Sperm donor is child’s legal father, Australian court rules

Sperm donor is child’s legal father, Australian court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The girl refers to the man as “Daddy”, the court heard An Australian sperm donor is the legal father of an 11-year-old girl after being actively involved in her life, Australia’s top court has found. The man had fought to stop the girl’s biological mother and her wife from […]

Pakistan avalanche: Six trapped climbers rescued from mountain

Pakistan avalanche: Six trapped climbers rescued from mountain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Hindu Kush mountain range attracts climbers from all over the world Six mountaineers who were trapped by an avalanche on a mountain in northern Pakistan have been rescued. Helicopters reached the four Italian and two Pakistani climbers on Tuesday in a remote area of the Ghizer district near […]

Australian retail: Why so many fashion brands have collapsed

Australian retail: Why so many fashion brands have collapsed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many Australian retail chains, including the local arm of Topshop, have struggled A cascade of Australian fashion brands have shut up shop in recent times. The BBC’s Frances Mao looks at why the nation’s retailers are struggling. At first they would blame the weather for keeping customers away. It was […]

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam sorry for extradition controversy

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam sorry for extradition controversy

Media captionMrs Lam said she personally had to shoulder much of the blame for the row Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has apologised for an extradition bill that sparked mass protests, acknowledging it is now “unlikely” it will pass. Millions have taken to the streets against the proposals, which would allow extradition to mainland China. […]

Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry

Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Empty water pots in Chennai, which has run out of water The southern Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras) is in crisis after its four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions, including drilling new boreholes. Residents […]

Deadly earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province

Deadly earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several buildings collapsed, trapping people underneath At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a strong earthquake which shook the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Yibin in Changning County, south-east of the provincial capital Chengdu, late on Monday, officials […]

New Zealand man jailed for 21 months for sharing Christchurch shooting video

New Zealand man jailed for 21 months for sharing Christchurch shooting video

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Al Noor mosque was one of two mosques targeted during the Christchurch attack A New Zealand man who shared a livestream video of the Christchurch mosque attacks has been jailed for 21 months. Philip Arps sent the video to 30 people and to a friend, asking for it to […]

Indian magician Chanchal Lahiri drowns attempting Houdini trick

Indian magician Chanchal Lahiri drowns attempting Houdini trick

Media captionIndia magician disappears in river after Houdini trick An Indian magician who was lowered into a river while shackled in a bid to recreate Harry Houdini’s world-famous trick has drowned, police confirmed. Chanchal Lahiri was meant to escape and swim to safety but did not emerge from the Hooghly river in West Bengal state. […]

India encephalitis death toll rises to 103

India encephalitis death toll rises to 103

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of children have been admitted to hospital since the start of June More than 100 children have now died in an outbreak of suspected encephalitis in India’s Bihar state, officials say. At least 200 patients, many of whom are below the age of 10, are still being treated […]

Inside China’s ‘thought transformation’ camps

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