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..
Sony eyes record profit as gaming hits boost earnings Image copyright Sony Sony has forecast a huge jump in annual operating profit as demand for its games, including God of War and Spider-Man, boosted earnings.
The Japanese electronics firm raised its annual profit forecast to 870bn yen ($7.7bn; £6.0bn), up 30% from estimates given in July.
The upgrade comes after strong sales in its Playstation division drove revenues in the second quarter.
Gaming also spurred a strong rise in operating profit at rival Nintendo.
IDC gaming analyst Sam Reynolds said both Japanese firms had posted "impressive earnings based on the strength of the gaming market".
He said Sony could credit strong sales to "the quality of games on the platform" which include bestsellers God of War and Spider-Man, while demand for Red Dead Redemption II has also been high.
Sony unveils mini Playstation Classic console Gaming becomes the latest addiction Mr Reynolds said the gaming market was less competitive than S..
India journalist and police killed in 'Maoist attack' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A large number of security forces are deployed in Chhattisgarh to counter Maoist rebels A cameraman from India's national broadcaster, Doordarshan, and two policemen have been killed in an alleged attack by Maoist rebels.
They were ambushed on Tuesday morning in the central state of Chhattisgarh, which is often hit by Maoist violence.
The attack comes days after rebels blew up a vehicle of India's central paramilitary force, killing four personnel.
Chhattisgarh is scheduled to hold state elections next month.
"Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxals," deputy inspector general P Sundar Raj told ANI news agency. He added that two other police officers were also injured in the attack.
The TV crew from Doordarshan was in the area to cover the upcoming polls, according to the broadcaster. They were travelling with security forces when their vehicles were attacke..
North and South Korea: The football game that kicked off peace Image copyright Reuters Image caption Players of South Korea (in blue) and North Korea (in white) ran together in unison What does it take to help bring the Korean peninsula back from the brink of war? It turns out that there are two key ingredients: soccer and soju.
Last December, as US President Donald Trump was threatening Pyongyang with fire and fury and Kim Jong-un was describing the US president as a "dotard", others were looking for opportunities to ease the rising tensions.
Choi Moon-soon, the governor of Gangwon province, hoped he could give sports diplomacy a chance.
His region sits on the border with North Korea and he describes it as one of the last divided provinces in the world. Gangwon was also getting ready to welcome countries from across the world to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But there was one key country missing - South Korea's neighbour.
Mr Choi wondered what he could do to change this..
US targets Chinese firm over national security fears Image copyright Getty Images The US has restricted American firms from selling parts to a Chinese company over national security concerns.
The US Commerce Department said there was a "significant risk" that Fujian Jinhua could get involved in activities that may hurt US national security.
The move is the latest escalation in the Trump administration's efforts to stop alleged intellectual property theft.
Other countries have also put limits on Chinese firms on security grounds.
The US Commerce Department said it would restrict the export of software and technology goods from American firms to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua.
"When a foreign company engages in activity contrary to our national security interests, we will take strong action to protect our national security," US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
He said that the restrictions on Fujian Jinhua - which makes memory chips and devices - would "limit ..
Geoffrey Rush: Actress 'frightened' by alleged touching, court told Image copyright EPA Image caption Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for defamation An actress at the centre of a defamation case involving actor Geoffrey Rush says he "deliberately" touched her breast on stage, leaving her feeling "frightened".
Eryn Jean Norvill told an Australian court that Mr Rush had also made groping gestures towards her during the production of King Lear in 2015.
Mr Rush strongly denies the claims.
He is suing a Sydney newspaper over stories published in 2017 which he says depicted him as a pervert.
The Daily Telegraph's original report carried the headline "King Leer" and reported that Mr Rush, 67, had been the subject of a complaint about his behaviour during the Sydney Theatre Company production.
On Tuesday Ms Norvill, who played Cordelia in the play, testified in Sydney's Federal Court as a witness for the newspaper's publisher, Nationwide News.
She accused th..
Meghan shows off welly-wanging skills in New Zealand Image copyright AFP The Duchess of Sussex showed off her welly-wanging - boot throwing - skills on the latest stop of her 16-day tour with Prince Harry.
The pair indulged in some rubber boot tossing in Revdale, north of the New Zealand city of Auckland.
The couple were on competing teams, and Meghan emerged victorious after her welly was thrown a metre closer to the target than Prince Harry's.
The royal couple have also been to Australia, Tonga and Fiji on the tour.
The couple arrived in New Zealand on Sunday.
Nelson Poll, 11, was one of the young people who taught Prince Harry and Meghan welly-wanging.
Image copyright Getty Images He said: "I think Harry's technique was better, it was straight forward instead of going at an angle."
On their first day in New Zealand the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Both Meghan and Prince Harry performed a hongi - a Maori greeting involving nose-touching - ..
Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts Image copyright CARL DE SOUZA Image caption Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine Animal conservationists are alarmed over China's decision to partially reverse a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn.
Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China prohibited their trade in 1993.
But on Monday it said parts from captive animals would be authorised for scientific, medical and cultural use.
Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them.
Rhino and tiger parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, thought any benefits have not been proven.
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