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Hua Yong: Detained Chinese artist’s emotional last video

Hua Yong: Detained Chinese artist’s emotional last video

Image copyright @HuaYong798 Image caption “Once the apartment door is open, I’ll have to leave with them [police]. Daddy will use this last moment to sing you a song,” Hua Yong tells his daughter in the video, where he verges on tears Concerns are mounting for a Chinese artist who has been taken into police […]

Australia citizenship row: Government wins key by-election

Australia citizenship row: Government wins key by-election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The victory for John Alexander (right) is a huge relief for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) Australia’s ruling coalition has retained its one-seat majority after it won a bitterly contested by-election in a Sydney suburb. Former tennis professional John Alexander was re-elected in Bennelong division after stepping down over a […]

North Korea ‘hacked crypto-currency exchange in South’

North Korea ‘hacked crypto-currency exchange in South’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Digital currency trading is big business in South Korea South Korea’s spy agency believes that North Korea is behind hacking attacks on a crypto-currency exchange in the South, sources say. At least $7m (£5.25m) in digital money was stolen in the hacks – although the money is now said to […]

Australian citizenship row: By-election threatens PM’s majority

Australian citizenship row: By-election threatens PM’s majority

Image copyright AFP/GETTY Image caption John Alexander faces a strong challenge from former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally Australians in a suburb of Sydney are voting in a by-election that could cost the governing conservative coalition its slim majority in parliament. The poll was called after Bennelong MP John Alexander stepped down in a […]

Australia abuse: Archbishop rejects call to report confessions

Australia abuse: Archbishop rejects call to report confessions

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A senior member of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has rejected a key recommendation of a landmark inquiry into child sex abuse. It said priests should report abuse confided to them, even in the secret context of the confessional. But the archbishop of Melbourne said any […]

Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

Image caption Among the refugees are many young children At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Myanmar in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says. Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar’s official figure of 400. MSF said it was “the clearest […]

Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year

Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year

Skip Facebook post by Shortland Street End of Facebook post by Shortland Street The results of the public vote are in and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the winner is a lewd one. “Please tell me that’s not your penis”, a cliffhanger line from soap opera Shortland Street, has won New Zealand’s quote of the year competition. It […]

Finding love in a hopeless place

Finding love in a hopeless place

Image copyright US Army/Kyodo/Alamy Stock Photo Image caption Sgt Charles Jenkins pictured as a young US soldier, and Hitomi Soga at 17, two years before she was abducted Every night before going to bed, US defector Charles Jenkins turned to Hitomi Soga, the woman North Korea had forced him to marry, and kissed her three […]

‘Flat-chested’ K-pop star responds to ‘cruel’ body comments

Amber Liu from Korean all-girl group f(x) has hit back at vicious online comments about the way she looks. She said she was fed up of people making “cruel” statements about her short hair, tattoos and flat chest – and decided to make a video mocking her critics. Video by Minji Lee and Jungmin Choi […]

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