Barack Obama and family enjoy Indonesia holiday

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Obama and his daughter Malia (centre) engaged in a spot of sightseeing on Wednesday Barack Obama and his family are enjoying a holiday in Indonesia, spending time white-water rafting and visiting temples. He arrived with his wife and two daughters on the island of Bali before visiting an ancient […]

China woman faints after breaking jade bracelet in jewellery shop

Media captionThe incident happened in a shop in south-western Yunnan province A Chinese woman fainted in a jewellery shop after accidentally breaking a jade bracelet priced at $44,000 (£35,000). The tourist from eastern Jiangxi province was trying on the bracelet in a shop in Ruili in Yunnan province near the border with Myanmar, where much […]

#NotInMyName: Indians protest against ‘beef lynching’

#NotInMyName: Indians protest against ‘beef lynching’

Image caption About 2,000 people gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi Protests are taking place across India against rising attacks on Muslims and Dalits (formerly untouchables) by vigilante cow protection groups. About 2,000 people turned out in Delhi. Protests were also being held in 15 other cities as well as in London, protest organiser Saba […]

China launches new warship type to boost military strength

Image copyright Reuters China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrier in April. Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the […]

Shot kangaroo tied to chair holding bottle of ouzo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are stiff penalties for unlawfully killing kangaroos and other protected wildlife Police are investigating after a kangaroo was found shot dead and posed with a liquor bottle in Melbourne. Australian wildlife officials said it was shot at least three times then tied to a chair in a “tasteless” […]

Toshiba sues Western Digital over memory chip sale

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toshiba is selling its memory chip unit to cover losses from its nuclear division Toshiba is suing Western Digital for 120bn yen ($1bn; £835m), accusing it of interfering in the attempted sale of its flash memory business. The Japanese giant is offloading the unit, which makes chips for smartphones […]

Sydney Opera House to come alive with indigenous art

Image copyright Daniel Boud Image caption Indigenous art will be displayed on the Sydney Opera House every night A vibrant animation telling stories of indigenous Australia will be projected on to the Sydney Opera House every night at sunset. The seven-minute show, beginning on Wednesday, will turn the works of five prominent indigenous artists into […]

Pakistan inferno: Father’s anguish as tanker dead buried

Image copyright EPA Image caption The blaze left a trail of charred vehicles on the road around the tanker A mass burial has been held in Pakistan for 125 unidentified victims of Sunday’s fuel tanker inferno in the southern province of Punjab. The blaze killed more than 150 people and came just a day before […]

Australia census: Five takeaways from a changing country

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The face of Australia is changing The results of Australia’s 2016 census have been released, and they paint a clear picture of a country in the midst of change. Here are five takeaways (There will be a quiz at the end!): 1. It’s becoming more Asian and less European […]

Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for ‘luck’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a report of some odd behaviour A superstitious elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck, a Chinese airline has confirmed. The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines […]