Pakistan village council orders ‘revenge rape’ of girl

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A villager points to the house where a teenage girl was raped in Muzaffarabad, Multan Some 20 people from Multan, Pakistan, have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl, in revenge for a rape her brother allegedly committed. Police said the families of the two girls […]

Taliban rout Afghan troops near Kandahar

Taliban rout Afghan troops near Kandahar

Image copyright AFP Image caption The army has suffered several defeats by the militants in recent months Taliban fighters have killed at least 26 Afghan soldiers in an attack on their base near the key southern city of Kandahar, the army says. A defence ministry spokesman said heavy fighting was continuing in the area and […]

Deported Nepalese teen Bivsi Rana can return to Germany

Image copyright DPA Image caption Bivsi Rana grew up in Germany but was deported to Nepal with her family two months ago A teenager who was removed from her classroom and deported to Nepal has been allowed to return to Germany on a study visa. Bivsi Rana, 15, was born in Germany to Nepalese parents. […]

Dr G Yunupingu: An exquisite singer who ‘spoke to the soul’

Image copyright Skinnyfish Image caption Dr G Yunupingu has been remembered as “the voice of a generation” He was the other-worldly singer who counted Elton John and Sting among his fans, and who played for the Pope, the Queen and Barack Obama. If not the face of indigenous Australia, he was certainly its voice. Known […]

Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty, his lawyer confirms

Media captionThe world’s media were waiting for Cardinal Pell as he arrived at court Cardinal George Pell will plead not guilty to all accusations of sexual assault against him, his lawyer has told a Melbourne court. The Vatican treasurer, 76, appeared in person for the brief administrative hearing on Wednesday. Cardinal Pell is accused of […]

Australian indigenous singer Dr G Yunupingu dies

Image copyright sdominick Image caption The blind singer won an ARIA Award for his first solo album One of Australia’s leading Aboriginal musicians, Dr G Yunupingu, has died at the age of 46. The singer, born blind in the Northern Territory, became the highest-selling Australian indigenous artist ever. He died at Royal Darwin Hospital on […]

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. […]

Race to free Mumbai building collapse survivors

Image copyright Ashish Vaishnav / Indus Images Image caption Rescuers spent all day combing the rubble for survivors Rescue workers in the Indian city of Mumbai are struggling to free a number of people trapped underneath a collapsed four-storey building. Officials say at least eight people are known to have died and 15 were rescued. […]

Cardinal Pell hearing to begin in Melbourne

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cardinal George Pell has denied any wrongdoing Cardinal George Pell is expected to appear at an Australian court on Wednesday to face charges of sexual assault. The Vatican treasurer, 76, is accused of historical assaults involving “multiple complainants”, police in the state of Victoria said last month. Cardinal Pell has […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympics get song and dance treatment

With three years to go, the organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have found a unique way to drum up support – a specially choreographed song and dance routine. Have a listen, and maybe dance along. Tokyo 2020 Olympics get song and dance treatment}

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