Pakistan lawmakers pick Abbasi to replace ousted PM Sharif

Pakistan lawmakers pick Abbasi to replace ousted PM Sharif

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ruling party want Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to serve until Nawaz Sharif’s brother can take over Lawmakers in Pakistan have elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister, replacing Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations. The ruling party wants the former oil minister to hold the role […]

Cambodia Angkor Wat: Ancient statue unearthed

Cambodia Angkor Wat: Ancient statue unearthed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Experts say the statue is the most important to have been found at Angkor Wat in recent years Archaeologists at Cambodia’s celebrated Angkor Wat temple complex have unearthed a large statue believed to date back to the late 12th century. The 2m (6.5ft) sandstone human figure probably functioned as a […]

Beyoncé inspires fight to save Australian bowls club

Beyoncé inspires fight to save Australian bowls club

Media captionAll The Single Ladies adopted by Australian bowls club What do Beyoncé, her hit All The Single Ladies and an Australian lawn bowls club have in common? Well, up until recently, absolutely nothing. But that changed when the Chadstone Bowls Club in Melbourne decided the song would be the perfect way to promote their […]

Half of all Australian university students ‘harassed’

Half of all Australian university students ‘harassed’

Image copyright End Rape on Campus Australia Image caption Students have campaigned for greater action to prevent assaults More than half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed at least once in 2016, according to a national survey. The Australian Human Rights Commission report also found that almost 7% of students were sexually assaulted […]

Chinese woman’s 6,000-mile egg freezing journey

Unmarried women in China are not allowed to freeze their eggs, so some with the means to do so seek treatment overseas. The US is one of the most popular destinations, but the procedure can cost about $20,000 (£16,000). The BBC followed the journey of Manman, 31, from Beijing to Los Angeles, where she has […]

Japan’s famous Nara deer face capture

Japan’s famous Nara deer face capture

Image caption The sika deer have lived in the city for centuries and claim it as their own The free-roaming deer of Nara, Japan have become an Instagram favourite for their endearing boldness and their apparent habit of bowing to get snacks. But starting this week, they’re facing possible capture if they wander too far […]

Etihad Airways ‘assisting’ Australia with plane probe

Etihad Airways ‘assisting’ Australia with plane probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Raids took place in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl Etihad Airways has said it is assisting Australian police with their investigation into a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane. Police have been searching five properties across Sydney after four men were […]

China gripped by censored essay on Beijing

China gripped by censored essay on Beijing

Image copyright Wang Zhao/AFP Image caption Zhang Guochen’s essay has sparked debate on how much Beijing residents are enjoying life A candid opinion piece describing the growing difficulties of living in Beijing appears to have become the target of Chinese government censorship. The essay, entitled “Beijing has 20 million people pretending to have a life”, […]

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pictures on social media show black plumes of smoke rising into the sky Afghan security forces battled gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul. A bomber blew himself up at the gate of the embassy in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood, then three other attackers […]

New Zealander paints his own parking restrictions

New Zealander paints his own parking restrictions

Image copyright Virginia Fallon/Fairfax Image caption Mr Taylor says that his unofficial yellow lines stop people from parking on blind corners A New Zealand activist who has unlawfully painted yellow line parking restrictions outside his house in Wellington for the last 20 years says he has done so to improve road safety and to protest […]