August 13, 2018

Climbers feared dead in Tajikistan helicopter crash

Climbers feared dead in Tajikistan helicopter crash Thirteen climbers and three crew members are unaccounted for after a helicopter they were travelling in had a "hard landing" in the mountains of Tajikistan, officials say. The accident happened at 17:30 (11:30 GMT) on Sunday, Tajik officials said. Russian news agencies said the helicopter had taken the climbers from base camp on the Fortambek glacier in the Ismoili Somoni peak. They said most of the climbers were thought to be Russians. At 7,495m (24,590ft), the Ismoili Somoni mountain is Tajikistan's highest and a major tourist attraction. It was known as Communism Peak during the time Tajikistan was part of the Soviet Union and renamed after a 10th-Century Tajik national hero in 1998. It forms part of the Pamir mountain range, often described as the "roof of the world".
August 13, 2018

Essure sterilisation device: Australian women to launch lawsuit

Essure sterilisation device: Australian women to launch lawsuit Image caption The Essure coil has been removed from sale Women in Australia will pursue a class action lawsuit over a sterilisation device that has allegedly caused medical problems for women worldwide. The lawsuit against German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, maker of the Essure implant, will follow similar actions in the UK, US and Canada. Women with the implant have reported problems such as chronic pain and adverse reactions to nickel. Bayer has defended the Essure device as safe. The product was withdrawn from sale in the US in July. Bayer had already halted sales in all other nations, citing commercial reasons. "We continue to stand behind the product's safety and efficacy, which are demonstrated by an extensive body of research," the company said in July. Australian firm Slater and Gordon said the lawsuit would examine whether the device, sold in the country from 2010, was "inherently defective". Complications &#..
August 13, 2018

Manila floods: Massive city clean-up under way

Manila floods: Massive city clean-up under way Image copyright EPA Image caption One of many residents of Marikina city combing through the muddy flood aftermath. Massive clean-up efforts are under way in Manila after heavy rains deluged the Philippine capital over the weekend. At least three people are known to have died in the flooding, say officials. Piles of garbage and plastic debris have washed up on roads and side streets, a result of overflowing major dams and rivers that serve the city. Residents have been pitching in to recover lost valuables and salvageable material from the wreckage. But it remains a mammoth task in many areas. The rains also triggered flooding in nearby low-lying provinces. Image copyright AFP Image caption Here's a wider look at the scale of damage. Cleaning this is no easy feat. Image copyright AFP Image caption Images of overturned vehicles from around Metro Manila have also been making their rounds. Image copyright EPA Image caption This Manila ..
August 13, 2018

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ruby Rose in an interview on US television last week Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter profile amid a backlash over her casting as Batwoman in a TV series. The Australian actress, 32, confirmed last week that she would play the first openly lesbian superhero lead. Many fans celebrated Rose's casting, but others suggested she was not not right for the role with some commentary focusing on her own sexuality. Before deleting her account, Rose dismissed the criticism as the "most ridiculous thing". "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from," she wrote in tweets cited by media outlets. "I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay'." She also wrote: "When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... When we tear each other down, it's much more hurtful th..
August 12, 2018

Deadly fire breaks out at Taiwan hospital

Deadly fire breaks out at Taiwan hospital Image copyright EPA Image caption The fire was believed to have started in a patient ward At least nine people have been killed in a fire at a hospital in Taiwan, state media has reported. The fire broke out on in a ward on the seventh floor of the hospital in New Taipei City early on Monday. About 16 other people, including patients and staff, remain in a critical condition. The cause of the fire is not yet clear, though media reports say it could have been started by an electrical fault in a moveable bed. Reports say 33 patients and three staff members were evacuated from the Weifu hospital in the northern region of the city after a fire broke out at 04:36 on Monday (20:36 GMT Sunday). Image copyright EPA Image caption 16 people remain in critical condition According to state media outlet CNA, police found that the ward was not equipped with "required smoke exhaust equipment". The BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipei says fires are common in T..
August 12, 2018

British Asians more socially conservative than rest of UK, survey suggests

British Asians more socially conservative than rest of UK, survey suggests Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs homosexuality still taboo in British Asian families? BBC Three investigates British Asians are more socially conservative - and more optimistic - than the wider UK population, a ComRes survey for the Asian Network suggests. The survey found that less than half of respondents - 43% - thought same-sex relationships were acceptable. It also found more than half (54%) of British Asians had "toned down" their Asian identity to "fit in". More than 2,000 British Asians responded to the poll as part of the BBC's Big British Asian Summer. A similar number of UK citizens responded to the same questions to generate a reflection of the views of the wider population. Of the 2,026 respondents to the British Asian survey, 1,197 were born in the UK - with countries of origin being predominantly India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The survey will be disc..
August 12, 2018

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late? It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and 13 rivers running through it. So it shouldn't be a surprise that flooding is frequent in Jakarta and, according to experts, it is getting worse. But it's not just about freak floods, this massive city is literally disappearing into the ground. Image caption North Jakarta is sinking by about 25cm every year "The potential for Jakarta to be submerged isn't a laughing matter," says Heri Andreas, who has studied Jakarta's land subsidence for the past 20 years at the Bandung Institute of Technology. "If we look at our models, by 2050 about 95% of North Jakarta will be submerged." Image caption Heri Andreas points at a dyke ..
August 12, 2018

Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute

Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The world's largest inland body of water is bounded by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan It is a landmark deal that has been more than two decades in the making. Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - all bordering the Caspian Sea - have agreed in principle on how to divide it up. Their leaders signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the Kazakh city of Aktau on Sunday. It establishes a formula for dividing up its resources and prevents other powers from setting up a military presence there. It is an important step in the easing of regional tensions, but the deal over the world's largest inland body of water matters for several reasons. Here's what you need to know about the hotly disputed Caspian Sea. 1. Its legal status has been complicatedIt would be reasonable to assume that the Caspian Sea is, well, a sea. But..
August 12, 2018

Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya Image copyright AFP Image caption A hippo in a Colombian zoo. The teeth are sharp and the animal is aggressive A Chinese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the attack. Six people have been killed by hippos in the area this year. High water levels have seen hippos - the world's deadliest large land mammal - stray on to resorts for pasture. Hippos - herbivores or carnivores? BBC Nature - Hippos What are the world's deadliest animals? Witnesses said the two tourists had come too close to the animal near the Sopa hotel. The bitten man was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely but later died. The second tourist, named as Wu Peng Te, was treated for minor bruising at Naivasha District Hospital. Skip T..
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