May 14, 2018

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states Image caption Officials said many people died as their homes collapsed due to the storm At least 39 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured. The northern state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest death toll - 16. More than 70 people had died in dust storms in the state earlier in May. Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further. Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, while two people have been confirmed dead in Delhi. All three states remain on high alert as officials warn of more thunderstorms over the next few days. India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue..
May 13, 2018

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commuters in Kuala Lumpur are being warned against the dangers of fake news Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he will redefine a controversial anti-fake news law introduced by his predecessor. The legislation, brought in just before last week's election, was criticised as undermining freedom of speech. Mr Mahathir had himself been targeted under the law and during his campaign had vowed to entirely abolish it. But he has now said there have to be "limits" to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Meanwhile the head of AirAsia has apologised for backing the ousted government of Najib Razak. Days before the election, the budget airline's chief Tony Fernandes had released a video supporting Mr Najib and had an AirAsia aircraft painted with a slogan for the ruling government. On Sunday he apologised in a Facebook video, saying he had "buckled a..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters

Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters Two people on a motorcycle have carried out a suicide bomb attack on police headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia, say local authorities. Police officers were injured in the blast, which occurred at 08:50 local time (0150 GMT), but the extent of casualties was not immediately clear. It comes one day after at least 13 people were killed in bomb attacks on churches in the city. The Islamic State group said it was behind those attacks. Authorities were due to provide more details about the latest attack at a briefing later on Monday. "We can't be open up all details yet because we are still identifying victims at the scene and the crime scene is being handled," East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said in a briefing. It was not yet clear whether the attacks were connected to deadly blasts carried out at churches in the same city on Sunday. A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while th..
May 13, 2018

The restaurateur couple who overcame arson threats

The restaurateur couple who overcame arson threats Image copyright Suzanne Bearne Image caption Htet Myet Oo and Isabella Sway-Tin now run a growing restaurant empire When a group of friends proudly opened a restaurant, they didn't expect someone to threaten to burn it down. But that is what happened when Htet Myet Oo and his three co-founders launched the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, in 2014. Now 28, Htet Myet Oo had the idea of modernising Burmese food, and taking it upmarket. So when the Rangoon Tea House opened its doors, it was a sleek, stylish eatery that would not look out of place in London or New York. And its modern takes on Burmese cuisine had prices four or five times higher than the normal in Yangon. Image copyright RTH Image caption The Rangoon Tea House serves up to 700 customers per day "Everyone thought we were crazy for selling Burmese food at a higher price," says Htet Myet Oo. Yet while some thought the founders were mad, others we..
May 13, 2018

Volcano Kilauea: What stops eruptions of lava?

Volcano Kilauea: What stops eruptions of lava? Image copyright US Geological Survey Lava reaching temperatures of 1,000C and plumes of poisonous gas shooting up through cracks in the ground have forced hundreds of people on Big Island, Hawaii, to evacuate their homes. After the Kilauea volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in the world - erupted, slow-moving rivers of lava in the Leilani Estates area have covered more than 100 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in its path, including homes. So, do we know when it'll stop? The Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting for 35 years. And it has been active for thousands of years. It's not the only volcano on Big Island, but is the "youngest and feistiest", said Vox. In 1990 an eruption caused about 200 hundred homes to disappear under lava. Image copyright US Geological Survey Image caption Lava fountains captured on 5 May. The pressure of the magma underneath the surface has not decreased, and there are no f..
May 13, 2018

The funerals driving Indian Kashmir youth to militancy

The funerals driving Indian Kashmir youth to militancy Image copyright Reuters Image caption Millions of Kashmiris attend funerals of militants killed by security forces Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed more than 50 militants since the beginning of this year. Sameer Yasir reports how funerals in the region, which has seen an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989, have become a part of local folklore. As the body of the militant, draped in green, is finally laid to rest, women sing songs of blood and valour. The body is placed on a makeshift platform so mourners can get a good view. People raise their hands in reverence to touch the body. Young men push through the jostling crowd to kiss the militant's forehead. Then they touch his feet and rub their hands on their body, as if performing a religious ritual. The crowd swells with every passing minute. Slogans of defiance rent the air. A group of teenagers grab the microphone, exhorting mourners t..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya church attacks: Indonesian family of bombers ‘had been to Syria’

Surabaya church attacks: Indonesian family of bombers 'had been to Syria' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSurabaya is in shock over the deadly bombings A family of six who carried out three church bombings in Indonesia had returned from Syria, police say. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, which killed at least 13 people on Sunday. A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others in Indonesia's second city, Surabaya. National police chief Tito Karnavian said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). Police say the family were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from Syria, where IS has been fighting government forces. No details were given about the family's alleged involvement in that conflict. The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, and also left more than 40 people injured. Visiting the scene of ..
May 13, 2018

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said he wants to help save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecoms companies. The firm suspended its main operations after the US commerce department banned American companies from selling it components for seven years. ZTE pleaded guilty to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea. Mr Trump tweeted that he was working with President Xi to ensure ZTE would get back into business fast, saying too many jobs in China were at risk. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump US commentators say the tone of the tweet is a dramatic shift for Mr Trump, who ha..
May 13, 2018

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Pyongyang The US may allow private companies to invest in North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News, he clarified that this would be conditional on the country's full denuclearisation. He said US investors could help build its energy grid. This comes after his trip to Pyongyang last week and ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The US announced its offer to help rebuild the North Korean economy on Friday, but Mr Pompeo has now given more details on the proposal. "This will be Americans coming in - private sector Americans, not the US taxpayer - private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid. They need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea," he s..
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