US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions, says Tillerson

US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions, says Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rex Tillerson arrives at the Atlantic Council policy forum to discuss North Korea The US is ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, without preconditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. “Let’s just meet and let’s talk about the weather if you want,” he said at […]

India Tamil Nadu: Six face death penalty for Dalit murder

India Tamil Nadu: Six face death penalty for Dalit murder

Image caption CCTV footage broadcast on Indian television channels showed the couple walking on a busy street when they were attacked Six people have been sentenced to death for the murder of a man from India’s Dalit community in an “honour killing” in Tamil Nadu last year. Sankar, 22, was hacked to death on a […]

Australian police spot ‘monster’ python

Australian police spot ‘monster’ python

Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Queensland police first posted the image on Monday A photo of an Australian police officer encountering a python has drawn a large reaction on social media. The officer and his partner were on a night patrol in northern Queensland when they came across the “monster” scrub python on a […]

Is it ‘vulgar’ to advertise condoms?

Is it ‘vulgar’ to advertise condoms?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Condoms cannot be advertised in the daytime in India Indians are questioning the merits of a government order banning condom adverts from being broadcast on primetime TV. The information and broadcasting ministry says the adverts may only be shown between 10pm and 6am because they could be “indecent for children”. […]

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Media captionOdette has been waiting for a kidney and pancreas transplant for a year. In an attempt to make more organs available for transplant, ministers are proposing a radical change by moving to a system of “presumed consent”. Current rules in England mean those willing to donate their organs, should they die, sign up to […]

HIV positive man unable to become a commercial pilot

HIV positive man unable to become a commercial pilot

Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners are calling for a change in regulations after a Glasgow man was unable to become a commercial airline pilot because he is HIV positive. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, had been offered a place on an airline’s training programme. But the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) refused him the […]

Donald Tusk calls Brexit talks a furious race against time

Donald Tusk calls Brexit talks a furious race against time

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Tusk said the EU needed to show “unity” in the next phase of talks The UK and the EU face a “furious race against time” to finalise Brexit talks before March 2019, the head of the European Council says. Donald Tusk urged EU leaders to show unity as they […]

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to […]