Australia ‘one-punch’ attack: First man jailed under new law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The laws have drawn both support and criticism in New South Wales A Sydney man has become the first person to be sentenced under an Australian state’s “one-punch” laws. Those convicted of fatal one-punch assaults while under the influence of drugs or alcohol face minimum eight-year sentences in New […]

China coal-to-gas switch delayed to avert heating crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Coal-fired heating has been China’s favourite fuel but the environmental concerns have pushed the government to convert to cleaner alternatives The Chinese government has scaled back its ambitious plans to eradicate coal-fired heating for this winter amid shortage of gas. Beijing had ordered the nation’s northern provinces to convert from […]

Australia edges closer to same-sex marriage vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters outside Australia’s parliament on Thursday An Australian parliamentary vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage is imminent after MPs reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill. The House of Representatives is widely expected to pass the legislation on Thursday, after the bill drew broad […]

China claims Indian drone ‘invaded airspace in crash’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A March 2017 file picture of an Indian army drone An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese state media said. Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre combat bureau, said the incident took place in “recent days”. He did not give an […]

India newborn ‘mistakenly’ declared dead passes away

Image copyright AFP Image caption The incident sparked outrage and a debate over the quality of private healthcare A newborn baby who was “mistakenly” declared dead by doctors in India’s capital Delhi has died in another hospital where he was being treated. The doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead […]

Memoir by Japanese WW2 emperor Hirohito sold in New York auction

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The notes were dictated by the emperor and written down by an aide A memoir by former Japanese Emperor Hirohito about how his country entered World War Two has fetched $220,000 (£164,000) at an auction in New York. Also known as the Imperial Monologue, it chronicles the slide into war […]

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

Image copyright Getty Images Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some international flights. The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent “engine events”. Two flights were forced to return to Auckland this week after mechanical trouble, local media […]

Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were […]

Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend. Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public discussion on a recent, controversial protest by a hardline religious group. Earlier this year a number of social media activists were “disappeared,” before being released. Two later told […]

China rebukes Australians over influence debate ‘hysteria’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in China last year China’s embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of “irresponsible remarks” and local media of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”. […]