Australian police claim ‘breakthrough’ in 20-year mystery

Australian police claim ‘breakthrough’ in 20-year mystery

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The 20-year investigation has involved hundreds of police An Australian man has been charged with murdering two women following the nation’s longest police investigation. The mystery of the alleged murders, dubbed the Claremont case, has captivated Australia for almost 20 years. Police in Western Australia announced they had made a […]

Some young dinosaurs shed teeth, say experts

Some young dinosaurs shed teeth, say experts

Image copyright Yu Chen Image caption The young ate meat while adults dined on plants Some dinosaurs lost their teeth as they grew up, according to fossil evidence. The hatchlings ate meat with their teeth, then used beaks to peck at plants as adults, say scientists. The discovery is a surprise and has not been […]

Melbourne Christmas Day ‘terror attack’ foiled, say Australia police

Melbourne Christmas Day ‘terror attack’ foiled, say Australia police

Australian police say they have foiled a terror attack planned for Melbourne on Christmas Day. Five men were arrested in early-morning raids on Friday, Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said. Mr Ashton said the threat involved “use of explosives” and other weapons including “knives or a firearm”. The threat was to prominent city locations […]

Philippines leader Duterte faces investigation over killings claim

Philippines leader Duterte faces investigation over killings claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Duterte has dismissed criticism of his anti-drugs policies The Philippines independent human rights watchdog has said it will investigate claims by President Rodrigo Duterte that he personally killed drug suspects while mayor of Davao. The Commission on Human Rights will also examine reports that so-called death squads killed several […]

Trump appoints ‘Death by China’ author as head of US trade council

Trump appoints ‘Death by China’ author as head of US trade council

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump’s election is attracting a great deal of interest in China US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed economist Peter Navarro, an outspoken critic of China, as the head of a new national trade body. Mr Navarro will lead the new White House National Trade Council and serve as […]

Australian Christian Lobby ‘car bomb’ not politically motivated, police say

Australian Christian Lobby ‘car bomb’ not politically motivated, police say

Image copyright Lyle Shelton/Twitter Image caption The burnt-out van cordoned off by police tape A van filled with gas bottles has been driven into the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) headquarters in Canberra. Australian Capital Territory Police said the incident was not “politically, religiously or ideologically” motivated. The 35-year-old driver suffered serious burns after the explosion […]

The photographer who captures the expressions of tiny animals

The photographer who captures the expressions of tiny animals

Image copyright Muhammad Roem Image caption This photograph of a cheeky gecko is the one Mr Roem describes as his favourite shot There are close-up images, and then there are the ones taken by Muhammad Roem, an amateur Indonesian photographer. From dancing frogs to cheeky geckos, there is little that escapes 28-year-old Mr Roem’s camera. […]

China’s Alibaba back on US counterfeits blacklist

China’s Alibaba back on US counterfeits blacklist

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alibaba raised $25bn when it floated its stock in New York last year Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is back on the US’s “notorious markets” list over counterfeit goods sales. Alibaba was taken off the list four years ago, but US authorities say the firm’s online platform Taobao is used to […]

What is ‘Om Telolet Om’ and why are DJs sharing it?

What is ‘Om Telolet Om’ and why are DJs sharing it?

Image caption Martin Garrix, pictured performing at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, is among the DJs to have tweeted the cryptic phrase. Since Tuesday afternoon social media users worldwide have been sharing the mysterious phrase ‘Om Telolet Om’. The phrase has been used close to 790,000 times on Twitter in that period. It’s proven particularly […]

Health of ‘young and old’ hit by China smog

People in Beijing in China have been outlining their health concerns at the city’s smog problem. Near-record levels of toxic air pollution have prompted the authorities to ground planes, shut factories and close schools. Health of ‘young and old’ hit by China smog}