June 8, 2018

Tayyaba abuse case shines light on Pakistan’s child maids

Tayyaba abuse case shines light on Pakistan's child maids Image copyright AFP Image caption A judge (right) and his wife face jail over their treatment of Tayyaba Pictures of 10-year-old Tayyaba's horrifically bruised face caused outrage in Pakistan when they were first uploaded to Twitter in late 2016. She had been working as a "child maid" in the home of a judge and his wife. Tayyaba is now living in a home run by the charity SOS Children's Village. She attends school and seems to be adjusting to her new life, but she still doesn't find it easy to talk about what happened. Warning: This story contains graphic images of an injured childAzmat, one of the carers at the charity, says initially Tayyaba couldn't bring herself to believe that she no longer had to work. "She used to think of me in the same way, that I would make her work, that I would beat her. After a month or two she was finally convinced that she doesn't have to do any sweeping, doesn&#03..
June 8, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Who’s pulling the strings?

Trump Kim summit: Who's pulling the strings? Image copyright BBC/DaviesSurya On Tuesday, the world's attention will be fixed on the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. There have been months of diplomatic gyrations leading up to this point, and there are four leaders who could plausibly claim some credit for making this once unimaginable summit possible. But which of them has really directed this piece of political theatre? Here are four scenarios. Kim Jong-un: master puppeteer The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the US president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy. But what will also secure his legacy is the economic development his country desperately needs and Mr Kim has his eye on that prize too. To achieve this long-held desire he has dramatically shifted in character from isolated angry strongman to international statesman. After months of fiery rhetoric and steady nucle..
June 8, 2018

It’s the world’s longest non-stop flight… for now

It's the world's longest non-stop flight... for now Image copyright Airbus Image caption Singapore Airlines' A350-900 ULR (ultra long range), taking off on its first test flight Move over Qatar, and back off Qantas. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reclaiming the world's longest non-stop flight. From October, passengers will be able to fly from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey - a journey that will take nearly 19 hours. The longest non-stop flight available at the moment is Qatar's 17.5-hour Auckland to Doha route. That's closely followed by Qantas' 17-hour non-stop flight between Perth and London, which launched earlier this year. But reclaiming the world's longest route is a bittersweet victory for Singapore's national carrier. From 2004 to 2013, it offered the same non-stop service, from Singapore's Changi airport to Newark's international airport, which services New York City. But a rise in oil prices, among other factors, meant..
June 8, 2018

Barbed wire and smuggled crabs: Watching North Korea from China

June 8, 2018

‘They keep me here so I can’t attack’

June 8, 2018

China hackers steal data from US Navy contractor – reports

China hackers steal data from US Navy contractor - reports Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data is said to include missile plans for US submarines The FBI is investigating after the Chinese government hacked a US Navy contractor and stole highly sensitive security data, US media say. Data stolen in the breach include plans for a supersonic missile project, US officials told the Washington Post. The attacks, in January and February this year, were confirmed by CBS News. Hackers targeted a contractor linked to a US military organisation that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry. Speaking on condition of anonymity, US officials told the Washington Post the firm had been working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a military organisation based in Newport, Rhode Island. They added that among the material accessed were data relating to a project known as Sea Dragon, as well as information held within the navy submarine development unit'..
June 8, 2018

Trump Kim: Impersonators buddy up in Singapore

June 8, 2018

Could an emoji save your life?

Could an emoji save your life? Image copyright Getty Images Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster... But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set - the standard group of icons available on digital devices worldwide. But can one emoji really make a difference in a crisis? Emoji-quake"Maybe up to one third of the world's population might be exposed to some [seismological] hazard," explains University of Southampton seismologist Dr Stephen Hicks, a founder of the Emoji-quake campaign. "So we really want to be able to communicate to all of those regions, all of those different languages, and an emoji is an amazing way of doing that." Skip Twitter post by @DisastrousComms Volcanoes have 🌋. Tornadoes have 🌪️. Tsunami has 🌊. Cyclones have 🌀. We even have this one 🧙‍♂️(🤷‍♀️?). But ..
June 8, 2018

Gauri Lankesh: Weapon link in India journalist murder case

Gauri Lankesh: Weapon link in India journalist murder case Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The murder of Gauri Lankesh prompted protests across India A forensic report shows that the same weapon used in the murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh was used to kill a rationalist scholar in 2015. Police told BBC Hindi the discovery was "a breakthrough", but are yet to arrest the main accused in both cases. Ms Lankesh and Malleshappa Kalburgi were both shot dead outside their homes in the southern state of Karnataka. They had angered Hindu right-wing groups for their views criticising Hindu extremism. Dr Kalburgi, a well-known secular thinker, was murdered in August 2015, while Ms Lankesh was found in a pool of her own blood in September 2017. New information shows that both were shot with the same 7.65mm pistol. The high-profile academic was shot dead a year after he made remarks against idol worship, which had angered Hindu right-wing groups. Ms Lankesh, too, was a trenchan..
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