China set to launch an ‘unhackable’ internet communication

China set to launch an ‘unhackable’ internet communication

Image copyright SPL Image caption Quantum communication uses light to send crucial information As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, “unhackable” communications network – at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum cryptography, […]

Australia backtracked on refugee ‘understanding’, UNHCR says

Australia backtracked on refugee ‘understanding’, UNHCR says

Image copyright Australian Human Rights Commission Image caption Australia detains asylum seekers who arrive by boat in offshore centres The UN’s refugee agency has accused Australia of reneging on an agreement to reunite some refugees with relatives already living in the nation. The “clear understanding” had been part of a wider deal to resettle refugees […]

Woman dies from tick disease caught from infected cat

Woman dies from tick disease caught from infected cat

Image copyright Thinkstock A Japanese woman has died of a tick-borne disease caught from a cat, in what is thought to be the first such mammal to human transmission. Japan’s health ministry said the woman in her 50s had been helping a weakening stray cat when she was bitten. Ten days later, she died of […]

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular?

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Shinzo Abe had to answer tough questions on Monday Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing an uphill struggle amid plummeting ratings and a growing lack of confidence in his leadership. The latest public opinion polls suggest support has dropped to less than 30%. This week he is facing a […]

Pakistan blast: Taliban bike bomb kills 26 in Lahore

Pakistan blast: Taliban bike bomb kills 26 in Lahore

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police collected evidence from the scene after the blast At least 26 people have been killed in a car bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say. More than 50 others were injured in the explosion on the busy Ferozepur Road close to a vegetable market in the […]

Activists ‘held for Liu Xiaobo memorial’

Activists ‘held for Liu Xiaobo memorial’

Image copyright Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group Image caption The activists held a seaside memorial for the late dissident last week At least four men have been detained by Chinese police after publicly commemorating the death of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, an activist says. The seaside memorial, which took place on 19 July, […]

Heinz in court over ‘healthy’ toddlers’ snack Shredz

Heinz in court over ‘healthy’ toddlers’ snack Shredz

Image copyright ACCC Image caption The Shredz packaging said the bars were “99% fruit and veg” – but a nutritionist said they were loaded with natural sugars Heinz has been taken to court in Australia after a watchdog said it falsely marketed a children’s food as healthy. The lawsuit concerns Shredz, a snack made from […]

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Media captionThe blast is one of many to have struck Kabul this year. Video: Ahmad Shuja A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people, officials have told the BBC. At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could […]

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Campaigners say parents are generally reluctant to admit child sexual abuse and incest is almost always hushed up India’s Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby. The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant […]

Christchurch floods inspire Photoshop fun

Sarah Webber, 36, lives in the quiet suburb of Beckenham, which like many areas has been pummelled by wild weather in recent days. “My city experienced massive rainfall and residential areas near rivers were flooded, causing devastation to many homes,” she told the BBC. Christchurch floods inspire Photoshop fun}