Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A citizenship ceremony in Melbourne earlier this year Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process. Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. Applicants must also […]

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea showed off military hardware at a parade in honour of the anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung’s birth China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told […]

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

Media captionMike Pence calls North Korea ‘most dangerous threat’ A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea – but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged. The US Navy said on 8 April that the Carl Vinson strike group was travelling to the Korean peninsula amid tensions over Pyongyang’s […]

Ayodhya dispute: India top court orders trial for BJP leaders

Ayodhya dispute: India top court orders trial for BJP leaders

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dispute reached a flashpoint in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed a mosque at the site Senior figures in India’s ruling party will be tried for criminal conspiracy over the destruction of a 16th Century mosque, the Supreme Court has ruled. The order is seen as a huge setback […]

Fatal attack reignites shark cull debate in Australia

Fatal attack reignites shark cull debate in Australia

Image copyright WA Police Image caption Laeticia Brouwer had a passion for the ocean, her family says Australia will consider all proposals to stop shark attacks after the death of a teenage girl, the government says. Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was fatally attacked by a shark on Monday while surfing in Western Australia (WA). It was […]

Jakarta election: Polling for divisive governor contest closes

Jakarta election: Polling for divisive governor contest closes

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Purnama (right), the incumbent governor, voted at a station in north Jakarta Polling has closed in a run-off election for the post of Jakarta’s governor, seen by many as a key test for Indonesia’s secular identity. The two candidates are the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of […]

US ‘armada’ was not sailing to N Korea

US ‘armada’ was not sailing to N Korea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The USS Carl Vinson (left) and other warships were in the Indian Ocean over the weekend A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea – but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged. The US Navy said on 8 April that Carl Vinson strike […]

Jakarta election: Tight security for divisive governor contest

Jakarta election: Tight security for divisive governor contest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is currently on trial on blasphemy charges Voters in Jakarta are choosing a governor in a run-off election that has been called “the dirtiest and most divisive” Indonesia has ever seen. Polls suggest it is a close race between incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of Chinese […]

Australia may consider shark cull after teenager’s death

Australia may consider shark cull after teenager’s death

Image copyright WA Police Image caption Laeticia Brouwer had a passion for the ocean, her family says Australia will consider all proposals to stop shark attacks following the death of a teenage girl, the government has said. Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was fatally attacked by a shark on Monday while surfing in Western Australia (WA). It […]

Baidu to share self-drive car technology

Baidu to share self-drive car technology

Image copyright Baidu Image caption Baidu has been developing an artificial intelligence system to help its driverless cars navigate Chinese internet giant Baidu has said it will share much of the technology it has created for its self-driving cars. The firm predicted the move would help drive the development of autonomous vehicles. Called Apollo, the […]