Myanmar conflict: Rohingya refugee surge hits Bangladesh

Myanmar conflict: Rohingya refugee surge hits Bangladesh

Media captionThe BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder treks through difficult terrain with people fleeing Myanmar The number of Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh has surged, the UN says, with more than 35,000 new arrivals identified in the last 24 hours. More than 123,000 Rohingya are now said to have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state […]

Australian court hears challenges to same-sex marriage vote

Australian court hears challenges to same-sex marriage vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Same-sex marriage advocates hold a rally in Melbourne last month Australia’s highest court has begun hearing legal challenges against a national vote on same-sex marriage. The government plans to hold a non-binding postal survey from next week to gauge support for changing Australia’s law to allow same-sex marriage. PM […]

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un ‘begging for war’

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un ‘begging for war’

Media captionUS ambassador Nikki Haley: “Kim Jong-un is begging for war” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “begging for war” with his latest and most powerful nuclear bomb test, the US envoy to the United Nations has said. Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York that America did not […]

India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Over 100 children’s deaths in the same state of Uttar Pradesh were linked to lack of oxygen last month Indian police are investigating the deaths of dozens of newborns at a hospital in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. Forty-nine children died at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in a month, including at least […]

Could new drug halt Philippine HIV rise?

The anti-HIV drug PrEP is being offered to 200 gay men and transgender women in the Philippines as part of a trial to curb the rapid spread of HIV there. A recent UN report found the country had the highest HIV infection growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region. One man, ‘Rodolfo’, tells us why he […]

Hong Kong replaces BBC world radio with Chinese broadcaster

Hong Kong replaces BBC world radio with Chinese broadcaster

Image caption The BBC service had been broadcast continually in Hong Kong for nearly 40 years Hong Kong’s public broadcaster has dropped a 24-hour BBC’s World Service radio channel, and replaced it with Chinese state radio. The Chinese station broadcasts mostly in Mandarin, not Cantonese which is used in Hong Kong. The BBC service has […]

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South

Media captionSouth Korea carries out live-fire drills in response to the nuclear test South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. It said it was strengthening its controversial US-made Thaad missile defence system after the North’s test of a nuclear bomb at the […]

Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘must step in’

Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘must step in’

Image copyright Reuters The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has criticised the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslim minority. Yanghee Lee said the situation in Rakhine was “really grave” and it was time for Ms Suu Kyi to “step in”. Her comments came […]

South Korea in live-fire drill after nuclear test

South Korea in live-fire drill after nuclear test

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption South Korea released pictures on Monday showing its military firing test missiles off the east coast South Korea has conducted a missile drill simulating an attack on the North Korean nuclear site, in response to Pyongyang’s sixth test. The live-fire exercise saw ballistic missiles launched from fighter jets and […]

Burning fuel hits crowd at Australian drag-racing event

Burning fuel hits crowd at Australian drag-racing event

Media captionRacing car sprays burning fuel into crowd Twelve people have been injured after a competition car sprayed burning fuel over fans at a drag-racing event in central Australia. The car was doing burnouts at the Red CentreNATS competition in Alice Springs when it sent lit fuel into the crowd. Footage of the incident on […]