New Zealand votes in tight general election

Image copyright AFP New Zealand is heading to the polls in a tightly-fought general election. Polls are showing a slight lead for incumbent Bill English of the ruling National Party over his main challenger Jacinda Ardern of the Labour Party. Labour saw a major surge after the July appointment of the 37-year-old leader but has […]

Indonesia: Bali volcano highest alert issued

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people Indonesia has issued its highest level alert for a volcano on Bali, warning that an eruption on the popular tourist island could be imminent. About 10,000 people have already been evacuated, with officials urging people to stay at least […]

UK chip designer Imagination bought by Chinese firm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple uses Imagination’s technology in its iPhones UK technology firm Imagination, which designs graphics chips for smartphones, is being bought for £550m by a Chinese-backed investment firm. Imagination put itself up for sale in June after Apple, its largest customer, said it would stop using its products. The boss of […]

Tony Abbott head-butt: ‘No same-sex marriage link’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Tony Abbott has described how he was assaulted in Tasmania A man charged with head-butting former Australian leader Tony Abbott says the incident was nothing to do with the same-sex marriage vote. Mr Abbott says he was assaulted by a man wearing a “vote yes” badge on Thursday in Hobart, […]

Hours old and a refugee

Conceived in their homeland Myanmar but born as a refugee in Bangladesh, many children were in their mothers’ womb as they made a tough journey to Bangladesh, to save their lives from alleged attacks by army and Buddhist mobs. BBC’s Neha Sharma and Shalu Yadav met one of the newborns in Kutupalong refugee camp. Hours […]

‘Dress day’ donations pour in after politician’s criticism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Conservative senator Cory Bernardi took issue with the school’s wear a dress day Donations to an Australian school’s “wear a dress day” charity drive have skyrocketed after the event was criticised by a Conservative senator. Craigburn Primary School in Adelaide encouraged its students to wear a dress or casual […]

Mass protest in Philippines over Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Image copyright EPA Image caption These protesters in Manila marched against President Duterte’s policies, but other rallies were held in support of him Thousands of people in the Philippines have attended a day of protest over President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial law-and-order policies. Opponents criticised Mr Duterte’s open threat to reinstate martial law and his brutal […]

Ex-Australia PM Abbot head-butted ‘over same sex marriage views’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Tony Abbott has described how he was assaulted in Tasmania Australia’s former prime minister Tony Abbott has said he was head-butted by a same-sex marriage campaigner. Mr Abbott, a prominent figure in the “no” campaign during a poll on the issue, says the man asked to shake his hand before […]

Kashmir: Three dead and more than 20 injured in attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident took place in Tral, the hometown of militant Burhan Wani, whose death sparked violence in the region last year Three civilians have been killed and more than 20 injured in a suspected militant attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told reporters the target for the grenade attack was […]

Rohingya crisis: Rakhine aid boat ‘blocked by Myanmar mob’

Image copyright Myanmar Government Information Committee Image caption Myanmar’s Information Committee posted a picture to Facebook which it said was of the boat carrying ICRC supplies Police in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have fired warning shots to disperse a Buddhist mob trying to block a boat carrying aid, reports say. The boat was bound for the […]

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