July 6, 2018

Israel recovers hanged spy Eli Cohen’s watch from Syria

Israel recovers hanged spy Eli Cohen's watch from Syria Image copyright Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli Government Press Office Image caption The watch was reportedly worn by Cohen until the day he was captured A watch belonging to one of Israel's most famed spies who was caught and hanged in Syria has been recovered by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. It was worn by Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew recruited by Mossad in the early 1960s, who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian regime. He provided Israel with Syrian state secrets, before he was found out and publicly hanged in Damascus in 1965. Syria has refused to reveal the whereabouts of his remains. The recovery of Cohen's watch was announced by the Israeli prime minister's office. Details of when or how Israel got hold of the watch were not disclosed, other than it was returned "in a special Mossad operation". Mossad director Yossi Cohen said the watch was worn by Eli Cohen "until the day he was c..
July 6, 2018

Deadly blast in Mexico’s firework capital

Mexico fireworks blast at Tultepec warehouse kills 24 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe blasts hit Tultepec, known as Mexico's fireworks capital A series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico has killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec. Authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast, as well as a minor. The town, about 30km (20 miles) from Mexico City, is known as the country's pyrotechnic capital. 'Terrible blast'A market in the town has twice been badly damaged by explosions. More than 40 people died in blasts there in 2016. At the time there were calls for the market to be closed, but President Enrique Peña Nieto promised to rebuild it and help hundreds of local artisans who had lost their livelihoods. An explosion earlier this year killed seven people. Image copyright Getty..
July 6, 2018

Donald Trump raises stakes as US-China trade war begins

Donald Trump raises stakes as US-China trade war begins Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump has imposed the tariffs in an attempt to protect US jobs Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs worth hundreds of billions of dollars on Chinese imports to the US as a trade war between the world's two largest economies began on Friday. US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods have come into effect. China retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products, also worth a total of $34bn. The US President said America may target Chinese goods worth $500bn - the total value of Chinese imports in 2017. Beijing accused the US of starting the "largest trade war in economic history" and has lodged a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO). "Trade war is never a solution," said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. "China would never start a trade war but if any party resorts to an increase of tariffs then China will take measures in response to protect develo..
July 6, 2018

British backpacker Calvin Hill ‘stuck’ in Cambodia

British backpacker Calvin Hill 'stuck' in Cambodia Image copyright Family photo Image caption Mr Hill's weight has plummeted since he has fallen ill A British backpacker who got sepsis after a mosquito bite has been stuck in a hospital in Cambodia for more than two months, his family has said. Calvin Hill, 27, from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, came out of a coma and has been declared fit to fly by hospital staff, according to relatives. They want him home soon amid concern his condition could deteriorate. But his insurer Flexicover said it did not want to put Mr Hill at any "unnecessary risk". Mr Hill's mother Tracey said he was found "not breathing properly" by roommates at a hostel. Shortly before the collapse, he had complained of "feeling groggy" after being bitten by mosquitoes, she said. He spent two weeks in a coma, with doctors telling his family to expect the worst. "He was on life support," his mother said. "On three different occasions we were told he wo..
July 6, 2018

Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal

Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mike Pompeo, greeted here by top North Korean officials, is staying overnight US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in North Korea to press leader Kim Jong-un for details on his plans for denuclearisation. It is Mr Pompeo's first visit to the country since Mr Kim's historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore. Mr Trump has boasted of averting nuclear war, although others say the resulting agreement lacked substance. Mr Pompeo is therefore under pressure to produce evidence Pyongyang is taking steps towards ending its programme. North Korea crisis in 300 words Did the summit rhetoric match reality? Kim is a 'funny guy' - analysing Trump's quotes The document signed in June by the two leaders - who spent much of last year trading insults - saw Mr Kim promise to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. However, it did not outline a timeline or how exa..
July 6, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: A community united in hope

Thailand cave rescue: A community united in hope On Friday morning, the army of volunteers at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave in Thailand had the worst news so far - a former Thai navy diver, Saman Gunan, had died. He had been delivering air tanks to the 12 young boys and their football coach trapped underground. The joy and elation that came after the group were found alive earlier this week has faded away. Now the mood at the rescue site is sombre, with diving volunteers saying they are saddened by Gunan's death. For the local community, and those who watched the boys grow up, the plight of the group has been deeply upsetting. "You never imagine someone you know could get trapped in a cave," says shopkeeper Patcharee Khumngen. Image caption One of the boys used to buy snacks from Patcharee Khumngen One of the boys, known as most Thai children are by a nickname - his was Note - rode a bike to her shop to buy snacks when he was eight years old. "He's a good boy, very ..
July 6, 2018

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10 year jail term

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10 year jail term Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nawaz Sharif denies any wrongdoing A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court handed down the verdict after a series of delays. Mr Sharif previously filed to delay the ruling while he was in London with his wife, where she is receiving cancer treatment. The former leader has called the charges politically motivated.
July 6, 2018

Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

Aum Shinrikyo: Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack Japan has executed seven members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult over the deadly Sarin chemical attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Here we look back at images of the attack and the events that followed. WARNING: Some readers may find some of the images below distressing. Image copyright Getty Images The Aum Shinrikyo cult was founded by Shoko Asahara, also known as Chizuo Matsumoto (above). In 1995 it carried out a Sarin chemical attack that killed 13 people and injured thousands more. Asahara was among the seven executed on Friday. Another six members, also linked to the country's worst terror incident, are still awaiting execution. Image copyright Shutterstock On 20 March 1995, cult members released the Sarin on the Tokyo subway. They left punctured bags filled with liquid nerve agent on central train lines. Image copyright Shutterstock The toxin struck victims down in a matter of seconds, leaving them choking ..
July 6, 2018

Boats capsize in Thailand leaving dozens missing

Boats capsize in Thailand leaving dozens missing Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rescue teams and medical personnel attend to dozens of passengers of a capsized boat At least one person has died and dozens are missing after two passenger boats capsized off the coast of the island of Phuket in Thailand, officials say. Some 48 passengers were rescued by a fishing trawler when one of the vessels, carrying 97 people, overturned in strong winds and rough seas. Another 39 people were saved when a second passenger boat overturned. Search and rescue efforts by the Thai Navy were hampered by conditions and have been suspended until Friday. "There are 53 people missing," the governor of southern Phuket, Noraphat Plodthong, told reporters on Thursday, adding: "We have stopped the rescue, we'll start again in the morning." The incidents occurred at about 17:45 local time (11:45 GMT) on Thursday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least one of those rescued was said to..
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