October 29, 2018

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton Image copyright AFP Image caption The rescue of the boys and their coach had the world gripped earlier this July The 12 young footballers who spent two weeks trapped in a cave in Thailand have now achieved their dream of watching Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The story of the boys and their coach, who were finally rescued by a team of divers, gripped the world in July. They were invited to watch the match after their extraordinary rescue. But their attendance at the event has been overshadowed by news of the death of the Thai owner of Leicester City FC. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when his helicopter crashed outside the club's stadium.
October 28, 2018

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane has come down after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials. Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands. It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, as it was crossing the sea. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane, believed to be a Boeing 737. Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency told reporters: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed." A Lion Air official earlier told the BBC the company did not yet know what had happened to the plane. The aircraft was reported to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a model only in use since 2016. Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be publish..
October 28, 2018

The girl drawing other people’s Tinder dates

The woman who draws other people's Tinder dates Image copyright Indu Harikumar Indu Harikumar is the brains behind #100IndianTinderTales, where she illustrates Indians' experiences of online dating. She tells the BBC what motivated her project and what it has grown into. "You must have a European lover." Those were the words of my Russian flatmate as she pushed me to try Tinder. I was 35, just out of a relationship, in Vienna on an art residency and very reluctant. I felt I stood no chance at love or even meeting anyone worthwhile. Plus, I didn't speak any German and was worried that men I right-swiped would be at my door looking for sex. But jet-lagged, and with nothing to do, I installed the app. Soon I found it was not only a great way to meet locals, but also, the fact that I was brown in a predominantly white country meant my "dateability" was very high. Over the next few weeks, I walked out of museums, into cafes and was always asked if I'd like to go to th..
October 28, 2018

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeghan started her tribute to the women of New Zealand with a Maori greeting The Duchess of Sussex has praised the first women in the world to win the right to vote during a speech in New Zealand about feminism and fairness. Meghan was speaking on day one of her visit to the country with Prince Harry. It is the last stop on their tour. The duchess started with a few words of Maori, leading to applause and cheers from the audience in Wellington. She was speaking at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of universal female suffrage in New Zealand. Harry praises Invictus 'role models' Invictus athlete comforted by team-mate In pictures: Meghan and Harry's first tour It was the first country in the world where all adult women were allowed to vote. Meghan, wearing a necklace featuring a traditional Maori design for the evening reception, addressed a..
October 28, 2018

Thai billionaire’s death confirmed

Leicester City confirm chairman's death Image copyright PA Image caption Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City in 2010 The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a female passenger died when the aircraft crashed at about 20:30 BST on Saturday. Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the King Power Stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball. Thousands of bouquets and scarves have already been left outside the ground. Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be: Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Two members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare Pilot Eric Swaffer Female passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz Image copyright Jamie Cooper/HiOptic Image caption Thousands of bouquets of flowers and tributes have been left by Leicester City fans In a statement, Leicester City ..
October 28, 2018

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters have gathered outside Mr Wickramasinghe's residence Three people have been injured after a Sri Lankan MP's bodyguard fired at a mob in the capital, Colombo, police say, amid a growing political crisis. Arjuna Ranatunga was petroleum minister under sacked prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. Protesters were trying to stop him entering his office. Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Mr Wickramasinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and suspended parliament. Critics say it is unconstitutional. Mr Wickramasinghe says he is still prime minister. How did the shooting happen?It occurred as Mr Ranatunga tried to enter his office at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The bodyguard has been arrested and an investigation is under way, police said. What other signs of tension are there?Sri Lankan parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has urged Mr Sirisena to reconsider his..
October 28, 2018

Drowning kangaroo rescued by Australian police officers

Drowning kangaroo rescued by Australian police officers Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sgt Christopher Russo and Sgt Kirby Tonkin were just in time to grab the kangaroo before it drowned Two Australian police officers have described the moment they jumped into the sea to rescue a drowning kangaroo. Sergeants Christopher Russo and Kirby Tonkin dragged the unconscious animal out of the water and performed chest compressions to revive it. The kangaroo is now recovering after the dramatic rescue in the Mornington Peninsula area, south of Melbourne. Sgt Tonkin said it was a "good feeling", adding "every life is worth saving and we just did what we could". The incident happened in the late afternoon on Saturday. Local resident Mia Grant saw the kangaroo bounce across the road towards Safety Beach. "I saw him swimming and started filming but he suddenly got caught in the backwash of the waves so we got him out and waited for police," she told Australian media. Image copyright Reuter..
October 28, 2018

Indian farmers fume at $430m cost of Gujurat statue

Indian farmers fume at $430m cost of Gujurat statue Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The statue of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is 182m high On 31 October India will unveil the world's tallest statue, which has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. BBC Gujarati's Roxy Gagdekar spoke to local farmers who say they are aghast that the government has spent so much money on it while they struggle to make ends meet. For years Vijendra Tadvi, a 39-year-old farmer in the western state of Gujarat, has been struggling to find water to irrigate his three acres (1.2 hectares) of farmland. He grows chilli, corn and groundnuts. Like millions of farmers across India, he relies on monsoon rains to water his crops. or he pumps out groundwater, which supports 80% of the rural water supply and farm irrigation. But long dry summers followed by erratic rains have led to frequent drought and shrunk the incomes of farmers like Mr Tadvi. Tallest statue in the world t..
October 28, 2018

Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes leaving stadium

Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium Image copyright Liam Hopkin / @hopkin_liam Image caption One witness said he heard "a big bang" and then saw "a big fireball" The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground as it left the stadium following a Premier League match. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter when it came down at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, a source close to the family has told the BBC. One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash. It is not known how many other people were on board the helicopter. Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium. The game kicked off at 17:30 BST and finished about one hour before the helicopter took off. Under Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership, Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, having started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders. Image copyright P..
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