Australia dual citizen saga: Government defends five MPs

Australia dual citizen saga: Government defends five MPs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce is among seven MPs facing eligibility questions The Australian government will argue in court that five of seven politicians caught up in a dual citizenship saga are eligible to remain in parliament. Under Australia’s constitution, politicians cannot be dual citizens. The eligibility of seven MPs, […]

Former Serb commander ‘Captain Dragan’ jailed for war crimes

Former Serb commander ‘Captain Dragan’ jailed for war crimes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dragan Vasiljkov, centre, has been convicted of war crimes A former Serbian paramilitary commander with Australian dual citizenship has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for war crimes. Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as “Captain Dragan”, was convicted of torturing prisoners and a deadly attack on a village during […]

The secretive state of North Korea – in charts

As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world. The country is often depicted as isolated […]

North Korea crisis: Washington denies ‘war declared’

North Korea crisis: Washington denies ‘war declared’

Media captionSarah Huckabee Sanders: Frankly the suggestion is absurd The US has said a statement from North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on it was “absurd”. The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said it had the right to shoot down US bombers. A UN spokesman said fiery talk could […]

India court blames ‘promiscuous’ rape survivor

India court blames ‘promiscuous’ rape survivor

Image copyright Getty Images A recent Indian court order suspending the jail terms of three young men guilty of gang-rape and blackmail, even labelling the victim as “promiscuous”, stands out for being regressive, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. A two-judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court awarded bail to three law […]

Bali volcano: Indonesia fears imminent Mt Agung eruption

Bali volcano: Indonesia fears imminent Mt Agung eruption

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Farmers living in the shadow of Agung have been moving their cattle off their land Indonesia has warned that the active volcano on the tourist island of Bali is entering a “critical phase”, amid fears of an imminent eruption. Hundreds of tremors were recorded on Monday at Mount Agung, […]

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Image copyright Getty Images The messaging service WhatsApp has been disrupted in China as the government steps up security ahead of a Communist Party meeting next month. Users have faced problems with the app for more than a week with services dropping in and out. At times, it has been completely blocked and only accessible […]

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

Media captionRi Yong-ho says Donald Trump “declared a war on our country” North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country. Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers. This applied even when they were not in North […]

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abe’s polling figures have risen after several months in the doldrums Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early and will dissolve parliament on Thursday. Mr Abe said he was seeking a fresh mandate to overcome “a national crisis” amid rising threats from North Korea. […]

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Bali residents have been evacuated to town halls and schools The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs […]