October 28, 2018

Drowning kangaroo rescued by Australian police officers

Drowning kangaroo rescued by Australian police officers Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sgt Christopher Russo and Sgt Kirby Tonkin were just in time to grab the kangaroo before it drowned Two Australian police officers have described the moment they jumped into the sea to rescue a drowning kangaroo. Sergeants Christopher Russo and Kirby Tonkin dragged the unconscious animal out of the water and performed chest compressions to revive it. The kangaroo is now recovering after the dramatic rescue in the Mornington Peninsula area, south of Melbourne. Sgt Tonkin said it was a "good feeling", adding "every life is worth saving and we just did what we could". The incident happened in the late afternoon on Saturday. Local resident Mia Grant saw the kangaroo bounce across the road towards Safety Beach. "I saw him swimming and started filming but he suddenly got caught in the backwash of the waves so we got him out and waited for police," she told Australian media. Image copyright Reuter..
October 28, 2018

Indian farmers fume at $430m cost of Gujurat statue

Indian farmers fume at $430m cost of Gujurat statue Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The statue of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is 182m high On 31 October India will unveil the world's tallest statue, which has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. BBC Gujarati's Roxy Gagdekar spoke to local farmers who say they are aghast that the government has spent so much money on it while they struggle to make ends meet. For years Vijendra Tadvi, a 39-year-old farmer in the western state of Gujarat, has been struggling to find water to irrigate his three acres (1.2 hectares) of farmland. He grows chilli, corn and groundnuts. Like millions of farmers across India, he relies on monsoon rains to water his crops. or he pumps out groundwater, which supports 80% of the rural water supply and farm irrigation. But long dry summers followed by erratic rains have led to frequent drought and shrunk the incomes of farmers like Mr Tadvi. Tallest statue in the world t..
October 28, 2018

Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes leaving stadium

Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium Image copyright Liam Hopkin / @hopkin_liam Image caption One witness said he heard "a big bang" and then saw "a big fireball" The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground as it left the stadium following a Premier League match. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter when it came down at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, a source close to the family has told the BBC. One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash. It is not known how many other people were on board the helicopter. Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium. The game kicked off at 17:30 BST and finished about one hour before the helicopter took off. Under Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership, Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, having started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders. Image copyright P..
October 27, 2018

Pakistan bans Indian television channels amid water row

Pakistan bans Indian television channels amid water row Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The Supreme Court overturned an earlier ruling lifting the ban Pakistan's Supreme Court has re-imposed a ban on all Indian TV channels, overturning an earlier order from a lower court. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said the ban was justified as India was damming rivers that flow into Pakistan. Pakistan says the dams are being used against it as a weapon, a claim India denies. Indian television and films are popular in Pakistan, but the country has banned them before in response to tensions. "India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan," Mr Nisar reportedly said, as he overturned an earlier verdict by the Lahore High Court. "Why shouldn't we close their channels?" More than 80% of irrigated agricultural land in Pakistan depends on the river Indus and its tributaries, most of which flow from the Himalayas. Are India and Pakistan set for water wars? Meet India's dam-buildi..
October 27, 2018

Super Typhoon Yutu: S Korea begins airlift of trapped tourists

Super Typhoon Yutu: S Korea begins airlift of trapped tourists Image copyright US Coast Guard via AFP Image caption Emergency supplies being prepared and dispatched from Guam as ports reopen South Korea's government has started military flights to rescue nationals stranded on typhoon-hit Saipan, the main island of the Northern Marianas. The US commonwealth was devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu on Wednesday and Saipan's airport has been closed since. At least 1,800 South Korean tourists are reported to be trapped on the island, without power and with basic supplies reportedly running low. A military plane is flying them, 160 at a time, to nearby Guam for connections. "We're planning to transport our nationals twice today, but things can change depending on the situation," an air-force official was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying on Saturday. A foreign ministry official told the news agency that children, the elderly and pregnant women would get first priority f..
October 26, 2018

How the world is grappling with China’s rising power

How the world is grappling with China's rising power Image copyright Getty Images Countries around the world are pushing back against China's revival as a major global power. China's sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world's most populous country and among its largest. Its influence has boomed - along with its economy - in recent years, as the US and Europe nursed the wounds from devastating financial crises. This has concerned several countries, particularly the US, which is keen to retain its dominant position in the world. Here are some areas where governments are grappling with Chinese influence. China v the US: Not just a trade war US-China trade row: What has happened so far? How China is fighting back in the trade war Trade war... and beyond?US President Donald Trump's administration launched a trade war with China this year, hitting about half of Chinese imports to the US with t..
October 26, 2018

Sri Lanka former President Mahinda Rajapakse named as PM

Sri Lanka former President Mahinda Rajapakse named as PM Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accused of massive corruption and atrocities during the country's civil war Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has named his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the country's new prime minister after the collapse of the governing coalition. He sacked Premier Ranil Wickramasinghe after the president's United People's Freedom Alliance party (UPFA) quit the government. Mr Sirisena beat Mr Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential election. Opponents say the move is unconstitutional. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera called his leader's sacking "an anti-democratic coup", saying Mr Wickramasinghe remained leader as he could not constitutionally be removed by the president. And Cabinet spokesman Raitha Senaratne told the BBC that Mr Wickramasinghe remained the country's prime minister. President Sirisena had bee..
October 26, 2018

US alienation drives Japan and China into unlikely friendship

US alienation drives Japan and China into unlikely friendship Image copyright EPA Image caption A Japanese flag is rare sight in Beijing Growing alienation with Washington has driven Japan and China into an unlikely friendship. Tokyo and Beijing have long been at odds over past military confrontations and and present territorial disputes. Yet on a crucial visit to Beijing, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now hailed a historic turning point. The two sides are seeking to boost economic ties and regional stability including North Korea. On Friday Mr Abe met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, and he is due to meet President Xi Jinping later. How do China and Japan get along?Usually, not that great. The countries do trade with each other but politically, things have been quite fragile at times. Japan's World War Two occupation of parts of China remains a very emotional issue and there are several disputed islands that Tokyo and Beijing have yet to agree on. Mr Abe&#039..
October 26, 2018

The corruption scandal marring India’s CBI

The corruption scandal marring India's CBI Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alok Verma says India's government has taken an "illegal" action by firing him as CBI chief The Indian government controversially removed the two men at the top of its main investigating agency earlier this week, sparking a political row over the decision. Alok Verma, the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, were relieved of their duties pending an inquiry, after each accused the other of corruption. The dramatic decision was made at midnight on Wednesday. The government said it had no choice after months of infighting, calling it an "extraordinary and unprecedented" situation. Opposition parties have accused the government of interfering in the CBI's internal matters, however. Mr Verma has also challenged his dismissal in India's Supreme Court, saying it was "illegal" and that the agency's independence has been compromised. T..
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