May 25, 2018

Tragic tale of nursing mother’s snakebite shocks India

Tragic tale of nursing mother's snakebite shocks India Image copyright Alamy Image caption The saw-scaled viper is found from west Africa to the Indian Subcontinent A mother and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in India after the woman was bitten by a snake. Not realising she had been attacked, the woman began breastfeeding her child. Both died before they could reach a hospital. The news comes the same day as the World Health Organization declared snake bites a "global health priority". Between 81,000 and 138,000 people are killed by snake bites each year, with around half of all deaths in India. How big is the problem?According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around five million snake bites occur each year, although venom is only injected in just over half of cases. From blindness to amputations, hundreds of thousands of people are left with permanent disability after being attacked by snakes. The WHO describes such cases as among the most neglected tropica..
May 25, 2018

The ‘underground lair’ that turned out to be a loo

May 25, 2018

Trump and Kim: An on/off bromance

May 25, 2018

North Korea’s nuclear site destruction: What does it mean?

May 25, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: Koreans ‘see peace being taken away’

Trump-Kim summit: Koreans 'see peace being taken away' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An elderly man weeps as he watches the symbolic April meeting between North and South Korea It's happened: US President Donald Trump has pulled out of a highly anticipated meeting with Kim Jong-un, citing North Korean's "tremendous anger and open hostility". The move may have shocked the world but as the BBC's Heather Chen and Minji Lee of BBC Korean write, it's an even bigger setback for the people at the heart of it: North and South Koreans. Hwang Yeon was putting her seven-year-old son to bed on Thursday night when a barrage of notifications flooded her phone. "I wondered what on Earth had happened and then I found out the bad news," she told BBC News by email from her home in the South Korean capital, Seoul. The mother of twin boys fled North Korea in 2006. We are not using her real name to protect her identity. A sinking feeling had come over her when..
May 25, 2018

Tiahleigh Palmer: The 12-year-old murdered by her foster father

Tiahleigh Palmer: The 12-year-old murdered by her foster father Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Tiahleigh Palmer's body was discovered on a Queensland river bank in 2015 Australian schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer was 12 years old when she came home from dance class and was murdered by her foster father. Hours earlier, Rick Thorburn had learned that that his teenage son, Trent, had sexually assaulted her. They feared she might be pregnant. So the Queensland man killed Tiahleigh and dumped her near-naked body on a river bank. On Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison. Justice David Boddice described the murder as "cold, calculating and callous". Thorburn's wife and two sons have already been jailed for their roles in a case which has horrified Australia. The killing also led to a review of Queensland's foster care system, and changed police alerts about vulnerable children. What happened to Tiahleigh? Tiahleigh had been in care since she was seven. She had..
May 25, 2018

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police seized hundreds of boxes of handbags and luxury goods in properties linked to Mr Najib Malaysian police uncovered $28.6m (£21.3m) in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak. Police also seized luxury handbags, watches and jewellery. The raids were related to an investigation into state development fund 1MDB. Billions of dollars are unaccounted for from the fund. Mr Najib himself allegedly pocketed $700m, a claim he has always denied. 'You eat our money, we eat your chocs'The money was seized along with 284 boxes containing designer handbags, as well as watches and jewellery in raids last week. Police searched three apartments in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Mr Najib's son and daughter were living in two of the apartments, while the third was unoccupied. Amar Singh, the head of Malaysia's c..
May 25, 2018

North Korea: Video shows nuclear test site ‘destruction’

May 24, 2018

North Korea in nine charts

Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world. The country is often depicted as isolated and thoroughly out of step with the 21st century. Statistics are hard to get and often based on estimates, but what can they tell us about life in the North? Kim Il-sung effectively founded North Korea in 1948 and his family dynasty has ruled the country ever since, with control passing from father to son. In the same period South Korea has managed six republics, a revolution, a couple of coups and the transition to free and fair elections. In total 12 presidents have led the country, covering 19 terms of office. Three million mobile phones might seem like a lot - but in a country of 25 million it amounts..
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