wire.
The 58-year-old former governor of Indiana is currently the man closest to the US presidency.
As the troubles of his boss grow deeper by the day, ensnared in a widening investigation into his campaign ties to Russia, experts say the 48th US vice-president remains...
- Facebook says users’ rights at risk as it fights government access order
SUMMARY: Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a closed courtroom battle over secret government access to social media records.
Facebook is fighting a court order that prohibits it from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their political communications – a ban Facebook says tramples First Amendment protections of the company and individuals.
Most of the details of the case in the US capital are under wraps, but the timing...
- Complaints against Hong Kong teacher who swore at police upheld ... four years after protest
SUMMARY: A primary school teacher caught on camera swearing at police over their handling of a dispute between activists of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and opponents in 2013 was found to have breached professional codes of conduct.
After a four-year wait, Alpais Lam Wai-sze said she finally received the letter from the Education Bureau on Friday stating that three complaints filed to the teachers’ disciplinary board claiming she had breached the code had been substantiated.
The code says...
- Manhunt in China after 22 killed in arson attack on dormitory
SUMMARY: Police in China have arrested one person over a suspected arson attack on a dormitory that left 22 people dead in Changshu, Jiangsu province, early on Sunday.
A manhunt was under way for other suspects.
The fire broke out at about 4.30am and quickly engulfed the two-storey brick house in Hushan township rented to a nearby restaurant to house staff, The Beijing News reported.
Jiangsu police said the doors to the house had been locked from the outside, trapping most of the occupants inside....
- Hong Kong pan-democrats list ways Carrie Lam could mend ties after ouster of four lawmakers
SUMMARY: Hong Kong’s pan-democrats have suggested some ways the city’s new leader could try to mend ties with their camp after her good start suddenly went sour over a court ruling unseating four pro-democracy lawmakers.
While the lawsuit was orchestrated by former leader Leung Chun-ying, the camp argued that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had the responsibility as well as ample room to atone for the move which they likened to a “declaration of war” upon Hongkongers...
- Hong Kong pupils set world record for biggest 3D printed sculpture display
SUMMARY: Hong Kong secondary school pupils have set a Guinness World Record for the largest display of a 3D-printed sculpture with a giant model of the harbourfront.
The 35 square metre creation comprises 1,214 3D-printed items and was made as part of the continuing 20th anniversary celebrations of the city’s return to Chinese rule.
Some 1,236 students from 123 secondary schools took part in the competition, organised by the Hong Kong Productivity Council. There were 236 entries with the top four...
- Though now little more than scrap of paper, South China Sea ruling has gone down in history
SUMMARY: About one year ago a five-judge tribunal based at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced its decision in a case filed by the Philippines in 2013 against China over their disputed claims in the South China Sea.
It came after a stand-off between the two countries over the Scarborough Shoal the previous year; China ultimately seized the shoal from Manila’s control and maintains a presence there to this day.
The case brought before the tribunal concerned maritime...
- Two arrested after illegal worker found electrocuted in Hong Kong factory
SUMMARY: An illegal worker and his employer were both arrested in Hong Kong on Sunday after their colleague – also an illegal worker – was electrocuted while repairing the air-conditioning system in a factory.
A police spokesman said the force received a report at 9.07am that a 26-year-old worker had fainted at a pharmaceutical factory on 1 Wang Fu Street, Yuen Long. Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly and found him unconscious. He was sent to Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long but was...
- Firefighters buzzing after clearing huge bees nest from Chinese man’s home
SUMMARY: Firefighters were called to a house in central China recently to remove a large bees nest that had been formed under the floorboards, local media reported.
The owner of the property, a man surnamed Zhang, said he noticed large numbers of the flying insects buzzing through his home in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, over a period of about 10 days, Wuhan Evening News reported on Saturday.
The existential threat facing the honey bee, and what it means for us
After failing to determine where they...
- Bollywood's biggest stars take over New York stadium with song, dance, glitz and glamour for 18th annual India film awards
SUMMARY: India’s biggest Bollywood stars led a triumphant celebration of dance, music and fashion at the International Indian Film Academy awards on Saturday, cheered by thousands of ecstatic fans just outside New York.
The five-hour show at an American football stadium in New Jersey, where the glittering Manhattan skyline was visible from the parking lot, was a riot of colour, glitz and stunning dance routines.
Best picture went to Neerja, a thriller based on the true story of a purser who...
- Wild boar shot dead by police sniper after wandering into housing estate in eastern China
SUMMARY: A wild boar had to be shot dead by a police sniper after it wandered into a housing estate in eastern China, posing a threat to residents, local media reported.
Second wild boar encounter over weekend as four animals subdued in Aberdeen, Hong Kong
The giant beast was first spotted by a security guard about 4am on Friday morning as it walked through the grounds of the estate in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, Yangtze Evening News reported on Saturday.
Concerned about residents’...
- Search no more: Skilled retirees seeking fulfilling jobs get a leg up with Hong Kong start-up
SUMMARY: Hong Kong digital marketer Priyanka Gothi watched her mother struggle with forced retirement after decades working as a school teacher in India.
“She is one of the most active people that I know; you can’t pin her down in one place, you literally have to take stuff away from her,” Gothi said.
“[My family] thought [retirement] would be a good break for her, but that’s not how she [saw] it.”
At 60 years old, Gothi’s mother considered herself to be a...
- The US, China are more aligned on North Korea than previously known, Clinton’s speech shows
SUMMARY: An outbreak of war or hostilities on the Korean peninsula will be the wild card catastrophe for markets and our lives in Asia.
Plenty of columnists have already been playing armchair generals, trying to assess the strategies and outcomes.
However, few have looked into what realpolitik is being played by the participants. Determining what is the genuine policy governing the relationship model with North Korea is more helpful in determining what constitutes a return to stability, versus a “...
- Shell companies are bad for Hong Kong’s market reputation, SFC chairman says
SUMMARY: Carlson Tong Ka-shing, chairman of Hong Kong’s Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) since October 2012, started out with a small accounting firm in Britain, earning just £10 per week, while training as a chartered accountant.
From humble beginnings, he rose to be KPMG Asia-Pacific chairman before retiring in 2011, handling big company audits and initial public offerings along the way. But before becoming the top enforcer for new listings in Hong Kong, Tong was warned by close...
- Motorbike rider stopped by police in southern China dances, kicks his way to freedom
SUMMARY: A motorcyclist in southern China reacted in a rather unusual way to being stopped by police at the weekend: he performed an elaborate dance and then karate kicked one of the officers.
According to a report by Thepaper.cn, the man, who was not identified, was stopped as part of a routine check while crossing a major road junction in Haikou, capital of Hainan province, on Saturday morning.
A video of the incident published on the site shows him being questioned by three police officers who have...
- China’s central bank maintains accommodative lending policy to support economy
SUMMARY: While major central banks in the West have begun to pull back from pouring cash into the economy to drive growth, the People’s Bank of China seems unlikely to tighten its credit policy any time soon.
On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a point to 0.75 per cent, its first increase since 2010. In doing so, Canada became the first Group of Seven nation to follow the US Federal Reserve in raising the cost of borrowing for businesses and...