Siege gunman shot dead after policeman’s killing in Queensland

Image copyright Image caption Police set up a roadblock in Queensland A man who killed a policeman before holding authorities at bay for 18 hours has been shot dead in Australia. On Monday, Rick Maddison fatally shot Senior Constable Brett Forte after the police officer intercepted his car in Queensland. He fled to a […]

Cyclone Mora: Bangladesh tries to evacuate one million

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated to shelters Bangladeshi authorities are trying to evacuate up to a million people before a powerful cyclone makes landfall. Cyclone Mora is likely to hit the eastern coast early on Tuesday, the meteorological department said. Port cities in the south-east have been […]

Philippine army ‘makes gains’ in Marawi Islamist battle

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philippine Marines are among troops battling the Islamist militants in Marawi The Philippine military says it has made gains retaking Marawi city from Islamist militants amid clashes that have left about 100 people dead. According to the military, militants now control only small pockets within the southern Philippine city. But […]

Anthony Foster: Tireless fighter against Catholic sex abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anthony Foster’s advocacy helped launch an inquiry into institutionalised sexual abuse Clutching a photo of two smiling girls, Anthony Foster last year delivered a powerful statement about what had become his life’s mission. “These are my girls,” he said before television cameras in Rome. “A Catholic priest was raping […]

WannaCry ransom notice analysis suggests Chinese link

Image copyright AFP Image caption The WannaCry worm encrypted computer files and demanded a ransom to unlock them New analysis suggests Chinese-speaking criminals may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware that affected thousands of organisations worldwide. Researchers from Flashpoint looked at the language used in the ransom notice. They said the use of proper grammar […]

N Korea fires Scud missile into sea, its third test in three weeks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Replicas of the Scud missiles owned by North Korea North Korea has fired what appears to be a short-range ballistic missile, the third apparently successful test in as many weeks. The Scud missile flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in the sea off its coast, South Korea’s military said. […]

The women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Doan Thi Huong (in yellow T-shirt) and Siti Aisyah (right) have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank The murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader, is likely to go down as one of the most notorious in history. Two women are […]

Australia to send 30 additional troops to Afghanistan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull meets troops stationed in Afghanistan last month Australia will increase its troop presence in Afghanistan following a formal request from the US, Canberra has said. The 30 new military advisers will raise Australia’s total deployment to 300, Defence Minister Marise Payne said. Earlier this month, US […]

Philippines violence: 19 killed during push against jihadists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians have borne the brunt of much of the recent fighting in Marawi At least 19 civilians have been killed in continuing clashes between the armed forces of the Philippines and Islamist insurgents in the city of Marawi, military officials say. The bodies were discovered by advancing soldiers this weekend. […]

Sri Lanka floods: Residents afraid as more rain forecast

Image copyright Reuters Sri Lankans recovering from devastating floods are bracing themselves for more rain as emergency teams rush to deliver aid. Floodwaters receded on Sunday but many villages were still inundated. At least 146 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in the flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Friday. Another […]