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Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many women in Sri Lanka see alcohol consumption as contrary to the nation’s culture A move to grant women in Sri Lanka the same rights as men to buy alcohol legally has been overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. He told a rally he had ordered the government to withdraw […]

Perth bushfire paints skies ‘vivid orange’

Image copyright WA DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Image caption Smoke from the bushfire over Perth on Sunday Skies in Perth, Australia, turned dramatic colours after a bushfire blanketed the city with smoke. More than 150 firefighters fought the blaze as it burned through 3,000 acres (1,200ha) of bushland near the city on Sunday, […]

Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many women in Sri Lanka see alcohol consumption as contrary to the nation’s culture A move to grant women in Sri Lanka the same rights as men to buy alcohol legally has been overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. He told a rally he had ordered the government to withdraw […]

Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many women in Sri Lanka see alcohol consumption as contrary to the nation’s culture A move to grant women in Sri Lanka the same rights as men to buy alcohol legally has been overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. He told a rally he had ordered the government to withdraw […]

Papua New Guinea volcano: Islanders flee worsening eruption

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kadovar island lies off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea About 1,500 people are being evacuated from islands off Papua New Guinea, where a long-dormant volcano has started erupting, the Red Cross says. The volcano on Kadovar island began emitting smoke and ash last week, prompting the evacuation of […]

Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the […]

Why Pakistan won’t share intelligence with the US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistani protesters have denounced cuts in US aid Pakistan’s defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has announced that he has suspended intelligence sharing with the US – the latest twist in the US-Pakistan row. But how much does it matter? Relations between Washington and Islamabad have been in the spotlight since […]

NZ’s Parker v Joshua in heavyweight fight

Anthony Joshua holds two of the four belts in the heavyweight division Britain’s Anthony Joshua will meet Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight unification fight in Cardiff in March. Joshua, 28, holds the IBF and WBA belts, while New Zealander Parker is the WBO champion. Cardiff’s Principality stadium – where Joshua successfully defended his titles […]

China tanker fire: Bodies found as Sanchi burns, one week on

Media captionSalvage workers managed to board the burning oil tanker on Saturday Salvage workers have managed to board a burning oil tanker off China’s coast, recovering the bodies of two crewmen before smoke forced them to leave. The Sanchi is still ablaze one week after a collision with a cargo ship. The salvage team also […]

India boat capsize: Three school students die off Mumbai

A rescue operation is continuing after a boat carrying 40 school students capsized off the Indian coast near Mumbai. Thirty-two pupils have been rescued so far and three bodies, said to be girls, have been found, according to reports. Ships have been diverted to the area near Dahanu, in Maharashtra state, to help with the […]