Our perilous journey to school

Our perilous journey to school

Radhika and Yashoda can travel for up to six hours a day to school and back. They live high in the mountains, in a remote Himalayan village. But getting an education is really important to them. Follow them on their daily journey – or scroll down to read their story. Tap here to see the […]

Australia offers Nauru detention to Manus refugees

Australia offers Nauru detention to Manus refugees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s offshore detention policy for asylum seekers has drawn controversy Refugees held by Australia on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island have been given the option of possibly moving to a detention centre in Nauru. The offer is for those who have applied for US resettlement, and comes ahead of […]

India navy discharges officer after sex change

India navy discharges officer after sex change

Image copyright Hindustan Times Image caption Sabi has said that she will appeal to military court against her sacking An Indian naval officer who underwent sex change surgery has been discharged from service. A navy statement said its “rules and regulations do not permit the sailor’s continued employment” because of “irreversible gender reassignment”. Sabi, formerly […]

Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption Two students travelled 352 miles (567 kilometres), the same distance from London to Sheffield and back A couple of Chinese students opted to avoid traffic jams during the Golden Week holiday by travelling 352 miles (567 kilometres) to their destination by roller skate, it’s reported. According to Beijing Youth […]

North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’

North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’

Image copyright AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS Image caption The stolen documents reportedly include a plan to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean […]

India rape: Child’s baby ‘was fathered by second uncle’

India rape: Child’s baby ‘was fathered by second uncle’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Campaigners say 50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers” A 10-year-old Indian rape victim, who gave birth to a baby girl in August, had been made pregnant by one of her uncles, police say. Police are filing charges against the suspect […]

Singapore scientists reveal origins of durian’s pungent aroma

Singapore scientists reveal origins of durian’s pungent aroma

Image copyright Dr Kevin Lim Image caption The team was driven by a ‘strong scientific curiosity’ and of course, their love for durians One of nature’s smelliest secrets may have been revealed, thanks to a dedicated team of durian-loving scientists in Singapore. Researchers have found an odour gene which gives the thorny fruit its notoriously […]

Australia dual citizenship saga: Court hearing begins

Australia dual citizenship saga: Court hearing begins

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Barnaby Joyce inherited New Zealand citizenship from his father An Australian court has begun a long-awaited hearing into whether seven MPs caught up in a dual citizenship saga should remain eligible for office. Under constitutional rules, Australian politicians cannot be dual citizens. The High Court of Australia will clarify […]

Afghan conflict: Red Cross forced to scale down

Afghan conflict: Red Cross forced to scale down

Image copyright EPA Image caption The most recent ICRC tragedy in Afghanistan saw a Spanish aid worker killed The International Red Cross is to drastically reduce its presence in Afghanistan after seven of its staff were killed in attacks this year. Two ICRC offices will close and a third will see operations scaled down. The […]

Could dual citizen row threaten Australia’s government?

Could dual citizen row threaten Australia’s government?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce is facing scrutiny over dual citizenship A dual citizenship saga that has captivated Australian politics for three months will be debated in the nation’s highest court from Tuesday. It will test the cases of seven parliamentarians who held an additional citizenship when they were elected […]