Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

Image copyright Australian Defence Force Image caption An RAAF crew prepare to take-off in F/A-18E Super Hornets Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria. A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. That warning came after the […]

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Image copyright Australian Senate Image caption Australian Senator Pauline Hanson has a history of making polarising comments Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms. Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thailand’s king at an official ceremony in Bangkok – he still spends much of his time abroad The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – who spends much of […]

How did yoga conquer the world?

Image copyright AFP Millions of people around the world have rolled out their yoga mats to celebrate a tradition that was once the preserve of Hindu holy men but is now a worldwide phenomenon. Practitioners in more than 100 countries have planned events this week to celebrate the third International Yoga Day, which Indian Prime […]

Yulin dog meat festival begins despite rumours of ban

Yulin dog meat festival begins despite rumours of ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tradition of eating dog meat dates back some 500 years in China A controversial dog meat festival has begun in the Chinese city of Yulin, despite earlier reports it had been cancelled or toned down this year. The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province. […]

Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes

Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bike-sharing phenomenon allows users to leave their bikes anywhere. A Chinese bike-sharing company has gone out of business after 90% of its bikes went missing in the first five months. Chongqing-based Wukong Bikes said the bulk of its 1,200 two-wheelers were lost or stolen. Unlike rivals, the firm did […]