Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Image copyright ESA Image caption The BepiColombo spacecraft will take seven years to get to Mercury Europe and Japan are set to launch their joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The partners have each contributed a probe to be despatched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The duo, together known […]

Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security

Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfghan “war on terror” generation votes Voters in Afghanistan are due to cast their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections, amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. More than 2,500 candidates – including many women – are vying for 250 seats. But more than 30% […]

Afghanistan election: Female MP refutes 'heavy' make-up news report

Afghanistan election: Female MP refutes 'heavy' make-up news report

Afghan news channel, Ariana, has focused on female candidates’ appearance in the run-up to the parliamentary election on 20 October. Naheed Farid – who has been a member of the country’s national assembly since 2010 – says news reports like this one “damage the process of democracy”. BBC Monitoring reports and analyses news from TV, […]

Why some sexual abuse survivors will shun Australia's apology

Why some sexual abuse survivors will shun Australia's apology

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paul Auchettl has campaigned to raise awareness about sexual abuse On Monday, thousands of child sexual abuse survivors are expected to gather in Australia’s capital to hear a national apology. The apology, to be given by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, follows a harrowing five-year inquiry which found tens of thousands […]

Amritsar: Many feared dead in train accident

Amritsar: Many feared dead in train accident

Many people are feared to have died after a train collided with a crowd near Amritsar, in the north Indian state of Punjab. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled […]

Briton faces jail for spraying 'Scouser Lee' on Thai gate

Briton faces jail for spraying 'Scouser Lee' on Thai gate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tha Phae Gate is in the city of Chiang Mai and dates back to the 13th Century A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison. Local police said Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, has admitted defacing […]

Afghanistan delays Kandahar vote after Gen Raziq killed

Afghanistan delays Kandahar vote after Gen Raziq killed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq was a powerful opponent of the Taliban Parliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. Gen Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a rogue bodyguard on Thursday. The Taliban claimed the attack, which […]

Sir Paul Beresford struggles with Scottish accent

Sir Paul Beresford struggles with Scottish accent

New Zealand-born Conservative MP Sir Paul Beresford struggles to understand a question from the SNP’s David Linden. After two attempts, and a request to speak more slowly, Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle stepped in and suggested they resolve the issue by letter. Source link

Australian admits kidnap and rape of Briton in outback ordeal

Australian admits kidnap and rape of Briton in outback ordeal

Image copyright ABC Image caption The woman was rescued after police pulled over a 4×4 A man has pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a British backpacker during a weeks-long kidnapping ordeal in Australia. The woman, from Liverpool, was rescued by police in Queensland last year after they stopped a 4×4 she was driving. Her attacker, […]

Australian woman 'who faked cancer for cash' is charged

Australian woman 'who faked cancer for cash' is charged

Image copyright Google Image caption Ms Wieland was granted bail after appearing at Townsville Magistrates Court in Queensland A woman in Australia has been charged for allegedly gaining A$55,000 ($39,000; £30,000) from a fundraising site after faking a cancer diagnosis. Lucy Wieland, 27, used social media to document a fraudulent journey through ovarian cancer treatment, […]