Exotic Indonesian birds smuggled in drain pipes

Exotic Indonesian birds smuggled in drain pipes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eclectus parrots were found in a sorry state, squashed into drainage pipes A wildlife raid in Indonesia yielded startling results after 125 exotic birds were found squashed into pipes. Police say 84 eclectus parrots and 41 endangered white cockatoos were stuffed into drain pipes sealed by wire. Indonesia’s vast jungles […]

Australia youth justice: Inquiry finds ‘shocking’ failures

Australia youth justice: Inquiry finds ‘shocking’ failures

Image copyright ABC Image caption A youth detainee being forcibly stripped by prison guards A major Australian inquiry has recommended the closure of a youth detention centre involved in an abuse scandal that shocked the nation. Last year, a TV programme broadcast images of inmates being mistreated – including one teenage boy who was restrained […]

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Singapore has suspended all trade with North Korea, a customs notice showed, as the UN and US seek ever tougher measures against the state. Singapore Customs said commercially traded goods from or to the North were banned from 8 November. Offenders may be fined or jailed for up to two years. […]

Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition CNRP party

Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition CNRP party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Hun Sen – who has ruled for 32 years – now has no rivals Cambodia’s Supreme Court has dissolved the country’s main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is accused of plotting to topple […]

Delhi smog: Emergency anti-pollution measures lifted

Delhi smog: Emergency anti-pollution measures lifted

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some schools were closed during the smog India’s capital Delhi has lifted several emergency measures designed to combat air pollution, days after doctors declared a “medical emergency”. Pollution levels reached 30 times the World Health Organization’s safe limits in some areas of Delhi last week. Air quality is now said […]

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

Image copyright Anand Bora/Sanctuary Nature Foundation Image caption Villagers and forest guards rescued the leopard by dropping a bed into the well and then pulling it out Around 8 am on July 19, 2012, Anand Bora received a phone call saying a leopard was trapped in a well in a nearby tribal village in the […]

Cambodia court considers dissolving opposition party

Cambodia court considers dissolving opposition party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he would bet his life on the opposition being banned by the court Cambodia’s Supreme Court is considering whether to dissolve the country’s main opposition party – in a case brought by the governing party of leader Hun Sen. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue […]

Australian diplomat dies in New York building fall

Australian diplomat dies in New York building fall

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Julian Simpson was on the seventh floor of a Manhattan building when he fell An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a New York City balcony while socialising with friends. Julian Simpson, 30, accidentally slipped from a seventh-floor ledge of his Manhattan building to a landing on the […]

Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots

Once native to the lush rainforests of Brazil, two species of rare and endangered macaws have now nestled in Singapore. Working with Brazilian authorities, the Jurong Bird Park aims to revive numbers for the dying Spix’s and Lear’s macaws. Produced by Heather Chen, Aimran Supardi and Muhammad Fahmi. Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots}

South Korea quake was second-strongest on record

South Korea quake was second-strongest on record

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Authorities say about 1,500 people have been left homeless A rare earthquake that struck South Korea on Wednesday was the second-strongest on record, authorities said. The 5.4 magnitude tremor hit the south-eastern port city of Pohang in the afternoon, and dozens of aftershocks have occurred since. It has […]