Pakistan migrants feared drowned off Libya

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU has tried to reduce migrant numbers with a highly criticised deal with the Libyan coastguard Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libyans were also aboard. […]

India principal ‘puts students through trial by fire’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Corporal punishment is banned in Indian schools Police in India have lodged a complaint against a school principal after she allegedly forced 13 pupils to hold their hands over a candle flame. The head teacher, Sushanti Hembrom, was trying to find out if one of the nine-year-olds had stolen […]

North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions, UN told

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Inspections of ships have been stepped up, but the UN says more must be done North Korea earned nearly $200m (£141m) last year by exporting banned commodities in breach of international sanctions, a UN report says. The report by a panel of experts said several countries including China, Russia and […]

Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU has tried to reduce migrant numbers with a highly criticised deal with the Libyan coastguard Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libya has for years […]

International Criminal Court judges consider Afghanistan war crimes inquiry

Image caption Claims of human rights abuses have dogged Gen Dostum, the current vice-president, for decades Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are deciding whether to authorise an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistan. They are due to begin examining written submissions from victims in Afghanistan about whom and what any potential […]

Beaumont children: Excavation in Australia over 1966 mystery

Image copyright SA Police Image caption The disappearance of the Beaumont children shocked Australia Australian police have begun excavating a factory site over the disappearance of three children more than 50 years ago. The case of the Beaumont children is often described as Australia’s most enduring cold case mystery. The children – Jane, nine, Arnna, […]

Maldives Supreme Court orders release of jailed politicians

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption The former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced for terror offences in 2015 The Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release and retrial of the exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed and other opposition leaders. In a statement, the court declared that their original trials violated constitutional and international law. The […]

French climber Elisabeth Revol describes Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain’ ordeal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Revol has described the decision to abandon her climbing partner as “terrible and painful” A French mountaineer has described how she was forced to abandon her weak and ailing climbing partner in order to be rescued from one of Pakistan’s most deadly Himalayan mountains. Elisabeth Revol told AFP news […]

Venice Biennale: The row over anointing Australia’s entrant

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A work by Australian artist Fiona Hall at the Venice Biennale in 2015 A new method of selecting Australia’s entrant for the world’s biggest art event has set off a passionate backlash among some donors, reports the BBC’s Hywel Griffith in Sydney. There is no room for democracy when […]

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Left to right: Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong have been named in the US nomination letter US lawmakers have nominated Hong Kong pro-democracy activists – including 21-year-old student leader Joshua Wong – for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated alongside Nathan Law, 24, and Alex Chow, […]