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Australia government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat

Australia government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps pictured after her poll victory in Sydney Australia’s governing coalition has lost its one-seat parliamentary majority after a by-election in Sydney. Kerryn Phelps, a local doctor and popular independent candidate, comfortably won the Wentworth seat. “This win tonight should signal a return of decency, […]

Afghanistan election: Polling to be extended amid delays

Afghanistan election: Polling to be extended amid delays

Media captionAfghan “war on terror” generation votes Voting in Afghanistan’s long-awaited parliamentary elections will be extended after delays at polling stations and several deadly attacks. Some constituencies will remain open on Sunday, officials said, amid technical problems with a recently introduced biometric verification system. Violence marred the campaign and dozens of incidents have been reported […]

Amritsar: India train mows down crowd killing scores

Amritsar: India train mows down crowd killing scores

Media captionCrowds celebrate Hindu festival near Amritsar More than 60 people have been killed and 100 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for Dusshera, a Hindu festival marking the triumph of good […]

China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

Image copyright Getty Images China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of Reuters analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling […]

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US General Scott Miller was unharmed in the attack, Nato said A senior US commander has narrowly escaped a gun attack in which top Afghan security officials were killed. The gunman, reported to be acting as a bodyguard, opened fire as officials left a meeting in Kandahar province. Provincial police […]

Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary

“Jia you” is a Mandarin Chinese expression used in cheers at sporting events and rallies or to encourage someone. In Cantonese, it’s “ga yau”. Now the English translation – “add oil” – has been recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. Video by Tessa Wong. Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary}

MJ Akbar: India minister quits after #MeToo allegations

MJ Akbar: India minister quits after #MeToo allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Akbar has not responded to the allegations against him India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar has resigned after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, officials have confirmed. The former prominent newspaper editor is the most high profile figure to be named in what is being […]

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The man’s alleged plan to claim an insurance payout went tragically wrong A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has surrendered to police. The 34-year-old was presumed dead after his car was found in […]

Sabarimala: Protesters block women from entering Hindu shrine

Sabarimala: Protesters block women from entering Hindu shrine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the protesters against women entering the temple are women themselves Thousands in India’s southern state of Kerala are protesting against women of all ages entering one of Hinduism’s holiest temples for the first time. The Sabarimala temple barred women of “menstruating age” – roughly between 10 and […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: Imran Ali hanged for six-year-old’s death

Pakistan Zainab murder: Imran Ali hanged for six-year-old’s death

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan. Pakistan has hanged a man convicted for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari in January. Imran Ali, who was arrested after her body was found in a garbage dump, was executed in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison early on Wednesday, police said. […]