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New Zealand volcano: What we know about those affected
on 2019-12-15 at 04:57
The latest information on the people affected by the deadly eruption on New Zealand’s White Island.
New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises to 16 as two remain missing
on 2019-12-15 at 04:54
A person who was being treated in hospital in Australia dies, as two bodies remain missing.
Hong Kong protests test Beijing’s ‘foreign meddling’ narrative
on 2019-12-15 at 00:04
Why mainland China insists there is a sinister hand of foreign meddling in the protests.
Police raid residence of Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s nephew
on 2019-12-14 at 16:31
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew is in hot water after the emergence of a video showing him taking part in a lawyers’ attack on a hospital. Opposition parties allege that Hassan Niazi is being protected by his uncle.
Arsenal distance club from Ozil’s Uighur post
on 2019-12-14 at 14:46
Arsenal distance the club from comments made by midfielder Mesut Ozil on social media about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.
North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media
on 2019-12-14 at 14:34
Few details about the test have been released, but it is the second at the same site within a week.
Citizenship Amendment Bill: India’s West Bengal hit by protests
on 2019-12-14 at 14:33
The UK, US and Canada have warned people visiting India’s north-east to “exercise caution”.
Thailand: Thousands rally against pro-military government
on 2019-12-14 at 14:25
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bangkok to protest against the banning of a prominent opposition party that has challenged the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.
First visit for Carrie Lam to Beijing after disastrous election defeat
on 2019-12-14 at 13:56
Hong Kong’s chief executive arrived in Beijing, her first visit since the dramatic defeat of the pro-establishment bloc in recent local elections. Speculation is growing that Lam will be asked to step down.
North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ at missile facility
on 2019-12-14 at 10:20
Pyongyang says it successfully completed another test ahead of a US envoy’s visit this weekend. Kim Jong Un has threatened a "Christmas gift" for the US if an agreement on sanctions isn’t reached by the new year.
Presidents Cup: Patrick Reed’s caddie involved in altercation with fan
on 2019-12-14 at 08:29
Patrick Reed’s caddie is thrown out of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne after he “shoved” a fan who had been directing abuse at his player.
Australia heatwave: Next week could see hottest day on record
on 2019-12-14 at 03:12
Fire warnings are in place for many areas including Perth, where temperatures are set to remain high.
Myanmar Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi cuts a haunted figure in court
on 2019-12-14 at 00:12
The once-persecuted Nobel peace laureate has been defending Myanmar against genocide allegations.
Donald Trump announces ‘Phase One’ of US-China trade deal
on 2019-12-13 at 21:46
The US president has described the first part of a bilateral trade agreement as an "amazing deal." But Chinese officials were cautious, saying they hope "both sides will abide by the agreement."
Rape in India: How Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi both made it a political issue
on 2019-12-13 at 11:36
Rahul Gandhi is now under attack, but PM Narendra Modi has also invoked rape to win elections.
Former Afghan Bundeswehr employees: Unsafe at home, insecure in Germany
on 2019-12-13 at 09:41
During the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, a large number of civilian employees helped the German army. For some, the job became life-threatening. They had to flee, but they do not feel wanted in Germany.
Pengsoo: The rude giant penguin that South Korea fell in love with
on 2019-12-13 at 00:21
He was meant to be a children’s character, but he’s gained a huge fan base amongst millennials.
Myanmar: Rohingya refugee recalls ‘horrific’ mass killings
on 2019-12-13 at 00:08
Rohingya refugee Hasina Begun says Myanmar troops set her village alight and opened fire.
New Zealand recovers bodies from volcanic White Island
on 2019-12-12 at 20:32
The bodies of six people who perished in a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island have been retrieved and taken to a navy ship offshore. Families left distraught by the tragedy had pleaded for a swift recovery.
Why Australia’s PM is facing climate anger amid bushfires
on 2019-12-12 at 16:01
As vast areas burn, Scott Morrison is being accused of playing down the impact of climate change.
Pakistan lawyers in violent hospital protest in Lahore
on 2019-12-12 at 12:33
A number of patients are believed to have died after a protest by lawyers at a Lahore hospital turned violent.
Shah Rukh Khan: ‘Wear your success like a T-shirt’
on 2019-12-12 at 11:40
The Bollywood star has an acting career which has spanned more than three decades.
Opinion: India’s new citizenship act is unconstitutional
on 2019-12-12 at 11:18
India’s move to exclude Muslims from seeking a fast track to citizenship is blatantly discriminatory. It will not be long before the fundamental pluralistic character of India is altered, says DW’s Debarati Guha.
Germany: Indian couple convicted of spying for Delhi
on 2019-12-12 at 10:34
Two Indian citizens living in Germany have been found guilty of spying on Kashmiris and Sikhs for India’s intelligence agency. The couple have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and large fines.
Flying around NZ volcano spewing toxic gas
on 2019-12-12 at 06:54
The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil flies close to White Island, while it continues to spew toxic gas.
Citizenship Amendment Bill: Are India’s claims about minorities in other countries true?
on 2019-12-12 at 00:40
Are the Indian government’s claims about non-Muslim groups in neighbouring states correct?
Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption
on 2019-12-12 at 00:35
Huge numbers of tourists risk scaling active volcanoes every year.
Indian parliament approves citizenship bill, sparking protests
on 2019-12-11 at 16:35
Protesters in India’s ethnically diverse northern regions clashed with police, as the contentious bill passed the upper house of parliament. Muslims will be excluded from the fast-track citizenship laws.
Citizenship Amendment Bill: India’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ law explained
on 2019-12-11 at 16:10
Critics say the Citizenship Amendment Bill is part of a government plan to marginalise Muslims.
Sri Lanka sees a slow revival of tourism after Easter Sunday attacks
on 2019-12-11 at 15:10
In 2018, Sri Lanka was one of the top destinations in the world for foreign tourists, but the Easter bombings in April 2019 dealt a huge blow to the country’s tourism sector. Officials now point to a tourism revival.
White Island volcano: Why New Zealand is importing skin
on 2019-12-11 at 14:35
The number of people with severe burns means doctors are sourcing donor skin from the US.
Pakistan v Sri Lanka: Naseem Shah impresses on opening day
on 2019-12-11 at 11:46
Pakistan enjoy a good day with the ball as Test cricket returns to the country for the first time since 2009.
Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘Do not aggravate ongoing conflict’
on 2019-12-11 at 11:36
Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is appearing at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend her country against accusations of genocide.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says no proof of ‘genocidal intent’ in Rohingya case
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-11 at 10:15
Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday denied “genocidal intent” as she defended Myanmar’s military operation against Rohingya Muslims in the UN’s top court.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects ‘genocide’ accusations at UN’s top court
on 2019-12-11 at 09:38
The Nobel Prize laureate has offered a defense of Myanmar’s military actions that triggered an exodus of Rohingya. Gambia had taken the case to the top UN court, saying it should take all measures to prevent genocide.
Suicide bomber detonates explosives outside main US base in Afghanistan
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-11 at 04:21
A suicide bomber in Afghanistan detonated explosives on Wednesday outside the United States’ main military base of Bagram in an attack that wounded five people, Afghan and NATO officials said.
Bougainville overwhelmingly votes for independence from Papua New Guinea
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-11 at 02:29
The results of Bougainville’s independence referendum are set to be announced Wednesday — with the troubled Pacific islands expected to resoundingly back the creation of a new nation and a break with Papua New Guinea.
Myanmar Rohingya: The supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi
on 2019-12-11 at 01:17
Aung San Suu Kyi will defend her country against genocide accusations in court in The Hague.
New Zealand volcano: Can we predict eruptions?
on 2019-12-11 at 00:02
The country’s most active volcano has erupted – but how good are scientists at predicting when this might happen?
New Zealand volcano: ‘It was like the Chernobyl mini-series’
on 2019-12-10 at 16:49
A paramedic describes the scene he witnessed at the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.
Kashmir’s economy suffers due to continued lockdown
on 2019-12-10 at 15:22
Prolonged shutdowns and a continued ban on the internet have resulted in huge economic losses in India-administered Kashmir. But New Delhi says its "Kashmir integration" would eventually boost the region’s economy.
Pakistan v Sri Lanka: First home Test in 10 years a ‘celebration for nation’
on 2019-12-10 at 11:14
As Pakistan prepare to play their first Test at home since 2009, BBC Sport explores what it means for a country where cricket is “like a religion”.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces Rohingya genocide allegations at UN court
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-10 at 10:15
Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is set to personally defend Myanmar against accusations of genocide in The Hague on Tuesday, in a remarkable fall from grace for the woman once hailed as a rights icon.
White Island: The privately owned New Zealand volcano that is always active
on 2019-12-10 at 08:48
Experts explain the history of New Zealand’s White Island and why tourists were there when it erupted.
Aung San Suu Kyi: How a peace icon ended up at a genocide trial
on 2019-12-10 at 02:50
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is set to defend her country in the International Court of Justice.
Five dead, eight still missing after New Zealand volcanic island erupts
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-10 at 02:02
Eight people were missing and presumed dead on Tuesday after a volcanic eruption covered a small New Zealand island popular with tourists in hot ash and steam, killing five people and seriously injuring around 30 more.
Viewpoint: Are Indian unicorns like Paytm and Zomato too powerful?
on 2019-12-10 at 00:01
With massive funding from global sources, a handful of Indian start-ups are influencing policy.
Job uncertainty restricts journalists’ freedom in Bangladesh
on 2019-12-09 at 16:33
Bangladesh’s media industry has grown rapidly in the last decade, with new print and online media entering the market. But journalists are still deprived of professional rights that restrict their freedom to work.
Suu Kyi arrives at The Hague to defend Myanmar of genocide, rights group calls for country boycott
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-09 at 10:32
Human rights campaigners supporting Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority on Monday called for a global boycott of the country, a day before genocide hearings begin at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Volcanic eruption on New Zealand island kills at least five
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-09 at 03:42
A volcano that is a tourist attraction suddenly erupted off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring up to 20, with several more people reported missing.
Hong Kong protests: Six months of rage and desperation
on 2019-12-09 at 00:53
Here are the most striking images from an unprecedented and historic few months in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong unrest: Huge rally marks 6 months of protests
on 2019-12-08 at 09:20
Some 800,000 demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, a day before the city marks six months since the start of mass protests that have morphed into a wider anti-government movement.
Nearly a million rally in Hong Kong to mark six months of pro-democracy protest movement
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-08 at 06:15
Organisers of a massive pro-democracy march in Hong Kong on Sunday said some 800,000 people took part, the largest turnout in months as the movement marks half a year of protests and unrest.
Dozens dead in factory fire in New Delhi
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-08 at 06:01
A fire believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in India’s capital on Sunday where handbags and other items were made by workers earning as little as 2 dollars per day, killing at least 43 people.
Panipat: The Bollywood battle over an 18th Century war
on 2019-12-08 at 01:04
Afghan film fans are up in arms after images of Bollywood’s latest epic, Panipat, were released.
Sydney fires: ‘We need flooding rain,’ say firefighters
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-07 at 08:01
A giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney, which has blanketed the city in smoke causing a spike in respiratory illnesses and the cancellation of outdoor sports, will take weeks to control but will not be extinguished without heavy rains, firefighters said.
India rape victim dies after being set on fire on way to court
on 2019-12-07 at 07:01
The woman, who was set alight by a gang of men, including two of her alleged rapists, has died in a New Delhi hospital. A series of rape cases in recent weeks have once again put sexual crimes in India in the spotlight.
Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?
on 2019-12-07 at 01:01
A climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is behind extreme weather events in East Africa and Australia.
Hyderabad case: How effective is India’s justice system in dealing with rape?
on 2019-12-07 at 01:00
More and more rapes are being reported in India – but how well is the justice system coping?
UN rights chief says Iranian regime using ‘severe violence’ against protesters
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-06 at 16:54
Iranian security forces have shot at protesters from helicopters and a rooftop and have aimed at peoples’ heads in using “severe violence” to quell anti-government unrest last month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.
Hyderabad case: Why Indians are celebrating the killings
on 2019-12-06 at 09:26
The police shooting of four men accused of gang rape and murder is largely being greeted with joy.
Sydney Zoo: Does the world still need big zoos?
on 2019-12-06 at 07:50
As Sydney gets a brand new zoo, animal experts question what we really learn from visiting captive animals.
SEA Games: Athlete finally wins gold – 38 years after debut
on 2019-12-06 at 07:48
Christina Tham won silver in the Southeast Asian Games aged 12 – and has now won gold aged 50.
Indian police shoot dead four men suspected of raping and murdering vet
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-06 at 04:33
Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian in the southern city of Hyderabad last week, a senior police official told Reuters.
‘How I became a secret daytime DJ’
on 2019-12-06 at 01:01
Moey Hassan describes how “daytimers” became the big thing for South Asian teens in 1980s Bradford.
US Navy sailor kills two in shooting at Pearl Harbor base, takes own life
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-05 at 06:42
A U.S. Navy sailor shot and killed two people at the historic military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Wednesday, military officials said, before fatally shooting himself.
Air quality: How bad is Sydney’s smoke for health?
on 2019-12-05 at 06:20
Air quality has exceeded hazardous levels in Australia’s largest city, and the fires are far from over.
Hong Kong protests: Teenage protesters grappling with ‘collective trauma’
on 2019-12-05 at 00:02
Psychologists warn that a new generation of Hongkongers are grappling with “collective trauma”.
Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-04 at 23:58
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus.
Iran’s Rouhani calls for release of ‘innocent’ protesters detained during country’s unrest
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-04 at 20:55
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Wednesday for the release of any unarmed and innocent people detained during two weeks of sometimes violent protests against gasoline price hikes.
International investors pile into Pakistan
on 2019-12-03 at 13:08
Pakistan’s sovereign bonds have never been a highly valued commodity, but global investors pumped $642.5 million into local currency bonds in November. The question is, how long will it last?
China slaps first sanctions on US over Hong Kong bill
on 2019-12-02 at 08:27
US Navy visits to Hong Kong have been suspended. But sanctions on several pro-democracy US NGOs are more symbolic than substantive after China had threatened strong countermeasures.
India proposes nationwide citizen’s list, Muslims fear discrimination
on 2019-11-26 at 15:32
India has proposed creating a list of all people who legally fulfill Indian citizenship requirements. Opponents fear the list could be used to target minority groups. Murali Krishnan reports.