India rape: Uncle did not father child’s baby – DNA test

India rape: Uncle did not father child’s baby – DNA test

Image copyright iStock Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her. After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month. The […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General Assembly

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General Assembly

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised over her handling of the Rohingya crisis Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to miss next week’s UN General Assembly as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed to Bangladesh since violence […]

Rebel Wilson awarded A$4.5m in magazine defamation case

Rebel Wilson awarded A$4.5m in magazine defamation case

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rebel Wilson celebrates in June after a jury found in her favour Actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) in Australia’s largest payout for a defamation case. Ms Wilson successfully argued that a series of magazine articles had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar. In June a […]

Why Singaporeans aren’t all glad to get the president they wanted

Why Singaporeans aren’t all glad to get the president they wanted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Yacob is a former MP from Singapore’s ruling party Singapore has named its first female president, Halimah Yacob. A popular public figure, Mrs Halimah was widely expected to win the presidential election, but instead will begin her term amid controversy. So why are Singaporeans not happy to get the […]

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: I won’t sing in public again

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: I won’t sing in public again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dame Kiri said it had taken five years “to say the goodbye in my own mind” Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera’s most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again. Dame Kiri, 73, said she stopped performing a year ago, but had […]

Myanmar denounces UN’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ suggestion

Myanmar denounces UN’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ suggestion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border to Bangladesh Myanmar has denounced the suggestion by the UN human rights chief that its treatment of Rohingya Muslims amounts to “ethnic cleansing”. The country’s envoy to the UN blamed Rohingya insurgents for the violence in Rakhine state, saying […]

China banks fear US North Korea sanctions

China banks fear US North Korea sanctions

Image copyright FREDERIC J. BROWN/Getty Images China’s big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money. This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions. Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC they’ve been instructed not to open any […]

Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist

Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist

Image copyright K Venkatesh Image caption Gauri Lankesh’s murder sparked protests across several Indian cities Up to 15,000 people including writers, journalists and academics have turned out in Bangalore to condemn the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Many held placards saying “I am Gauri”, while others read out poems on the importance of free speech. […]

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea says it has developed a hydrogen bomb The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports. The latter is aimed at starving the North of income for […]

Australia kicks off postal survey on same-sex marriage

Australia kicks off postal survey on same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters held a large rally in Sydney on Sunday Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage. The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament. Australian political leaders, including […]