September 24, 2018

The world’s worst place to be stranded at sea?

Reality Check: The worst place to be stranded at sea? Image copyright Getty Images Indian yachtsman Abhilash Tomy has been rescued after his boat was severely damaged nearly 2,000 miles (3,200km) off the coast of Western Australia. Is there any worse place to get stranded? The southern Indian Ocean is vast and largely free of humans. Abhilash Tomy got a reminder of this when his boat, the Thuriya, had its mast damaged during a storm last Friday. The organisers of the Golden Globe solo round-the-world race, in which he was competing, said Mr Tomy had been stranded 1,900 miles off Australia - "the extreme limit of immediate rescue range". The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which co-ordinated the effort to bring back Mr Tomy, called it "one of the most remote areas on the planet, almost equidistant from any of the search-and-rescue facilities". Injured Indian sailor rescued by French vessel How to survive for 10 hours in the water The place furthest from land But French fishing bo..
September 24, 2018

Inskip Point: Section of Australian beach collapses into sea

Inskip Point: Section of Australian beach collapses into sea Image copyright RAINBOW BEACH HELICOPTERS Image caption The "near-shore landslip" swallowed part of a small Queensland peninsula A large section of an Australian beach has fallen suddenly into the ocean due to erosion, according to authorities. The landslip, up to 300m (1,000 feet) wide, took place at Inskip Point in Queensland on Sunday or Monday, state officials said. It is the third incident of its kind in the area in recent years. In 2015, one swallowed a caravan, tents and a car. Officials said no campers or property had been affected by the latest event. They urged people to avoid the area. "It's likely this erosion has been caused by the undermining of part of the shoreline by tidal flow, waves and currents," Queensland's Department of Environment and Science said in a statement. Helicopter pilot Glen Cruickshank said he saw the change while flying over the popular sand peninsula, about 250km (155 miles) nor..
September 24, 2018

Is this one of the world’s most beautiful airports?

Is this one of the world's most beautiful airports? Image copyright Rajiv Srivastava India's 100th airport, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the northern-eastern state of Sikkim on Monday, is arguably one of the world's most beautiful. Sikkim, a tiny former kingdom in the Himalayas, is home to Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain. The state is connected to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal through eight mountain passes. The state's first airport at Pakyong, some 30km (18 miles) from the state capital, Gangtok, and carved out of a mountainside has been described as an "engineering marvel". Image copyright Rajiv Srivastava Some 60km from the border with China, the airport is located on top of a hill above Pakyong village at 4,500ft (1,371 metres) above sea level and it's spread across over 201 acres. Image copyright Rajiv Srivastava The airport is flanked by deep valleys at both ends of the 1.75km-long runway. It has two parking bays and ..
September 24, 2018

Donald Trump expects second summit with Kim Jong-un ‘soon’

Donald Trump expects second summit with Kim Jong-un 'soon' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump made the remarks speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters US President Donald Trump says he expects a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "quite soon". Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York, Mr Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would arrange it "in the immediate future". The president also said he saw "tremendous progress" in recent efforts to ease tension between the countries. Just a year ago, the two nations were publicly speaking of a nuclear confrontation. "That was a very dangerous time," the president said. "This is one year later, a much different time." Mr Trump said Mr Kim had asked for a second summit through what he described as a "very warm" and "beautiful" personal letter. Kim 'warmly' invites Trump for new summitThis echoes comments made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Mr Moon recently compl..
September 24, 2018

Hong Kong government bans pro-independence party

Hong Kong government bans pro-independence party Image copyright AFP Image caption Hong Kong's separatist movement has limited public support Hong Kong has banned a small political party that campaigns for the territory's independence. Authorities said the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) posed a threat to national security. Under the so-called "one country, two systems" formula, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy and certain freedoms not available in China. The ban comes amid growing concerns those freedoms are being eroded under pressure from Beijing. It is the first time that the territory has banned a political party since it was returned to China from the UK. How is the ban justified?A colonial-era law allows the government to ban groups "in the interests of national security, public order or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others". The city's Secretary for Security John Lee said the group had spread "hatred and discrimination against mainland..
September 24, 2018

Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in ‘fishing hut’

Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in 'fishing hut' Image copyright Indonesian Consulate Osaka/Facebook Image caption Mr Adilang was on a rompong, a floating fishing trap that is shaped like a hut An Indonesian teenager who looked after a fishing hut survived for 49 days at sea by drinking seawater and cooking fish over wood taken from his vessel, it has emerged. Aldi Novel Adilang was on the hut 125km (77 miles) off the Indonesian coast in mid-July when heavy winds caused its moorings to snap, casting the 19-year-old adrift. He ended up thousands of kilometres away near Guam, where he was eventually picked up by a Panamanian vessel. The 19-year-old, from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, worked on a "rompong" - a floating fish trap without any paddles or engine. His job had been to light the rompong's lamps, which are designed to attract fish, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports. The trap, which is shaped like a hut, floats in the middle of the sea bu..
September 24, 2018

Abhilash Tomy: Injured Indian sailor rescued by French vessel

Abhilash Tomy: Injured Indian sailor rescued by French vessel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thuriya set sail from France at the start of July on the round-the-world race A seriously injured Indian sailor stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean has been rescued and is safe, officials say. Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy was stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast of Western Australia after his boat was badly damaged during a storm on Friday. He was participating in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Tomy sent a message to race organisers saying he had a severe back injury. "Tomy was taken out of his yacht on a stretcher. He is conscious, and he is safe," Indian Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma told reporters. Skip Twitter post by @indiannavy Tomy rescued safely @nsitharaman @pmo @Australian_Navy @DefenceMinIndia @ggr2018official @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/G3z7mlLGu3 — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 24, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @indiann..
September 24, 2018

Maldives election: Celebrations as opposition claims victory

Maldives election: Celebrations as opposition claims victory Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Solih's supporters are already celebrating what they claim to be a victory Supporters of Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih have taken to the streets in celebration after he claimed victory over President Abdulla Yameen in the general election. The national electoral commission has not yet announced official results. But Mr Solih has said he won Sunday's vote by a 16% margin, with 92% of the votes counted. He has already called on President Abdulla Yameen to "accept the will of the people". "The message is loud and clear. The people of Maldives want change, peace and justice," Mr Solih, widely known as Ibu, told reporters in the capital, Male. President Yameen, who had been widely expected to win another term in office, has not yet commented publicly. Mr Yameen's government stands accused of crushing dissent and observers had believed the election was r..
September 23, 2018

US-China trade: US set to impose biggest round of tariffs yet

US-China trade: US set to impose biggest round of tariffs yet Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The latest raft of trade tariffs mark an escalation in the trade war between the US and China A new round of US tariffs on Chinese goods are due to come into effect, the largest yet in the trade war. The US is due to start imposing tariffs on $200bn ($152bn) worth of Chinese products from 12:01 Beijing time (04:01 GMT), in response to what it says are unfair trading practices by China. China has said it will target $60bn of US goods with extra duties in response. It marks a major escalation in the trade war between the world's two largest economies. The latest move takes the total amount of Chinese imports hit by US tariffs since July up to $250bn. This means about half of all Chinese imports to the US are now subject to these new duties. China has accused the US of launching the "largest trade war in economic history". What is happening on Monday?As of the deadline, US compan..
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