Maldives election: ‘Opposition ahead’ in early count

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition candidate for the presidency, with supporters at his final campaign rally The Maldives’ opposition candidate has a sizeable lead in early counting for its contentious presidential election, local media say. With around half the ballot boxes counted, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih reportedly has a 15% lead […]

Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken […]

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thuriya set sail from France at the start of July on the round-the-world race Rescuers from several nations are trying to reach a seriously injured Indian sailor who is taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast […]

Hong Kong express rail link launches amid controversy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The high speed rail link will open to the public on Sunday A high-speed rail link has been launched in Hong Kong, connecting the territory with mainland China. The Express Rail Link connects Hong Kong to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in 40 minutes – less than half the […]

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Image copyright Twitter/HAYABUSA2@JAXA Image caption A picture taken by one of the rovers on the asteroid’s surface. The white area on the right is due to sunlight Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid. The two small “rovers”, which were despatched from the […]

Brexit: Labour would back members on new vote, says Corbyn

Image copyright EPA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be ready to back another EU referendum, if party members want one. He said he would be “bound” by the outcome of a vote at the Labour Party conference – although he would prefer to have a general election. But Unite leader Len McCluskey […]

Anti-Semitism row: Union chiefs ‘trying to smear Jewish community’

Image copyright PA Image caption Mark Serwotka (L) and Len McCluskey have been criticised for their comments Labour MPs have hit out at union chiefs at a party conference fringe event for their remarks about the anti-Semitism row in the party. Dame Louise Ellman accused Unite boss Len McCluskey and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka […]

Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier

Image copyright PA Image caption Labour’s annual conference is taking place in Liverpool Labour’s annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs. Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called […]

Ari Fuld killing: $1m raised for family by crowdfunders

Image copyright GoFundMe Image caption Ari Fuld had a large following on social media A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $1m (£760,000; 850,000 euros) for the family of an American Israeli killed by a Palestinian a week ago. It was set up after Ari Fuld was stabbed to death at a shopping centre in […]

Brexit: Labour ‘would back members’ on new vote, says Corbyn

Image copyright EPA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be ready to back another EU referendum, if party members want one. He said he would be “bound” by the outcome of a vote at the Labour Party conference – although he would prefer to have a general election. But Unite leader Len McCluskey […]