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Atal Behari Vajpayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Atal Behari Vajpayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Indian PM AB Vajpayee Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93. He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Delhi’s AIIMS hospital. Vajpayee was one of the founding members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently governs India. Considered a giant […]

India monsoon floods ‘kill 106’ in Kerala

India monsoon floods ‘kill 106’ in Kerala

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Reports suggest more than 100 people have died, with further rainfall predicted More than 100 people are thought to have died in devastating monsoon floods in India’s southern state of Kerala, the worst in almost a century. Rescuers battled torrential rains to save residents, with nearly 150,000 reportedly left homeless. […]

Kim Jong-nam murder: ‘Enough evidence’ for women to go on trial

Kim Jong-nam murder: ‘Enough evidence’ for women to go on trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Doan Thi Huong (in yellow T-shirt) and Siti Aisyah (right) have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank Two women who say they were tricked into killing the half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will go on trial. Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Thuong are accused […]

Islamic State claims Kabul’s latest deadly attacks

Islamic State claims Kabul’s latest deadly attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan officials at least two attackers were killed at Kabul’s intelligence training centre Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have said they were behind two recent attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul in which dozens of people died. On Wednesday, 48 people were killed in the bombing of an […]

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Teaching was under way when the bomb went off Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the country’s health ministry says. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated […]

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters. A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being […]

New Zealand bans sales of homes to foreigners

New Zealand bans sales of homes to foreigners

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand is facing a housing affordability crisis New Zealand’s parliament has banned many foreigners from buying existing homes in the country – a move aimed at making properties more affordable. The ban only applies to non-residents. Australians and Singaporeans are exempt because of free-trade deals. New Zealand is […]

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Image copyright THE GREENS Image caption Mehreen Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim woman in the senate. Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism. Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future […]

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption The goose now has a bright future ahead of him A goose has won a place at a prestigious Chinese university after its owner joked she was “reluctant to cook it”. In a public post on Weibo, a woman named Ms Wu said she was worried she would not […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans […]