Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

Image copyright AllSport/Getty Images Image caption Spectators sit in the sun during the final Ashes Test between Australia and England in Sydney The Australian city of Sydney has experienced its hottest weather in 79 years with temperatures hitting as high as 47.3C (117F). In Penrith, west of Sydney, residents sweltered as the town bore the […]

Tanker and ship collision near Shanghai leaves 32 missing

Tanker and ship collision near Shanghai leaves 32 missing

Thirty-two people are missing after an oil tanker and a cargo ship collided off China’s east coast on Saturday evening. The Sanchi tanker, a Panama-registered vessel carrying 136,000 tonnes of Iranian oil, caught fire after the crash. China’s Ministry of Transport said the missing people are its crew – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. The […]

Will #MeToo spread in China?

Will #MeToo spread in China?

On New Year’s Day, China finally had its own #MeToo moment. Luo Xixi, an academic with a PhD from the prestigious Beihang University in Beijing, said she was sexually harassed by one of her professors when she was studying there 12 years ago. She recounted her experience on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and […]

North Korea ‘likely’ to attend Olympics in South, says official

North Korea ‘likely’ to attend Olympics in South, says official

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s possible participation in the Pyeongchang Games could lead to progress A North Korean Olympic official has said that his country is “likely to participate” in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Seoul, reports say. Chang Ung, Pyongyang’s representative to the International Olympic Committee, reportedly made the comment […]

How will the US move to cut aid affect Pakistan?

How will the US move to cut aid affect Pakistan?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistani protesters have denounced the cuts The Trump administration says it is cutting almost all security aid to Pakistan until it deals with terrorist networks operating on its soil. But will the cuts have any impact, asks the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan. The US has yet to announce exactly how […]

North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South

North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South

Image copyright Getty Images North Korea has accepted an offer to attend high-level talks next week, South Korean officials have said. The meeting, on 9 January, will focus on finding a way for North Korean athletes to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week […]

South Korea: Trump agrees to suspend military drills during Olympics

South Korea: Trump agrees to suspend military drills during Olympics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US and South Korean marines carried out similar exercises in Pyeongchang county last year South Korea says US President Donald Trump has agreed to suspend their joint military drills during the Olympics. The war simulations were set to clash with the Winter Games, which take place in the South […]

Afghanistan: Kabul suicide attack kills 11

Afghanistan: Kabul suicide attack kills 11

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has killed at least 11 people and injured 25 others. A suicide attacker on foot detonated his explosives, a spokesman for the city’s police chief said. The exact target of the attack is not known yet, but it happened near a number of police officers who were handling […]

Tibet activist on trial in China after NYT video

Tibet activist on trial in China after NYT video

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists have held rallies demanding the release of Mr Tashi (right) and Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh A Tibetan activist has gone on trial in China for separatism, after he spoke to the New York Times about his efforts to preserve the Tibetan language. Tashi Wangchuk pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, […]

Sydney seaplane crash: Wreckage raised from riverbed

Sydney seaplane crash: Wreckage raised from riverbed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Authorities used a crane to recover part of the seaplane on Thursday Australian authorities have recovered most of a seaplane that crashed near Sydney and killed six people. On Sunday, high-profile UK business leader Richard Cousins, four members of his family and a Canadian pilot died when the plane plunged […]