July 30, 2018

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship Image caption Hasitun Nissa's family is one of millions who expects to be stripped of their Indian citizenship The final draft of a bill which will determine who has the right to be called Indian in the north-eastern state of Assam will be published hours from now. The entire process has sparked fears of a witch hunt against the state's ethnic minorities, reports the BBC's Joe Miller. Hasitun Nissa has never known a home outside the floodplains of Assam. It's where the 47-year-old schoolteacher spent her childhood, where she studied, where she got married and where she had her four children. But on Monday, she expects to be stripped of her Indian citizenship, and fears her land rights, voting rights and freedom are in peril. She's not alone. Millions of Bengalis - a linguistic minority in Assam - may have fallen foul of a long, bureaucratic process known as the National Register of Citizens, or NRC. The government ..
July 29, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndonesia earthquake: 'Massive damage' in Lombok village More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes. Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain. At least 14 people have died, and more than 160 were injured in the quake. Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless and substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island. A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed. Authorities say more than 500 people, mostly foreign tourists, have already come down from the mountain but 266 are still trapped up th..
July 29, 2018

‘Panicked’ kangaroo smashes way into Australian home

'Panicked' kangaroo smashes way into Australian home Image copyright MANFRED ZABINSKAS Image caption The "highly stressed" kangaroo suffered cuts and lost blood, a rescuer said An Australian family has been startled awake after a kangaroo crashed its way through a window in their home. The residents managed to trap the marsupial in a bathroom after it "ran amok" in the house in Melbourne early on Sunday, a wildlife rescuer said. The family was unharmed, but the distressed kangaroo suffered blood loss and cuts to its paws and legs. Rescuer Manfred Zabinskas said the incident could partly be attributed to homes competing with kangaroo habitats. After being called to the home, Mr Zabinskas found the kangaroo "fairly exhausted" in the bathroom, and administered a sedative to remove it safely. "The family was quite concerned about him because of the amount of blood everywhere," he said. Image copyright MANFRED ZABINSKAS Image caption The family managed to lock the kangaroo in a ..
July 29, 2018

Cambodia election: Ruling party claims landslide in vote with no main opposition

Cambodia election: Ruling party claims landslide in vote with no main opposition Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hun Sen - seen here casting his vote - says he wants to rule for at least a decade longer The party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985, says it has won a landslide victory in a general election that lacked any serious challengers. The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said it had won 80% of the vote, giving it at least 100 of 125 seats. Election staff say turnout was 82.71%. Critics have called the vote a sham as the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which narrowly lost the last election, has been dissolved. The US and EU were also among those questioning the credibility of the vote, but the CPP said 19 other parties had stood. In a statement on his Facebook page, former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, who is living in exile abroad, said "a victory without a contest is a hollow one". "The result of this false election conducted in a c..
July 29, 2018

Indonesia earthquake: 10 dead on tourist island Lombok

Indonesia earthquake: 10 dead on tourist island Lombok Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials say the earthquake has damaged many buildings A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 10 people. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central Indonesian island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. The island attracts tourists from around the world and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali. Many buildings have been damaged and some of the injured are being treated in hospital, officials say. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok. History of deadly earthquakes Are earthquake warnings effective? "People are gathering on the streets and empty fields to avoid collapsing buildings," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's disaster agency, posted on Twitter [in Indonesian]. "The main focus now is e..
July 28, 2018

Cambodia votes in poll without main opposition

Cambodia votes in poll without main opposition Image copyright AFP Image caption Hun Sen has said he wants to rule Cambodia for at least a decade longer Cambodians are set to vote in an election that will not feature the only serious challenger to the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985. Critics have called the vote a sham as the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which narrowly lost the last election, has been dissolved. The US and EU are among those who have questioned the credibility of the vote. But the ruling Cambodian People's Party says 19 other parties are standing. On Friday, the Cambodian government ordered internet service providers in the country to block a number of independent news websites, including Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and Voice of Democracy. It also singled out a post on the German version of the image-sharing site Pinterest, which had specifically referenced the Cambodia National Rescue Party. English newspaper outlets w..
July 28, 2018

Midwife training centre attacked in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Midwife training centre attacked in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Image copyright EPA Image caption Security officials are trying to rescue the remaining midwives and students An Afghan midwife training centre has come under attack by militants, with at least three people injured. The attackers set off explosives and fired gunshots at the centre in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Some students and midwives were rescued, but others are still trapped inside the compound, reports say. No group has yet said it is behind the attack, although Islamic State militants have claimed several recent attacks in the eastern province. The attack began at around 11:30 local time (07:00 GMT) on Saturday, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. "The Afghan security forces have cordoned off the area and [have] launched an operation to gun down the attackers," he added. Smoke could be seen rising from the compound. Skip Twitter post by @TOLOnews #UPDATE - Nangarhar officials confirmed the midwife tr..
July 28, 2018

Typhoon Jongdari: Weather-ravaged Japan braces for powerful storm

Typhoon Jongdari: Weather-ravaged Japan braces for powerful storm Image copyright EPA Image caption Tokyo's recent baking temperatures may give way to major downpours, forecasters say Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Japan as the country braces for a powerful typhoon, bringing winds of up to 180km/h (110mph). Typhoon Jongdari (or "skylark" in Korean), is expected to make landfall on the country's main island, Honshu, late on Saturday or early on Sunday. The storm comes less than a month after floods killed more than 200 people, and then a heatwave left dozens dead. Japan's Meteorological Agency has told locals to be ready for evacuation. At 18:05 local time (09:05 GMT) Jongdari was situated about 200km south of Tokyo and forecast to make landfall close to the city of Nagoya. More than eight million people were ordered to leave their homes earlier in July when torrential rain saw rivers burst their banks, but some became trapped after failing to heed the order...
July 27, 2018

Pakistan election: Rival parties reject result and call for new poll

Pakistan election: Rival parties reject result and call for new poll Image copyright AFP Image caption Party leaders included PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif (2nd left) and Maulana Fazalur Rehman of the MMA (2nd right) A group of Pakistani political parties has rejected the results of Wednesday's general election that looks poised to bring ex-cricketer Imran Khan to power. Mr Khan's PTI party is ahead in the poll and has declared victory, but rival parties allege vote rigging. After joint talks in Islamabad, one party leader said they would launch protests to demand fresh elections. The rival parties include that of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, which had earlier said it was ready to go into opposition. Party leader Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif who is in jail on corruption charges, said the PML-N had yet to decide whether or not to boycott parliament. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive things to know about Imran Khan Sitting alongside him at a news ..
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