July 2, 2018

Missing Thai boys ‘found alive’ in caves

Missing Thai boys 'found alive' in caves Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage from the Thai Navy shows rescuers at the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai All 12 boys and their football coach have been found alive after nine days missing in caves in Thailand, the regional governor says. All 13 are safe, Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed, speaking after a mammoth search operation in the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai. They were discovered by naval special forces, he said. Rescuers had hoped they would find safety from flooding on a mound in an underground chamber. The group's plight gripped the country and led to an outpouring of support. Rising water and mud had impeded the search by divers. Image Copyright @pakhead @pakhead Report Image Copyright @pakhead @pakhead Report The boys aged 11 to 16 and their coach went to explore the caves on 23 June. Drones, dogs, drilling and desperation Thais show their love for lost cave boys What to do to sur..
July 2, 2018

The desperate search for Thailand’s lost boys

Thailand cave: The desperate search for lost boys On 23 June, 12 boys and their coach went to explore a cave after football practice in northern Thailand. They have not been heard from since. A rescue operation involving the Thai navy and air force has been ongoing. Image copyright AFP Shortly after the group's bikes were found abandoned at the entrance, heavy rain sent torrents of water through the cave. Rescuers hope that the boys aged 11 to 16 and their coach are alive deep inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. They could have found safety on a mound in an underground chamber, after being trapped by flood waters. Image copyright EPA A photo of one of the missing boys, Prachak Sutham, is shown on the phone of a Thai student, below. Image copyright AFP Thai navy divers, along with four British cave divers and some US military personnel, have been trying to reach the deepest caverns of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, the fourth longest in Thailand. Image copyright Getty Images Im..
July 2, 2018

Philippine mayor Antonio Halili shot dead at ceremony

Philippine mayor Antonio Halili shot dead at ceremony Image copyright AFP Image caption Antonio Halili was stripped of his powers over local police after being accused of links to the drugs trade A controversial mayor in the Philippines has been shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony. Antonio Halili was shot in the chest as he sang the national anthem outside the town hall of Tanauan, south of Manila. Footage showed bystanders screaming and running away after the shooting. Mr Halili, who paraded drug suspects through the streets, was known for his hardline position on drugs. But he was also accused of protecting drug traffickers - something he denied. The shooter was able to escape, and no suspects have been identified yet. Local police chief Renato Mercado told AFP the shooter had opened fire from about 150m (490ft) away. "The distance from the position was extraordinary. It could not be done by an ordinary person. His skill can be compared to a trained sniper," he said. 'The..
July 2, 2018

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme?

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme? Image copyright Getty Images Reports that North Korea is continuing its weapons programme, despite pledges to denuclearise, have cast doubt on its sincerity in peace talks. The recent reports, based on US intelligence leaks, suggest the country is still upgrading its nuclear enrichment sites, among other activities. So what's actually going on? What are the allegations?Here's what has been reported across US media: North Korea's only official nuclear enrichment site at Yongbyon is being upgraded. The country is stepping up enrichment at two or more secret sites besides Yongbyon. Pyongyang continues to produce more mobile launch vehicles for its ballistic missiles. It has also expanded missile production of solid fuel engines which are more mobile and easier to launch. How reliable are these reports? They are "only" reports but they are deemed accurate by respected North Korea watchers. The information is based..
July 2, 2018

Australian senator Leyonhjelm criticised for ‘sexist slurs’

Australian senator Leyonhjelm criticised for 'sexist slurs' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Senator David Leyonhjelm has been accused of sexism Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on a political opponent to resign for making "offensive and sexist slurs" towards her. Senator David Leyonhjelm made remarks about Ms Hanson-Young's private life in the Senate last week, and again in a television interview at the weekend. His comments have been condemned by other MPs and the public. Mr Leyonhjelm, from the minor Liberal Democrats party, has said he will not apologise. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Hanson-Young speaks in support of same-sex marriage last year Mr Leyonhjelm first made the comments on Thursday, during a debate on curbing violence against women, a topic of much discussion since the recent killing of comedian Eurydice Dixon. Senators had been talking about whether restrictions on the importation of some weapons should be ..
July 2, 2018

‘India ‘WhatsApp child abduction rumours’: Five more lynched

'India 'WhatsApp child abduction rumours': Five more lynched Image caption Dadarao Bhosale was one of the five men killed by a mob Five men have been lynched by a mob in India's western state of Maharashtra allegedly over rumours of child abduction spreading over WhatsApp. Twelve people have been arrested for the killings, which happened on Sunday, police told BBC Marathi. The victims belonged to a nomadic community and had been passing through the village, police said. Despite attempts by the police to counter them, incidents of lynchings resulting from such rumours continue. The police have imposed a curfew in the village as the situation remains tense and additional police forces have also been deployed. India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims The people trying to fight fake news in India They said that people from this community often pass though villages begging and they had been doing that when they were attacked. One of the m..
July 1, 2018

‘Taking sides’ in the heated Taiwan debate

China warns Western firms over Taiwan Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China considers Taiwan, whose capital is Taipei, to be a Chinese territory In recent months, many multinational companies, from airlines to clothing brands, have been getting on the wrong side of Beijing. They have done so by listing Taiwan under the title "country" in their website's drop down menus, or by suggesting the island is a country on their product packaging, or designs. China's government and the Chinese people consider Taiwan - which has been ruled separately since 1895 when Japan occupied it as a colony and then by the Nationalists after the end of China's civil war in 1949 - as an errant province, to be reunified one day. Our Taipei correspondent Cindy Sui, who spent her early childhood in mainland China but grew up in the US, and has been living in Taiwan in recent years, sheds some light on why multinational companies and others now find themselves caught in the divisive issu..
July 1, 2018

Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia

Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia Image copyright EPA Image caption Islamic sharia courts can approve Muslim marriages for those under the age of 16 in Malaysia The wedding of a girl of 11 to a man of 41 has prompted outrage in Malaysia and calls for the minimum age for all marriages to be changed to 18. Her Thai parents say they consented for her to become the Malaysian's third wife if he agreed she could stay at their home until she was 16. Malaysia's government says it has no record of the marriage, which occurred in Thailand, and is investigating. The UN children's agency said it was "shocking and unacceptable". Child marriages declining, says Unicef 'I was 12 when I married a 35-year-old' Country profile "It is not in the best interest of the child," said Unicef's Malaysia representative, Marianne Clark-Hattingh. What do we know of the wedding?Photos have emerged showing the adult groom holding the girl's hand afte..
July 1, 2018

Plastic bags: Shop assistant ‘grabbed by throat’ as Australia ban starts

Plastic bags: Shop assistant 'grabbed by throat' as Australia ban starts Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive ways to break up with plastic Tempers flared in Australia over the weekend as retailers implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags. One customer reportedly grabbed a shop assistant by the throat, while another called staff "money-grabbing scum". The ban on single-use bags is part of a national push to reduce waste. Retailers in four of six Australian states now face fines for using them. More than 60 countries including the UK have now introduced bans or levies on single-use bags, according to the UN. The UN environment agency estimates that up to 5 trillion single-use bags are consumed worldwide each year. Australian chain Woolworths introduced a ban on the bags on 20 June, ahead of the 1 July deadline, offering reusable bags for 15 cents (£0.08; $0.11) instead. Plastic recycling: Your questions answered 50 nations 'curbing plastic ..
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