October 2, 2018

Afghan election rally hit by suicide bomber, killing at least 13

Afghan election rally hit by suicide bomber, killing at least 13 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Posters in Kabul. Campaigning for the 20 October election began on Friday A suicide attacker has targeted an election campaign rally in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, killing 13 people and injuring more than 30. Supporters of parliamentary candidate Abdel Naser Momand had gathered in Kama district when the blast happened. Campaigning for the 20 October parliamentary election began on Friday, and there had been threats of violence. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have urged people to boycott the election.
October 2, 2018

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn August, a BBC team flew over the disputed South China Sea islands in a US military plane A Chinese warship has forced an American destroyer to change course in the South China Sea by sailing close to it in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner, the US Navy says. The USS Decatur was sailing past the Gaven and Johnson reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands, which China claims. The Luyang destroyer "approached within 45 yards [41m] of Decatur's bow", Commander Nat Christensen said. The US routinely angers Beijing with "freedom of navigation" missions. The sea, home to vital shipping lanes, has in recent years become a flashpoint for tensions between China and several regional nations which have overlapping claims over islands and reefs. Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all make claims to parts of the sea. Why is the South China Sea contentiou..
October 2, 2018

Syrian man Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport

Syrian man Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport Image copyright Joshua Paul Image caption Hassan al-Kontar was a regular sight at Malaysia's KLIA2 airport A Syrian man who spent months living in a Malaysian airport has been removed and placed in police custody, officials say. Hassan al-Kontar's situation made headlines earlier this year after it emerged that he had been living in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He had left Syria to avoid mandatory military service and when war broke out, refused to go home. He had been seeking asylum in a third country. But a spokesperson told the BBC on Tuesday that Mr Kontar was "no longer" in the terminal. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe story of Syrian refugee Hassan al-Kontar Malaysia's immigration chief confirmed this, telling local media that authorities were "working together with Royal Malaysia Police". "Passengers at the boarding area are supposed to get on their flights but this ..
October 2, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to over 1,200

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to over 1,200 Image copyright Reuters The number of people killed in Indonesia from Friday's earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 1,200, the country's disaster response agency says. The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previous confirmed figure of 844. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that hit the coastal city of Palu. People there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water. There are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble of buildings. How Palu suffered a 'worst case scenario' tsunami Air traffic controller hailed as quake hero How Indonesia’s tsunami warning system failed the victims Indonesian Red Cross officials have told the BBC that 34 Indonesian students whose bodies were found under a church buried by a mudslide were among those killed. They were among a group of 86 students reported missing from a Bible camp in t..
October 2, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Images of debris and survival

Indonesia tsunami: Images of debris and survival Image copyright Reuters Five days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian town of Palu, images are emerging which show the true scale of the devastation. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This used to be a town - many people were on this beach preparing for a festival when the wave hit, about half-an-hour after the earthquake. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption These people were picking through the debris to find anything that might be salvaged to make lives a little bit easier. Image copyright AFP Image caption When you've lost everything, even basic items like plastic sheets or kitchenware can make the difference. Though finding them can be a dangerous task. Image copyright Reuters Image caption A satellite view of the town shows just how vulnerable it was to a tsunami. The waves built up speed and height as they powered down the narrow bay Image copyright Reuters Image caption This hillside ha..
October 1, 2018

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Landslides have hit the island of Sulawesi, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake The bodies of 34 Indonesian students have been found under a church which was buried by a mudslide after the quake in Palu, say aid workers. At least 844 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster, but the number is expected to rise as remote areas are reached. The aid and rescue operation is being slowed by damaged infrastructure and continuing strong aftershocks. There are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTsunami survivor: "I was hugging my wife, but when the wave came... I immediately lost her" The bodies of the students were found in the Sigi district, just outside Palu, which was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami on Friday. Aid workers told BBC they were still in the process of retrievi..
October 1, 2018

How a lesbian love story is bypassing the Indian censors

How a lesbian love story is bypassing the Indian censors Image copyright JioCinema/Loneranger Productions Image caption Lesbian love story Maaya 2 would have struggled to make it on to Indian TV Low-cost smartphones and cheap mobile data mean Indians are now hungrily consuming content over the small screen. And this is opening up a new world of creative freedom for the country's entertainment industry. Film director Krishna Bhatt says the internet has given her "the power to show exactly the story I want to tell". She has made two web-based shows. One of them, Maaya 2, centres around a lesbian love story - a subject that would have been very difficult to get into cinemas or on television in India. "To show lovemaking in a theatre I will have to go through 10,000 censor rules," says Ms Bhatt. "My kisses will get cut based on very stupid things. You're not allowed to show something like that even on TV." While films and television series are governed by strict censorship rul..
October 1, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Palu hit by ‘worst case scenario’

Indonesia tsunami: Palu hit by 'worst case scenario' Indonesia experiences earthquakes every day, but the scale of the quake and tsunami which hit Palu on Friday took local people and scientists by surprise. More than 800 people have died, but the final figure could be in the thousands, say officials. As scientists explained to the BBC, a combination of geography, timing and inadequate warnings meant that what happened in Palu was a worst case scenario. A perilous locationEarthquakes are caused by the Earth's tectonic plates sliding against or under each other. This is happening constantly, but sometimes the movement is big enough and close enough to populated areas to have devastating consequences. Small tremors had been happening throughout Friday in Palu, but in the early evening the Palu-Koru fault suddenly slipped, a short distance off shore and only 10km (6 miles) below the surface, generating a 7.5 magnitude quake. Hamza Latief, from the Bandung Institute of T..
October 1, 2018

Mistaken identity as Pakistan embarrassed by wallet theft

Mistaken identity as Pakistan embarrassed by wallet theft Image copyright YouTube Image caption CCTV footage of the theft which has reportedly left the Kuwaiti delegation furious A senior Pakistani civil servant is under investigation after reportedly being filmed stealing a visiting Kuwaiti delegate's wallet at an official function. However, photographs said to be of the suspect, Zarar Haider Khan, published in mainstream and social media show a completely innocent individual who resides in the United States. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Mr Haider is the joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production in Pakistan, and that an investigation is being launched into the theft from the Kuwaiti diplomat. An official document was subsequently published for inclusion in Pakistan's Official Gazette, noting Mr Haider's suspension. Mr Haider is a grade BS-20 official, one of the higher ranks in Pakistan's civil service, and the incident has open..
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