Young India rapper takes on new Tamil Nadu leader Sasikala

Young India rapper takes on new Tamil Nadu leader Sasikala

Image copyright Sofia Ashraf Image caption Ms Ashraf says Ms Natarajan’s appointment has made young people lose faith in democracy A young Indian rapper has taken on what she calls the “undemocratic” appointment of the new chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state. Sofia Ashraf, 29, posted a Facebook live video of her singing a […]

Child abuse: 7% of Australian Catholic priests alleged to be involved

Child abuse: 7% of Australian Catholic priests alleged to be involved

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The royal commission has heard allegations of abuse against Catholic priests An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. In one religious order, over 40% of church figures were accused of abuse. Over 4,440 people […]

Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill more than 100

Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill more than 100

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rescue workers are trying to reach the avalanche-hit areas of Chitral, Pakistan Heavy snow and avalanches have killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the deadliest incident, at least 45 people died in one village after an avalanche in Nuristan, a northeastern Afghan province on the Pakistan […]

Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill dozens

Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill dozens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some roofs have fallen in because of the weight of snow Heavy snow and avalanches have killed dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan nearly 100 have lost their lives in the past three days – including 16 in overnight avalanches just north of the capital Kabul. Thirteen […]

China amusement park: Teen girl flung from ride dies

China amusement park: Teen girl flung from ride dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Use of the “Travel Through Space” ride has been suspended across China A teenage girl has died after being flung out of a fast-turning ride at an amusement park in southwestern China. She was thrown on to metal railings and was taken to a hospital, where she later died. An […]

Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines leader ‘not ready’ to talk to rebels

Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines leader ‘not ready’ to talk to rebels

Image copyright EPA Image caption The conflict between the government and the New People’s Army has claimed thousands of lives The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said he is scrapping peace talks with communist rebels due to take place later this month. Mr Duterte said he is abandoning discussions in Norway with the New […]

Pakistan thanks India for returning boy to mother

Pakistan thanks India for returning boy to mother

Image copyright Ansar Burney Trust Image caption Pakistan has thanked India for returning Iftikhar Ahmad to his mother A five-year-old boy who was taken from Pakistan to India by his father nearly eleven months ago has been reunited with his mother. Iftikhar Ahmad was received by Pakistani officials on the main border between the neighbouring […]

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Hekmatyar has been in hiding for many years The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country. The Afghan government asked for the move as part of a deal with Mr Hekmatyar and his militant group in […]

Bees stop play in SA cricket match

Bees stop play in SA cricket match

A groundsman uses a fire extinguisher to disperse the bees at the Wanderers A swarm of bees stopped play midway through Sri Lanka’s innings in the third one-day international against South Africa in Johannesburg. The bees disrupted play twice – sending players diving to the ground – before the game was officially stopped in the […]

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]