Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Image copyright Melissa Ilardo Image caption The Bajau subsist by gathering shellfish on the sea floor In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows. The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor. Scientists […]

Banyan: Insecticide 'drip' to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Banyan: Insecticide 'drip' to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Image caption The tree is spread across three acres A 700-year-old banyan tree in the southern Indian state of Telengana has been put on special “drips” filled with diluted pesticides, to ward off insects. The tree is spread across three acres and is reportedly the second largest of its kind in the world. Officials are […]

Indian Premier League: Chennai Super Kings charter train to Pune for fans

Indian Premier League: Chennai Super Kings charter train to Pune for fans

Fans embarked on the journey which takes in the region of 21 hours Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings have chartered a special train to take 1,000 fans more than 1,000km to Friday’s match – for free. The south-eastern India city has been banned from hosting games due to safety concerns with the team’s […]

India video reunites man with family after 40 years

India video reunites man with family after 40 years

Image copyright Courtesy Mumbai Police Image caption Khomdram Gambhir Singh (right) was found living rough in Mumbai An Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago has been reunited with his family after his brother recognised him in a YouTube video that went viral. Khomdram Gambhir Singh went missing from Manipur state aged 26 in 1978. […]

Philippines' Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Philippines' Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sister Patricia Fox, 71, says her activism is not politically motivated Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally authorised an investigation into an Australian nun who was detained earlier this week. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political […]

Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears

Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the nation’s largest lender Australia’s largest lender collected fees from customers it knew had died, a major inquiry has heard. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) told a public hearing that some of its financial planners had billed services to deceased clients. In one case, […]

Top Japanese official resigns over sexual harassment claims

Top Japanese official resigns over sexual harassment claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A top Japanese official resigned on Wednesday following allegations he sexually harassed female journalists. Junichi Fukuda denies the accusations reported in a magazine which says it has evidence against him. Separately, a local governor stepped down over allegations he paid women for relationships. […]

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Image copyright Coral CoE/Gergely Torda Image caption Bleaching causes coral to lose the algae which give it its colour Prolonged ocean warming events, known as marine heatwaves, take a significant toll on the complex ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. This is according to a new study on the impacts of the 2016 marine heatwave, […]

100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season

100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season

Image copyright Purnima Shrestha A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials have told the BBC. Fifteen Nepalese women are planning to climb from the Nepali side, with just five male Nepali climbers so far. The last time a large number of Nepalese women climbed Everest was in 2008, […]