Taliban attack strategic Afghan city of Ghazni

Image copyright AFP Image caption Few pictures have emerged from the city since the assault began The Taliban have launched a major night-time assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni, a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. The militants took control of parts of the city before being pushed back to […]

China mosque demolition sparks stand-off in Ningxia

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style Hundreds of Muslims in western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished. Officials said the newly completed Weizhou Grand Mosque in Ningxia had not been […]

Living with the strain of a drought

Image copyright ASHLEY GAMBLE Image caption Farmer Ashley Gamble says he is struggling to feed his cows Farmers across eastern Australia are enduring what some have called the worst drought in living memory. On Wednesday, the entire state of New South Wales (NSW) was declared to be drought-affected. It is the same situation in more […]

North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Is the rhetoric returning to the big guns? North Korea has lashed out at the US for continuing to call for the enforcement of sanctions. The foreign ministry said there would be no moves towards denuclearisation if the US followed an “outdated script”. It accused US negotiators of going against […]

Australian MPs field sudden requests for Queen portraits

Image copyright Andrew Hastie Image caption MP Andrew Hastie with his own portrait of the Queen Australians have emailed MPs with dozens of requests for free portraits of the Queen, after the little-known entitlement was publicised this week. Under official rules, citizens may ask for “nationhood” material – things such as Australian flags, anthem recordings, […]

Living with Australia’s drought: ‘It’s cheaper to shoot the cows’

Image copyright ASHLEY GAMBLE Image caption Farmer Ashley Gamble says he is struggling to feed his cows Farmers across eastern Australia are enduring what some have called the worst drought in living memory. On Wednesday, the entire state of New South Wales (NSW) was declared to be drought-affected. It is the same situation in more […]

Lombok earthquake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts

Image copyright AFP Image caption An aftershock on Thursday caused fresh panic The death toll from a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and may go higher still, officials say. The region has been hit by more than 350 aftershocks, the worst of which struck on […]

New Zealand man admits secretly filming 34 women in shower

Image copyright Sean Gallup/Getty Image caption The victims said they felt shocked and degraded by the man’s actions A New Zealand man has pleaded guilty to filming 34 women at his guesthouse with covert cameras in shampoo bottles. The man from Hawke’s Bay, North Island – who has not been named to protect his wife […]

Lombok earthquake: Strong aftershock amid Indonesia rescue efforts

Image copyright AFP Image caption The aftershock caused fresh panic The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday’s earthquake. The latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9 or 6.2, according to monitors. It brought down some buildings. Rescue workers are still digging through […]

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition

Image copyright @mooreyameen Image caption The portraits of Ms Ayub (L) and Mr Pang (R) have been removed from an exhibition Festival organisers in Malaysia have removed two portraits of LGBT activists from a public photo exhibition after complaints from the government. The director of the George Town Festival said he was “directed” to take […]