Rappler: Philippines to charge critical news site with tax evasion

Image copyright NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Image caption Maria Ressa, a former CNN journalist, founded the investigative news site in 2012 The Philippines says it will charge the major news site Rappler, which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, with tax evasion. Prosecutors said on Friday they also have grounds to indict founder Maria Ressa for […]

Afghanistan war: Taliban attend landmark peace talks in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of the Taliban delegation take their seats at the Moscow talks Russia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kick-starting peace talks after decades of war. It is the first time Taliban militants have attended such an event. Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, […]

Sri Lanka’s President Sirisena moves to dissolve parliament

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Sirisena’s opponents say his move is illegal President Maithripala Sirisena has moved to dissolve parliament amid a political crisis following his attempt to replace Sri Lanka’s prime minister. The official notification, which took effect at midnight on Friday (17:30 GMT), would trigger a general election on 5 January. However, […]

Afghanistan war: Taliban attend landmark peace talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of the Taliban delegation take their seats at the Moscow talks Russia is hosting a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan aimed at kick-starting peace talks after decades of war. It is the first time representatives of the Taliban militant group have attended such an event. Russia’s foreign minister said […]

Melbourne attack: Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing

Media captionThe attacker set a car on fire and stabbed three people A man who set a car on fire and stabbed three people – one fatally – in the Australian city of Melbourne has died in hospital after being shot by police. Authorities now say they are treating the attack as a terror-related. The […]

Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have told the public to avoid the area A man has been arrested after setting a car on fire and stabbing three people – one fatally – in central Melbourne, Australia. The attacker was shot by police after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was […]

Conjoined twins: Bhutanese girls separated in six-hour surgery

Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa were joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have successfully separated conjoined twins from Bhutan and say they stand a good chance of a full recovery. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, had been joined at the torso and shared a liver. Lead surgeon […]

BTS T-shirt: Japanese TV show cancels BTS appearance over atomic bomb shirt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BTS have seen huge success within and outside South Korea A Japanese TV show has cancelled an appearance by hugely popular K-pop group BTS, amid controversy over a shirt worn by one of the band members. A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the US atomic bombing of […]

Conjoined twins: Australian surgeons try to separate Bhutanese girls

Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have begun a complex operation to separate Bhutanese conjoined twins. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel, doctors say. They were brought to Melbourne […]

Delhi air: Eating berries and wearing masks to beat pollution

Image copyright AFP Every winter, a thick blanket of smog descends on large parts of India and people begin a losing fight against the frightening levels of pollution. Thousands land up in doctors’ clinics with breathlessness, fill up hospital beds with lung problems and many are forced to stay off school or work. And with […]