Ancient undersea landslide discovered in Australia

Ancient undersea landslide discovered in Australia

Image copyright James Cook University Image caption The landslide is about 30 times the size of Uluru Scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Gloria Knolls Slide is at least 300,000 years old and 32 cubic km in volume, or 30 times the size of […]

Tamil Nadu in chaos after chief minister’s revolt

Tamil Nadu in chaos after chief minister’s revolt

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Panneerselvam had been filling in as chief minister since October when Jayalalitha was hospitalised India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu has been plunged into crisis after the chief minister revolted against his incoming successor. On Sunday, the ruling AIADMK party announced Sasikala Natarajan would become the next leader, two […]

Australia Post boss paid 10 times more than PM

Australia Post boss paid 10 times more than PM

Image copyright Getty Images Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the country’s state postal operator to reconsider the pay awarded to its chief executive. It has emerged that Ahmed Fahour earned A$5.6m ($4.3m; £3.4m) last year – more than ten times the PM’s salary. Mr Turnbull said the remuneration was “too high”. Australia […]

‘Melbhenge’ sun spectacle wins fans in Australia

‘Melbhenge’ sun spectacle wins fans in Australia

Image copyright David Brewster Image caption Sunlight fills central Melbourne during the event on Tuesday It may not rival “Manhattanhenge”, but the Australian city of Melbourne has enjoyed its own spectacular solar phenomenon. At 20:27 local time on Tuesday, the setting sun perfectly aligned with the city’s east-west streets to cast a golden light between […]

Mia Ayliffe-Chung: Backpacker’s mum slams Trump ‘terror’ claim

Mia Ayliffe-Chung: Backpacker’s mum slams Trump ‘terror’ claim

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Mia Ayliffe-Chung was staying at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, near Townsville, when she was stabbed to death The mother of a backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia has criticised the White House for labelling her death a “terror attack”. Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, who was killed at a […]

Vatican defends China invite to organ trafficking summit

Vatican defends China invite to organ trafficking summit

Image copyright AP Image caption China’s Huang Jeifu told the summit China was making progress in ending organ harvesting The Vatican has defended its decision to invite China to a conference on organ trafficking despite its record of using executed inmates as organ donors. The head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) admitted he […]

Lonely pensioner flies 1,600km to join new ‘fishing mate’

Lonely pensioner flies 1,600km to join new ‘fishing mate’

Image copyright Mati Batsinilas/Facebook Image caption Ray Johnstone flew across Australia to join his new “fishing mate” for a trip Two weeks ago, lonely Australian grandfather Ray Johnstone decided to try his luck at finding a “fishing mate” online, on the suggestion of a care nurse. Now the 75-year-old pensioner finds himself on the other […]

Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul’s Supreme Court

Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul’s Supreme Court

Image copyright AP Image caption Police officers have now surrounded the scene of the attack At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, officials say. Another 45 people were injured. The number of casualties is expected to rise. The bomber targeted the car park of the […]

Pakistan bans Shah Rukh Khan film Raees

Pakistan bans Shah Rukh Khan film Raees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Raees Shah Rukh Khan plays a mafia don who builds an alcohol empire Pakistan has banned Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s latest movie, Raees, its distributor in Pakistan says. The film, which also stars Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, was scheduled to open across Pakistan on 2 February. The […]

Kyra Poh: The 14-year-old girl who’s the ‘fastest flyer’

Kyra Poh: The 14-year-old girl who’s the ‘fastest flyer’

Image copyright IFLY SINGAPORE Image caption Kyra started indoor skydiving when she was just nine years old Fourteen-year-old indoor skydiver Kyra Poh was crowned the “world’s fastest flyer” in one of the sport’s biggest competitions, the Wind Games. She tells the BBC’s Tessa Wong what it takes to soar to the top. Riding winds as […]