Bula! Fiji fights US bar's trademark on a national greeting Image copyright bulaonthebeach.com/ Image caption The cafe and bars go big on selling the island vibe Fiji is fighting back against a company in the US that's trademarked its national greeting "Bula", saying it was "tone-deaf and wrong".
The trademark has been registered by a chain of bars and cafes in Florida which among other things serve kava, a mildly narcotic drink popular across Fiji and other Pacific island nations.
Bula is a common Fijian greeting with a much wider cultural significance.
Fiji says the move amounts to a "blatant case of heritage-highjacking".
"We would never give permission for anyone - particularly someone outside of Fiji looking to profit - to effectively claim ownership of 'bula', a word so deeply-rooted in our national identity that it has become synonymous with Fiji," Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Radio New Zealand.
"The idea that a single person could control t..
Chinese message in a bottle makes waves in Queensland Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do recipients get the message? Have you ever put a message in a bottle, tossed it out to sea, and wondered where it would end up?
When a bottle covered in barnacles containing a note inside washed up on Airlie Beach, in Queensland Australia, a local tour operator took to social media to find out more.
In a Facebook post showing employee Daniel McNally holding up the bottle, Whitehaven Beach Tours asked its social media followers to "stay tuned for the grand opening".
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Once opened, the company discovered the note was written in Mandarin Chinese, a..
Tsunami hits Indonesia's Palu after strong earthquake Image copyright Unknown A strong tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake has hit a coastal Indonesian city, officials say.
Waves of up to 2m (6.6ft) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island, not long after authorities had lifted a tsunami warning.
Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque amongst the buildings damaged.
Officials have reported five deaths - but it is not clear if those were as a result of the tsunami.
Last month, a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing hundreds of people - the biggest on 5 August killed more than 460.
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First human case of rat hepatitis found in Hong Kong Image copyright Gettty Images A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has developed the world's first human case of rat hepatitis E.
Researchers say it is unclear how the man contacted the virus, but refuse bins outside his home were infested with rats.
There had been no previous evidence that this strain of the virus could be transmitted to humans.
The human version of hepatitis E is usually spread through contaminated drinking water.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The refuse area outside the man's home were infested with rats 'Highly divergent' Doctors discovered the case when tests on the man showed abnormal liver function following a liver transplant.
Further tests showed that he was carrying a strain of hepatitis "highly divergent" from the strain that affects humans, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said.
"We postulate that contamination of food by infected rat droppings in the food supply is ..
Australia banking inquiry: Misconduct 'driven by greed' Image copyright AFP Image caption Revelations from the banking inquiry have shocked the Australian public Abuse and misconduct within Australia's banks and financial institutions were driven by a culture of greed, a landmark inquiry has said.
A royal commission this year, the country's highest form of public inquiry, has exposed widespread wrongdoing in the industry.
It released an interim report on Friday, condemning an industry which it said valued profit over people.
The Australian government called the report a "scathing" assessment.
"[The report] shines a very bright light on the poor behaviour of our financial sector," Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.
"Australians expect and deserve better."
'Profit over honesty'Since February, the inquiry has heard numerous allegations of customer exploitation and corporate misbehaviour.
In his 1,000-page report, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne questioned why such m..
Sabarimala temple: India's top court revokes ban on women Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hinduism regards menstruating women as unclean and many temples impose restrictions on women's entry India's Supreme Court has said women can no longer be barred from entering the Sabarimala temple, considered to be one of the holiest for Hindus.
The temple in Kerala barred women of a "menstruating age" - that is between the ages of 10 and 50 - from entering.
Menstruating women are not allowed to participate in religious rituals or enter temples, as they are considered "unclean" in Hinduism.
The ruling came after a petition argued the custom violated gender equality.
While reading out the judgment, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that "religion is for one dignity and identity," adding that "the right to practice religion is available to both men and women".
The impending retirement of Justice Misra has seen a flurry of historic rulings from the court in recent days, incl..
JK Rowling defends Nagini casting in Fantastic Beasts Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption In the trailer Claudia Kim transforms into a snake JK Rowling has defended the casting of a Korean actress as Voldemort's snake Nagini in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.
The latest trailer has revealed Claudia Kim as Nagini and sees her transform into a snake.
Some have criticised the fact the only Asian actor in the cast plays a reptile that is a villain's slave.
But JK Rowling tweeted that Nagini is based on "the Naga", which are "snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology."
She added: "They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi."
Image Copyright Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures Report Rowling has been criticised in the past for the lack of diversity in her Harry Potter books and one fan accused her of the casting of Nagini as an Asian wom..
Papua New Guinea plane comes down in Micronesia lagoon Image copyright James Yaingeluo A Boeing 737-800 aircraft has come down in a lagoon off Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia.
Images shared on social media showed the plane Air Niugini plane, from Papua New Guinea, sitting in shallow water just off the coast.
Passengers can be seen being picked up in small boats.
Details are still unclear, but air investigation authorities in Papua New Guinea told the BBC there were no reports of any serious injuries.
The aircraft was reportedly flying from the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, stopping at Micronesia's Weno island on the way.
Image copyright Dr James Yaingeluo Image copyright Reuters The cause of the incident is not yet known but local media reports said it had overshot the runway while attempting to land.
An official from the PNG air aviation authorities said investigators were preparing to travel to Micronesia.
Hayabusa 2 rovers send new images from Ryugu surface Image copyright Jaxa Japan's space agency (Jaxa) has released new images from the robot rovers it has deployed to the surface of an asteroid.
The photos reveal new details of the surface of the space rock, which is known as Ryugu.
On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the "mothership", Hayabusa 2.
Hayabusa 2 reached Ryugu in June after a three-and-a-half-year journey.
The pictures show in clear relief the rugged, boulder-strewn landscape of this striking Solar System body.
The robots, known as Rover 1A and Rover 1B, are now both confirmed to be working on the surface of the space rock.
The 1kg autonomous rovers move about by hopping, using the asteroid's low gravity. Each one contains a motor-powered internal mass that rotates to generate force, propelling the robot across the surface.
Japan's rovers send pictures from asteroid
Image copyright Jaxa Image copyright Jaxa Rover 1B also sent back..