Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption During the truce Taliban militants were feted by many Afghans The Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan security forces since the militants ended the ceasefire they declared for the Eid festival. The number of casualties is unclear, but some officials say 30 soldiers died in the attack on […]

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Thomson holds his third Open Championship trophy in 1956 Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s greatest golfers and a five-time Open Championship winner, has died aged 88. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years and died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf […]

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

Image copyright AFP Image caption The new threat comes after Beijing vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect […]

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is seen here with Mehbooba Mufti in 2016 The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit a coalition with her party. The BJP said the three-year […]

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Image copyright ALEX ASHBURY/ PERTH ZOO Image caption Puan, 62, was given to Perth Zoo in 1968 The world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had […]

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Poor weather is hampering the rescue effort on Lake Toba Indonesian rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a ferry sank on a lake in Sumatra. Eighteen survivors have been pulled from rough waters on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination and one of the deepest lakes […]

Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The North Korean leader is expected to brief China’s leadership on his talks with Mr Trump North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is making a two-day visit to China, a week after meeting US President Donald Trump. It is expected he will discuss sanctions and the commitment he made at the […]

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump has threatened to levy a 10% tariff on $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a tit-for-tat trade row with Beijing. Mr Trump said he asked trade advisers to identify additional Chinese products on which to impose new tariffs. Last week Mr Trump announced the US would impose 25% […]

‘They morphed my face on to a porn clip’

A tweet attributed to independent journalist Rana Ayyub went viral, causing her to become a victim of grievous online harassment. She spoke to the BBC’s Ayeshea Perera about what her life has been like. Visuals by Nikita Deshpande. ‘They morphed my face on to a porn clip’}

‘Dumpling-shaped’ space rock comes into view

Image Copyright @haya2e_jaxa @haya2e_jaxa Image Copyright @haya2e_jaxa @haya2e_jaxa A Japanese spacecraft is sending back images as it approaches an irregularly shaped asteroid that some on the mission have compared to a dumpling. The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft was launched in 2014 on a quest to study the asteroid Ryugu and deliver rocks and soil from its […]