October 1, 2018

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Landslides have hit the island of Sulawesi, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake The bodies of 34 Indonesian students have been found under a church which was buried by a mudslide after the quake in Palu, say aid workers. At least 844 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster, but the number is expected to rise as remote areas are reached. The aid and rescue operation is being slowed by damaged infrastructure and continuing strong aftershocks. There are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTsunami survivor: "I was hugging my wife, but when the wave came... I immediately lost her" The bodies of the students were found in the Sigi district, just outside Palu, which was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami on Friday. Aid workers told BBC they were still in the process of retrievi..
October 1, 2018

How a lesbian love story is bypassing the Indian censors

How a lesbian love story is bypassing the Indian censors Image copyright JioCinema/Loneranger Productions Image caption Lesbian love story Maaya 2 would have struggled to make it on to Indian TV Low-cost smartphones and cheap mobile data mean Indians are now hungrily consuming content over the small screen. And this is opening up a new world of creative freedom for the country's entertainment industry. Film director Krishna Bhatt says the internet has given her "the power to show exactly the story I want to tell". She has made two web-based shows. One of them, Maaya 2, centres around a lesbian love story - a subject that would have been very difficult to get into cinemas or on television in India. "To show lovemaking in a theatre I will have to go through 10,000 censor rules," says Ms Bhatt. "My kisses will get cut based on very stupid things. You're not allowed to show something like that even on TV." While films and television series are governed by strict censorship rul..
October 1, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Palu hit by ‘worst case scenario’

Indonesia tsunami: Palu hit by 'worst case scenario' Indonesia experiences earthquakes every day, but the scale of the quake and tsunami which hit Palu on Friday took local people and scientists by surprise. More than 800 people have died, but the final figure could be in the thousands, say officials. As scientists explained to the BBC, a combination of geography, timing and inadequate warnings meant that what happened in Palu was a worst case scenario. A perilous locationEarthquakes are caused by the Earth's tectonic plates sliding against or under each other. This is happening constantly, but sometimes the movement is big enough and close enough to populated areas to have devastating consequences. Small tremors had been happening throughout Friday in Palu, but in the early evening the Palu-Koru fault suddenly slipped, a short distance off shore and only 10km (6 miles) below the surface, generating a 7.5 magnitude quake. Hamza Latief, from the Bandung Institute of T..
October 1, 2018

Mistaken identity as Pakistan embarrassed by wallet theft

Mistaken identity as Pakistan embarrassed by wallet theft Image copyright YouTube Image caption CCTV footage of the theft which has reportedly left the Kuwaiti delegation furious A senior Pakistani civil servant is under investigation after reportedly being filmed stealing a visiting Kuwaiti delegate's wallet at an official function. However, photographs said to be of the suspect, Zarar Haider Khan, published in mainstream and social media show a completely innocent individual who resides in the United States. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Mr Haider is the joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production in Pakistan, and that an investigation is being launched into the theft from the Kuwaiti diplomat. An official document was subsequently published for inclusion in Pakistan's Official Gazette, noting Mr Haider's suspension. Mr Haider is a grade BS-20 official, one of the higher ranks in Pakistan's civil service, and the incident has open..
October 1, 2018

Survivors guard rubble of tsunami town

Survivors guard rubble of Indonesian tsunami town Image copyright JEWEL SAMAD For hundreds of metres stretching away from the ocean is a mass of rubble made up of broken concrete, mashed homes and fishing boats turned upside down. Emanating from this rubble is a stench we could not identify until we went to a medical clinic where bodies were lined up. The strength of the tsunami that struck after the magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit on Friday is evident not just from the tell-tale stink of death but from the sheer visual scale of the destruction. Dotted about on top of this rubble are the survivors of a horrifying ordeal: some of them waiting and hoping for relatives to turn up and others just guarding what remains of their homes. We saw one body on top, which people had simply covered with a corrugated iron sheet. What many have had in common so far is a desire to talk; they want to describe how it happened so quickly, how they lost absolutely everything and in such detail that it comes..
October 1, 2018

Landmark cancer therapy wins Nobel prize

Landmark cancer therapy wins Nobel prize Image copyright SPL Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body's immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work by James P Allison, from the US, and Tasuku Honjo, from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment, said the prize-giving Swedish Academy. Experts say it has proved to be "strikingly effective". Allison, a professor at the University of Texas, and Honjo, a professor at Kyoto University, will share the Nobel prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor - about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros. Treating the untreatableOur immune system protects us from disease, but it has built in safeguards or to stop it from attacking our own tissue. Some cancers can take advantage of those "brakes" and the dodge attack too. Allison and Honjo discovered a way to unleash our immune cells to attack tumours by turn..
October 1, 2018

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndonesia quake looter: "We need to eat" Volunteers have begun burying victims of Indonesia's deadly earthquake and tsunami in a mass grave. The disaster devastated swathes of Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead. Four days after the natural disaster hit, some remote areas have yet to be contacted. A lack of heavy lifting equipment is hampering rescuers' attempts to reach people who remain alive in the ruins of collapsed buildings. Dozens of people are feared to be underneath the rubble of one hotel alone, the Roa-Roa in the devastated coastal resort of Palu. Air traffic controller hailed as quake hero In pictures: Search for survivors "Communication is limited, heavy machinery is limited... it's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Yenn..
October 1, 2018

Koreas begin clearing landmines from heavily fortified border

Koreas begin clearing landmines from heavily fortified border Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The border area between North and South Korea is heavily mined and fortified with barbed wire Troops from North and South Korea have started removing some of the more than 800,000 landmines buried along their border, officials say. In the South, clearing has started at the heavily fortified Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom. Mines will also be removed from a separate site where hundreds of soldiers were killed in the Korean war. The move was agreed when the leaders of the two Koreas, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, met last month in Pyongyang. All landmines in the JSA, which is the only portion of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) where forces stand face-to-face, are expected to be removed by military personnel within the next 20 days, South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement on Monday. When the work is completed, guard posts and weapons will also be rem..
September 30, 2018

Indonesia air traffic controller hailed a hero for quake actions

Indonesia air traffic controller hailed a hero for quake actions Image copyright Twitter/AirNav Image caption Mr Agung died before he could be transferred to a specialist hospital An Indonesian air traffic controller has been hailed a hero after losing his own life while ensuring a passenger plane got away from a deadly earthquake. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was at the control tower of Palu airport in central Sulawesi when the 7.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday. He waited until the plane was airborne before jumping from the control tower. He died before he could be transferred to a specialist hospital. "Agung dedicated himself to his job until the end of his life and did not leave the control tower until the plane took off," Didiet KS Radityo, the corporate secretary for Air Navigation Indonesia, told the Jakarta Post. Mr Agung was giving clearance to a Batik Air plane to take off when the earthquake struck. Dozens feared trapped under quake rubble In pictures: Search for Indon..
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