July 8, 2018

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects ‘gangster-like’ accusation

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects 'gangster-like' accusation Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Pompeo brushed off North Korean suggestions that the US was acting like a gangster US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed accusations by North Korea that he engaged in "gangster-like" behaviour during a visit there. After two days of talks with senior officials, he said efforts to push Pyongyang towards abandoning nuclear weapons had international backing. He stressed that denuclearisation was a condition for lifting sanctions. It was Mr Pompeo's first visit to the North since last month's summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. The North Korean leader says he is committed to denuclearisation, but how this will be achieved is unclear. North Korea crisis in 300 words Is North Korea sticking with its nukes? Did the summit rhetoric match reality? The summit's oddest moments How did the North see the latest talks?Mr Pompeo did not meet Mr Kim. I..
July 8, 2018

Thai cave rescue: ‘D-day’ for trapped boys

Thai cave rescue: 'D-day' for trapped boys Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boys, aged between 11 and 17, have been trapped with their coach since 23 June At least two of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been successfully brought out, reports say. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters. Divers are guiding the 12 boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system. They are being rescued in groups. It is unclear how long the mission will take. LIVE: Latest updates on the rescue How risky is the Thai boys rescue? What is happening at the cave?A huge volunteer and media operation has built up around the mouth of the cave over the past week. But early on Sunday, journalists were told they had to move down the road, sparking speculation that a rescue mission was about to begin. Narongsak Osottan..
July 8, 2018

Japan floods: ‘Extreme danger’ amid record rainfall

Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFloodwaters submerged homes and overturned cars over a wide area Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. "We've never experienced this kind of rain before," a weather official said. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate. PM Shinzo Abe said rescuers were "working against time". "There are still many people missing and others in need of help," the prime minister told reporters on Sunday. Since Thursday parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. In the town of Motoyama, 583mm (23in) of..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site ‘for rescue’

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site 'for rescue' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Journalists leave the site of the Tham Luang cave complex Thai authorities have cleared the site near the entrance to a cave where 12 boys and their coach are trapped, ready for a rescue operation. It was originally thought that the group could remain in the cave for months, but a bid to evacuate the group may now be imminent or already underway. Only diving teams, medics and security forces remain at the site. The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water. Earlier official told the hundreds of journalists gathered at the scene that it is was "necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation". How risky is the Thai boys rescue? 'I am dying to see him. I miss my son' 'You never imagine someone you know could get trapped' On Saturday, the leader of the rescue efforts said that teams had a three to four-day window to save ..
July 7, 2018

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt?

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt? Image copyright Vinod Chopra Films Image caption Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanjay Dutt in the blockbuster hit Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is one of India's most controversial celebrities. His addiction to alcohol and drugs, his alleged affairs and, most damningly, his conviction in a terror case have all been avidly documented. But a newly released biopic has been accused of "whitewashing" his chequered past, writes Aparna Alluri. One week into its release, the film Sanju has been billed as one of the most successful Bollywood movies ever. But film reviewers have called it "dishonest" and "misleading", while some of those who watched it describing it as a "hagiography" and a "public relations campaign" on Twitter. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays Dutt, has got rave reviews for a raw, immersive performance and the movie has been praised for its touching portrayal of Dutt's relationship with his unflinchingly loyal father. Other..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: ‘Four-day window’ for boys to escape

Thailand cave rescue: 'Four-day window' for boys to escape Image copyright EPA / Thai Navy Image caption The Thai military (pictured) and civilians have joined forces to try to save the boys Teams have a three to four-day window to save 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a cave where they have been trapped for two weeks, according to the leader of the rescue efforts. Narongsak Osottanakorn said conditions were currently "perfect". There is concern that monsoon rains could follow, further flooding the narrow passages. The boys were exploring the cave when they and their football coach became trapped by rising waters on 23 June. Rescue divers have since been able to take them food, oxygen and medical assistance, while a huge international team works on a plan to free them. "Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health," said Mr Narongsak, governor of the Chiang Rai provi..
July 7, 2018

US service member killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan

US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan Image caption The US still has thousands of soldiers in Afghanistan A US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says. The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement from the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended. However, the statement said it was "an apparent insider attack". Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Afghanistan's long march for peace The two wounded service members are in a "stable" condition, Nato said, adding it would not be releasing any further details until next-of-kin had been informed. But a police officer told news agency AFP the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province - although they were unable to confirm this detail with any Nato officials. The ..
July 7, 2018

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Demonstrators say not enough is being done to halt the practice Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country's biggest ever female-only protests. Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces. Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online. Organisers say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge. #MeToo takes hold in South Korea Korean revenge porn site owner arrested Carrying placards and banners with messages like "My life is not your porn", the women were mostly teenagers or in their 20s - seen as the main victims of the hidden cameras. "Those men who film such videos! Those who upload them! Those who watch them! All of them should be punished sternly!" they chan..
July 7, 2018

North Korea nuclear deal: Pompeo sees ‘progress’ after talks

North Korea nuclear deal: Pompeo sees 'progress' after talks Image copyright AFP Image caption Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol say goodbye as the US envoy departs for Japan US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says progress has been made after holding talks in North Korea on the country's plans for nuclear disarmament. He spoke after meeting Kim Yong-chol, widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man. It is the first time that Mr Pompeo has visited North Korea since Kim Jong-un's summit with US President Donald Trump. Mr Kim has promised to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin. After the Singapore summit, which also saw the US offer "security guarantees" to North Korea and promise to end its military drills with South Korea, Mr Trump claimed that the North no longer posed a nuclear threat. However, he has since renewed sanctions on North Korea, while US intelligence officials have said there is evide..
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