Japan bullet train stops 'scary' safety drills Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan has one of the world's most reliable railways and is known for its Shinkansen bullet trains A Japanese railway firm has stopped an unusual training drill that required employees to crouch in tunnels while trains rushed past to "feel" the wind speed.
The West Japan Railway said the exercises were designed to improve safety awareness.
Trainee mechanics observed the trains which can hit speeds of 300km per hour.
The move to stop the practice, in place since 2016, comes after rising union pressure.
Japan is known for its high-speed rail network where bullet trains, or Shinkansen, snake across the country at hundreds of kilometres per hour.
Participants in the safety training would crouch down in a trench, in-between two sets of train tracks, as bullet trains whizzed by.
Squatting in the ditches - which are around one metre deep and one metre wide - allowed the workers to "feel"..
India unveils the world's tallest statue Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStunning visuals of the world's tallest statue India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build.
The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "statue of unity" would serve as a major tourist attraction.
But some see this as a wastage of public money and argue that the funds could have been put to better use.
Mr Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is "a symbol of India's integrity and resolve."
Air Force planes showered flowers on the statue, which was designed by decorated Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar.
The Gujarat government is reported to have paid more than half of the funds for the statue, while the remainder came from the federal government or public donat..
Maori ceremony for duke and duchess as royal tour ends Image copyright Reuters The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donned traditional Maori cloaks during a welcome ceremony in New Zealand on the final day of their overseas tour.
Prince Harry was handed a carved weapon during the visit to Tamatekapua Meeting House in Rotorua in which he gave a speech partially in Maori.
Hundreds of people turned out in the town for the couple's last walkabout.
The duke and duchess visited the Redwoods Tree Walk - their 76th and final engagement of the 16-day visit.
They have also been to Australia, Tonga and Fiji during their first overseas trip as a married couple.
In pictures: Harry and Meghan's first tourAt the welcome ceremony, the duke and duchess both exchanged Maori "hongi" greetings with well-wishers - pressing their nose and forehead together.
They were given Korowai cloaks, inspired by the Sussexes own coat of arms and featuring blue, gold, white and red silk.
The Duke of Sussex wa..
Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row Image caption Asia Bibi's case had been hugely divisive in religiously conservative Pakistan A Christian woman who was sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has won her appeal and been acquitted in a landmark ruling.
Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.
She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.
Her acquittal is widely expected to spark protests in Pakistan, where there is strong support for the laws.
There is high security in the capital, Islamabad, amid fears of violence. Hardline religious clerics have called on their supporters to take to the streets.
The ruling was read out by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at the Supreme Court in Islambad.
"The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set as..
Lion Air crash: Indonesia to inspect Boeing 737-Max 8 planes Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDebris found from Lion Air crash in sea Indonesia has ordered inspections on all the country's commercial Boeing 737-Max 8 planes, after one crashed into the sea with 189 people on board.
The Lion Air jet went down shortly after take-off near the capital, Jakarta, on Monday. There are no known survivors.
Searchers have recovered debris, bodies and personal items. They are looking for the fuselage and flight recorders.
Boeing launched its 737-Max 8 model last year.
The plane that crashed went into service just a few months ago.
On Tuesday Indonesia's transport ministry said all Max 8 aircraft belonging to Indonesian commercial airlines would be inspected, but it stopped short of grounding them.
How could a brand new plane crash? Mourning siblings and mystery couple on ill-fated plane Meanwhile Lion Air, the country's largest low-cost airline, said it wo..
Tokyo ticket seller's foreigner fear costs garden thousands Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The employee offered to pay back part of the sum with his retirement bonus A Japanese man gave away tickets worth more than 25 million yen ($222,000; £174,000) to a Tokyo tourist attraction after developing a fear of foreigners.
The ticket seller, now in his 70s, said he was too scared to speak to overseas tourists after one yelled at him years ago, local media reported.
So he let some 160,000 tourists enter Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for free between 2014 and 2016.
And now an audit has revealed the cost of that fear ran into the millions.
$1m lottery break for US hip patient Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan Rare white tiger kills zookeeper in Japan The issue first came to light in December 2016, after a colleague noticed his "strange ways" and alerted the management, who quizzed the man - who has not been named.
It was then he admitted he had not been charging f..
Filipina women detained at Halloween party in Saudi Arabia Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia prohibits public practice of traditions associated with religions other than Islam Seventeen Filipina workers in Saudi Arabia have been detained after they took part in a Halloween party, the Philippines foreign ministry says.
The women were taken into custody on Friday by intelligence officers who raided a compound in Riyadh, after neighbours complained about the noise.
It is not yet clear what charges they are facing.
But the foreign ministry noted that Saudi laws prohibit unattached men and women being seen together in public.
The Indian maid who had her arm chopped off in Saudi ArabiaThe Philippine ambassador in Riyadh, Adnan Alonto, told the ministry that initial information indicated the organisers of the party had been charged with holding an event without a permit and for disturbing the neighbourhood.
The Philippine Star newspaper cited a Facebook post by a man called Hu..