Australia same-sex marriage bill passes Senate hurdle

Australia same-sex marriage bill passes Senate hurdle

Image copyright EPA Image caption A senator celebrates after speaking in support of the same-sex marriage bill Australia is a step closer to legalising same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed a bill in the Senate. The upper house bill will now be debated in the House of Representatives, where if approved it will become law. It […]

Chinese general’s suicide sparks media debate

Chinese general’s suicide sparks media debate

Image copyright CCTV Image caption Former military leader Zhang Yang was found dead in his home on 23 November A former high-ranking Chinese military official has taken his own life, state media say, sparking a debate over the possible circumstances. According to the official Xinhua news agency, Zhang Yang was found dead at his home […]

Hyderabad makeover for Ivanka Trump visit

Hyderabad makeover for Ivanka Trump visit

Media captionIndia’s Hyderabad loves hosting Ivanka Trump “There are two types of roads in Hyderabad – Ivanka Trump road and normal road,” a local politician tweeted on Monday, as the southern Indian city of Hyderabad gets spruced up for a global business summit. Residents seem convinced that the speed at which road repairs have been […]

North Korean defectors returned home despite father’s plea

North Korean defectors returned home despite father’s plea

Media captionLee, a North Korean defector, told the BBC his life was “hell” now his family had been returned China has sent back a group of North Korean defectors, including a child, despite a desperate plea by one of their relatives, the BBC understands. The group of 10 was detained in China in early November […]

Pope’s Myanmar speech avoids reference to Rohingya

Pope’s Myanmar speech avoids reference to Rohingya

Image copyright AFP Image caption Before his speech Pope Francis met Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi Pope Francis has delivered a keynote speech in Myanmar, demanding “respect for each ethnic group” but without referring specifically to its Muslim Rohingya community. Rights groups had urged the Pope to use the term to back the community. […]

Bali volcano: Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day

Bali volcano: Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Thousands of travellers have been stranded by the airport closure Indonesian officials have shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash into the atmosphere. Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit […]

China jails Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che for ‘subversion’

China jails Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che for ‘subversion’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and Taiwan have staged demonstrations in recent months calling for Lee’s release A Chinese court has sentenced a Taiwanese activist to five years in jail for “subverting state power”. Lee Ming-che went on trial in September for attempting to promote multi-party democracy in group messaging […]

Melbourne man planned New Year’s Eve terror attack, police say

Melbourne man planned New Year’s Eve terror attack, police say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The man allegedly planned to target New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne. The 20-year-old man will be charged with terrorism offences that carry a maximum penalty […]

Bali volcano: Non-evacuees may be forced to leave area

Bali volcano: Non-evacuees may be forced to leave area

Media captionWe ask an expert: Is a large volcanic eruption inevitable? People who have not left their homes around a rumbling volcano in Bali may be forcibly evicted, Indonesian authorities have said. Tens of thousands of people stayed put near Mount Agung after an alert was raised to its highest level. Some still felt safe […]

Pope in Myanmar: Francis starts trip with army talks

Pope in Myanmar: Francis starts trip with army talks

Media captionMyanmar welcomes Pope Francis Pope Francis has met Myanmar’s military chief, as he begins the first papal visit to a country widely accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. Gen Min Aung Hlaing denied any “religious discrimination” in a military campaign in Rakhine state. Officials in the Buddhist-majority country are watching closely to see […]