Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The debate over whether to legalise same-sex marriage has divided Taiwan Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex […]

Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mount Everest has claimed 10 lives so far this season Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team sent to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died […]

Indian army award frightens Kashmir ‘human shield’

Image caption Farooq Ahmad Dar says the army decision puts him in “danger” A man who was tied to an army jeep and used as a human shield in Indian-administered Kashmir has said he is “afraid” after the officer responsible for the incident was awarded a commendation by the military. “I was under the impression […]

Moody’s cuts China’s credit rating for first time since 1989

Image copyright Getty Images China’s credit rating has been cut over fears that growth in the world’s second-biggest economy will slow in the coming years. Moody’s, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3. It was the first time the agency has downgraded the country since […]

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating

Image copyright Getty Images China has received a downgrade on its credit score, on worries about the future state of the economy. Moody’s Investors Services brought down China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings by one notch to A1 from Aa3. But China’s finance ministry said Moody’s was exaggerating the mainland’s economic difficulties […]

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney Police should have ended the Sydney cafe siege as soon as the hostage-taker began shooting, an inquest has found. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside the Lindt cafe until police stormed the […]

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Image caption The canings usually draw crowds of spectators Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh’s gay community. Salman […]

Twitter suspends India singer’s account over sexist abuse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Bhattacharya told reporters he “did not give a damn” about the suspension Popular Indian Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s Twitter account has been suspended after he tweeted about a female student leader. In the tweet he insinuated that Shehla Rashid, a student leader at Delhi’s leading Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), […]

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants. The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces […]

Philippines President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao island

Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers are seen in Davao after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law for 60 days on the island of Mindanao, after clashes between the army and militants linked to so-called Islamic State (IS). The violence on the southern island left three […]