• 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 Italy's "Sardines", tens of thousands of protesters against the right-wing party of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, have gathered in Rome for what is billed as their biggest rally yet. Skip Twitter post by @marklowen The piazza is packed - tens of thousands singing national anthem, anti-fascist song Bella Ciao, listening to speeches, calling for respect for migrants,...

  • 14 December 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Omar al-Bashir sat in a cage as he was sentenced for corruptionSudan's ex-president Omar al-Bashir has been sentenced to two years in a social reform facility for corruption. The judge told the court that, under Sudanese law, people over the age of 70 cannot serve jail terms. Bashir is 75. Bashir also faces charges related to the 1989 coup...

  • 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 Matt McGrath and Paul Rincon Science and environment, BBC News 14 December 2019 Related Topics COP25 Image copyright Getty ImagesUN climate talks appear to be in trouble as they head into extra time. Fault lines have re-appeared between different negotiating blocs, with one delegate describing a new draft text as "totally unacceptable". Alden Meyer from the Union of Concerned Scientists said...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer has faced allegations of underage abuse for two decadesR. Kelly has been charged with bribing a government official in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry an under-age girl in 1994. The girl, named only as Jane Doe in the documents, has widely been identified by US media as singer Aaliyah. They got...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Mike Sonko is known for his love of gold jewellery and clothing.Nairobi's controversial governor Mike Sonko has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. The director of public prosecutions said the investigation had been challenging because of repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct it. Mr Sonko...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Train services have been badly affected by the strikeA strike over planned pension reforms that paralysed France on Thursday has entered its second day. Several unions, including rail and metro workers, voted to extend the strike action, meaning another day of major disruptions to key services. It comes after at least 800,000 people protested...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesUber said it received almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in 2017 and 2018. While the number of cases rose in 2018, the rate of incidents dropped by 16%, as the number of journeys was higher. Passengers - as opposed to drivers - accounted for nearly half of those accused of sexual assault. The data was published in a report...

  • 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...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Kent County court Image caption The little boy, identified as Michael, was cheered on by his friends as he was formally adoptedA five-year-old boy in Michigan has invited his whole kindergarten class to witness his legal adoption - and warmed hearts across the world. The youngster, identified as Michael, formally joined his new family at Kent County court on...

  • 6 December 2019 Related Topics The Holocaust Image copyright AFP Image caption The chancellor was due to hold a minute's silence at the concentration camp before giving a speech at the death campGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has been visiting Auschwitz concentration camp, her first trip to the site. She was due to take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister...

  • 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 Images Image caption Police are investigating the throwing of a grenade into the courtyard of a Madrid migrant centre, pictured hereA bomb squad in Madrid has safely destroyed a grenade that police believe was thrown over the wall of a migrant centre for children. The grenade was found on Wednesday morning on the patio of the centre, in the Hortaleza area of...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Air New Zealand Image caption Air New Zealand says the vanilla-flavoured coffee cups are "leak-proof"New Zealand's national airline says it is trialling edible coffee cups in a bid to reduce the amount of waste on board its planes. The cups, by local company Twiice, are made from vanilla-flavoured biscotti - and are apparently "leak-proof". Air New Zealand, which...

  • By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi 5 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe rescued baby was cared for by Dr Ravi KhannaA premature newborn baby found buried alive in a clay pot in northern India has fully recovered, her doctor says. She was brought to hospital in a critical condition, suffering from septicaemia and a dangerously low platelet count in...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright WWF Image caption Conservationists counted 56 polar bears near Ryrkaypiy, including cubsMore than 50 polar bears have descended on a village in Russia's far north. All public activities in Ryrkaypiy, in Chukotka region, have been cancelled, and schools are being guarded to protect residents from the bears. Conservationists say climate change could be to blame,...