North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, unofficial talks between the two sides continue – but what does this kind of backchannel discussion look like? It is 25 September 2013 in the German capital of Berlin. High-level North Korean officials and their former US counterparts stroll into a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. […]

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the next prime minister New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her […]

US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

Image copyright Reuters US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US wants to deepen co-operation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia. He described India as a “partner” in a “strategic relationship”, adding the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”. He said Beijing […]

China’s leader and the speech that spells power

China’s leader and the speech that spells power

Image copyright EPA Image caption The aptly-named Great Hall, where more than 2,000 delegates attended for one lengthy speech If anyone doubts that China retains an unreformed Leninist political system, then the goings-on inside the Great Hall of the People over the past few hours should put them straight. Firstly, the president – and general […]

What does China’s Congress think of Kim Jong-un?

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Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Image copyright Reuters It was meant as a way to tackle air pollution – but it ended up as the subject of a fierce online debate about religion. India’s supreme court banned selling firecrackers during Diwali, igniting an uproar as some saw the ban as an attack specifically on Hinduism’s biggest festival. Chetan Bhagat, the […]

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s government will revise a bill on citizenship requirements An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties effectively blocked its Senate passage. The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language […]

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities crack down on pollution in Delhi a few days before the festival of Diwali India’s capital is enacting a plan to combat hazardous smog, as air pollution in Delhi hits “very severe” levels. The plan, which includes traffic restrictions and the shutdown of a major power plant, was announced […]

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he […]

Australia’s Crown casino denies slot-machine ‘tampering’

Australia’s Crown casino denies slot-machine ‘tampering’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The allegations was made by casino staff members Australia’s largest casino has denied allegations it deliberately tampered with slot machines and ignored evidence of drug use and domestic violence. The claims, by three people who said they were ex-employees of Crown casino, were tabled in Australia’s parliament. Authorities will investigate […]