August 5, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Moment the quake struck caught on camera

August 5, 2018

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, prompting a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10km (6.21 miles) underground. It comes a week after another quake hit the island, which is popular with tourists, killing at least 16 people. Lombok, about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali, attracts tourists from around the world to its beaches and hiking trails. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to move away from the ocean. "Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking," Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the Indonesian Meteorology Agency told local TV. The tremors prompted a large-scale evacuation of a nearby volcano. Are earthquake warnings effective? History of deadly earthquakes The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildin..
August 5, 2018

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy's cars amid protests Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Bangladesh police have fired tear gas on student protesters demanding better road safety Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but two cars were damaged. It comes as thousands of students and school children continue a week-long protest calling for safer roads. Police have fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. Dozens of protesters have also been injured in street attacks. The US ambassador condemned the violence against the peaceful protesters on Sunday.
August 5, 2018

Nato soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing

Nato soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing A suicide bomber has killed three Nato foreign soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. The victims, whose nationalities have not been disclosed, were on a routine foot patrol alongside Afghan forces, Nato officials said in a statement. A US soldier and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, at 6:00 local time (01:30 GMT). Taliban militants have claimed they carried out the bombing. Afghanistan profile - Timeline Afghan civilian deaths 'hit record high' Nato summit tackles Afghan conflict US Army General John Nicolson said: "Their sacrifice will endure in both our hearts and history and further strengthen our resolve." Last month, a US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan, Nato officials said. The US-led Nato force, which comprises of soldiers from 41 countries, pulled out most of its troops after it ended its ..
August 5, 2018

China’s football future: The mountain school producing prodigies

China's football future: The mountain school producing prodigies Image caption Wang Chun (left) dreams of playing for China's national team It's just after dawn in the mountains of Gansu province, north-central China, and 40 children are beginning their first football practice of the day. One girl stands out from the rest: the girls' football captain, 12-year-old Wang Chun. She's taller than many of the other girls and looks unusually focused. The stakes are high. Wang Chun has an important audition coming up that could help her escape poverty in this remote, dusty corner of China. In two months, she'll try out at one of China's top football academies - Evergrande, in China's southern Guangdong province - more than 2,000km (1,200 miles) away. For now, Wang Chun and the others at the Zhonglianchuan primary school focus on perfecting their passes. The headmaster, Ma Anwu, stands in the middle of the neon green pitch. He doubles as the main coach. ..
August 4, 2018

Ai Weiwei Beijing studio demolished ‘without warning’

Ai Weiwei Beijing studio demolished 'without warning' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Ai posted footage of the demolition on social media The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the authorities in Beijing have demolished his studio there. In a series of clips on Instagram showing the former factory being torn down, Ai said that he had been given no notice of the decision. Another of his studios in Shanghai was destroyed in 2011. He also said at that time he had received no warning. The 66-year-old has lived in Germany since leaving China in 2015. He is a strong critic of China's government. On Instagram Ai said "farewell" to the space, which he had used since 2006. Image Copyright aiww aiww Report One of Ai's assistants, Gang Ra, told the AFP new agency that the rental contract for the building had ended last year but that it "simply wasn't possible" to move out at the time because of the amount of works still present. He said that they had been t..
August 4, 2018

Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest

Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest Image copyright EPA About 25 students have been injured in clashes in Bangladesh on the seventh day of an unprecedented youth protest about road safety, reports say. Thousands of pupils, many in school uniform, have been out on the roads of the capital, Dhaka, stopping traffic and checking vehicles and drivers. The authorities say unidentified groups of youths attacked them on Saturday. The protesters want improved road safety after a boy and girl were killed by a speeding bus last Sunday. Transport workers have in recent days staged their own strike, while the government has urged students to return to their classrooms. A government minister previously accused the students of hypocrisy, sparking further uproar. He later apologised. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Students chant slogans during the demonstration Police used tear gas as they tried to control the crowds on Saturday. Local journalists told the BBC they were among th..
August 4, 2018

North Korea calls US actions on nuclear programme ‘alarming’

North Korea calls US actions on nuclear programme 'alarming' Image copyright EPA Image caption The two men appeared friendly at a summit but North Korea has some strong words for the US North Korea's foreign minister has called US actions "alarming" as tensions over the North's nuclear programme again flared. Ri Yong-ho was responding to comments by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging other countries to keep up sanctions pressure on Pyongyang. A landmark summit between the US and North Korea in June saw the North agree to work towards denuclearisation. But details remain vague and the UN says its nuclear programme continues. At a regional forum in Singapore, Mr Pompeo said it was important to maintain "diplomatic and economic pressure" on North Korea to achieve "the final, fully verified denuclearisation". Pyongyang is currently under a range of international and US sanctions over its nuclear programme and missile tests. Trump-Kim summit: Why did they mee..
August 4, 2018

Thai cave boys leave monastery after novice monkhood

Thai cave boys leave monastery after novice monkhood Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The boys ended their retreat as novice Buddhist monks following a prayer ceremony on 4 August Most of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave have returned home after spending time in a Buddhist monastery as novice monks. Eleven of the Wild Boars youth football team were ordained novices in memory of a diver who died during their rescue. Their 25-year-old coach, who has received monk's orders, will stay on for three months. One of the boys did not participate as he is a Christian. The group were trapped for more than two weeks before a dramatic rescue. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBuddhist monks cut the Thai cave boys' hair The novice monks - aged between 11 and 17 - left a temple in northern Thailand's Mae Sai district after spending nine days living in a monastery, a tradition for males in Thailand who experience adversity. The experience was s..
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