Worldwide massive cyber hack reported
A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world, according to BBC.
Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected.
There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.
N Korea will seek extradition in alleged assassination plot
North Korea will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung-un last month with a biochemical weapon, a top official says.
Han Song-ryol, the vice foreign minister, called a meeting of foreign diplomats on Thursday in Pyongyang to outline the North's allegation that the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency bribed and coerced a..
Thousands of scientists protesting against political interference
Thousands of scientists are protesting in hundreds of cities around the world against what they see as a global political assault on facts, BBC report.
The first-ever March for Science, which has been timed to coincide with Earth Day, is aimed at promoting action to protect the environment.
Organisers say it is also a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific..
Sexual assault in Japan?
Tamaka Ogawa was about 10 years old when she was sexually assaulted for the first time. It was a public holiday and she was on the subway. A man standing behind her pulled down the band of her culottes and underwear, touched her bare bottom, then pressed himself against her. She recalls feeling shocked and physically sickened. When she reached home, she repeatedly washed the spot where he had..
From porter to top restaurant’s owner, as inspiring story
A kitchen porter has been made a co-owner of the four-time winner of the world's best restaurant, according to BBC.
Ali Sonko, 62, is now a partner at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant where he has been working since it opened.
Mr Sonko, from the Gambia, was unveiled as one of three new partners, alongside two of its managers.
The two-Michelin starred restaurant closed its doors after 14..
Duterte says sorry
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised on Tuesday for failing to save an elderly German hostage who was beheaded by the armed Abu Sayyaf group but insisted ransoms should not be paid, Al Jazeera report.
Abu Sayyaf - a kidnap-for-ransom network in the southern Philippines that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group - killed Jurgen Gustav..
South Korean women to have an average life expectancy above 90
South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, reports the BBC quoting a study.
Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries.
It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to close in most countries.
The researchers said the..
Epic photo pose by 500 members of one Chinese family
More than 500 members of one Chinese family have posed for the ultimate family photo, according to BBC.
The pictures were taken at a Ren family reunion at Shishe village in China's eastern province of Zhejiang.
It was held last week during the Lunar New Year period, which is usually marked by the Chinese with large family gatherings and meals.
Photographer Zhang Liangzong took the pictures..
‘I’m allergic to my husband’
Twenty-nine-year-old Johanna Watkins from Minnesota cannot kiss her husband Scott, or even spend time in the same room as him. She suffers from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare disorder of the immune system, which means she is allergic to almost everything, including her husband's scent, BBC report.
Johanna and Scott Watkins's date nights are very different from other couple's.
Chinese schools lets students to ‘borrow marks’ to reduce stress
A Chinese high school has come up with an innovative way to help struggling students - a "marks bank".
The Nanjing Number One Secondary School has rolled out a scheme where student can "borrow" marks to top up low scores so they can pass their tests, according to BBC.
The school said it was aimed at reducing the stress of taking exams.
The scheme has become a talking point in China which..
A Japan pilgrimage for the once forbidden sex
It's difficult to imagine how the female pilgrims trekking the perimeter of Koyasan, one of Japan's most holy sites, centuries ago must have felt while making their journey, CNN report.
On the one hand, this "women pilgrims route" in Wakayama prefecture is a seven-kilometer stretch of incredible natural beauty.
Thick, silent forests, moss-covered rocks and trickling streams share space..
China will be on Mars by the end of 2020
China is aiming to own the race for space in the next decade, CNN report.
China's ambitious and fast-growing space program is targeting a landing on the dark side of the moon by 2018, and reaching Mars before the end of the decade.
The country's space agency held a press conference on Tuesday to mark the release of a policy paper, and outlined the government's goals for exploring deep..
UK Queen misses Christmas Day church service
The Queen has not attended church on Christmas Day because she is still suffering from a heavy cold, according to BBC.
Buckingham Palace said she was staying indoors to help her recover but added that she would still participate in the family's Christmas Day celebrations.
Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and others attended church at the Queen's Norfolk estate, Sandringham.
Taliban ‘kill woman for ‘remarriage’
Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a woman who divorced her husband and remarried, BBC report.
The killing took place in north-western Badghis province. There are some reports that the woman's husband had authorised the separation from abroad.
But when he returned to Afghanistan, he petitioned a self-appointed Taliban court against her remarriage. The Taliban deny carrying out..
‘Hey Trump, feminists are watching you”
One of China's most prominent women's rights activists has written a letter warning US President-elect Donald Trump against "sexist behaviour".
Zheng Churan says "feminists around the world are watching" Mr Trump for signs of "straight man cancer".
The Chinese term refers to sexual discrimination and male chauvinism.
She was among five women dubbed the "Feminist Five", who were detained by..
Jennifer Lawrence apologies for ‘butt-scratching’ story
US actress Jennifer Lawrence has apologised after telling a story about scratching her "butt" on sacred rocks in Hawaii, according to BBC.
In a statement on Facebook, she said she meant "absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people".
The actress had told the that the incident happened when she was filming The Hunger Games in the US state.
She faced a backlash, with some viewers calling..
Pilot suffers heart attack at Glasgow Airport
An airline pilot suffered a heart attack as he taxied the plane to the runway at Glasgow Airport, BBC report.
The captain of the KLM aircraft became unwell as he was about to leave for Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
He was resuscitated by the crew with the help of a passenger, and firefighters helped take him off the plane.
The Dutch pilot was then taken to the Golden Jubilee Hospital in..
Koshi Tappu: A swamp Land that the Royals almost brought to the ruins
A fine sunshine morning, an adobe to the endangered species from the world, should be more than enough to attract animal lovers to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR).
It is a protected area in the Terai of eastern Nepal covering 175 sq km (68 sq mi) of wetlands in the Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur Districts. Though, there are no tigers or rhinos like other wildlife reserves but it is the..
Indian film star Ravi Babu takes piggy to bank
A south Indian film star has caused a sensation after being photographed standing in a bank queue with a live piglet tucked under his arm according to BBC.
Ravi Babu said the piglet would star in his next film called Adhigo, which translates from the Telugu to "there".
Long bank queues have become common after 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were banned in a crackdown on corruption.
Snake marriage story fake : Malaysian fireman
A Malaysian fireman widely reported to have wed his pet snake says that he is saddened by the story he says is fake, BBC report.
Abu Zarin Hussin trains other firefighters in the state of Pahang on how to catch and handle snakes.
Earlier this month, UK tabloids reported that he had married a snake believing it to be his "reincarnated girlfriend".
Mr Hussin told the BBC he was "very..