Japan’s economy rebounds in the second quarter

Japan’s economy rebounds in the second quarter

Image copyright Getty Images Japan’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, returning to growth despite growing global trade tensions. The economy expanded by a faster-than-expected annualised pace of 1.9%, supported by private consumption. The growth came after Japan’s economy shrank in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time in two years. The release […]

North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions

North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Is the rhetoric returning to the big guns? North Korea’s foreign ministry has lashed out at the US for not lifting sanctions against the country. It said it had made various goodwill gestures but the US was still following an “outdated acting script” and jeopardising any progress. North Korea remains […]

Living with the strain of a drought

Living with the strain of a drought

Image copyright ASHLEY GAMBLE Image caption Farmer Ashley Gamble says he is struggling to feed his cows Farmers across eastern Australia are enduring what some have called the worst drought in living memory. On Wednesday, the entire state of New South Wales (NSW) was declared to be drought-affected. It is the same situation in more […]

Lombok earthquake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts

Lombok earthquake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts

Image copyright AFP Image caption The aftershock caused fresh panic The death toll from a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and may go higher still, officials say. The region has been hit by more than 350 aftershocks, the worst of which struck on Thursday. The […]

Shower porn: NZ man pleads guilty after filming 34 women

Shower porn: NZ man pleads guilty after filming 34 women

Image copyright Sean Gallup/Getty Image caption The victims said they felt shocked and degraded by the man’s actions A New Zealand man has pleaded guilty to filming 34 women at his guesthouse with covert cameras in shampoo bottles. The man from Hawke’s Bay, North Island – who has not been named to protect his wife […]

‘Kiki challenge’ India men to clean station as punishment

‘Kiki challenge’ India men to clean station as punishment

Image copyright Funcho Entertainment Three men in the western Indian city of Mumbai will clean a railway station for three days as punishment for doing the viral Kiki challenge on a train. Their “sentence” was decided by a magistrate after police arrested the men and produced them before a court. Their video portrays how people […]

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition

Image copyright @mooreyameen Image caption The portraits of Ms Ayub (L) and Mr Pang (R) have been removed from an exhibition Festival organisers in Malaysia have removed two portraits of LGBT activists from a public photo exhibition after complaints from the government. The director of the George Town Festival said he was “directed” to take […]

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor amid rescue efforts

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor amid rescue efforts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tens of thousands of homes have already collapsed The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday’s earthquake. The USGS said the latest quake had a magnitude of 5.9 – there are reports it brought down some buildings. […]

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Golfer Jarrod Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36, his family has confirmed. Lyle overcame acute myeloid leukaemia in 1998 and 2012, before announcing it had returned last year. He died on Wednesday, after spending his final days […]

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Train stations in central Melbourne will no long broadcast Sky News Australia An Australian state has instructed train stations to stop broadcasting Sky News Australia, amid a widening backlash over a recent TV interview. On Sunday, Sky News Australia hosted Blair Cottrell – a far-right figure with court convictions […]