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 […]

Australian academic claims China book ‘censored’

Australian academic claims China book ‘censored’

Image copyright CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY Image caption Prof Clive Hamilton says his book is critical of China An author has said a publisher withdrew plans to release his book about alleged Chinese influence in Australia due to fears of “retaliation” by Beijing. Prof Clive Hamilton said the Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, was concerned about […]

India boat capsize: Rescuers find bodies of 16 pilgrims

Image copyright National Disaster Relief Force Image caption Twenty people survived the accident on the Krishna river At least 16 people have drowned after their boat capsized in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Police say 38 people were on board the vessel, many of them on their way to a religious festival. Twenty people […]

Geldof returns Dublin honour in protest over Aung San Suu Kyi

Image copyright EPA Image caption Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof said he is ‘shamed’ to share the honour with Suu Kyi Bob Geldof has said he will return his Freedom of the City of Dublin in protest against the Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the award. Mr Geldof said “her […]

Junior drag car driver, 8, dies in Australia crash

Image copyright GEORGIA MCSWEENEY Image caption Drag racers across Australia have posted tributes on social media 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. […]

Trump trades ‘short and fat’ barb with N Korea’s Kim

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have previously called each other mad President Donald Trump has again traded barbs with North Korea, shortly before offering to mediate in a heated regional dispute. He took to Twitter to complain he would never call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “short and fat”, after […]

Rebel Wilson reveals sexual harassment experience

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rebel Wilson says a male star repeatedly asked her to perform an obscene act Australian actress Rebel Wilson is the latest Hollywood star to reveal her experience of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. In a series of tweets, she alleged that “a male star in a position of […]