2019 Australia election: Polls open for ‘generational’ vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption Australia’s polling booths feature large barbecues where voters can buy “democracy sausages” Australians have begun voting on Saturday in the first general election since political infighting ousted the nation’s fourth leader in a decade. PM Scott Morrison says he has united his conservative government in the nine months since he […]

2019 Australia election: Townsville’s fed up voters

With lots of marginal seats, Queensland will be critical in Australia’s election on Saturday. But voters in Townsville say they’re bored of politics and just want jobs and investment. Filmed and edited by Tim McDonald. 2019 Australia election: Townsville’s fed up voters}

2019 Australia election: ‘Generational issues’ dominate vote

Image copyright Getty Images Australians will vote on Saturday in the first general election since brutal party infighting ousted the nation’s fourth leader in a decade. PM Scott Morrison says he has united his conservative government in the nine months since he replaced Malcolm Turnbull. Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten has pressed his case with […]

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters stood outside the parliament as the bill was debated Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year […]

Gandhi killer ‘patriot’ comment by BJP candidate draws outrage

Image copyright Getty Images India is in full election mode: voting began on 11 April, and the final ballot will be cast on 19 May with results out on 23 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all the latest updates on the twists and turns of the world’s largest democracy. Ruling party […]

Huawei: China threatens to retaliate over US sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Huawei denies that its products post a security threat to foreign nations China has threatened to retaliate against US sanctions seen as an attempt to restrict international trade by the Chinese technology giant Huawei. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing opposed countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and […]

Pentagon ‘wanted to pay for Taliban travel expenses’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001 The Trump administration wanted to reimburse the Taliban for their expenses attending recent peace talks, according to a congressional aide. The Pentagon’s request earlier this year was to cover costs like food and lodging, a […]

Plastic pollution: Flip-flop tide engulfs ‘paradise’ island

Image copyright Silke Stuckenbrock Close to a million plastic shoes, mainly flip flops are among the torrent of debris washed up on an “unspoilt paradise” in the Indian Ocean. Scientists estimated that the beaches of Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands are strewn with around 414 million pieces of plastic pollution. They believe some 93% of it […]

The Chinese-Australians making political history

There are around 1.2 million Australians with Chinese heritage but there has never been a Chinese-Australian MP in the lower house. When Australians go to the polls on 18 May in a federal election, history could well be made in the seat of Chisholm in Melbourne, where two Chinese-Australian candidates are running against each other. […]

Bob Hawke: Australia’s former PM dies at 89

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bob Hawke served as Australia’s PM in the 1980s Former Australian prime minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke, who dominated the country’s politics in the 1980s, has died at the age of 89. The charismatic politician, renowned for his love of beer and cricket, served from 1983 to 1991 […]