Australia dual citizenship row claims ninth politician

Image copyright AFP/GETTY IMAGES Image caption Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore has announced she will resign A ninth Australian parliamentarian will be unseated by a dual citizenship saga. Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, from minor party the Nick Xenophon Team, has said she will resign after learning she inherited UK citizenship from her Singapore-born mother. Australia’s constitution bans federal […]

Nasa tracking station in Australia hit by staff strike

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A strike at Nasa’s Australian tracking station will force the US station to work overtime Communications from Nasa’s Australian deep space tracking station will be taken briefly offline on Wednesday when staff go on strike over a pay dispute. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of three […]

North Korea defector wakes after being shot crossing the DMZ

Image copyright EPA Image caption Doctors removed five bullets from the soldier’s body last week A North Korean soldier who was shot at least five times while defecting to the South has regained consciousness. The soldier asked to watch television and is being shown South Korean films, Yonhap news agency reports. “We believe the most […]

Outrage after India hospital charges bereaved parents $25,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hospital defended the bill even as the health minister vowed to investigate Social media outrage over a $25,000 (£18,850) hospital bill charged to the family of a seven-year-old who died of dengue fever near Delhi has prompted India’s health minister to investigate. The family says they were billed […]

Mature white crocodile spotted in Australian river

Image copyright NT CROCODILE CONSERVATION & PROTECTION SOCIETY Image caption It is not common to see such crocodiles in the wild beyond a young age, an expert says An uncommon sighting of a mature white crocodile has excited tourism operators in Australia’s Northern Territory. The reptile, nicknamed Pearl, was spotted on the Adelaide River near […]

Chinese carmaker Trumpchi mulls less political name

Image copyright Getty Images The name Trump is familiar to all Americans, but the name Trumpchi might not be. Although it sounds eerily similar to the name of a certain sitting US president, it’s actually a Chinese car-maker that hopes to start selling to American drivers in 2019. The name, it insists, is merely a […]

The recycled roofing system improving India’s slums

Hasit Ganatra’s company Modroof is trying to transform slum housing in India through its unique modular roof panels made from waste, pulped cardboard and natural fibres. Part of the BBC’s Innovators series. The recycled roofing system improving India’s slums}

Australia backpacker exploitation ‘endemic’, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Those undertaking fruit-picking jobs received the lowest pay, the study found One in three backpackers and a quarter of foreign students working in Australia are being paid about half the minimum wage or less, a study has said. The study, billed as the most comprehensive of its kind, found […]

Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’

Media captionTrump: “N Korea supported acts of international terrorism” President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list. In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger “very large” additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday. Mr Trump […]

Uighur inmates dig their way out of Thai jail

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Detained Uighurs in Thailand say they left to escape persecution in Xinjiang Some 20 ethnic Uighurs from China are on the run after escaping from a Thai detention centre, officials say. The inmates were among a group of more than 200 Uighurs detained in 2014. Officials said 25 inmates dug […]