• 18 January 2019 Image copyright NSW DISTRICT COURT Image caption Evie Amati (centre) wounded two shoppers in the attack in Sydney A woman who randomly attacked two people with an axe in an Australian convenience store has been jailed.Evie Amati, 26, seriously wounded the man and woman at a 7-Eleven in Sydney in January 2017. She swung her axe at a third customer but did not injure him.Amati...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Germany is considering ways to block Huawei from its next generation mobile phone network, according to reports. Berlin is exploring stricter security requirements which may prevent Huawei products being used in its 5G network.Many countries have pushed against the involvement of the Chinese technology firm in their 5G networks over security concerns....

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A man has been arrested over the killing of a 21-year-old Israeli student in Melbourne, Australian police say.The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on Tuesday after a comedy...

  • By Brajesh Upadhyay BBC News, Washington 18 January 2019 Image copyright Supplied Image caption Mr Monir's family told the BBC they believe he is being held unjustly A US citizen of Bangladeshi descent has been arrested during a visit to his native country for allegedly committing "war crimes" during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971 - a year when his family say he was only...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Could this be the work of Banksy? A piece of graffiti found at a monorail station in Tokyo, Japan, could be the work of British artist Banksy, say local officials. The drawing bears resemblance to a famous Banksy painting "Umbrella rat", which similarly pictures a rat parachuting with an umbrella.It is not clear when the work was painted but...

  • 18 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrace Meng says "cruel" China is persecuting her husbandThe wife of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol president held in China since September, has sought asylum in France for herself and her twin children.Grace Meng and the seven-year-olds live in Lyon, the international police agency's headquarters. Meng Hongwei disappeared...

  • By Abdujalil Abdurasulov BBC News 18 January 2019 Image copyright OSPAN ALI Image caption Yerlan Nurgaliev holding a baby saiga On 13 January two Kazakh rangers were on their usual patrol when they saw something strange - fresh car tracks. In the remote uninhabited steppe, this could mean only one thing - poachers. Yerlan Nurgaliev and Pyotr Nitsyk quickly gave chase, firing warning shots to...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Australians have flocked to beaches and watering holes to cool off Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate.An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions.Australia's Bureau of Meteorology...

  • 18 January 2019 Related TopicsTrump Kim summit Image copyright AFP Image caption The Singapore summit was the first such meeting for a sitting US president US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House says.The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House.He had...

  • 'Smartphone zombie' fine cheered on Chinese social media By George Pierpoint, BBC News and Kerry Allen, BBC Monitoring 17 January 2019 Image copyright Weibo Image caption An image of the ticket of the fine given to "smartphone zombie" Ms Hu in China A woman has been fined for being a "smartphone zombie" in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, and social media users in China are supporting the...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The miners have been trapped since mid-December Indian navy divers have found the body of a worker who was trapped with 14 others inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men had entered the illegal pit, known as a "rat hole", on 13 December, and were trapped when floodwater from a nearby river poured in.An...

  • 17 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe 4.4m-long reptile was thought to have been kept illegally at a pearl farmA woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The University of Oxford has suspended new donations and sponsorships from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.The firm is facing accusations from the US and other countries that its equipment could be used for espionage.Huawei has denied those claims, saying it doesn't pose a spying risk.The US is also reportedly investigating Huawei for "stealing trade...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking to her sister on the phone, police say.The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on...

  • Zhao Ziyang: A reformer China's Communist Party wants to forget By Kathy Long BBC News, Beijing 17 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images In a small, central Beijing courtyard, family and friends are gathering to pay tribute to Zhao Ziyang - the most powerful man in China to oppose the decision to send tanks into Tiananmen Square nearly 30 years ago.He was subsequently erased from Chinese...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a journalist who exposed sexual abuse of women at his sect.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 51-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two female...

  • 17 January 2019 Related TopicsTrump Kim summit Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Yong-chol, a senior North Korean official and former intelligence chief, is en route to the US One of North Korea's top negotiators is on his way to Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.South Korean reports say that Kim Yong-chol,...

  • 16 January 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trade between the UK and Japan hit £28bn last year Countries in Asia have moved to reassure businesses as the defeat of Theresa May's Brexit deal creates fresh uncertainty for their economies and trade. Japan, a vocal critic of a no-deal Brexit, said it would seek clarity on the outlook and support firms. South...

  • 15 January 2019 Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand A 26-year-old man has denied murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.Miss Millane, 22, from Wickford, Essex, was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on 1 December. Her body was found a week later on the outskirts of the city.The defendant, who cannot be...

  • 16 January 2019 Image copyright AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE Image caption Police say the drugs were smuggled by a flight attendant Australian police say they have busted a "highly organised" drug ring which allegedly used a flight attendant to smuggle drugs into the country. The Melbourne-based Vietnamese syndicate had been operating for at least five years, Australian Federal Police said.Eight...