Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the nation’s largest lender Australia’s largest lender collected fees from customers it knew had died, a major inquiry has heard. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) told a public hearing that some of its financial planners had billed services to deceased clients. In one case, […]

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

Image copyright Swathi Vadlamudi Image caption A screenshot of the cartoon which was shared widely on social media An Indian journalist and cartoonist who has received online threats over a cartoon that refers to recent incidents of rape says she will not back down. Swathi Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and […]

Minister ridiculed for saying ancient India invented internet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The minister cited this example from the Hindu epic Mahabharata to prove his point A minister who has claimed that the internet was invented thousands of years ago by ancient Indians is being met with ridicule. Biplab Deb, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, […]

Jessie J wins China singing talent show contest

Media captionJessie J wowed Chinese audiences to land the title Jessie J has won a singing competition in China, which has been likened to the X Factor. The singer used to be a judge on The Voice UK, and is the star behind hits including Price Tag and Domino. But now she’s won China’s Singer […]

Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?

Image caption China says it’s ahead in the global race for nuclear fusion In a world with an ever-increasing demand for electricity and a deteriorating environment, Chinese scientists are leading the charge to develop what some see as the holy grail of energy. The BBC’s Stephen McDonell was given rare access to their facility in […]

Australian surf event cancelled after shark attacks

Image copyright WORLD SURF LEAGUE Image caption The Margaret River Pro was due to conclude on Sunday A major surfing tournament in Australia has been called off following two shark attacks in the area. The World Surf League (WSL) said the final days of the Margaret River Pro event in Western Australia would be cancelled […]

Mike Pompeo, CIA chief, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – reports

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Pompeo’s (left) mission reportedly was to prepare for the Trump-Kim summit CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over […]

Trump says US officials talking to N Korea ahead of Kim summit

Media captionTrump takes credit for the success of the Winter Olympics in South Korea US officials have held direct talks with North Korea on setting up a historic summit with its leader, President Donald Trump has announced. “We have had direct talks at… extremely high levels,” he said, adding that five locations were being considered […]

Choi Eun-hee: South Korean actress who was kidnapped by North dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Choi was one of South Korea’s most famous actresses during the peak of her popularity A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 91. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped […]

India parents ‘paid to sabotage daughter’s rape trial’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last week there was fresh outrage after the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl near Kathua city in Indian-administered Kashmir. An Indian teenager who was kidnapped and gang raped last year has accused her parents of accepting money from her alleged assailants in return for pressing her […]