Australia fires: Victoria braces for severe storms

Australia fires: Victoria braces for severe storms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Heavy rains have doused many of the country’s bushfires Forecasters have warned of severe storms in Australia’s fire-hit state of Victoria, which could lead to flooding. Recent heavy rains have dampened many of the country’s bushfires, but also led to power cuts and road closures. The fires, which began in […]

Australia fires: Have gum trees made the bushfires worse?

Australia fires: Have gum trees made the bushfires worse?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Burning eucalyptus bark can be carried by the wind and spread wildfires. Several readers have asked whether Australia’s famous eucalyptus trees have helped spread the bushfires which have raged for months. Also known as the gum tree, these forests are some of the most flammable in the world. How […]

Australia fires: Heavy rains hit some blaze-hit regions

Australia fires: Heavy rains hit some blaze-hit regions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome, such as this thirsty koala, have been making the most of the wet conditions Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed parts of Australia’s east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding to some areas. There have been downpours in the […]

Nepal avalanche: Four South Korean trekkers among missing

Nepal avalanche: Four South Korean trekkers among missing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Four South Koreans are among those missing after the avalanche At least six people have gone missing after an avalanche hit a trekking route on a Himalayan mountain in north-west Nepal, officials say. The avalanche struck near a base camp in the Annapurna region after heavy snowfall on Friday. […]

Khagendra Thapa Magar: World’s shortest mobile man dies aged 27

Khagendra Thapa Magar: World’s shortest mobile man dies aged 27

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Khagendra Thapa Magar was named the shortest living man who could walk The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records (GWR), has died at a hospital in Nepal at the age of 27. Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Nepal’s Baglung district, measured 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in). […]

Pakistan two-star general: Farewell to a social media celebrity

Pakistan two-star general: Farewell to a social media celebrity

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Maj-Gen Ghafoor raised eyebrows with some of his tactics It is not often a military spokesperson doubles as a national celebrity, about whom internet memes are made and whose name trends on Twitter. But Pakistan’s Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor is one such individual. As he leaves his post after three headline-grabbing […]

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There were six coronaviruses known to infect people before the latest discovery The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been 41 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK […]

China anger after woman drives into Forbidden City

China anger after woman drives into Forbidden City

Image copyright CCTV Image caption Photos of Lu Xiaobo and her friend instantly went viral, and raised a lot of eyebrows Staff at one of China’s top landmarks have apologised after seemingly allowing a wealthy woman to drive onto the heavily guarded premises. Social media user Lu Xiaobao posted photos of herself, a friend and […]

China tourists found dead by 1973 Iceland plane crash site

China tourists found dead by 1973 Iceland plane crash site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 1973 crash site in southern Iceland has become a tourist destination Two Chinese nationals in their early 20s have been found dead at the site of a 1973 plane crash in southern Iceland. Police said the man and the woman were found near the Sólheimasandur crash site, which […]

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