North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, unofficial talks between the two sides continue – but what does this kind of backchannel discussion look like? It is 25 September 2013 in the German capital of Berlin. High-level North Korean officials and their former US counterparts stroll into a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. […]

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Image copyright EPA Image caption A soldier at a checkpoint leading to the Maiwind district of Kandahar, where this attack took place At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed and nine wounded after two suicide bombers in Humvee armoured vehicles destroyed a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Six are still missing […]

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the next prime minister New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her […]

Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace

Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The fire began in the early hours of Thursday morning A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in the city of Yangon in Myanmar, killing one person. Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace. The hotel, […]

Xi Jinping: China’s president ‘to get own political theory’

Xi Jinping: China’s president ‘to get own political theory’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing Chinese president Xi Jinping is to be given his own political theory, according to state news agency Xinhua. It will be known as “Xi Jinping Thought” and has 14 principles, the agency says. The theory is likely to […]

Myanmar Rohingya: What you need to know about the crisis

Myanmar Rohingya: What you need to know about the crisis

Image copyright Getty Images The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is said to be the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Risking death by sea or on foot, more than half a million have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring Bangladesh […]

Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Image copyright Reuters It was meant as a way to tackle air pollution – but it ended up as the subject of a fierce online debate about religion. India’s supreme court banned selling firecrackers during Diwali, igniting an uproar as some saw the ban as an attack specifically on Hinduism’s biggest festival. Chetan Bhagat, the […]

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s government will revise a bill on citizenship requirements An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties effectively blocked its Senate passage. The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language […]

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities crack down on pollution in Delhi a few days before the festival of Diwali India’s capital is enacting a plan to combat hazardous smog, as air pollution in Delhi hits “very severe” levels. The plan, which includes traffic restrictions and the shutdown of a major power plant, was announced […]