Sydney siege: Families criticise ‘outrageous’ police tactics

Sydney siege: Families criticise ‘outrageous’ police tactics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson’s deaths prompted thousands of tributes in Sydney The families of two hostages who died in the Sydney cafe siege have criticised police over their handling of the incident. In December 2014, self-styled Islamist Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside a Lindt cafe […]

IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win title

IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win title

Mumbai Indians became the first IPL side to win three titles after a dramatic one-run win in Hyderabad A superb final over from Mitchell Johnson saw Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win a thrilling Indian Premier League final. With Pune needing 11 runs, Johnson conceded a four off his first […]

Afghan Vice-President Dostum flies to Turkey amid torture claims

Afghan Vice-President Dostum flies to Turkey amid torture claims

Image copyright SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images Image caption General Abdul Rahid Dostum denies ordering a rival’s kidnap and torture Afghanistan’s Vice-President, Abdul Rashid Dostum, has left the country amid claims that he ordered his men to kidnap, beat and rape a political rival last year. Afghan officials confirmed he had left Kabul for Turkey on Friday […]

Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates ‘rapist holy man’

Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates ‘rapist holy man’

Image copyright SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The woman castrated her attacker with a knife after years of alleged abuse A 23-year-old Indian woman has cut off the genitals of a Hindu religious teacher in the southern state of Kerala, claiming he raped her for years. Police said the suspect, named as Gangeshananda Theerthapada, would […]

India: Six killed over child kidnap rumours

India: Six killed over child kidnap rumours

Image copyright Ravi Prakash Image caption Police say the two districts are tense due to rumours about child kidnappers Mobs have killed six people in India’s Jharkhand state because of rumours of a child abduction ring, police say. Three people were beaten to death in Seraikela district on Thursday morning and three more were killed […]

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

Image copyright AFP Japan’s government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 83-year-old emperor said last year that his age and health were making it hard for him to fulfil his official duties. But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be […]

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says

Image copyright AFP Image caption File picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. The US WC-135 plane was on a mission to detect radiation in international airspace over the East China Sea. One of the Chinese jets […]

Guinea teenager allegedly held as sex slave in Australia

Guinea teenager allegedly held as sex slave in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images A teenager from Guinea in West Africa has escaped from an Australian house where she was allegedly being held as a sex slave, according to police. The 17-year-old girl had been brought to Sydney in early April by a man who offered her work as a cleaner, New South Wales Police […]

Australian government reviews funding for UFO group

Australian government reviews funding for UFO group

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian Social Services Minister Christian Porter, left, with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove If Australian UFO enthusiasts hope to retain government money, they may need more proof of terrestrial activity. The nation’s Social Services Minister, Christian Porter, has described having “a beam me up, Scotty” moment after learning his department had […]

Several missing after Goa bridge collapse

Several missing after Goa bridge collapse

Image copyright PTI Image caption The bridge was reportedly more than 60 years old and was banned from use At least two people have died and several others are feared missing after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in the western state of Goa. People had gathered on the bridge to watch emergency services rescue a man […]