• 22 March 2019 Image copyright JOHN YOUNG Image caption The 2017 re-discovery of the night parrot in South Australia is being disputed An Australian conservation group has been forced to retract published research on the discovery of an endangered bird.In 2017, ecologist John Young claimed to have found traces of the night parrot, one of the world's rarest birds, in the state of South...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan and is part of a Nato mission there Two US service members have been killed while serving in Afghanistan, Nato says.They were killed on Friday but the names of the victims will be withheld until 24 hours after their families have been notified. The deaths bring the number of US service members killed in...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsChina chemical blast Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt took firefighters hours to bring the blaze at the plant under controlThe death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has jumped to 47, with 90 badly injured, according to state news agency Xinhua.Many neighbouring factories inside the industrial park caught fire after...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionImam Gamal Fouda, who was leading prayers, thanked the people of New Zealand "for their tears"New Zealand has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observed a two-minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Garuda Indonesia is seeking to scrap its multi-billion dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the plane was involved in two fatal crashes.The move is thought to be the first formal cancellation of an order for the aircraft. A Garuda spokesperson said passengers had "lost trust" in the plane. It comes as investigators work to establish the cause...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsTrump-Kim summit Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption President Trump did not elaborate on which sanctions he was referring to US President Donald Trump says he has ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea.In a tweet on Friday, Mr Trump referred to "additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to...

  • By Jay Savage BBC News, Christchurch, New Zealand 22 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Image copyright NurPhoto/Getty Images The life stories of the Christchurch mosque victims are a striking reflection of a world in turmoil - one marked by war, poverty and economic inequality.In New Zealand, many thought they had found a safe, remote corner of Earth on which to build new...

  • Kazakhs react to their capital city's name change By Kris Bramwell & Azim Rakhimov BBC News & BBC Monitoring 21 March 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images The capital city of Kazakhstan has had a name change - and some people in the country are not happy. At his swearing-in, on Wednesday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the change, from Astana to Nursultan, "in honour of...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Image copyright AFP Image caption No reports about the video were made to Facebook while it was being broadcast Facebook has shared more details of the efforts it made to remove videos of the Christchurch attacks.Fifty people died and dozens more were injured by the twin shootings at two mosques on 15 March.No reports about the graphic...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption The Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks At least six people have died in three bomb explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul during Persian New Year celebrations, officials say. The remote-controlled explosions, which also injured 23 people, happened on Thursday morning.AFP news agency said the devices were placed in the washroom of a...

  • By Navin Singh Khadka Environment correspondent, BBC World Service 21 March 2019 Image copyright Frank Bienewald Image caption Most of the dead bodies of mountaineers have appeared on the Khumbu Glacier Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers' bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt.Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first...

  • 21 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSix killed in Yancheng chemical plant explosionSix people have been killed in a blast at a chemical plant in Yancheng, eastern China, local authorities say.Thirty people were also injured in the explosion, which took place at about 14:50 local time (06:50 GMT) at the plant run by Tianjiayi Chemical.The blast was caused by a...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspect flashed a hand sign as he appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder New Zealand police have admitted that the person named on a charge sheet as the murder victim of the alleged Christchurch mosques attacker is actually alive.They said the naming on the document for the first...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright JACOB JONES Image caption A group of fishermen found the odd creature washed up on the beach Pictures of a giant, odd-looking fish have gone viral after it washed up on a beach in South Australia.Identified as an ocean sunfish by experts, the 1.8m (6ft)-long specimen was first spotted by a group of fishermen driving along the sand.At first, they mistook it for a...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When the haka is used as a war dance, the idea is to threaten or warn your opponent - but this isn't its only theme As New Zealand mourns the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, the traditional Maori haka dance is reverberating around the country. It's a ceremonial dance many might...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNew Zealand's PM said she hoped the ban would be in place by 11 AprilNew Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images US officials plan to travel to China next week to resume face-to-face talks aimed at ending a trade war between them, media reports said.The US and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of one another's goods over the past year.A truce at a G20 meeting in December made way for talks, but negotiations have at times been rocky.Despite...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Baiterek Tower, which resembles a giant egg atop a tree, is one of the city's landmarks Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday.The change was announced after Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as president, promising to seek his...

  • 20 March 2019 Related TopicsChristchurch mosque shootings Image copyright Reuters Image caption The burials have been delayed because of the identification process A father and son from Syria have been buried in New Zealand, the first funerals for the 50 victims of last week's mosque shootings.Khaled Mustafa, 44, and Hamza, 16, came as refugees to New Zealand last year.Six burials took place on...

  • 20 March 2019 Related TopicsIndia election 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mayawati is one of India's most influential politicians One of India's best-known politicians, Mayawati, has shocked the country by announcing she will not run in the upcoming general election. She said she would instead "concentrate on an alliance" formed to counter the influence of the ruling BJP.Ms...