South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built extensively on Mischief Reef and installed military positions A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by […]

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Image copyright Twitter/@RocketLabUSA Image caption The launch had been delayed by several days due to poor weather An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia Peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on […]

Wedge-tailed eagle captured swooping on drone

Image copyright Leigh Nairn Image caption The drone crashed to the ground and needed to be repaired A farmer in Western Australia has described the moment a wedge-tailed eagle attacked his drone and sent it crashing to the ground. Leigh Nairn said his drone was badly damaged in the incident at Binnu, 550km (340 miles) […]

Imaginary creatures to light up Sydney Opera House

Image copyright Destination NSW Image caption An artist’s impression of Ash Bolland’s Sydney Opera House spectacle When the sun sets on Friday, the Sydney Opera House will light up with imaginary animals inspired by both nature and science-fiction. The colourful motion graphics will illuminate the iconic building’s sails to help launch the Vivid Sydney light […]

South Korean soldier given suspended jail term for gay sex

Image copyright Getty Images A South Korean military court has given an army captain a suspended six-month prison sentence for having sex with another male soldier. The unnamed captain collapsed and was taken to hospital after the verdict. Homosexuality is not a crime for civilians, but the South Korea’s military law bans homosexual activity by […]

Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants. Mr Duterte said insurgents had beheaded a policeman on the southern island. At least […]

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The debate over whether to legalise same-sex marriage has divided Taiwan Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex […]

Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mount Everest has claimed 10 lives so far this season Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team that was retrieving the body of a Slovak climber who died […]

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating

Image copyright Getty Images China has received a downgrade on its credit score, on worries about the future state of the economy. Moody’s Investors Services brought down China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings by one notch to A1 from Aa3. But China’s finance ministry said Moody’s was exaggerating the mainland’s economic difficulties […]

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney An inquest into Sydney’s deadly cafe siege has found extensive failings within the police and justice system. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside a Lindt cafe until police stormed the building 17 […]

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