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Atal Behari Vajpayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Indian PM AB Vajpayee Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93. He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Delhi’s AIIMS hospital. Vajpayee was one of the founding members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently governs India. Considered a giant […]

India monsoon floods ‘kill 106’ in Kerala

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Reports suggest more than 100 people have died, with further rainfall predicted More than 100 people are thought to have died in devastating monsoon floods in India’s southern state of Kerala, the worst in almost a century. Rescuers battled torrential rains to save residents, with nearly 150,000 reportedly left homeless. […]

Fancy a truly huge smashed avo brunch?

The avozilla – a new giant variety of avocado is attracting fans from around the world. In Australia, farmer David Groves has started growing the fruit – which is about five times the size of a standard avocado. Since 2000 the global production of avocados has doubled to meet the surging demand. Mr Groves said: […]

Kim Jong-nam murder: ‘Enough evidence’ for women to go on trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Doan Thi Huong (in yellow T-shirt) and Siti Aisyah (right) have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank Two women who say they were tricked into killing the half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will go on trial. Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Thuong are accused […]

Islamic State claims Kabul’s latest deadly attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan officials at least two attackers were killed at Kabul’s intelligence training centre Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have said they were behind two recent attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul in which dozens of people died. On Wednesday, 48 people were killed in the bombing of an […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright EPA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims […]

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ICRC provided more than 21,000 prostheses and orthoses in 2017 The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul. […]

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Image copyright THE GREENS Image caption Mehreen Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim woman in the senate. Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism. Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright EPA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims […]

Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On […]