Study highlights disparity in access to clean water

World facing water crisis, with one in nine people already lacking access to clean water close to home, says report.

WaterAid: Access to clean water lacking worldwide

South Korea

In North Korea 'if you have money, you can do anything'

In part four of the series on North Korean defectors, Um Yae-run sheds light on how brokers work in the country.

North Korean defector: 'If you have money, you can do anything'

Science & Technology

Top Japanese scientist remembered

Described as one of the greatest Japanese scientists, Katsuko Saruhashi would have been 98 years on Thursday.

Katsuko Saruhashi: Why Google honours her today

Asia Pacific

Myanmar's ill president resigns

Myanmar's first vice president, Myint Swe, is acting president until a successor to Htin Kyaw is named.


PSI: Indonesia's new millennials party

The Indonesian Solidarity Party leader has been allowed to take part in the next elections.

PSI: Indonesia's new millennials party

Asia Pacific

China's Xi fires strongest warning yet to Taiwan

He did not mention Taiwan, which is seen by Beijing as a separatist province, by name, but Donald Trump recently caused Chinese anger by encouraging direct meetings between the Taiwanese and US administrations.

War & Conflict

Australia courts ASEAN amid rights controversies

Leadership accused of making 'moral compromises' in dealing with leaders of Southeast Asia at Sydney summit.

Australia courts ASEAN amid human rights controversies

Asia Pacific

Jabidah at 50: Unresolved massacre stalling peace talks

Many local leaders believe the Philippine government has failed to achieve a peace deal because historical injustices have never been acknowledged.


Bushfires rage across parts of southeast Australia

Homes destroyed and thousands lose power as blazes tear across New South Wales and Victoria.

Bushfires rage across parts of southeast Australia

South Korea

Why is South Korea cracking down on red-light areas?

Government is demolishing Seoul's red-light areas, while sex workers argue their voices are not being heard.

South Korea: Sex workers hit hard by government's crackdown

Asia Pacific

Historic Winter Paralympics wrap up in South Korea

It marks the end of historic winter games, which saw North and South Korea uniting at the Olympics and North Korean athletes participating in their first winter paralympics.


ASEAN summit: Korean tensions, S China Sea militarisation

The militarisation of the South China Sea, trade and counterterrorism were also discussed at the ASEAN leaders' meeting, hosted - for the first time - by Australia.


Tropical Cyclone Marcus slams parts of Australia

After leaving thousands without power in Darwin, the storm heads across the Western state.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus slams parts of Australia

Aung San Suu Kyi

Lawyers in Australia seek to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi

Rights lawyers accuse the de facto Myanmar leader of 'crimes against humanity' over Rohingya treatment.

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping elected for second term after a unanimous vote

One of Xi's allies - Wang Qishan, known for spearheading Xi's anti-corruption campaign, was elected vice president of China.