March 22, 2019

Trump cancels new North Korea sanctions

Trump cancels new North Korea sanctions Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption President Trump did not elaborate on which sanctions he was referring to US President Donald Trump says he has ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea. In a tweet on Friday, Mr Trump referred to "additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing restrictions. It was not immediately clear which measures he was referring to. However on Thursday, the US Treasury blacklisted two China-based shipping companies for reportedly violating sanctions against North Korea. US National Security Adviser John Bolton described the treasury sanctions at the time as "important". In a tweet, he wrote that "the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices". Image Copyright @AmbJohnBolton @AmbJohnBolton Report Image Copyright @AmbJohnBolton @AmbJohnBolton Report The US Treasury said it had acted because th..
March 21, 2019

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to broadcast call to prayer

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to broadcast call to prayer Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Al-Noor mosque was the first place attacked by the gunman New Zealand will broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observe a two minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks. Amid tight security, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of the two places of worship targeted in last Friday's shootings. Later a mass burial will take place for many of the victims. Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attacks. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and is expected to face further charges. On Thursday Ms Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe victims have been remembered at events throughout the week What will happen on Friday?Thousands are expected to..
March 21, 2019

How deadly is Mount Everest?

How deadly is Mount Everest? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, but is it the deadliest? As glaciers melt at a greater pace, there are concerns among expedition operators that bodies are becoming exposed on Mount Everest. The mountain is one of the crown jewels for climbers - but with the achievement of reaching the world's highest peak come risks. So how deadly is Everest and how does it compare with others in the region? Everest deathsRecords suggest there have been just over 280 deaths on the mountain. While the number of deaths has been increasing, however, the death rate - the proportion of those who climb above base camp that die - has fallen to below 1%. Deaths on Mount EverestCumulative number of deaths on Mount Everest, 1900-2018 Source: The Himalayan DatabaseSince 2010, there have been 72 deaths on Everest and 7,954 climbs above base camp. Death rate on Mount Everest Ratio of deaths to climbs above base ca..
March 21, 2019

Christchurch shootings: How the haka unifies New Zealand in mourning

Christchurch shootings: How the haka unifies New Zealand in mourning Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When the haka is used as a war dance, the idea is to threaten or warn your opponent - but this isn't its only theme As New Zealand mourns the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, the traditional Maori haka dance is reverberating around the country. It's a ceremonial dance many might associate with the famous New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. But what does the haka actually signify, and why have so many been performed across New Zealand this week? What is the haka?It's a ceremonial dance that comes from New Zealand's Maori people, and it's performed in a group with synchronised movements, lots of stomping, shouting and eye-rolling. Matthew Tukaki, executive director of the Maori Council of New Zealand, told the BBC that while it's often thought of as a war dance, "the central theme is actually one of respect". In fact, there isn&#03..
March 21, 2019

Kazakhs react to their capital city’s name change

Kazakhs react to their capital city's name change Image copyright Getty Images The capital city of Kazakhstan has had a name change - and some people in the country are not happy. At his swearing-in, on Wednesday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the change, from Astana to Nursultan, "in honour of the first President", Nursultan Nazarbayev, who served in the role for nearly 30 years. Parliament then adopted a law making the renaming official. And on Thursday, at 11:00 local time (05:00 GMT), about 20 people attended a protest rally in the city, nearly all of whom, according to the Russian news agency Interfax, were then arrested. Meanwhile, an online petition asking the president, parliament and the ruling Nur Otan party not to rename the capital without "legitimate" discussions with its people followed by "fair and open voting" has been signed by more than 36,000 people in the past 24 hours. You may also be interested in: Kazakh capital renamed after ex-leader Kaza..
March 21, 2019

Leicester City chairman cremation held in Thailand

Leicester City chairman cremation held in Thailand Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Mr Vichai's son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (centre) passes before King Maha Vajiralongkorn during the ceremony The Leicester City chairman who died in a helicopter crash has been honoured with a royal cremation in his native Thailand. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with four others when the helicopter crashed after taking off from the club's stadium on 27 October. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the ceremony in Bangkok on Thursday. New Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Jamie Vardy were among those who attended the cremation. Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots and partners Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died in the crash at the King Power Stadium. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Jamie Vardy was among the Leicester City players who travelled to Thailand for the ceremony Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image..
March 21, 2019

Kabul bombings: Nowruz celebrations hit by deadly blasts

Kabul bombings: Nowruz celebrations hit by deadly blasts Image copyright EPA Image caption The Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks At least six people have died in three bomb explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul during Persian New Year celebrations, officials say. The remote-controlled explosions, which also injured 23 people, happened on Thursday morning. AFP news agency said the devices were placed in the washroom of a mosque, a hospital and an electricity meter. The Islamic State group (IS), which has been behind a series of attacks in Kabul, said it was responsible. More than 30 people were killed in a suicide attack during the Nowruz festival last year. Nowruz is the ancient Persian New Year holiday but is deemed un-Islamic by many ultra-conservative Muslims. Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever"As we celebrate this auspicious day to bind us together, our fellow citizens witnessed another devastating day in #Kabul," President Ashraf Ghani wrote on Twitte..
March 21, 2019

Christchurch shootings: ‘Bad actors’ helped attack videos spread online

Christchurch shootings: 'Bad actors' helped attack videos spread online Image copyright AFP Image caption No reports about the video were made to Facebook while it was being broadcast Facebook has shared more details of the efforts it made to remove videos of the Christchurch attacks. Fifty people died and dozens more were injured by the twin shootings at two mosques on 15 March. No reports about the graphic content in the live stream were made until 12 minutes after it ended, said Facebook. The information comes as ISPs in Australia and New Zealand reveal they have blocked dozens of sites that shared videos of the attacks. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the shootings as a "terrorist attack". Detect and deleteGuy Rosen, vice-president of integrity at Facebook, said in a blog that when users reported the video, they did not use terms or tags that would have prompted the social network to review it more quickly. "The video was reported for reaso..
March 21, 2019

India election 2019: Will fast broadband reach all villages?

India election 2019: Will fast broadband reach all villages? Image copyright Getty Images India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to connect more than a billion Indians to the internet - and his BJP government is counting on a project taking cheap high-speed broadband to rural areas to achieve this. The project, to build a nationwide optical fibre network, was launched in 2014 and is the flagship scheme of the government's Digital India programme. In the run-up to the Indian election, which gets under way on 11 April, BBC Reality Check is examining claims and pledges made by the main political parties. So has the project been a success? Pledge: Indian Communications Minister Manoj Sinha promised to provide every village in the country with high speed broadband and that this would be achieved by March 2019. Verdict: The project to set up digital infrastructure in rural India has made substantial headway but has so far achieved less than 50% of its intended target. An am..
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