Lunar New Year: Who owns the ‘lucky money’ in a red envelope?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Red is a symbol of prosperity and wealth in Chinese culture Every Lunar New Year, children are typically given red envelopes containing “lucky money”, meant to represent good wishes for the year ahead. Beginning this year on 16 February, the holiday is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people […]

Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

Image copyright Getty Images Avani Chaturvedi, 24, has become the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo. She flew a Mig-21 Bison for 30 minutes earlier this week, the air force said. “It is the breaking of a glass ceiling,” spokesperson Anupam Banerjee told the BBC. He called it a “big day” in […]

Israel foiled ‘plane terror plot’ in Australia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country helped stop “an unimaginable slaughter” Israel helped avert an alleged terror plot in Australia to bring down a plane last year, both nations have confirmed. Last July, Australian police charged two brothers over an alleged plan to blow up an Etihad Airways flight […]

Qantas Airways sees record half year profits

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qantas chief Alan Joyce hopes to sell non-stop flights from Sydney to London and New York by 2022 Australia’s national flag carrier, Qantas Airways, has posted record profits for the six months to December. The firm, which has been through a major restructuring in recent years, booked underlying profits […]

Winter Olympics: South Korea’s accidental curling superstars

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Skip Kim Eun-jung of South Korea and her team have wowed the public South Korean hearts have been captured at the Winter Olympics in a way no-one expected. The understated, nerdy but cool Korean women’s curlers are slaying giants and could win a medal, reports the BBC’s Stephen McDonell in […]

Tasmanian tiger ‘joeys’ revealed in 3D

Image copyright University of Melbourne It is a fascinating insight into the biology of an extinct animal. Scientists have scanned all known preserved Tasmanian tiger “joeys” to better understand the marsupial’s key early development phases. The study tracks the changes to the infants’ skeleton and internal organs as they grew inside the mother’s pouch. It […]

Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz Sharif banned from leading his party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nawaz Sharif (centre) denies any wrongdoing Pakistan’s Supreme Court has disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of his party. Mr Sharif was ordered to step down as prime minister last year amid corruption allegations that he denies. The court ruled that his earlier dismissal from office made him […]

Singapore City Harvest megachurch leader Chew Eng Han ‘tries to flee by sea’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chew Eng Han and five others were convicted of misappropriating millions of dollars from the megachurch. A Singaporean man convicted in a megachurch fraud case was caught trying to escape by sea before starting his prison sentence, police say. Chew Eng Han was found in a small boat heading towards […]

What does Australia need from Trump’s US?

Image copyright Getty Images Australia will send its largest-ever political and business delegation to the US this week. If anything, Australia has “doubled down” on its relationship with the US since President Donald Trump began his tenure, explains Prof Simon Jackman. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Washington for his fourth meeting with President […]

India film star Kamal Haasan launches political party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kamal Haasan (centre), seen here at an awards ceremony in Mumbai last month Indian film star Kamal Haasan has launched his new political party in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Mr Haasan, 62, made the announcement in the town of Madurai before crowds of his party supporters. The state […]