Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots

Once native to the lush rainforests of Brazil, two species of rare and endangered macaws have now nestled in Singapore. Working with Brazilian authorities, the Jurong Bird Park aims to revive numbers for the dying Spix’s and Lear’s macaws. Produced by Heather Chen, Aimran Supardi and Muhammad Fahmi. Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots}

South Korea quake was second-strongest on record

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Authorities say about 1,500 people have been left homeless A rare earthquake that struck South Korea on Wednesday was the second-strongest on record, authorities said. The 5.4 magnitude tremor hit the south-eastern port city of Pohang in the afternoon, and dozens of aftershocks have occurred since. It has […]

Australia same-sex marriage: Senators rise to applaud speech

Media caption‘Gay people are going to have the best weddings’ Australian lawmakers have begun debating a historic bill to legalise same-sex marriage, a day after the result of a decisive national vote. More than 60% of Australians who voted in the non-binding poll supported changing the law. The bill’s co-sponsors gave speeches in the Senate […]

Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate the result in Melbourne Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5% of […]

The spice island swapped for Manhattan

Manhattan, in what is now modern-day New York, was a swampy piece of land when the Dutch swapped it with the British 350 years ago for a tiny island in Indonesia. Run island was prized as the home of nutmeg – a spice worth more than gold at the time. Its fortunes have since declined, […]

Australia dual citizenship: Jacqui Lambie latest lawmaker to go

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jacqui Lambie made an emotional farewell speech as she declared her dual citizenship Australian independent senator Jacqui Lambie has become the eighth lawmaker to resign over dual citizenship. In a tearful speech, she told the Senate she had recently learned she held British nationality through her father and grandfather. The […]

North Korea defector who crossed DMZ ‘was shot five times’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Doctors have removed five bullets from the soldier’s body – but suspect there are two more bullets inside A North Korean who defected at the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone was shot at least five times and is in a critical condition, South Korea says. The soldier crossed to the South […]

India ‘cow vigilantes’: Arrest after Muslim man lynched

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Killing cows, which are considered sacred by Hindus, is illegal in many Indian states Police in India’s northern Rajasthan state have detained one person over the alleged killing of a Muslim man by suspected Hindu “cow protection vigilantes”. The dead man, Ummar Khan, and two other men were transporting […]

Australian girl, 8, dies after crashing drag race car

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anita had just turned eight, the minimum age for racing An eight-year-old girl has died after crashing her junior drag racing car on a track in Western Australia. Anita Board was on a solo “test run” when her vehicle hit a concrete barrier at the Perth Motorplex, police said. Paramedics […]