September 21, 2018

Philippines landslide victims ‘sent texts from underneath rubble’

Philippines landslide victims 'sent texts from underneath rubble' Image copyright AFP Image caption The area had seen heavy monsoon rains A landslide in the Philippines has killed at least 21 people and left dozens missing, with some texting for help from under the rubble, say police. The slide on Thursday engulfed two villages in Naga in Cebu province. It comes days after the north of the Philippines was hit by a typhoon, killing more than 80 people. Typhoon Mangkhut did not directly hit Cebu province but lead to stronger monsoon rains, increasing the risk of landslides across the country. 'Like an earthquake'The Cebu landslide took out a whole section of hillside on which people had built their makeshift homes. "It was like an earthquake and there was this thundering, loud banging sound," resident Cristita Villarba told news agency AP. Image copyright AFP Image caption Some of the houses were completely covered by rubble "All of us ran out," she said, adding..
September 20, 2018

Australia emu video investigated for ‘horrific cruelty’

Australia emu video investigated for 'horrific cruelty' Image copyright RSPCA/FACEBOOK Image caption The video appears to show a man using his car to strike emus Animal welfare authorities in Australia are investigating a video which appears to show a motorist deliberately running over several emus. The footage has drawn widespread anger after being shared online. Authorities are treating the footage as authentic. In the video, the male driver is heard cheering as he strikes the animals on a dirt road with his car. Authorities have appealed for information, describing it as apparent evidence of "horrific cruelty". "[We] unequivocally condemn this type of behaviour, as it clearly shows a disregard for the lives of vulnerable native animals," the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said in a statement. The unidentified motorist's face can be seen in the 41-second video. His voice is also heard. "This is great - I've got that one too, and t..
September 20, 2018

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan's rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid Image copyright Jaxa Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan's space agency is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid. On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will despatch a pair of "rovers" to the 1km-wide space rock known as Ryugu. Rover 1A and Rover 1B will move around by hopping in Ryugu's low gravity; they will capture images of the surface and measure temperatures. Hayabusa-2 reached the asteroid Ryugu in June this year after a three-and-a-half-year journey. If all goes well, Hayabusa-2 will be the first spacecraft to successfully place robot rovers on the surface of an asteroid. The 1km-wide space rock known formally as 162173 Ryugu belongs to a particularly primitive type of asteroid, and is therefore a relic left over from the early days of our Solar System. Studying it could shed light o..
September 20, 2018

India killing: ‘My father ordered my husband’s murder’

India killing: 'My father ordered my husband's murder' Image copyright Amrutha Varshini Image caption Pranay and Amrutha were high school sweethearts On 14 September, Pranay Perumalla was murdered in front of his wife, Amrutha, in an alleged honour killing. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini spoke to Amrutha, whose father has been arrested for plotting the attack. Amrutha and Pranay were high school sweethearts in Miriyalaguda, a small town in the southern Indian state of Telangana. They first met at high school. "We always liked each other. We used to talk a lot on the phone and then we fell in love," she says with a wan smile. Amrutha, 21, belongs to a wealthy, upper-caste family, while Pranay, who was 24, was a Dalit (formerly untouchable). In April 2016, they married despite her parents' objections. Now five months pregnant, she finds herself saying the unimaginable. "My father killed my husband because he did not belong to the same caste as me." India woman ..
September 20, 2018

How China’s GPS ‘rival’ Beidou is plotting to go global

How China's GPS 'rival' Beidou is plotting to go global Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beidou's coverage is expanding rapidly, with more than 10 satellite launches in 2018 China has ambitions for its rapidly expanding Beidou satellite navigation system to serve the whole world, not just Asia, but will it really be able to rival the well-established - and US-owned - GPS system? Dalintai - a herder in northern China - used to travel miles every day on his motorcycle to deliver water for his livestock. Now, according to the the Xinhua news agency, all he has to do is send a text message to operate an automated water delivery system. "I am able to deliver water to my sheep and cattle wherever and whenever I want via this system," he says. The message is relayed over China's expanding Beidou satellite navigation system, which is already being used used for transport, agriculture and even precision missiles. Image Copyright @XHNews @XHNews Report Imag..
September 20, 2018

Taiwan hair salon covers ‘swastika’ signs after outcry

Taiwan hair salon covers 'swastika' signs after outcry Image copyright EPA Image caption German and Jewish communities criticised the shop's logo A hairdressers in Taiwan has covered up its street signs, after it was criticised for having a logo similar to the Nazi swastika, it's reported. According to the Taiwan News website, the Berlin Hair Salon in the northern city of Hsinchu has covered its logos with a magic marker, so that only the name of the hair salon can be seen, after a week of angry comments. The salon has also changed the logo on its Facebook page, after it received hundreds of negative comments online. It has been criticised by the region's German and Jewish communities. The Liberty Times newspaper said that owner Hsu Chen-yang had originally defended his business, claiming the design was merely four razor blades. He said that the salon's design was created by an external designer, and denied there was any relationship between the shop&#0..
September 20, 2018

North Korea’s Kim wants fast denuclearisation, South’s leader says

North Korea's Kim wants fast denuclearisation, South's leader says Image copyright AFP Image caption The visit of Moon Jae-in (R) took in the symbolic Mt Paektu North Korea's leader wants to complete denuclearisation quickly and hold a second summit with Donald Trump soon, South Korea's president says. President Moon Jae-in, who has ended a landmark trip to the North, said Kim Jong-un also wanted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit again. Mr Pompeo said earlier he was ready to restart negotiations, stalled since the first Trump-Kim summit in June. Mr Pompeo said the aim was denuclearising North Korea "by 2021". Peace on the Korean peninsula? North Korea's woeful human rights record North Korea crisis in 300 words What did Mr Moon say on his return?Moon Jae-in arrived back in Seoul on Thursday after a high-profile, three-day visit - the first by a Southern leader to the North's capital. Mr Moon said: "Kim Jong-un expressed his wish that he wanted ..
September 20, 2018

Rugby World Cup: Cover up your tattoos in Japan, players told

Rugby World Cup: Cover up your tattoos in Japan, players told Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian full-back Israel Folau is one of many rugby stars with large tattoos Tattooed rugby players will be asked to cover up during next year's World Cup in Japan to avoid offending people, the sport's governing body has said. In Japan, tattoos have long been associated with the notorious yakuza crime syndicates and inked tourists can find themselves barred from traditional communal hot springs, or onsens. Players are being asked to wear vests when using gyms or pools, reports The Telegraph newspaper. Tattoos are common within many teams. But tournament director Alan Gilpin said there had been no objections from players. "When we raised it with the teams a year or so ago, we were probably expecting a frustrated reaction from them, but there hasn't been at all," The Telegraph quoted him as saying. "That is a great tribute to the sport itself and to the rugby playe..
September 20, 2018

India school principal held for ‘covering up’ student rape

India school principal held for 'covering up' student rape Image caption The school's staff has been charged for trying to cover up the crime The principal of a boarding school and four members of staff are among nine people arrested over the rape of a 15-year-old student in northern India. Four male students have been held for the rape, which left the girl pregnant, while the school staff are accused of covering up the assault. Staff at the Dehradun school forced the girl to have an abortion after they found out she was pregnant, police say. A medical examination on Wednesday confirmed she was raped, police said. "We have registered a case of gang rape, criminal conspiracy and have charged the school's officials for causing disappearance of evidence," police officer Naresh Rathore told the BBC. The assault has prompted the state government to cancel the school's educational licence, according to the Times of India newspaper. Police said that management at ..
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