Australia government braced for Wentworth by-election defeat

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma faces a strong challenge from independent Kerryn Phelps People are voting in a by-election in a suburban constituency in Sydney, which could wipe out the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority. PM Scott Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party is fighting to hold the affluent seat of Wentworth, vacated by his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull was ousted by Mr Morrison in an unpopular

Week in pictures: 13 – 19 October 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Mohamad Torokman / Reuters Image caption A Palestinian man and an Israeli soldier argue during clashes over an Israeli order to shut down a Palestinian school near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Image copyright Chris McGrath / Getty Image caption A man attempts to hold back press at the Saudi Arabian

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Image copyright ESA Image caption The BepiColombo spacecraft will take seven years to get to Mercury Europe and Japan are set to launch their joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The partners have each contributed a probe to be despatched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The duo, together known as BepiColombo, are bolted to one another for the seven-year cruise to their destination, and

Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Moon, seen over Chengdu, could be backed by a fake one – but there would be significant hurdles A Chinese company has announced ambitious plans to put a “fake moon” into space to brighten the night sky. According to the People’s Daily state newspaper, officials at a private aerospace institute in Chengdu want to launch this “illumination satellite” in orbit by 2020, and

One Nigerian woman’s mission to save Lagos beaches and turtles from plastic

Image copyright Ijeoma Ndukwe Doyinsola Ogunye, along with around 20 volunteer children, vigorously combs a sandy shore in the Nigerian coastal city of Lagos, unearthing deeply embedded litter and plastic that can prove deadly to sea turtles. The tide is low and the layer of scattered debris across a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand emerges as the waves recede into the ocean. Every type of man-made waste imaginable, from

Why do people think this ‘manspreading’ video is a Kremlin hoax?

Image copyright Anna Dovgalyuk Image caption A still from Anna Dovgalyuk’s anti-manspreading video Millions of people around the world have watched a viral video that appears to show a woman taking direct action against “manspreading”. So why do some think it is actually Kremlin-backed disinformation? A woman creeps up to unsuspecting men on the St Petersburg Metro. The men are taking up lots of space, with their legs wide open.

Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfghan “war on terror” generation votes Voters in Afghanistan are due to cast their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections, amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. More than 2,500 candidates – including many women – are vying for 250 seats. But more than 30% of polling stations are shut because of security concerns – 10 candidates have been killed

Migrant Caravan Begins To Cross Into Mexico From Guatemala

ASSOCIATED PRESS A child is passed over a border fence between Guatemala and Mexico on Friday. A large, U.S.-bound group of Central American migrants that President Donald Trump has been attacking all week reached Mexico’s southern border Friday and started to cross over after a clash with law enforcement. The caravan of mostly Honduran nationals stopped before the Mexico-Guatemala border Friday morning and temporarily retreated, The Associated Press reported. Hundreds of Mexican

Khashoggi ‘died after fight’ – Saudis

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country’s state TV reported quoting an initial probe. It said deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair. The news bulletin said 18 Saudi nationals have now been detained as part of the continuing probe. This is the first time the kingdom has

Macedonia parliament votes to start name change process

Image copyright Getty/Reuters Image caption Protests were held in both Greece and Macedonia earlier this year against a compromise on the name Macedonia’s parliament has voted to start the constitutional procedure formally changing the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Two-thirds of the chamber – 80 of 120 deputies – backed the start of the process, the requisite majority to start the move. Several more votes will follow