October 28, 2018

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeghan started her tribute to the women of New Zealand with a Maori greeting The Duchess of Sussex has praised the first women in the world to win the right to vote during a speech in New Zealand about feminism and fairness. Meghan was speaking on day one of her visit to the country with Prince Harry. It is the last stop on their tour. The duchess started with a few words of Maori, leading to applause and cheers from the audience in Wellington. She was speaking at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of universal female suffrage in New Zealand. Harry praises Invictus 'role models' Invictus athlete comforted by team-mate In pictures: Meghan and Harry's first tour It was the first country in the world where all adult women were allowed to vote. Meghan, wearing a necklace featuring a traditional Maori design for the evening reception, addressed a..
October 28, 2018

Thai billionaire’s death confirmed

Leicester City confirm chairman's death Image copyright PA Image caption Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City in 2010 The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a female passenger died when the aircraft crashed at about 20:30 BST on Saturday. Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the King Power Stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball. Thousands of bouquets and scarves have already been left outside the ground. Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be: Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Two members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare Pilot Eric Swaffer Female passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz Image copyright Jamie Cooper/HiOptic Image caption Thousands of bouquets of flowers and tributes have been left by Leicester City fans In a statement, Leicester City ..
October 28, 2018

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters have gathered outside Mr Wickramasinghe's residence Three people have been injured after a Sri Lankan MP's bodyguard fired at a mob in the capital, Colombo, police say, amid a growing political crisis. Arjuna Ranatunga was petroleum minister under sacked prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. Protesters were trying to stop him entering his office. Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Mr Wickramasinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and suspended parliament. Critics say it is unconstitutional. Mr Wickramasinghe says he is still prime minister. How did the shooting happen?It occurred as Mr Ranatunga tried to enter his office at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The bodyguard has been arrested and an investigation is under way, police said. What other signs of tension are there?Sri Lankan parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has urged Mr Sirisena to reconsider his..
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..
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