Kiwis consider foreign house buyer ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dream of home ownership is fading for many New Zealanders In one of the world’s most liveable cities, and arguably its windiest, there are tough choices for prospective first-time property buyers in Wellington, where real estate prices soared by more than 18% in the year to June 2017. […]

Nirav Modi fraud investigation makes first arrests

Image copyright AFP Image caption The fraud is linked to luxury jeweller Nirav Modi Three people have been arrested on suspicion of helping a billionaire jeweller to defraud one of India’s largest banks of millions. Nirav Modi, a diamond broker and luxury jeweller to celebrities, is being investigated in a $44m (£31m) fraud case at […]

Pakistan: Zainab Ansari’s killer gets four death sentences

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zainab’s rape and murder sparked outrage in Pakistan A court in Pakistan has given a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, four death sentences for raping and murdering a six-year old girl last month. Zainab Ansari’s body was found in a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore, on […]

New Zealand goose: How one blind bisexual bird became an icon

Image copyright WBRT Image caption Thomas (pictured) spent most of his life together with a male swan by the name of Henry A memorial is being held for a New Zealander who spent most of his life as a loving partner, caring father and an icon of the LGBT community. Thomas the goose died 6 […]

In Pictures: Millions celebrate Lunar New Year

According to Chinese astrology, anyone born in the Year of the Dog will be loyal and forthright with a keen sense of justice, but also stubborn, irritable and easily angered. In Pictures: Millions celebrate Lunar New Year}

India woman held for ‘posing’ as groom for a dowry

Image caption Krishna Sen (left) married her first wife (centre) in 2014 Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly posed as a man and duped two women into marriage for dowry. Krishna Sen was arrested on Wednesday in the northern state of Uttarakhand for demanding dowry, which is illegal in India. Police told […]

Nirav Modi: Who is India’s scandal-linked billionaire?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nirav Modi (right) is a jeweller to the stars including Naomi Watts (left) He was already the second most famous Mr N Modi of India. But now Nirav Modi – the billionaire diamond trader and jeweller to Hollywood and Bollywood stars – is in the news for very different […]

Winter Olympics: Swiss athletes hit by norovirus outbreak

Image copyright EPA Image caption Freestyle skier Fabian Boesch was named as one of the athletes who contracted the virus Two Swiss athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have become the first competitors to be hit by an outbreak of the norovirus. The freestyle skiers were taken away from the rest of […]

Barnaby Joyce: Australia PM’s remarks ‘inept’, deputy says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce at a press conference in 2016 Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has sharply criticised the nation’s leader, Malcolm Turnbull, in an escalation of tensions that have rocked the government. On Thursday, Mr Turnbull admonished Mr Joyce for making a “shocking error” over his affair […]

Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up […]