Australia’s Fairfax gets green light to merge with Nine

Image copyright Getty Images Australia’s Fairfax has got the green light from its shareholders to merge with television network Nine Entertainment in a massive shake-up of the nation’s media industry. Fairfax shareholders gave “overwhelming” support for the multi-billion dollar merger. The deal was possible after Australia relaxed its media ownership laws last year. The new […]

Pamela Anderson criticises Australia PM for ‘smutty’ comment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pamela Anderson has been a vocal supporter of Julian Assange Actress Pamela Anderson has criticised Australia’s prime minister for making “smutty” remarks about her, after earlier asking him to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Ms Anderson had urged Scott Morrison to bring Mr Assange to Australia. Mr Morrison rejected […]

Sheikh Hasina: Lawsuit threat over Bangladesh PM ‘tail’ error

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The film follows Sheikh Hasina’s life and career A supporter of Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina threatened to sue a cinema over a spelling error that inadvertently suggested she had a “tail”. The cinema in Dhaka misspelled the title, Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale – but has since corrected it. Hasina supporter […]

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division

Image copyright AFP Image caption US VP Pence (3rd right) and China’s Xi did not appear together in Apec leaders pictures An Asian economic summit has ended without a formal leaders’ statement for the first time because of US-China divisions over trade. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said “the two big giants in […]

‘Stingray’ attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

Image caption Stingrays are not usually aggressive and fatal attacks on humans remain rare A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say. They said the man developed a cardiac arrest after “sustaining a puncture to his lower abdomen” at Lauderdale Beach. The statement said the wound […]

Driver fractures spine in Macau GP crash

Sophia Florsch says she will have surgery on Monday Formula 3 driver Sophia Florsch has fractured her spine in a high-speed crash at the Macau Grand Prix in China. The 17-year-old German’s car lost control going into a bend before flying through the air and crashing backwards into fences. A statement from her team, Van […]

England seal test series against Sri Lanka

Jack Leach now has 15 wickets in three Tests at an average of 24.46 England claimed their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001 with a 57-run victory in the second Test. The hosts started day five in Pallekele on 226-7, needing 75 more, and calmly added 14 in 28 balls. But Moeen Ali […]

Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou’s Shadow wins most awards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zhang Yimou had never won a Golden Horse until now One of China’s most acclaimed directors, a rising star with a tragic story and a documentary charting mass protests have all won top prizes at this year’s Golden Horse awards. The 55th annual awards – dubbed the “Chinese Oscars” – […]

US to join Australia in Papua New Guinea naval base plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is wary of China’s plans in the Pacific region The US says it will join Australia in developing a naval base in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in an apparent move to curb China’s growing influence. Vice-President Mike Pence said the three countries would work together on the […]

Australia ‘trolley hero’ faces police charges

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pushing his trolley, Michael Rogers (left) helped police confront the attacker A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to try to ram a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne has been charged with offences including burglary and theft. Michael Rogers, dubbed “Trolley Man” online, was filmed on 9 November trying to […]