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AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane (not pictured) experienced problems about 25 minutes after take-off An AirAsia Indonesia flight has been forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say. Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about […]

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

Image copyright Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images Image caption The Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in 1643 A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called the Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, […]

New Zealand faces ‘chipocalypse’ as farmers warn of crisps shortage

New Zealand faces ‘chipocalypse’ as farmers warn of crisps shortage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Whatever you call them, the beloved snack food is made with “crisping varieties” of potato New Zealand is facing a potential crisps shortage this summer, producers say, in a snack crisis being labelled the “chipocalypse”. Persistent wet winter weather on the islands has hit potato production, resulting in higher […]

Lisa Wilkinson: Top Australian presenter quits in ‘equal pay row’

Lisa Wilkinson: Top Australian presenter quits in ‘equal pay row’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lisa Wilkinson is one of Australia’s best known TV presenters The female presenter of one of Australia’s most prestigious TV news shows has moved to a rival channel amid reports that she was not able to get pay parity with her male co-presenter. Lisa Wilkinson, 57, announced that because […]

North Korea crisis: Tillerson says diplomacy will continue

North Korea crisis: Tillerson says diplomacy will continue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption South Korean forces have been holding exercises along the border with the North US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has insisted President Donald Trump wants to resolve the confrontation with North Korea through diplomacy. It will continue until “the first bomb drops”, he told CNN. Sanctions and diplomacy, he said, […]

Afghanistan police ‘stop Kabul truck bomber’

Afghanistan police ‘stop Kabul truck bomber’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The suspect was paraded in front of the truck for the media Police in the Afghan capital Kabul say they have arrested a would-be suicide truck bomber, averting a major attack on the city. The truck was carrying nearly three tonnes of explosives and two bombs which had been hidden […]

Five charts about the fortunes of the Chinese family

Five charts about the fortunes of the Chinese family

In the five years since President Xi Jinping moved to the helm, China has become richer and more powerful. But what has this growth meant for the fate and fortunes of the ordinary Chinese family? As China’s most powerful decision-makers meet to set the course of the nation for the next five years and a […]

Australia skydiving: Three dead after ‘mid-air collision’

Australia skydiving: Three dead after ‘mid-air collision’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Mission Beach is a popular stopover for backpackers travelling along the Queensland coast Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air, say Australian authorities. Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns. Two men in their […]

Man-eating Indian tiger faces ‘shoot-to-kill’ order

Man-eating Indian tiger faces ‘shoot-to-kill’ order

Image caption The two-year-old tigress is responsible for killing four people A court in India’s western state of Maharashtra has upheld an order to kill a two-year-old tigress responsible for killing four people. Wildlife activists had challenged a shoot-to-kill order issued by the state forest department on 23 June. The tigress was first captured in […]

WeChat translates ‘black foreigner’ into racial slur

WeChat translates ‘black foreigner’ into racial slur

Image copyright Reuters Image caption WeChat is one of China’s most popular apps Chinese messaging app WeChat has apologised after its software used the N-word as an English translation for the Chinese for “black foreigner”. The company blamed its algorithms for producing the error. It was spotted by Ann James, a black American living in […]