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Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. It instead ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif’s family when […]

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korea regularly threatens to lay waste to its enemies, but how realistic are such threats? North Korea displayed a lot of missiles – including big ones – at a bombastic military parade over the weekend. But what do we really know about Pyongyang’s missile capabilities? Defence expert Melissa Hanham […]

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea showed off military hardware at a parade in honour of the anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung’s birth China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told […]

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A citizenship ceremony in Melbourne earlier this year Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process. Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. Applicants must also […]

Fatal attack reignites shark cull debate in Australia

Fatal attack reignites shark cull debate in Australia

Image copyright WA Police Image caption Laeticia Brouwer had a passion for the ocean, her family says Australia will consider all proposals to stop shark attacks after the death of a teenage girl, the government says. Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was fatally attacked by a shark on Monday while surfing in Western Australia (WA). It was […]

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea showed off military hardware at a parade in honour of the anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung’s birth China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told […]

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

Media captionMike Pence calls North Korea ‘most dangerous threat’ A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea – but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged. The US Navy said on 8 April that the Carl Vinson strike group was travelling to the Korean peninsula amid tensions over Pyongyang’s […]

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

North Korea tension: US ‘armada’ was not sailing to Korean peninsula

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The USS Carl Vinson (left) and other warships were in the Indian Ocean over the weekend A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea – but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged. The US Navy said on 8 April that the Carl Vinson […]

North Korea missile launch a ‘provocation’, US defence chief says

North Korea missile launch a ‘provocation’, US defence chief says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea paraded military hardware ahead of its failed launch The US has accused North Korea of trying to “provoke something”, after Pyongyang conducted a failed missile test over the weekend. US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the test was a reckless move and the US was “working closely” with […]

Jakarta election: Tense run-off expected for governor post

Jakarta election: Tense run-off expected for governor post

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is currently on trial on blasphemy charges Voters in the Indonesian capital Jakarta are electing a governor after a campaign which has heightened religious and racial tensions. Opinion polls suggest incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, is running neck-and-neck with Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a Muslim. Mr Purnama […]