Ko Ni: Gunman get death penalty in murder of Myanmar Muslim lawyer

Ko Ni: Gunman get death penalty in murder of Myanmar Muslim lawyer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ko Ni was one of few prominent Muslims in a country dominated by Buddhists Two men have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for the murder of a Muslim lawyer, Ko Ni, in broad daylight at Yangon International Airport in January 2017. Nick Beake reports from Yangon. It’s hard […]

Australian floods send dirty water across Great Barrier Reef

Australian floods send dirty water across Great Barrier Reef

Image copyright MATT CURNOCK/TROPWATER JCU Image caption The floodwaters have spread more than 60km (37 miles) offshore Dirty water from a flood crisis in northern Australia has spread to parts of the Great Barrier Reef, placing it under stress, scientists say. The floods are the result of weeks of devastating rain in Queensland. Aerial pictures […]

China closes its Everest base camp to tourists

China closes its Everest base camp to tourists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More and more people want to see the world’s tallest peak China has closed the base camp on its side of Mount Everest to visitors who don’t have climbing permits. Authorities have resorted to the unusual move to deal with the mounting waste problem at the site. The ban […]

Why did gay Muslim comics disappear from Instagram?

Why did gay Muslim comics disappear from Instagram?

Image copyright Twitter/Instagram Earlier this week, an Instagram account which posted comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia vanished from the social media site. Indonesia’s communications ministry was quick to claim credit, saying it had asked Instagram to take the account down because it contained “pornographic content”. Instagram later denied this claim, […]

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 34 soldiers in military convoy

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 34 soldiers in military convoy

Media captionThe blast took place on a heavily guarded highway At least 34 Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives rammed a bus carrying the troops to the main city of Srinagar. The Pakistan-based […]

Sweden recalls China envoy over ‘deal’ on detained bookseller

Sweden recalls China envoy over ‘deal’ on detained bookseller

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police walk past missing person notices for Gui Minhai, posted on the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson […]

Australian senator sorry for wiping blood on ex-leader’s door

Australian senator sorry for wiping blood on ex-leader’s door

Image copyright Brian Burston Image caption Senator Brian Burston says he has referred his scuffle to police An Australian senator has apologised for wiping his own blood on a fellow lawmaker’s door after having a scuffle in the halls of parliament. Senator Brian Burston was involved in a clash on Wednesday with James Ashby, an […]

Australia refugee centre detainee wins top human rights award

Australia refugee centre detainee wins top human rights award

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Martin Ennals Award recognised Abdul Aziz Muhamat’s “extraordinary tenacity” A Sudanese refugee detainee has received a top human rights award for exposing what he has described as Australia’s “inhumane” treatment of asylum seekers. Abdul Aziz Muhamat, 26, was held at the Manus Island detention centre after fleeing violence in […]

Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s ‘hostage justice’ system

Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s ‘hostage justice’ system

Image copyright AFP Image caption Things are looking tricky for Mr Ghosn Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman, has now spent three months in jail and faces many more. Japan’s former chief prosecutor was, until he unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday, his lawyer, and has declared Mr Ghosn to be a victim of “hostage justice”. It is […]

Gay couples sue Japan over right to get married

Gay couples sue Japan over right to get married

Image copyright Ai Nakajima Image caption Ai Nakajima and Tina Baumann are married in Germany, but Japan doesn’t recognise that Thirteen same-sex couples across Japan are taking legal action on Thursday against the government, demanding the right to get married. They are suing for symbolic damages arguing that being barred from marriage violates their constitutional […]