July 19, 2018

Court rules South Korea must pay for Sewol victims

Court rules South Korea must pay for Sewol victims Image copyright AFP Image caption The Sewol tragedy shocked South Korea A South Korean court has ruled the government has to pay compensation for the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. It is the first time a court has acknowledged the state is liable for the deaths. The Sewol sank in 2014 killing 304 people, most of them school children. Some relatives of the victims had turned down an earlier offer of compensation, insisting the state's responsibility had to be proven. "The court acknowledges the liability in compensating the plaintiffs, since the negligence by the state and Cheonghaejin Marine Co. has resulted in the occurrence of the accident," the court said on Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported. The court awarded 200m won ($177,000, £135,000) in compensation for each passenger who died. Parents of the students who lost their lives in the tragedy will receive a further 40 million won. Siblings and grandparents are to..
July 18, 2018

Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepen trade ties

Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepening trade ties Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met on a number of occasions to boost ties between the two countries On paper Israel and China are unlikely close trading partners. China, the world's second-largest country, is the biggest exporter on the planet. While Israel, a tiny strip of land in the Middle East, is only in 45th place on the global exporting league table. And importantly - Israel has always been a steadfast ally of the US. So given the current trading spat between the US and China, you would expect Israel to be firmly on the American side. Yet what many people don't know is that Chinese investment in Israel is continuing to boom, at the same time as a growing number of Israeli firms are entering the Chinese marketplace. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK's Prince Williams was shown some examples of Israeli ..
July 18, 2018

How WhatsApp helped turn an Indian village into a lynch mob

How WhatsApp helped turn an Indian village into a lynch mob Image caption Mohammad Salman was beaten on false rumours he was a child kidnapper A 32-year-old Indian software engineer has become the latest victim in a spate of mob lynchings, allegedly spurred by child abduction rumours spreading over WhatsApp. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini reports on how the attack unfolded. "They kept hitting us, demanding to know how many children we had kidnapped," says Mohammad Salman, who is still in shock, his body bruised and his face scarred with stitches. On 13 July, Mr Salman, 22, and his two friends were brutally beaten by a mob that suspected them of kidnapping children. The last thing he remembers seeing was his friend, Mohammad Azam, being dragged away with a noose around his neck. Mr Azam died from his injuries. The three men were visiting relatives in Handikera, a tiny village surrounded by lush fields in the southern state of Karnataka. They lived in Hyderabad, the capital city of ..
July 18, 2018

The unique makeup of Rohingya Muslim girls and women in Bangladesh

The unique makeup of Rohingya Muslim girls and women in Bangladesh Reuters photographer Clodagh Kilcoyne has created a series of portraits of Rohingya Muslim girls and women in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, capturing their striking traditional makeup. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright Reuters Image copyright Reuters More than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017. The Rohingya, who numbered around one million in Myanmar at the start of 2017, are one of the many ethnic minorities in the country. Myanmar's military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies targeting civilians. Image copyright Reuters Kilcoyne photographed the Rohingya Muslim girls and women in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, a city on the south-east coast of Bangladesh. Image copyright Reuters The makeup is called thanaka, a yellow paste made from th..
July 18, 2018

Pakistan election: BBC interview with Dawn newspaper boss stirs controversy

Pakistan election: BBC interview with Dawn newspaper boss stirs controversy Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDawn boss Hameed Haroon says the 'deep state' is influencing Pakistan's election A BBC interview with the boss of Pakistan's leading English-language newspaper has stirred controversy a week before national elections. Hameed Haroon, CEO of the Dawn Media Group, accused the security establishment of interfering in politics, including in favour of former cricketer Imran Khan and his PTI party. But the HARDtalk interview prompted claims that Mr Haroon and his newspaper were biased in favour of ex-PM and rival to Mr Khan, Nawaz Sharif. Others criticised his lack of evidence against the military. Dawn is among newspapers that have faced censorship and intimidation ahead of the 25 July vote. The lead-up to the polls has been blighted by violence and political controversy. In the interview broadcast on Monday, Mr Haroon, who is also preside..
July 18, 2018

Thai cave boys: ‘This experience makes me stronger’

July 18, 2018

Russian warship Dimitrii Donskoi ‘found off South Korea’

Russian warship Dimitrii Donskoi 'found off South Korea' Image copyright Shinil Group Image caption The Shinil Group say this is the nameplate of the sunken Donskoi A Russian warship that sank 113 years ago has been found off the coast of a South Korean island, salvagers say. The Shinil Group say they found the Dimitrii Donskoi off the coast of Ulleungdo island, east of South Korea. Companies have claimed in the past to have found the wreck, amid historic rumours of treasure on board. The cruiser was scuttled by her crew in 1905 after Japan's victory in the Battle of Tsushima - a key moment of the Russo-Japanese War. Setting sail in 1885, the armoured cruiser served in the Mediterranean and the Baltic before heading to the Pacific. While not badly damaged in the battle itself, the ship fell behind the fleet and was attacked by the Japanese. Her crew scuttled the Donskoi off Ulleungdo. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ship served in the Mediterranean and t..
July 18, 2018

Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China

Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In February, Apple moved iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China ICloud data belonging to Apple's China-based users is now in the hands of the Chinese government. The emails, pictures and text messages of users in China are now being managed by a division of the state-owned firm, China Telecom. Privacy advocates have warned that the shift could make user data vulnerable to state surveillance. Apple says the move to store user data locally was made to comply with Chinese authorities. Google hit with 4.3bn euro Android fine Apple fined over Australia repair refusals Bald and ginger among Apple's new emojis In 2017, Apple announced that it would be partnering with local Chinese firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development [GCBD], in handling operations of iCloud services for users in mainland China. In February this year, it was announced iCloud data of users in China wou..
July 18, 2018

China film: Box office hit moves China to act on cancer drugs

China film: Box office hit moves China to act on cancer drugs Image copyright AFP Image caption The low-budget film took China by storm Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for cheaper and more accessible cancer drugs after a successful new film sparked public debate on the issue. Mr Li spoke after Dying To Survive stormed the box office, taking in $390m (£296m) in its first two weeks. It tells the fictional story of a shopkeeper who imports cheap, Indian drugs banned in China for profit. Cancer is China's number one killer, with nearly three million people dying of the disease each year. Human cost of economic reforms Country profile Striking a chordBy Michael Bristow, BBC News Although China has universal health insurance, medical facilities and the standard of treatment are distributed unevenly. Urban areas are generally better served than the countryside, and everyone usually has to pay something towards their care. That is probably why this film has struck a chord with ..
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