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Marawi: Foreign fighters ‘among militants in Philippine city’

Marawi: Foreign fighters ‘among militants in Philippine city’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Martial law was imposed in Mindanao as a response to the violence in Marawi Foreign fighters are among Islamist militants killed in a southern Philippine city in recent days, officials say. Six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation to drive the rebels […]

Marawi fighting: Foreign fighters ‘among militants’ in Philippine city

Marawi fighting: Foreign fighters ‘among militants’ in Philippine city

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marawi has seen intense fighting over the past days Foreign fighters are among Islamist militants killed in a southern Philippine city over the past days, officials say. Six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation to drive the rebels out of the […]

Australian indigenous leaders call for formal ‘voice’, path to treaty

Australian indigenous leaders call for formal ‘voice’, path to treaty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dancers from East Arnhem Land at the summit’s opening ceremony A historic summit in Australia has called for a new formal body to represent the nation’s indigenous peoples in parliament. More than 250 indigenous leaders met in Uluru to discuss how to best recognise Australia’s first inhabitants. Crucially, they […]

Everest climbers worried about oxygen bottle theft

Everest climbers worried about oxygen bottle theft

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mountaineers using oxygen bottles to reach the summit of Everest Foreign climbers and Sherpas on Mount Everest are concerned about the increasing theft of oxygen bottles from high camps. They say it could threaten the lives of mountaineers because they each have a set supply for weather and traffic-related delays, […]

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built extensively on Mischief Reef and installed military positions A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by […]

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Image copyright Twitter/@RocketLabUSA Image caption The launch had been delayed by several days due to poor weather An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia Peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on […]

Inside India’s new homemade luxury train

If the train proves to be popular, officials plan to expand it to other lines, starting with neighbouring Gujarat state, according to reports. Inside India’s new homemade luxury train}

Imaginary creatures to light up Sydney Opera House

Imaginary creatures to light up Sydney Opera House

Image copyright Destination NSW Image caption An artist’s impression of Ash Bolland’s Sydney Opera House spectacle When the sun sets on Friday, the Sydney Opera House will light up with imaginary animals inspired by both nature and science-fiction. The colourful motion graphics will illuminate the iconic building’s sails to help launch the Vivid Sydney light […]

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The debate over whether to legalise same-sex marriage has divided Taiwan Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex […]

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney Police should have ended the Sydney cafe siege as soon as the hostage-taker began shooting, an inquest has found. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside the Lindt cafe until police stormed the […]