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Billionaire makes ‘biggest philanthropic gift’ by living Australian

Billionaire makes ‘biggest philanthropic gift’ by living Australian

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Andrew Forrest, an Australian iron ore magnate and philanthropist Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have announced they will give A$400m (£229m; $298m) to charity. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the donation was “the biggest single philanthropic gift” in the nation’s history, and the largest by a […]

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyongyang said the missile launched was the Pukguksong-2, which was also tested in February North Korea has confirmed it “successfully” launched another medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The state-run KCNA news agency said the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action. The White House said the missile […]

Wang Quanzhang: The lawyer who ‘simply vanished’

Wang Quanzhang: The lawyer who ‘simply vanished’

Image copyright Family Image caption Wang Quanzhang was detained in August 2015 – and hasn’t been seen or heard from since In August 2015 Wang Quanzhang was detained by the Chinese authorities. In that he was not alone. The nationwide series of raids that summer saw more than 200 lawyers, legal assistants and human rights […]

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Hillary Step (pictured as it used to look) was the last big technical challenge before Everest’s summit A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating […]

Sydney siege: Families criticise ‘outrageous’ police tactics

Sydney siege: Families criticise ‘outrageous’ police tactics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson’s deaths prompted thousands of tributes in Sydney The families of two hostages who died in the Sydney cafe siege have criticised police over their handling of the incident. In December 2014, self-styled Islamist Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside a Lindt cafe […]

IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win title

IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win title

Mumbai Indians became the first IPL side to win three titles after a dramatic one-run win in Hyderabad A superb final over from Mitchell Johnson saw Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win a thrilling Indian Premier League final. With Pune needing 11 runs, Johnson conceded a four off his first […]

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian ‘spy’

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian ‘spy’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jadhav was arrested in the province of Balochistan in March last year A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India. India has argued in the International […]

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian ‘spy’

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian ‘spy’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jadhav was arrested in the province of Balochistan in March last year A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India. India has argued in the International […]

Princess Mako to lose Japan royal status by marrying commoner

Princess Mako to lose Japan royal status by marrying commoner

Media captionWatch: The beginning of a real-life fairytale? A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying together. Japan’s imperial law requires a […]

Dangal: India’s wrestling blockbuster delights China

Dangal: India’s wrestling blockbuster delights China

Image copyright DISNEY Image caption The promotional image for the film shows the father with his two daughters, when they are children and then later in life The true story of two female wrestlers overturning gender stereotypes has become the highest-grossing Indian film ever in China. It’s got people asking when China will make a […]