Jakarta election: Tense run-off expected for governor post

Jakarta election: Tense run-off expected for governor post

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is currently on trial on blasphemy charges Voters in the Indonesian capital Jakarta are electing a governor after a campaign which has heightened religious and racial tensions. Opinion polls suggest incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, is running neck-and-neck with Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a Muslim. Mr Purnama […]

One in four young Australians ‘in psychological distress’

One in four young Australians ‘in psychological distress’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Almost a quarter of young Australians are living with “probable serious mental illness”, according to a study. The number of people aged 15-19 in psychological distress is higher than five years ago, said the report by a charity and a mental health group. It also showed girls and indigenous Australians […]

North Korea missile launch a ‘provocation’, US defence chief says

North Korea missile launch a ‘provocation’, US defence chief says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea paraded military hardware ahead of its failed launch North Korea’s failed missile test was an attempt to “provoke something”, US Defence Secretary James Mattis says. The missile fired on Sunday blew up almost immediately, the Pentagon said. The US would work with China to reduce tensions, Mr Mattis […]

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya bailed in UK

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya bailed in UK

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vijay Mallya has denied any wrongdoing Indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya has been bailed on security of £650,000 after appearing in court in London. He was arrested on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police on behalf of the Indian authorities, over fraud accusations. India has been seeking the extradition of Mr […]

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya held in UK

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya held in UK

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mallya has denied any wrongdoing Indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya has been arrested in London, police have said. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s extradition unit “on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud”. India has been pushing for the extradition of Mr Mallya, […]

Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas

Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull says the changes will put Australians first Australia will introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries – the majority came from India, the UK […]

Girl killed by shark while surfing in Western Australia

Girl killed by shark while surfing in Western Australia

Image copyright 9news.com.au Image caption The girl was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died A teenage girl has died after being attacked by a shark while surfing in Western Australia. The girl, 17, had suffered critical injuries when she was pulled to shore by her father about 16:00 on Monday (09:00 […]

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

Media captionLiving giant shipworm found for the first time in Philippines Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time in the Philippines. Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal. The giant […]

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea held a grand military parade on Saturday North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign […]

Maina Sunuwar murder: Nepal soldiers convicted of war-era killing

Maina Sunuwar murder: Nepal soldiers convicted of war-era killing

Image caption Dewi Sunuwar fears the convictions may be “limited to paper” A Nepal court has sentenced three former soldiers to 20 years in jail for killing a teenage girl during the decade-long Maoist insurgency. Maina Sunuwar, 15, was tortured and killed in an army base in 2004 in a case that came to symbolise […]