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Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US

Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US

Image copyright EPA Image caption The men being resettled have all been through extensive US vetting on Manus A small group of refugees have become the first to be moved from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus island to the US to start new lives. The 22 men have been accepted by the US under […]

North Korea crisis: Washington denies ‘war declared’

North Korea crisis: Washington denies ‘war declared’

Media captionSarah Huckabee Sanders: Frankly the suggestion is absurd The US has dismissed a statement by North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on the country, calling the idea “absurd”. The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said it had the right to shoot down US bombers. A UN spokesman said […]

The secretive state of North Korea – in charts

As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world. The country is often depicted as isolated […]

India court blames ‘promiscuous’ rape survivor

India court blames ‘promiscuous’ rape survivor

Image copyright Getty Images A recent Indian court order suspending the jail terms of three young men guilty of gang-rape and blackmail, even labelling the victim as “promiscuous”, stands out for being regressive, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. A two-judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court awarded bail to three law […]

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Image copyright Getty Images The messaging service WhatsApp has been disrupted in China as the government steps up security ahead of a Communist Party meeting next month. Users have faced problems with the app for more than a week with services dropping in and out. At times, it has been completely blocked and only accessible […]

Tony Abbott’s daughter appears in ‘Yes’ ad for gay marriage

Tony Abbott’s daughter appears in ‘Yes’ ad for gay marriage

Image copyright AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY Image caption Frances Abbott in a same-sex marriage campaign advert A daughter of former Australian PM Tony Abbott has become the face of a new advert urging the nation to legalise same-sex marriage, putting her at odds with the views of her father. Mr Abbott is one of Australia’s most […]

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abe’s polling figures have risen after several months in the doldrums Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early and will dissolve parliament on Thursday. Mr Abe said he was seeking a fresh mandate to overcome “a national crisis” amid rising threats from North Korea. […]

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Bali residents have been evacuated to town halls and schools The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs […]

‘Mass Hindu grave’ found in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

‘Mass Hindu grave’ found in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hindus have also been displaced by the violence in Rakhine and have sought refuge in Bangladesh The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave. The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men […]

Former ‘heaviest woman’ Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

Former ‘heaviest woman’ Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

Image copyright Saifee Hospital Image caption Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty rose to the world’s attention after an online campaign to help her An Egyptian woman once believed to be the world’s heaviest has died in the United Arab Emirates. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had travelled to India earlier this year for bariatric weight […]

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