A-level results: Malala Yousafzai gets a place at Oxford

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The 20-year-old was nearly killed by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ rights to education in 2012 Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who lives in Birmingham, confirmed the news in a tweet congratulating all students […]

The Indian schoolgirl asking PM Modi to save her park

Image caption The park is Navya Singh’s “favourite place” A seven-year-old Indian schoolgirl has filed a petition in court and written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to save her neighbourhood park. Navya Singh wrote, ” I think you’ll listen to me. This park is our lifeline,” in her open letter. She is […]

Pauline Hanson wears burka in Australian Senate

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pauline Hanson took her usual seat in the Senate chamber The leader of Australia’s far-right One Nation party has worn a burka on the floor of the nation’s Senate. Pauline Hanson’s entrance drew audible shock from other senators ahead of a bid by her party to ban the garment in […]

Guam: A conflicted island at the centre of a firestorm

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Guam is known for its picturesque beaches Last week a threat from North Korea to fire missiles into the sea near Guam led to a spike in war rhetoric from both the US and the North, and put the tiny island territory squarely at the centre of the world’s […]

Australian justice minister denies UK citizenship

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael Keenan says he relinquished dual citizenship in 2004 Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan has denied he is a British dual citizen, after becoming the latest figure caught up in a political saga. Australian MPs and senators are not allowed to hold dual citizenship. Five other Australian politicians are […]

Floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh leave 250 dead

More than 250 people have died after relentless monsoon rains caused flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been marooned and the authorities are struggling to reach some areas. Here, a man crosses flood waters in the Saptari District of Nepal. Floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh leave 250 dead}

Philippine drug war sees ‘bloodiest night’ of deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The campaign has attracted intense international criticism Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country’s war on drugs. The raids took place over 24 hours on Tuesday in Bulacan province, north of the capital […]

India and China troops clash along Himalayan border

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tension escalates again between India and China along disputed border A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday. The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to […]

Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support to Dalit farmer

An Indian woman in the southern state of Telangana says she is being “socially ostracised” because she supported a farmer from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community. Sama Indira, 50, from the upper caste Reddys, says her community association has imposed a fine of 5,000 rupees ($78; £60) on anyone who talks to her. Police said […]

Australia Day: Council shifts celebrations over sensitivities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands protest Australia Day in Melbourne earlier this year A council in Melbourne has voted to stop celebrating Australia Day because of Aboriginal cultural sensitivities. The City of Yarra made a unanimous decision to drop all references to Australia Day and cease holding citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. Australia […]