Student likely to become Australia’s youngest senator

Student likely to become Australia’s youngest senator

Image copyright Australian Greens Image caption Jordon Steele-John is expected to become Australia’s youngest senator A university student is likely to become Australia’s youngest-ever senator after the resignation of a politician he calls his “mentor”. UK-born Jordon Steele-John, 22, has agreed to replace Scott Ludlam in the Senate for the left-wing Greens party. Mr Ludlam […]

Justine Damond’s death ‘should not have happened’

Justine Damond’s death ‘should not have happened’

Media captionIt’s the first news conference Police Chief Janee Harteau has held since the fatal shooting The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer “should not have happened”, the city’s police chief has said. Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was shot when she approached a police car after reporting a suspected […]

Egypt’s Uighurs fear deportation to China

Some Chinese Muslim Uighurs have gone into hiding amid a wave of arrests in Egypt in the past two weeks. Egypt says the detainees are illegal immigrants, but human rights activists say the Uighurs are at serious risk of arbitrary detention and torture if they are deported to China. China has cracked down on the […]

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s crop production has been hit in recent years by both drought and flooding North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says. Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged […]

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Image copyright EPA Ram Nath Kovind, former governor of the northern Indian state state of Bihar, has been elected as the country’s new president. BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare profiles a man many Indians have never heard of. “I have been writing about the Dalits [formerly untouchables] for 27 years. But I first heard of Ram […]

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Image copyright Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Image caption The discovery was made in a rock shelter in the Northern Territory Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier […]

Despacito censored: Malaysia bans ‘unsuitable’ hit from state stations

Despacito censored: Malaysia bans ‘unsuitable’ hit from state stations

Media captionLuis Fonsi’s Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time. Malaysia has banned state broadcasters from playing the hit single Despacito following complaints about the song’s “steamy” lyrics, officials say. A senior minister said the single, featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber on a remix, was considered un-Islamic. Malaysia has strict censorship laws and […]

Rock find ‘rewrites’ Australian human history

Rock find ‘rewrites’ Australian human history

Image copyright Dominic O Brien/Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Image caption The discovery was made in a rock shelter in the Northern Territory Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier […]

Extradited Thai monk arrives to face array of charges

Extradited Thai monk arrives to face array of charges

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Wirapol Sukphol was seen flying in a private aircraft in a YouTube video released in 2013 A former monk has arrived in Bangkok after being extradited from the US to Thailand to face charges including sex offences and money laundering. Wirapol Sukphol, formerly Nen Kham, became notorious in 2013 when […]