International Criminal Court judges consider Afghanistan war crimes inquiry

International Criminal Court judges consider Afghanistan war crimes inquiry

Image caption Claims of human rights abuses have dogged Gen Dostum, the current vice-president, for decades Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are deciding whether to authorise an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistan. They are due to begin examining written submissions from victims in Afghanistan about whom and what any potential […]

Beaumont children: Excavation in Australia over 1966 mystery

Beaumont children: Excavation in Australia over 1966 mystery

Image copyright SA Police Image caption The disappearance of the Beaumont children shocked Australia Australian police have begun excavating a factory site over the disappearance of three children more than 50 years ago. The case of the Beaumont children is often described as Australia’s most enduring cold case mystery. The children – Jane, nine, Arnna, […]

Maldives Supreme Court orders release of jailed politicians

Maldives Supreme Court orders release of jailed politicians

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption The former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced for terror offences in 2015 The Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release and retrial of the exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed and other opposition leaders. In a statement, the court declared that their original trials violated constitutional and international law. The […]

Venice Biennale: The row over anointing Australia’s entrant

Venice Biennale: The row over anointing Australia’s entrant

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A work by Australian artist Fiona Hall at the Venice Biennale in 2015 A new method of selecting Australia’s entrant for the world’s biggest art event has set off a passionate backlash among some donors, reports the BBC’s Hywel Griffith in Sydney. There is no room for democracy when […]

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Left to right: Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong have been named in the US nomination letter US lawmakers have nominated Hong Kong pro-democracy activists – including 21-year-old student leader Joshua Wong – for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated alongside Nathan Law, 24, and Alex Chow, […]

Theresa May hails ‘first step’ to trade deal after Xi Jinping talks

Theresa May hails ‘first step’ to trade deal after Xi Jinping talks

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has agreed a joint trade and investment review with China as the first step towards an “ambitious” post-Brexit deal, Downing Street said. The prime minister said “we will be free to strike our own trade deals” after leaving the EU, following talks with China’s President Xi Jinping. Mr Xi said […]

India unveils ‘world’s largest’ public healthcare scheme

India unveils ‘world’s largest’ public healthcare scheme

Image caption India spends a little over 1% of its GDP on public healthcare, one of the lowest in the world. India has announced an ambitious health insurance scheme, which is designed to be a safety net for millions of people who struggle to afford medical care. It’s thought to be one of the largest […]

Eleven die in fire at a welfare home in Japan

Eleven die in fire at a welfare home in Japan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Firefighters managed to save five of the 16 residents Eleven people have been killed after a fire at a Japanese residential facility for people in financial difficulty. TV footage on the country’s public broadcaster NHK showed the house engulfed in flames late on Wednesday night. Of the 16 people living […]

World War Two bomb in Hong Kong defused by police

World War Two bomb in Hong Kong defused by police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bomb was found at a construction site in Hong Kong Hong Kong police have successfully defused a “severely damaged” World War Two bomb that was found at a construction site in a busy commercial area. Over 4,000 people were forced to evacuate and streets cordoned off as experts […]

Theresa May in talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping

Theresa May in talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has met President Xi Jinping for talks on the second day of her visit to China. At a joint press conference with Mr Xi, Mrs May said Britain and China were enjoying a “golden era” in their relationship. And she wanted to “take further forward the global strategic partnership that […]