• By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi 13 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rahul Gandhi has been accused of tarnishing India's imageThe issue that exercised Indian MPs in parliament on Friday was "rape in India" - but not for the reasons one would think. Parliament was repeatedly adjourned over opposition Congress party leader Rahul's Gandhi's comment on rape at an election...

  • Image copyright Pengsoo/Instagram Image caption This expressionless giant penguin is taking over South KoreaSouth Korea has a new idol - a giant genderless penguin with a gruff voice, a brazen attitude and a hunger for fame. Its name is Pengsoo, and by most normal mascot measures, it's not cute. It tells people not to cheer it up, is often decked in sunglasses and its voice sounds like that of a...

  • By Nick Beake BBC Myanmar correspondent 14 December 2019 Related Topics Asia migrant crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAung San Suu Kyi: "Our greatest challenge is to address the roots of distrust and fear, prejudice and hate"The spectacle of Aung San Suu Kyi, a once-persecuted Nobel peace laureate now defending her country against allegations of genocide over its...

  • 14 December 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption A bushfire outside the Perth Stadium as a heatwave hits Western AustraliaAustralia could experience its hottest day on record next week as a severe heatwave in the country's west is set to make its way east, forecasters say. Temperatures are likely to exceed 40C in many areas from Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says. The current...

  • 14 December 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Protests in Kolkata have entered their second day, amid a wave of demonstrations across IndiaProtests in Kolkata against a controversial Indian citizenship law have continued into their second day. The new law entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution. On Saturday,...

  • 14 December 2019 Related Topics New Zealand volcano Image copyright Krystal Browitt/Facebook Image caption Ms Browitt was reportedly an Australian veterinary studentPolice have officially named the first victim of the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand, as recovery efforts continue. Krystal Eve Browitt was a 21-year-old Australian from Melbourne who was visiting the island with her...

  • 14 December 2019 Related Topics North Korea missile tests Image copyright AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS Image caption North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stepped up his rhetoric against the US in recent weeksNorth Korea has conducted a "crucial test" at a satellite launch site to boost its nuclear deterrent, state media report. A spokesman told KNCA news agency it took place late on Friday at the Sohae...

  • By Sam Shead Technology reporter 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some buses in Shanghai have had facial recognition systems fitted to themA survey by a Beijing research institute indicates growing pushback against facial recognition in China. Some 74% of respondents said they wanted the option to be able to use traditional ID methods over the tech to verify their...

  • 6 December 2019 Related Topics Trump-Kim summit Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump during happier times in 2018North Korea has renewed its verbal attacks on President Trump, after he threatened military action. The foreign ministry said if Mr Trump was confrontational, it "must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard". The North first called...

  • 6 December 2019 Image caption A notice announcing the fine appeared on a Chinese government websiteA game launched in China without government approval has landed the company behind it with a heavy fine. It is the first time such action has been taken since China reformed its gaming regulator last year. In this case, the unnamed company that fell foul of the law has been fined seven times the...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is continuing debate about animal welfare in zoosSydney's first new major zoo in more than 100 years will open on Saturday. With such debate about animal welfare these days, can zoos still be a force for good? Gary Nunn reports from Sydney. Zoos have evolved significantly since they were first created. Their original purpose was...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Officials have issued fresh warnings for blazes around SydneyAbout 100 bushfires are raging in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), with the most severe forming into a "mega blaze" north of Sydney. More than 2,000 firefighters are battling bushfires, which escalated in intensity late on Thursday. Footage of one blaze on the southern...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Susheel Shukla Image caption The woman was shot in the face when she stopped dancing at a weddingAn Indian dancer has been hospitalised after being shot in the face because she stopped performing at a wedding. In a video of the incident, the woman is seen dancing on a stage. She pauses, a gunshot is heard, and the woman falls down while holding her face. Police...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Samoa is currently pushing a mass vaccinationSamoa has arrested an anti-vaccination campaigner as the country continues to battle a deadly measles outbreak. Edwin Tamasese was charged with incitement against a government order after he was detained on Thursday. The outbreak - which has killed at least 63 people, mostly young...

  • By Yvette Tan BBC News 6 December 2019 Image copyright Christina Tham Image caption Tham won two gold medals in underwater hockeyIt was a 38-year wait - but the hard work paid off for Christina Tham at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines this week. Tham first represented Singapore at the SEA Games - a regional Olympic-style event - in 1981, winning silver in swimming at the age of...

  • 6 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople celebrate killing of rape-murder suspectsIndian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week. The men were in police detention and were taken back to the scene of the crime in the early hours of Friday. The suspects were shot when they tried to steal the...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesChinese telecoms giant Huawei has launched a legal challenge to a decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. It comes after the US Federal Communications Commission put curbs on rural mobile providers using a $8.5bn (£6.5bn) government fund to buy Huawei equipment. The firm said evidence that it was a threat to...

  • 5 December 2019 Related Topics Thailand cave rescue Image copyright EPA Image caption Vernon Unsworth told a court that he felt branded by Mr Musk's postsA British cave expert has testified that he was left feeling "humiliated, ashamed" and "dirtied" after Elon Musk labelled him "pedo guy" online. Vernon Unsworth is suing the Tesla founder for defamation. The diver, who helped rescue 12 boys...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google says a controversial new law is why it is no longer accepting political adsA Google ban on political advertising in Singapore has sparked outrage, ahead of a widely expected election. The tech giant said it would no longer accept political ads as of 2 December, as they are regulated under a new "fake news" law in the city-state....

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US author Naomi Wolf disputes Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor's claimsWhat's the link between a noted US feminist, the Australian parliament and a Christmas tree in a student common room? They've all become part of a saga that has left Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor under pressure and author Naomi Wolf fuming. Both were...