Australia risks ‘chipping away’ at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s gun laws must be maintained, Tim Fischer says One of the architects of Australia’s strict gun control laws has warned the nation against loosening them. The Australian government brought in sweeping gun ownership reforms following the deaths of 35 people in a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. […]

US soldier pleads guilty to desertion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bergdahl arrives at the courthouse on Monday Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North […]

Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Once hailed as Kings of the Road, colourful traditional Filipino jeepneys may soon vanish A public transport strike has sparked fierce debate in the Philippines, as Filipinos rally around the iconic mini-buses, called jeepneys. Earlier this year, authorities launched a controversial programme to modernise the public transport system, including […]

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admits desertion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bergdahl arrives at the courthouse on Monday Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North […]

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

Image copyright Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images Image caption The Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in 1643 A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called the Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, […]

Philippines military ‘kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The military had spent years trying to find the militant Philippine troops say they have killed Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant who is seen as Islamic State group’s leader in southeast Asia. Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the US’s list of “most wanted terrorists”, was killed in fighting in […]

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane (not pictured) experienced problems about 25 minutes after take-off An AirAsia Indonesia flight has been forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say. Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about […]

New Zealand faces ‘chipocalypse’ as farmers warn of crisps shortage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Whatever you call them, the beloved snack food is made with “crisping varieties” of potato New Zealand is facing a potential crisps shortage this summer, producers say, in a snack crisis being labelled the “chipocalypse”. Persistent wet winter weather on the islands has hit potato production, resulting in higher […]

Man-eating Indian tigress dies of electrocution

Man-eating Indian tigress dies of electrocution

Image caption The two-year-old tigress had killed four people A tigress that killed four people in the west Indian state of Maharashtra died on Saturday, days after a court upheld an order to kill it. The animal was electrocuted by a fence erected by a farmer to keep out wild boar, wildlife officials said. Officials […]