North Korea crisis: South’s leader in plea to avoid war

North Korea crisis: South’s leader in plea to avoid war

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gen Dunford (L) met President Moon (R) during his tour of the region South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on his US allies to help prevent a war, amid worsening tension over the North’s nuclear threat. Mr Moon told the visiting top US military official that there must be […]

In pictures: Pakistan marks Independence Day

There have been celebrations and ceremonies in Pakistan as it marks the 70th anniversary of its creation as a sovereign state. Image copyright EPA Image caption There were fireworks at midnight to mark the moment of partition from India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947 Image copyright AFP Image caption Crowds watched […]

Barnaby Joyce: NZ confirms Australian deputy PM is dual citizen

Barnaby Joyce: NZ confirms Australian deputy PM is dual citizen

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Barnaby Joyce will refer the matter to Australia’s High Court New Zealand’s government has confirmed that Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, is a dual citizen. Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia’s constitution. Mr Joyce revealed earlier that he may have New Zealand citizenship […]

Australia church abuse: Priests ‘must report’ confessions

Australia church abuse: Priests ‘must report’ confessions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report called for stronger laws over abuse disclosed during confession Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended. It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in […]

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some internet addiction “boot camps” employ military-style discipline in treating patients A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions. The 18-year-old had allegedly sustained multiple injuries, and the centre’s director and staff members have been […]

Mash-up combines Pakistan and India’s anthems to make a viral hit

Mash-up combines Pakistan and India’s anthems to make a viral hit

Image copyright YouTube/VoiceofRam Image caption Singers from both countries provide a few lines each in the video Pakistan is celebrating its 70th Independence Day on 14 August, with historic rival India following one day later. The two states share a tense relationship, primarily over the disputed territory of Kashmir, which sparked two wars between the […]

North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says CIA chief

North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says CIA chief

Media captionPresident Trump says North Korea will be in “big, big trouble” if it acts against Guam There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top US intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an “ever-alarming rate” with its […]

India monsoon: Landslide pushes buses into gorge

India monsoon: Landslide pushes buses into gorge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rescue teams searched for survivors after the landslide A massive landslide in northern India has swept two packed buses off a hillside into a deep gorge, killing at least 45 people, officials say. The vehicles had stopped for a break when the landslide, triggered by days of heavy rain, hit […]

Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts

Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of people have been forced from their homes across the country Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue nearly 500 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say. Several hotels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the tourists, […]

India hospital: 60 children die in Uttar Pradesh

India hospital: 60 children die in Uttar Pradesh

Image copyright AFP Image caption It was not immediately clear what caused so many deaths at the hospital At least 60 children have died at a public hospital in northern India, officials say, amid allegations that the oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills. Officials in Uttar Pradesh state admitted the supply had been disrupted […]