Hong Kong pro-democracy groups make record gains

Hong Kong pro-democracy groups make record gains

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pro-democracy groups celebrated after hearing Leung Chun-ying would not stand again Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong have made record gains on the Election Committee, which will decide the territory’s new leader. Amid a high turnout they have won more than 300 seats – about a quarter – reports say, although […]

New Zealand PM: Bill English to succeed John Key

New Zealand PM: Bill English to succeed John Key

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bill English was widely tipped to succeed John Key New Zealand’s governing National Party has officially appointed Bill English to succeed John Key as prime minister. It follows Mr Key’s surprise resignation last week. Social housing minister Paula Bennett has been named as deputy prime minister. The appointments were confirmed […]

Donald Trump hints US ‘One China’ policy could end

Donald Trump hints US ‘One China’ policy could end

Image copyright AP Image caption Donald Trump ruffled feathers in Beijing by speaking to Taiwan’s leader in a phone call President-elect Donald Trump has questioned whether the US should continue its “One China” policy. US policy since 1979 has respected China’s stance on Taiwan, which it sees as a breakaway province. But Mr Trump said […]

Hong Kong holds election for panel to pick next leader

Hong Kong holds election for panel to pick next leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-Beijing supporters have sought to counter pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong Voting is under way in Hong Kong in elections for the territory’s Election Committee, the panel that chooses the next leader. Only 6% of Hong Kong’s voters can take part and those who are allowed to cast ballots […]

Park Geun-hye impeached: South Korea rally demands full removal

Park Geun-hye impeached: South Korea rally demands full removal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anti-Park protesters gathered in Seoul for the seventh consecutive weekend Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have marched in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to celebrate the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Gathering for the seventh weekend in a row, demonstrators held candles and demanded Ms Park’s definitive removal. […]

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

Image copyright QANTAS Passengers will be able to fly from London to Australia non-stop for the first time when airline Qantas launches its new service from March 2018. Australia’s national carrier says it will connect Perth, in the west of the country, to the UK capital using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The 9,000 mile (14,498km) flight […]

Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000

Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Survivors in Pidie Jaya are picking through the rubble to salvage belongings The number of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday has soared to at least 43,000, emergency officials say. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the scale of the problem was becoming clearer as […]

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Park bows said she felt a “sense of shame” South Korean prosecutors are set to question President Park Geun-hye over allegations of political corruption in a scandal that has engulfed her presidency. Officials say this will be the first time a sitting president has been questioned by prosecutors. Ms […]

Indonesia ‘coffee killer’ trial: Jessica Wongso found guilty of murder

Indonesia ‘coffee killer’ trial: Jessica Wongso found guilty of murder

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Wongso denied all charges A woman accused of murdering her friend by slipping cyanide into her coffee has been found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in jail by an Indonesian court, in a case that gripped the country. Jessica Wongso, an Indonesian citizen and Australian permanent resident, said […]

China ‘fake sanitary pads’ scam sparks health concerns

China ‘fake sanitary pads’ scam sparks health concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over 10 million fake sanitary towels have been seized in southeast China The discovery of a huge “fake sanitary towel” operation in southeast China has prompted fears about the possible impact on women’s health. Police in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, say they have arrested two suspects believed to have produced […]