Australian indigenous leaders call for formal ‘voice’, path to treaty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dancers from East Arnhem Land at the summit’s opening ceremony A historic summit in Australia has called for a new formal body to represent the nation’s indigenous peoples in parliament. More than 250 indigenous leaders met in Uluru to discuss how to best recognise Australia’s first inhabitants. Crucially, they […]

India opens longest bridge on China border

Image copyright Pronib Das Image caption Construction of the Dhola Sadiya bridge began in 2011 India has inaugurated a 9.15km (5.68-mile) bridge over the Lohit river, easily its longest ever, which connects the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh with the north-eastern state of Assam. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it […]

Everest climbers worried about oxygen bottle theft

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mountaineers using oxygen bottles to reach the summit of Everest Foreign climbers and Sherpas on Mount Everest are concerned about the increasing theft of oxygen bottles from high camps. They say it could threaten the lives of mountaineers because they each have a set supply for weather and traffic-related delays, […]

Man stabbed to death in Vietnam karaoke row

Image copyright iStock A row over a karaoke performance has left one man dead and another injured at a wedding in southern Vietnam, local media said. Nguyen Ngoc Diep was in the middle of singing a song to the couple when another guest mocked his performance and snatched away the microphone, Tuoi Tre newspaper said. […]

SOS mystery in remote Western Australia stumps police

Image copyright WA Police Image caption The signal, made of rocks, was spotted by a helicopter pilot Is it a false alarm, or a genuine plea for help? An SOS signal made of rocks in a remote part of Western Australia has prompted fears that someone, or more than one person, could be missing. The […]

Greek goddess statue removed in Bangladesh after Islamist outcry

Image copyright Farhana Parvin Image caption The removal began late Thursday Workers have begun to dismantle the statue of a Greek goddess from Bangladesh’s Supreme Court complex, after an outcry from Islamists. The sculpture of Themis – the goddess of justice – wearing a sari was less than six months old, but Islamist groups demanded […]

Indian acid-attack bride finds love from a wrong number

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Lalita Ben Bansi in her wedding dress with groom Ravi Shankar Indian acid-attack victim Lalita Ben Bansi beamed with joy at her wedding near Mumbai this week. “Who would have thought an acid attack and 17 surgeries later I would find love. But it happened,” she told the Hindustan Times […]

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built extensively on Mischief Reef and installed military positions A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by […]

Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint’ returns

Image copyright Ravinder Singh Robin Image caption Uzma arrived in India after going to Pakistan earlier this month An Indian woman who alleges she was forced by a Pakistani man to marry him at gunpoint has returned to India, a day after a court in Islamabad granted her request to leave. The woman, named only […]

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two-stage rocket did not quite make it to orbit, but the team was very happy with the test flight An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia […]