August 19, 2018

Kerala floods: Rescue efforts step up as rains begin to ease

Kerala floods: Rescue efforts step up as rains begin to ease Image copyright Reuters Image caption Torrents of water have rushed through towns and villages in the southern Indian state of Kerala Rescue efforts are being stepped up in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala, where monsoon rains have eased for now. The India Meteorological Department has removed a red alert in several districts, though some areas are still under water. India's air force and navy helicopters are airlifting stranded people from rooftops, and dropping food supplies to those they cannot yet reach. More than 350 people have died in the floods. Thousands remain marooned. Officials said rescue teams are focused on the riverside town of Chengannur, where as many as 5,000 are feared to be trapped. A local politician, Saji Cherian, broke down in tears on TV on Friday describing the crisis there. "Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is..
August 19, 2018

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital to give birth

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital to give birth Image copyright Julie Genter/Instagram Image caption Ms Genter and her partner cycled to hospital where she would have their first child New Zealand's minister for women has cycled to hospital to give birth to her first child at 42 weeks. The Green Party's Julie Genter went by bicycle to be induced because "there wasn't enough space in the car". She posted pictures on Instagram of her and her partner enjoying the "beautiful Sunday morning" ride. In June, PM Jacinda Ardern became the second world leader to give birth in office. Both she and Ms Genter attended the public Auckland City Hospital. NZ PM Ardern returns from maternity leave Female politicians and the baby question Ms Genter, 38, also the country's associate transport minister, is a well-known and outspoken cycling advocate. "This is it, wish us luck!" she wrote to her followers, adding: "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room ..
August 19, 2018

UK probes WW2 shipwreck looting claims

UK investigates WW2 shipwreck looting claims Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wreck of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Repulse was reported to have been damaged or destroyed by thieves The UK will investigate allegations that British World War Two wrecks in Asia have been targeted by scavengers, the defence secretary says. Gavin Williamson said he was "very concerned" to hear claims that four shipwrecks off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts had been looted. The Mail on Sunday said HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza were targeted for their metal. They are thought to be the graves of Royal Navy sailors and civilians. It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were reported to have been damaged or destroyed by thieves. The UK government "absolutely condemns" the unauthorised disturbance of any wreck containing human remains, Mr Williamson said. "I am very concerned to hear any allegations of incidents..
August 19, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by another strong earthquake, just two weeks after the last one killed more than 460 people. Sunday's quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of 7km (4 miles). It is not yet known if there are any casualties. Residents said the tremor was felt strongly to the east of the island, and sent people fleeing into the streets. The last quake on 5 August displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Lombok is a roughly 4,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island east of the slightly larger island of Bali. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.
August 18, 2018

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption She is a Bollywood megastar who has crossed into American TV and films, while he is a singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". Image Copyright nickjonas nickjonas Report Their engagement is one of a rash of recent quick celebrity engagements. Earlier this year, singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson decided after a few week..
August 18, 2018

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Nobel Peace Laureate dies at 80

(CABNC)-Kofi Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, between 1997 to 2006 he served as the seventh United Nations Secretary General. The Kofi Annan Foundation […]
August 18, 2018

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded. The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Image copyright Reuters Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright EPA Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed. Image copyright Reuters This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety. Image copyright Reuters Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods. Image copyright AFP Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety. Image copyright Getty Images For those who have already made it to safety, the relief is palpable..
August 18, 2018

Imran Khan being sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

Imran Khan being sworn in as Pakistan prime minister Image copyright EPA Image caption Imran Khan has vowed to hold "corrupt" politicians to account Former cricketer Imran Khan is being sworn-in as the new prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after he entered politics. He was elected prime minister in a vote at the country's National Assembly on Friday. His PTI party won the most seats in July's elections and Mr Khan has become PM with the help of small parties. Correspondents say his priority will be to address a financial crisis, with the economy in need of a huge bailout. In Friday's vote, Mr Khan was backed by 176 members. His opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, received 96 votes. In a speech to parliament, 65-year-old Mr Khan reiterated his campaign promise to hold "corrupt" politicians to account, and to improve opportunities for young people. "First of all, we will start strict accountability. I promise to my G..
August 18, 2018

Kerala floods: PM Modi inspects flood rescue effort

Kerala floods: PM Modi inspects flood rescue effort Image copyright Indian Government Image caption Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed at Cochin by local officials Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the southern state of Kerala to see for himself the devastation caused by what officials say is the worst flooding in a century. He arrived late on Friday and is due to be flown over the worst-hit areas. At least 324 people have been killed and more than 200,000 are homeless after weeks of rain triggered landslides and floods. Troops backed by military helicopters are involved in a huge rescue effort. More rain is forecast and a red alert in place. Strong winds are also predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Across India close to 1,000 people have been killed in the current rainy season, which began in June, officials say. "We are deploying more boats and the army to ramp up rescue operations," state government official PH Kurian told AFP news agency. Helicopters have airlifted e..
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