November 15, 2018

North Korea ‘tests new high-tech weapon’

North Korea 'tests new high-tech weapon' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un expressed "great satisfaction" over "state-of-the-art" weapon, North Korea's media say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the successful test of a new "high-tech" tactical weapon, state-run media say. The KCNA news agency gave no details on the type of the weapon, saying only it had been developed over a long period. But it is the first known inspection of a major weapons test in a year. In a summit in June Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump agreed the Korean peninsula should denuclearise, but a detailed plan was never set out. Discussions aimed at setting up a second summit between Mr Kim and Mr Trump did not happen as planned this week and relations between the North and the US appear to have soured since the historic meeting in Singapore. North Korean state media provided no details as to what kind of weapon this was, but it comes shortly after a report bas..
November 15, 2018

Khmer Rouge surviving leaders face genocide verdict

Khmer Rouge surviving leaders face genocide verdict Image copyright Reuters Image caption The pair are already serving life sentences The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to deliver its verdict on whether the last two surviving leaders of the Pol Pot regime are guilty of genocide. Nuon Chea, 92, was Pol Pot's deputy, and Khieu Samphan, 87, was the regime's head of state. They are on trial for genocide against Cambodia's Cham Muslim minority and ethnic Vietnamese. Up to two million people are thought to have died under brutal Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. Many of them succumbed to starvation and overwork, or were executed as enemies of the state. The pair are already serving life sentences after they were found guilty of some crimes against humanity in 2014. What is genocide?But a guilty verdict on Friday would be the first official acknowledgement that what the Khmer Rouge regime did was in fact genocide as defined under international law. The pair will..
November 15, 2018

Golden Horse Awards: The Oscars of Asia

Golden Horse Awards: The Oscars of Asia Image copyright Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival The Oscar statuette is Hollywood's biggest trophy. In the world of Chinese cinema, its equivalent is a galloping Golden Horse. Come Saturday, actors, directors and cinematographers will descend upon Taiwan's capital to attend the annual Golden Horse Awards. This year marks its 55th show. With increasing investment in Chinese cinema it's likely that in just a few years time, some of those walking the red carpet on Saturday will become household names around the world. Big names from the Chinese-speaking world made their screen debut at the Golden Horse Awards. Teen actress Vicky Chen beats veterans at Golden Horse Awards'Chinese Oscars' celebrates 50 yearsChinese-French film Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse AwardsFilmmakers Wong Kar Wai and Ang Lee and stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai have taken home their share of horses. Image copyright Getty Images Image ..
November 15, 2018

Lion Air crash: Boeing sued by victim’s family over aircraft design

Lion Air crash: Boeing sued by victim's family over aircraft design Image copyright Reuters Image caption Investigators examine one of the engines from the doomed Lion Air flight JT 610 The family of a passenger killed when a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea near Indonesia are suing Boeing over an alleged fault with the jet's design. The lawsuit accuses the US aircraft manufacturer of failing to inform pilots and airlines of a feature with its new 737 Max plane system that could "push the nose down unexpectedly". Investigators have been looking into reported technical issues. Boeing maintains that it is "confident in the safety of the 737 Max". Lion Air flight JT 610 was carrying 189 people when it crashed on 29 October. It plummeted into the Java Sea following a request from the pilot for permission to turn back to the airport just moments after taking off from Jakarta. It was later established that the aircraft had had an airspeed indicator problem on its final four ..
November 15, 2018

Lost Disney ‘Oswald’ film found in Japan

Lost Disney 'Oswald' film found in Japan Image copyright BFI/Walt Disney Animation Studio Image caption Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Disney's first character One of Walt Disney's earliest films has been discovered in Japan. An anime historian had the cartoon for 70 years before he realised it was one of seven lost films. The two-minute short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a precursor to Mickey Mouse. Yasushi Watanabe, 84, bought the film from a toy wholesaler in Osaka when he was a teenager, paying only ¥500 (£3.45 at current exchange rates). Originally called Neck & Neck, the 16mm cartoon was tagged with the name Mickey Manga Spide (Mickey Cartoon Speedy), and remained in Mr Watanabe's personal collection for 70 years. Toy Story 4 first trailer reveals new character - meet Forky Disney reports record results as it flags up new Star Wars Tom Hiddleston to return as Loki in new TV series The significance of the film only became apparent when he read the bo..
November 15, 2018

Japan’s cyber-security minister has ‘never used a computer’

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yoshitaka Sakurada said his lack of experience with computers should not pose a problem Japan's new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer. Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission to a committee of lawmakers. "Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life," he said, according to a translation by the Kyodo news agency. The 68-year-old was appointed to his post last month. His duties include overseeing cyber-defence preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tokyo 2020: Japan debates daylight saving to avoid heat Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots unveiled after children's vote A politician from the opposition Democratic Party, Masato Imai, whose question had prompted the admission, expressed surprise. "I find it unbelievable that someone w..
November 15, 2018

Garima Arora: Indian chef cooks her way to a Michelin star

Garima Arora: Indian chef cooks her way to a Michelin star Image copyright Courtesy of Gaa, Bangkok Image caption Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star Chef Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star for her restaurant Gaa in Bangkok, Thailand. The BBC's Nikita Mandhani spoke to her about the journey that has brought her here. "It's still sinking in," says Ms Arora, who only began cooking at the age of 21 when she decided to move to Paris from her hometown Mumbai, to study at the world-famous Cordon Bleu culinary school. "It was nothing like I expected it to be. It was a lot of donkey-work," Ms Arora, now 30, says. "But I just wanted to be there so much and I learnt to cope up and made my way through." Image copyright Gaa, Bangkok Image caption A dish of pork rib at Garima Arora's restaurant, Gaa Even though her journey as a chef officially started when she was 21 (she was working as a journalist before that), ..
November 15, 2018

New Zealand launches balls checking booth for testicular cancer

New Zealand launches balls checking booth for testicular cancer Image copyright Testicular Cancer NZ Image caption If you're too shy to face a doctor, the Testimatic is just the thing for you Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to, well, drop your pants? Meet the Testimatic. That's a booth to allow New Zealand men to have their testicles checked without having to face a doctor. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer in young men in Western nations and the booth is being rolled out with fanfare at a big expo in Auckland. How does it work? Into the booth, down with the pants and a doctor will check you anonymously through a little hole. The booth is set up at this weekend's Big Boys Toys expo, a huge exhibition catering to all things men stereotypically are supposed to be into. So that's stuff like cars, gadgets, action sports, barbeque or construction machinery. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Have those balls checked or ch..
November 15, 2018

Monkey kills baby boy in India’s Agra

Monkey kills baby boy in India's Agra Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monkeys in India face growing environmental as well as human pressures A 12-day-old boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey in northern India. The infant's mother was breastfeeding him at their home in the city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed him. The monkey dropped the badly bitten child on a neighbour's roof after locals gave chase to the animal. The baby died of his injuries in a local hospital. Agra is home to India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal. The baby's uncle, Dhirendra Kumar, told the BBC that the family was heartbroken. "There are too many monkeys in the area. We live in fear. We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven't done anything. The mother of the baby is too distraught to even speak," he said. Pushpa Devi, the child's grandmother said the family would "never re..
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