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 […]

North Korea soldier defects at DMZ to South

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The DMZ is one of the world’s most heavily militarised borders A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea at the heavily protected Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), South Korea’s military says. The soldier was shot and injured by his own military as he crossed to the South Korean side of […]

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Both leaders are known for their controversial comments US President Donald Trump said he has a “great relationship” with Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte, after a highly anticipated meeting in Manila. It was unclear whether Mr Trump raised human rights violations in the country, despite calls for him to do so. […]

Hyderabad: India city offers cash to round up beggars

Image copyright TS Sudhir Officials in Hyderabad in southern India plan to offer citizens 500 rupees ($7.60; £5.80) to identify beggars as part of an initiative to declare the city “beggar free” after 15 December. The city’s police commissioner has also declared a two-month ban on begging. Critics say the move is due to a […]

San Francisco shipwreck: Divers find ‘cannonball clue’

Image copyright Tokai University Image caption Jun Kimura (left) and Ian McCann (centre) made the underwater discovery shortly before their air was due to run out A team of underwater archaeologists believe they have found a cannonball from a Spanish ship that sank in a storm off Japan in 1609. The San Francisco was travelling […]

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