• Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The crowd cheered as Quaden led out the Indigenous All-StarsA nine-year-old Australian boy has taken centre-stage at a major sporting event, days after a video of him in distress at being bullied captured hearts across the world. Quaden Bayles, who is himself Aboriginal, led out an indigenous rugby league team in an exhibition match in Queensland...

  • 22 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP Image caption Two coronavirus patients have died in South Korea so farSouth Korea says the number of new coronavirus cases in the country has more than doubled in one day. Officials said on Saturday that 229 new cases had been confirmed since Friday, raising the total to 433. Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the...

  • 21 February 2020 Image caption The women say they were forced to stand naked in groups during the tests at Surat's state-run hospitalIndian authorities are investigating claims that dozens of women were forced to have gynaecological tests to prove their fitness for work. The women, trainee government clerks in the city of Surat, in Gujarat, say they were also checked for pregnancy. An official...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright YARRAKA BAYLES Image caption The video of Quaden crying has been viewed millions of times onlineSome A$452,000 ($300,000; £230,000) has been raised as part of a campaign to send a nine-year-old Australian boy to Disneyland after a video of his deep distress over being bullied went viral. Yarraka Bayles posted the clip of her son, Quaden, crying after he was...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright EPA Image caption Lebanon has confirmed its first case - a woman returning from the Iranian city of QomThe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern at the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's comments follow Iran's announcement...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit watched the court's announcement at his party's headquarters in BangkokA popular pro-democracy party in Thailand has been dissolved over a loan it received from its leader. The constitutional court ruled a loan of around $6m (£4.6m) to Future Forward from Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was a donation, and...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Essex lorry deaths Image caption Pham Thi Tra My, 26, and Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, were among the victimsSeven people have been charged in Vietnam by police investigating the deaths of 39 migrants whose bodies were found in a lorry in Essex. The 31 males and eight women were discovered in a refrigerated trailer in Grays on 23 October. The five men and two women are...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright ANI Image caption Ms Leona was charged with sedition at a protest event in Bangalore cityAn Indian woman has been arrested and charged with sedition for chanting "long live Pakistan" at a protest in the southern city of Bangalore. Amulya Leona was participating in a demonstration against a controversial citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some have accused media outlets of using female medical workers as a "propaganda tool"A video featuring a pregnant nurse treating patients in a hospital in the virus epicentre of Wuhan has sparked a backlash across China. The video by state media outlet CCTV was meant to portray nine-month pregnant...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics US-Taliban peace talks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is understood that no major offensive operations will be launched during the partial truceA seven-day "reduction in violence" between the US and the Afghan Taliban will begin on Saturday, officials say. The partial truce is scheduled to come into effect at midnight local time, a spokesman for...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright CLARKE FAMILY Image caption Hannah Clarke and her children are being mourned across the countryAn Australian police detective investigating the murders of Hannah Clarke and her children has been stood down from the case over comments that were seen as "victim shaming". Clarke and her children died when her estranged husband Rowan Baxter set their car on fire. He...

  • 21 February 2020 Image caption Quaden Bayles (left) has received support from YouTubers and celebrities like Hugh Jackman (right)People around the world have rallied behind a nine-year-old Australian boy after a video of his deep distress over being bullied went viral. Yarraka Bayle posted the clip of her son, Quaden, crying after he was targeted at school for his dwarfism. "This is what...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Critics have called the decision "offensive" and demanded it be reversedA decision to ban the Aboriginal flag and other forms of recognition from Anzac Day services in Western Australia (WA) has sparked widespread backlash. Each year, solemn ceremonies are held on 25 April in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate veterans and...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Reuters Image caption South Korea has seen its confirmed cases spike over the past two daysSouth Korea has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, as confirmed infections rose sharply for a second day. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun described the development as an "emergency" situation. The two southern...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Workers has been disinfecting the area around the Daegu branch of the religious groupA religious group in South Korea has been identified as a coronavirus hotbed, officials say, amid a sharp rise in confirmed cases in the country. The infections among members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus,...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Tirupur ManikandanAt least 19 people have been killed in a freak accident in southern India, after a container slipped off a truck and rammed into a passenger bus. Police are investigating the incident, but officials say the container came off its hinges after one of the wheels of the truck had a puncture. "There were about 48 people in the bus, and several are...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Grace Millane trial Image caption Grace's cousin, Hannah O'Callaghan, spoke to BBC Breakfast about the impact of her deathA cousin of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane has said the sentencing of her killer this week will not bring closure to the family. "We've lost Grace," said Hannah O'Callaghan. "The sentence will not change the fact that Grace is gone."...

  • 20 February 2020 Two people have been killed after a Sydney to Melbourne express train derailed near the Victorian town of Wallan, officials say. Several other passengers were being treated for injuries, emergency services said. One person was airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne. Images showed a number of twisted carriages had left the track, with one on its side. It is unclear what caused the...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesQantas has warned of a severe financial impact as the potentially deadly coronavirus dampens demand for travel in Asia. The Australian airline said the outbreak would cost it up to A$150m ($99m; £76m) as it cuts flights to Asia by 15% until at least the end of May. To avoid job losses the company also plans to...

  • By Tessa Wong BBC News, Singapore Image copyright AFP Image caption Suspicion towards Chinese people has grown since the virus began, even within Asia itselfSammi Yang first realised something wasn't right when she showed up at her doctor's in Berlin, and was immediately barred from entering the building. Other patients were buzzed in through the clinic's door, while Ms Yang, a make-up artist...