The Year of the Dog begins

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is widely popular. Here's what we know about it.

Donald Trump

Will Donald Trump be unlucky in the Chinese Year of the Dog?

Millions of Chinese around the world are celebrating the start of a new lunar year, the Year of the Dog.

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: $384 bounty for every communist rebel killed

Rights groups, rebels and indigenous activists accuse Philippine president of encouraging troops to commit war crimes.

Rodrigo Duterte offers 'per head' bounty for rebels

Human Rights

Indonesia's overcrowded refugee detention centres

Many refugees are left homeless in Indonesia because the detention centres are full. Some are so desperate, they are asking to be put in prison.

Pyeongchang 2018

Concerns over Pyeongchang's Olympic legacy

All sorts of concerns have been raised about what will happen after the last Olympians go home at the end of this month.


Extra-marital affair rocks Australian government

Barnaby Joyce has so far resisted calls to quit his seat and cabinet spot, including a call by the Senate to resign.

'Sex affair' rocks Australian government

Pyeongchang 2018

Olympics brings focus on South Korea's dog-meat culture

Calls increase to end sale of dog meat in South Korea and for the country to part with culture and tradition.

Olympics brings focus on South Korea's dog-meat culture


Frontline of climate change: Fiji's sinking villages

As Cyclone Gita leaves Tonga battered, neighbouring Fiji has started moving some of its villages to higher ground.

In Fiji, villages need to move due to climate change

Asia Pacific

'All We Can't See': Illustrating refugees' words in Nauru files

Commissioned artists were asked to imagine and then paint scenes described in real "incident reports" involving refugees held in off-shore detention centres in Nauru.


Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction across Tonga

Clean-up operation under way following passage of major tropical system that ripped through the South Pacific.

Tonga: Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction


Can the ICC probe end Duterte's deadly war on drugs?

The ICC probe already re-energised the opposition in the Philippines and put pressure on Duterte's western partners.

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

Asia Pacific

Winter Olympics seeks young viewers

A survey in South Korea, before the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics began, showed those aged under 20 were largely indifferent about the Olympics.

Asia Pacific

US denounces Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya

US Ambassador Nikki Haley has denounced Myanmar's government for continuing to make life for Rohingya Muslims "a death sentence".


Australia former PM talks about indigenous abuses

Ten years ago, Kevin Rudd, Australia's then-prime minister, apologised in parliament to generations of Aboriginal children who were forcibly taken from their homes and put in state institutions.

South Korea

S Korea: Choi Soon-sil jailed 20 years for corruption

The woman at the centre of the scandal that brought down former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has been jailed for 20 years for corruption.