July 12, 2018

Nato summit: Leaders to focus on Afghanistan conflict

Nato summit: Leaders to focus on Afghanistan conflict Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The first day of the summit saw tense exchanges over defence spending Nato leaders plan to turn their attentions to the conflict in Afghanistan, on the second day of a summit so far dominated by demands from President Donald Trump. Mr Trump on Wednesday urged Nato allies to commit 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending. He also singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending. Nato leaders are hoping for a more conciliatory tone on Thursday before Mr Trump leaves for the UK. But in a late-night tweet from Brussels, the US president reiterated his criticism. "Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn't nearly enough," he declared. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it is..
July 12, 2018

Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang

Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescuers carry one of the boys on a stretcher The cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum. Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, adding that it would be a "major attraction" for Thailand. At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling the story of the rescue. The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital. Video has been released showing them in good health and in good spirits, though they will stay in quarantine for a week. The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar football team through the perilous journey to the surface. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boys give victory signs as they r..
July 12, 2018

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat Image copyright AUSTRALIAN BALLET Image caption The Australian Ballet's Sleeping Beauty performance was plunged into darkness A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet. About 2,000 patrons had to be evacuated by torchlight from the theatre in Adelaide after realising the outage was not an artistic effect. State energy authorities later confirmed rodent damage as the cause. "[Crews] found a rat that crawled inside one of our 11,000-volt pieces of equipment and had blown a fuse," a spokeswoman from South Australia Power Network said. The power outage affected the city's entire riverside arts precinct, and stopped another dance performance in the Adelaide Festival Centre. Image Copyright @EmGrovesy @EmGrovesy Report Image Copyright @EmGrovesy @EmGrovesy Report..
July 11, 2018

ZTE inches closer to resuming business in US

ZTE inches closer to resuming business in US Image copyright Getty Images Chinese tech giant ZTE has signed an agreement with the US clearing the way for it to resume business in the country. Once ZTE makes a $400m (£303m) security deposit, an order to lift the ban will be issued, the US Commerce Department said. ZTE was blocked from buying US parts in April after the US found it violated trade bans with Iran and North Korea. The move comes as a US-China trade war is escalating. "Once the ZTE has completed the $400 million escrow deposit, BIS will issue a notice lifting the denial order," the US Department of Commerce said on Twitter, referring to the Bureau of Industry and Security. How a US-China trade war could hurt us all US-China trade row: What has happened so far? ZTE, China's second largest telecoms manufacturer, depends on US-made components for the production of its handsets. The ban forced the firm to suspend major operations, prompting China's President Xi Jinpi..
July 11, 2018

Extraordinary footage of rescue

July 11, 2018

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Killing rats could save coral reefs Image copyright other The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a "big problem" for coral reefs. Rats decimate seabird populations, in turn decimating the volume of bird droppings - a natural coral fertiliser. The findings are published in Nature. Coral reefs entangled with plastic Meet the fish with the heroin-like bite The rare event threatening coral reefs Scientists now advocate eradicating rats from all of the islands to protect these delicate marine habitats. Image copyright Nick Graham How do rats harm coral reefs? The Chagos Archipelago provided a large-scale natural laboratory to answer this question; although the islands are uninhabited by humans, some of them are now home to invasiv..
July 11, 2018

Mughalsarai: Renaming British-era train station causes Indian political storm

Mughalsarai: Renaming British-era train station causes Indian political storm Image caption Mughalsarai is located about 20km from the holy city of Varanasi in northern India Mughalsarai, an iconic British-era railway station, has played an important role in India's transport history since its construction in the 19th Century. But it has been in the news recently for an entirely different reason - its name, writes the BBC's Vikas Pandey. The British built the station in 1866 to help them transport goods from northern India to port cities in the east. They named it after the town Mughalsarai and recruited hundreds of locals. In the following decades, the town and the station became synonymous with travellers and transporters. Veteran journalist Mark Tully, who has written several books about India, said the station was known as a major transportation hub and Asia's largest railway yard. "In the days of the Raj, Mughalsarai was one of the most important stations on the Eas..
July 11, 2018

How the US is waging its trade war with China

How the US is waging its trade war with China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Chinese car industry has been affected by last week's US tariffs After US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods came into effect last week, China is very much in President Trump's firing line. More is coming: details of another $16bn worth are already in the pipeline and President Trump has ordered the administration to prepare to collect tariffs on £200bn of Chinese trade on top of that. China's trade policy is unfair, he argues, and it steals the technology of American businesses. Trump's position is shared by his trade adviser Peter Navarro, who co-wrote a book, Death by China, which was also made into a documentary film. Mr Navarro warns of the threat he thinks that China poses to US interests. The bare figures of China's rise as a trade power are certainly striking. The country exports almost seven times as much as it did at the start of the 21st Century. ..
July 11, 2018

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa Image copyright Prof Zhaoyu Zhu Scientists say they've found the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside Africa. Stone tools discovered in China suggest primitive humans - or a close relative - were in the region as early as 2.12 million years ago. They are about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence, which consists of bones and tools from Dmanisi in Georgia. The research, by a Chinese-British team, appears in the journal Nature. The stone artefacts were discovered at Shangchen on a plateau in northern China. They comprise different types of stone tools constructed for a variety of purposes. All show signs of having been used. Most were made of quartzite and quartz rock that probably came from the foothills of the Qinling Mountains, five to 10 km to the south of the dig site. But we don't know for sure which species of human relative made them. Image copyright NAture Image caption Sites where evidence ..
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