Sam Dastyari: Australian senator to quit after China scrutiny

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sam Dastyari says he will resign from the Senate An Australian senator has pledged to resign following politically damaging revelations about his dealings with a Chinese businessman. Sam Dastyari, from Labor, has been at the centre of several claims in recent days – a year after he first became embroiled […]

India outrage over brutal rape and murder of six-year-old

Image copyright AFP Image caption The extent of the injuries to the child have horrified Indians Police in India are questioning several people in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a six-year-old in the northern state of Haryana. Her body was found on Sunday close to her home from where she was allegedly […]

In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

China has been building what it calls “the world’s biggest camera surveillance network”. Across the country, 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and an estimated 400 million new ones will be installed in the next three years. Many of the cameras are fitted with artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technology. The BBC’s John […]

Zaira Wasim: Indian man held after star molested on flight

Image copyright @zairawasim_/Instagram Image caption Ms Wasim shared her experience on her Instagram account, which has almost 400,000 followers Police have arrested an Indian man accused of molesting a Bollywood actress on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Sunday. Zaira Wasim, 17, said a “middle-aged man” sitting behind her had repeatedly moved his foot […]

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershocks

Image copyright Rodong Sinmun Image caption North Korea insists on its right to pursue nuclear tests North Korea’s nuclear test in September didn’t just generate diplomatic shockwaves but also a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks have continued ever since, and on Saturday the US Geological Survey said it had detected two more, sparking significant debate about […]

Australian gay couple in ‘legal limbo’ can finally divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pair were trapped in a “legal limbo”, lawyers said As the first same-sex couples began registering for marriage in Australia, one woman was exercising another new right – being allowed to divorce. Lawyers for the Perth woman filled out divorce papers on Sunday, a day after same-sex marriage […]

Big recall of baby milk products ordered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global recall affects consumers in several countries including Britain, China and Sudan. French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination. Health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December. The recall affects […]

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Feltman met top North Korean officials on his trip including Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho A top UN official told senior North Korean figures there was an “urgent need” to keep channels open to avoid the risk of war, the organisation says. The statement follows a visit to Pyongyang by […]

Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was sentenced to life in prison over the rape Uber has agreed to settle a US civil lawsuit with a woman who accused its executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India. The lawsuit, which follows […]

Japan seeks longer-range cruise missiles amid North Korea threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan plans to mount medium-range missiles on its US-made F-15 fighters Japan plans to acquire medium-range air-to-surface missiles, expanding its strike capability to North Korea. The announcement by Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera comes amid regular missile tests by North Korea and increased tensions between the nations. The missiles will […]