July 27, 2018

Is Australia and New Zealand’s ‘mateship’ in trouble?

Is Australia and New Zealand's 'mateship' in trouble? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull meet last year Squabbles between Australia and New Zealand have usually been fairly lightweight affairs, the kind you'd find in many big sibling-little sibling relationships. They've typically stemmed from the sporting field, or over who can lay claim to celebrities, or "Australia's" greatest racehorse, the New Zealand-born Phar Lap. But recently a relationship forged on World War One battlefields, and historically described as "special", has developed a decidedly frosty edge. How tensions have escalatedLast year, the bilateral relationship was rocked ahead of New Zealand's election when Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would find it "very difficult to build trust" with a New Zealand Labour government. The outburst came after Labour figures were accused of colluding..
July 27, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Why Australians are up in arms about ‘pie-gate’

Malcolm Turnbull: Why Australians are up in arms about 'pie-gate' Image copyright Getty Images It seems unlikely Malcolm Turnbull had any idea of the storm he was about to wade into when he posted the short clip to Instagram. After all, he was just eating a pie. Only, he was eating it with a knife and fork. And this is something Australians have strong opinions on. Image Copyright @BenFordham @BenFordham Report Image Copyright @BenFordham @BenFordham Report 'Where's the sauce?'Scott Gilbert was in no doubt where the politician had gone wrong. "A pie that small should, and always will be, only eaten by a technique that is learned when you go to school with a tuck shop. Two hands. Gently press down on the far side whilst slightly slurping the near side," he tweeted. Australian radio host Ben Fordham's suggestion that the use of a knife and fork might not be the worst thing in the world got short shrift from columnist Rita Pahani. "Unfollowed, blocked & rep..
July 27, 2018

Laos dam collapse: Questions over real death toll

July 27, 2018

Pakistan election: Party of Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif concedes to Imran Khan

Pakistan election: Party of Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif concedes to Imran Khan Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive things to know about Imran Khan The party of ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says it will not boycott the country's new parliament despite reservations over the election results. Former cricketer Imran Khan, whose PTI party has a clear lead in results reported so far, has claimed victory. On Friday, a senior leader of Mr Sharif's PML-N party said the outcome of the parliamentary vote would be accepted for the sake of democracy. The party had alleged vote rigging had taken place during Wednesday's poll. On Friday, a European Union monitoring team said the campaign featured a "lack of equality" that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties. Mr Khan has faced accusations that his election challenge benefited from military interference. On Thursday the charismatic leader - who captained Pakistan to a World Cup victory i..
July 27, 2018

Indian woman held for leaving dead infant aboard plane

Indian woman held for leaving dead infant aboard plane Image copyright Getty Images An Indian woman has been detained after a dead infant was found on board a domestic flight from Guwahati in north-east India to the capital Delhi. The cabin crew of the Air Asia flight found the baby minutes before the plane was supposed to land on Thursday. They questioned all the female passengers aboard and a 19-year-old woman admitted to having given birth to the baby on the plane. Police officials told the BBC the woman said she did not know she was pregnant. Airport police have registered a case and are investigating the matter, they added. "She gave birth to a seven-and-a-half month baby in the plane's toilet and left it on the floor," senior police official Sanjay Bhatia told the BBC. He added that police were waiting for a post-mortem report to find out how the baby had died. Why you can give birth without having a bump"We will find out more and take necessary action after we get the r..
July 27, 2018

Vanuatu: Ambae island evacuated again over volcano eruption

Vanuatu: Ambae island evacuated again over volcano eruption Image copyright EPA Image caption Volcanic ash has covered large parts of the small island A Vanuatu island is being fully evacuated for a second time as its volcano erupts again. The Manaro Voui volcano began spewing ash in recent days, prompting officials to order thousands of residents on tiny Ambae island to leave immediately. The volcano began rumbling in September last year. This led to the island's first full evacuation. Officials say this time that the volcano once again presents a danger to life. Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu tweeted that Friday's evacuation was compulsory. Residents are being moved to neighbouring islands. Skip Twitter post by @RRegenvanu On the eve of the 38th anniversary of independence, cabinet has reimposed the state of emergency and ordered the compulsary evacuation of the entire population of Ambae — Ralph Regenvanu (@RRegenvanu) July 26, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @RRege..
July 27, 2018

Australian woman guilty of murder in headless torso case

Australian woman guilty of murder in headless torso case Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Lindy Williams (L) killed partner George Gerbic (R), a court has ruled An Australian woman who dumped her partner's dismembered body next to a road and set it alight has been found guilty of murder. Lindy Williams, 60, was sentenced on Friday to spend a maximum of life in prison for killing her de facto partner, George Gerbic. Mr Gerbic's headless torso was found in Queensland in 2013. Williams had pleaded guilty to burning and disposing of his body, but denied killing him. She told a court that Mr Gerbic had slipped and hit his head while the couple were having a fight at home in September 2013. Williams alleged she had left him lying on the floor, and returned days later to find his torso in their bathroom. But a Supreme Court of Queensland jury disagreed and convicted her of murder, with a judge condemning her "heartless" and "sophisticated" cover-up. Questions remainDuring the..
July 27, 2018

Thailand: ‘Durian thief’ shot dead by farmer

Thailand: 'Durian thief' shot dead by farmer Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The stinky and prickly durian is highly prized in Thailand. A durian farmer in Thailand has been arrested after he shot dead a man believed to be stealing the fruit. Police said the farmer, named as Sukhon Sutthirak, encountered several armed men in his orchard while out harvesting his durians. He ended up shooting one of them after a brief confrontation. He told police he had suffered a string of durian robberies in recent days. The farmer has since been charged with murder. Police are now identifying the victim, said local media. The incident took place sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in the southern Surat Thani province. The stinky and prickly durian, known as the "king of fruits" in several parts of Asia, is highly prized in Thailand.
July 26, 2018

North Korea returns US war remains

Korea remains: Pyongyang returns US troops slain in Korean War North Korea has returned remains of US troops killed during the Korean War, the latest move in the diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang. The US confirmed a plane carrying the remains was en route from North Korea to a US base in South Korea. It will be welcomed by relatives who have waited years to be reunited with the remains of their loved ones. The repatriation was agreed at the June summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. The return of the remains comes on the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the 1950-1953 Korean War. The White House statement said the US government was "encouraged by North Korea's actions and the momentum for positive change". The US military aircraft is taking the remains to the Osan base where a repatriation ceremony will be held on 1 August. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published short..
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