Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 190 reported missing

Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 190 reported missing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Devastated friends and families have been waiting for news on the shore More than 190 people are now thought to be missing after Monday’s ferry disaster on Lake Toba, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The number, revised up from 130, is three times the number of passengers the ferry […]

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia says its inquiry will be unprecedented globally Australia has announced that it will hold a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment. The investigation is in part a response to the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said. The government described the inquiry, to […]

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is seen here with Mehbooba Mufti in May, 2018 Indian-administered Kashmir has come under direct rule after its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned. She quit on Monday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition with her People’s Democratic […]

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

Image copyright Reuters After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won their opening game, beating Colombia 2-1, and securing the team’s first victory against a […]

Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption During the truce Taliban militants were feted by many Afghans The Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan security forces since the militants ended the ceasefire they declared for the Eid festival. The number of casualties is unclear, but some officials say 30 soldiers died in the attack on […]

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Peter Thomson: Golfer who won five Open Championships dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Thomson holds his third Open Championship trophy in 1956 Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s greatest golfers and a five-time Open Championship winner, has died aged 88. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years and died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf […]

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

Image copyright AFP Image caption The new threat comes after Beijing vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect […]

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The PDP’s decision to ally with the BJP was seen as controversial The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition government with her party. The BJP said the three-year alliance […]

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Image copyright ALEX ASHBURY/ PERTH ZOO Image caption Puan, 62, was given to Perth Zoo in 1968 The world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had […]

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Poor weather is hampering the rescue effort on Lake Toba Indonesian rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a ferry sank on a lake in Sumatra. Eighteen survivors have been pulled from rough waters on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination and one of the deepest lakes […]

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