August 5, 2018

Australia backlash over far-right figure’s TV interview

Australia backlash over far-right figure's TV interview Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Blair Cottrell was convicted last year of inciting contempt of Muslims An Australian TV network has said it was "wrong" to interview a far-right figure with a criminal past, after the segment set off a widespread backlash. Blair Cottrell appeared in a one-on-one studio interview on Sky News Australia on Sunday to speak about immigration. Viewers pointed out that Cottrell was last year convicted of inciting contempt of Muslims, and that he has previously called for schools to display pictures of Adolf Hitler. Sky News Australia responded on Sunday. Image Copyright @SkyNewsAust @SkyNewsAust Report Image Copyright @SkyNewsAust @SkyNewsAust Report Cottrell is the former leader of anti-immigration group United Patriots Front. He was interviewed by Adam Giles, a programme host and former chief minister of the Northern Territory. Other presenters at the network were among those to critici..
August 5, 2018

Australia’s Turnbull: ‘Now we are the land of droughts’

Australia's Turnbull: 'Now we are the land of droughts' Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drought has affected 99% of New South Wales Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a "land of drought" as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers. The new package will provide an extra A$140m ($104m; £80m) in payments to farmers and for mental health support. It brings the total amount of government funding to $576m. Although it is still winter, parts of eastern Australia are experiencing the worst drought in living memory. Ninety-nine percent of New South Wales, which is the country's most populous state and provides around a quarter of the country's agricultural output, is currently in drought. Australia's drought seen from the air How Australia's extreme heat might be here to stay Five places that have just broken heat records Announcing the additional funding from a farm in the state, M..
August 5, 2018

Hong Kong artist photographs city’s tram system

August 5, 2018

Why Jakarta is one of the world’s fastest-sinking megacities

August 5, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Moment the quake struck caught on camera

August 5, 2018

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, prompting a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10km (6.21 miles) underground. It comes a week after another quake hit the island, which is popular with tourists, killing at least 16 people. Lombok, about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali, attracts tourists from around the world to its beaches and hiking trails. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to move away from the ocean. "Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking," Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the Indonesian Meteorology Agency told local TV. The tremors prompted a large-scale evacuation of a nearby volcano. Are earthquake warnings effective? History of deadly earthquakes The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildin..
August 5, 2018

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy's cars amid protests Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Bangladesh police have fired tear gas on student protesters demanding better road safety Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but two cars were damaged. It comes as thousands of students and school children continue a week-long protest calling for safer roads. Police have fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. Dozens of protesters have also been injured in street attacks. The US ambassador condemned the violence against the peaceful protesters on Sunday.
August 5, 2018

Nato soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing

Nato soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing A suicide bomber has killed three Nato foreign soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. The victims, whose nationalities have not been disclosed, were on a routine foot patrol alongside Afghan forces, Nato officials said in a statement. A US soldier and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, at 6:00 local time (01:30 GMT). Taliban militants have claimed they carried out the bombing. Afghanistan profile - Timeline Afghan civilian deaths 'hit record high' Nato summit tackles Afghan conflict US Army General John Nicolson said: "Their sacrifice will endure in both our hearts and history and further strengthen our resolve." Last month, a US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan, Nato officials said. The US-led Nato force, which comprises of soldiers from 41 countries, pulled out most of its troops after it ended its ..
August 5, 2018

China’s football future: The mountain school producing prodigies

China's football future: The mountain school producing prodigies Image caption Wang Chun (left) dreams of playing for China's national team It's just after dawn in the mountains of Gansu province, north-central China, and 40 children are beginning their first football practice of the day. One girl stands out from the rest: the girls' football captain, 12-year-old Wang Chun. She's taller than many of the other girls and looks unusually focused. The stakes are high. Wang Chun has an important audition coming up that could help her escape poverty in this remote, dusty corner of China. In two months, she'll try out at one of China's top football academies - Evergrande, in China's southern Guangdong province - more than 2,000km (1,200 miles) away. For now, Wang Chun and the others at the Zhonglianchuan primary school focus on perfecting their passes. The headmaster, Ma Anwu, stands in the middle of the neon green pitch. He doubles as the main coach. ..
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