Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

Media captionResidents passing through checkpoints as they leave President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants. Mr Duterte said insurgents had beheaded a policeman on the southern island. At least three other members of the security forces are reported dead. On […]

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The debate over whether to legalise same-sex marriage has divided Taiwan Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex […]

Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mount Everest has claimed 10 lives so far this season Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team sent to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died […]

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating

Image copyright Getty Images China has received a downgrade on its credit score, on worries about the future state of the economy. Moody’s Investors Services brought down China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings by one notch to A1 from Aa3. But China’s finance ministry said Moody’s was exaggerating the mainland’s economic difficulties […]

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney Police should have ended the Sydney cafe siege as soon as the hostage-taker began shooting, an inquest has found. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside the Lindt cafe until police stormed the […]

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Image caption The canings usually draw crowds of spectators Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh’s gay community. Salman […]

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants. The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces […]

Philippines President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao island

Philippines President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao island

Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers are seen in Davao after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law for 60 days on the island of Mindanao, after clashes between the army and militants linked to so-called Islamic State (IS). The violence on the southern island left three […]

Australian indigenous leaders meet for historic summit

Australian indigenous leaders meet for historic summit

Image caption Uluru, in Australia’s Northern Territory, was formerly known as Ayers Rock Hundreds of indigenous leaders have gathered in central Australia for a historic summit on formally recognising the country’s first inhabitants. The three-day summit at Uluru coincides with the 50th anniversary of a vote that allowed indigenous Australians to be included on a […]

Sydney siege: Coroner to reveal inquest findings

Sydney siege: Coroner to reveal inquest findings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney An Australian coroner has begun delivering his long-awaited findings into Sydney’s deadly cafe siege. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside a Lindt cafe until police stormed the building 17 hours later. Relatives […]