India election 2019: Poll official ‘killed by Maoists’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is the second stage of a seven phase voting proess A poll official was killed in the eastern Indian state of Orissa on Thursday, hours ahead of the second stage voting in the general election. Sanjukta Digal was on her way to a polling booth when her vehicle […]

NZ ex-official guilty of hiding camera in embassy toilet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo of a mini camera unit that can be built into custom made devices New Zealand’s former top military official in the US has been found guilty of planting a secret camera in a unisex bathroom at the country’s embassy in Washington DC. Alfred Keating faces up to […]

North Korea test fires new tactical guided weapon – state media

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un attending a flight training of Korean People’s Army Air Force on April 16 North Korea says it has test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon”. A report, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), gave few details but said the weapon came fitted with a “powerful […]

Bill Shorten: Who is the challenger to be Australia’s PM?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Shorten is in his sixth year as Australia’s opposition leader Australia has acquired a reputation for rapidly changing prime ministers: five times in the past nine years. Yet it could soon have another if Bill Shorten’s Labor Party wins an election on 18 May. Mr Shorten, 51, is […]

Taiwan’s Foxconn boss Terry Gou says sea goddess inspired presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Terry Gou said the sea goddess Mazu encouraged him to run The billionaire founder of Taiwan’s electronics giant Foxconn has announced he will run for the country’s presidency, citing divine endorsement. Terry Gou will stand in the primaries of the Kuomintang opposition party, promoting a more China-friendly policy. He said […]

India election 2019: Can West Bengal’s female candidates win?

Women make up nearly half of India’s 900 million voters, but they are still poorly represented in the country’s law-making bodies. One political party is trying to correct the balance by nominating 41% female candidates. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled to the state of West Bengal to see how they are faring. On a bright […]

Barry Humphries: Top comedy prize renamed after transgender row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The “Barry Award” had been named in honour of Barry Humphries One of the world’s top comedy festivals will no longer use comedian Barry Humphries’ name for its chief prize, after he was accused of transphobia. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival said its prestigious Barry Award for best show […]

Canadian tourist dies after Thailand zipline wire snaps

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination in northern Thailand A Canadian tourist has fallen to his death after a zipline cable snapped in northern Thailand, authorities say. Authorities in Chiang Mai say the 25-year-old man was on holiday with his girlfriend. The cable gave way soon after he was […]

VW boss ‘not aware’ of China’s detention camps

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess has told the BBC that he is “not aware” of reports about detention camps holding thousands of Muslims in parts of China, a country where VW has been operating and producing cars for more than 30 years. Rights groups have accused China of forcibly detaining and sometimes abusing Uighur Muslims […]

Pakistan dust storm leaves three people dead

Winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph) were recorded in Karachi. Source link

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