July 5, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Diver dies while taking in supplies

Thailand cave rescue: Diver dies while taking in supplies A former Thai navy diver who joined in search efforts to rescue 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand has died. Saman Kunan, 38, lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex after delivering supplies to the missing group, officials said. He could not be revived by his colleagues. The diver had previously left the navy but had returned to help rescue operations. "A former SEAL who volunteered to help died last night around 2am," Chiang Rai Deputy Governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters at the rescue site. "His job was to deliver oxygen. He did not have enough on his way back." This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
July 5, 2018

Sydney children murders ‘planned’ by father, police say

Sydney children murders 'planned' by father, police say Image copyright EPA Image caption Police at the scene of the killings in Sydney on Thursday A man has been found dead after carrying out the "premeditated" shooting murders of his two children in Australia, police have said. The bodies of a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, were discovered in their bedrooms in Sydney on Thursday. Police found the 68-year-old man's body in a home in a nearby suburb on Friday. The children's mother was not at home when they died, police said, adding that she was later treated for shock after arriving at the scene. "I cannot imagine the significant stress and heartache she is going through," said Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden from New South Wales Police. "Nothing can prepare you to walk into a home and see two children in that state. There [are] no words that we can say to the family." Police said the man had been involved in a custody dispute. He had not been living at the child..
July 5, 2018

Thailand cave: Hope grows for a daring rescue of trapped boys

Thailand cave: Hope grows for a daring rescue of trapped boys Image copyright AFP Image caption Thai divers carry supplies as officials prepare for a daring rescue In the bleak hours when there was no news of the missing boys, a new community emerged on the side of this mountain. Divers, cavers, and soldiers all trudged purposefully through the thick mud, focused on their own small role in what felt like a national effort. Now that the 12 boys and their football coach have been located, the mood in the camp has transformed. It is a place of hope, energy, and purpose. Yo Sato is 27. He grew up in east London but returned to Thailand to teach English. He drove for hours to get here to offer his service as a translator for the local police. Image caption Yo Sato is acting as a translator for the police "I'm speechless, I've got goose-bumps right now," he says. "Seeing those kids alive just changes people's mood. People are working so hard, it's so tiring. But now, ..
July 5, 2018

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara Image copyright AFP Image caption Cult head Shoko Asahara headed the Aum Shimrikyo cult The leader of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult which carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 has been executed, Japanese media report. The sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident, killed 13 people and injured thousands more. Another 12 Aum Shinrikyo members are awaiting execution. The executions had been postponed until all those convicted had completed their final appeals. That happened in January. What was the Tokyo attack?On 20 March 1995, cult members released the sarin on the subway in the Japanese capital. They left punctured bags filled with liquid nerve agent on train lines going through Tokyo's political district. Witnesses described noticing the leaking packages and soon afterwards feeling stinging fumes hitting their eyes. The toxin struck victims down in a matter of seconds, leaving them ..
July 5, 2018

US tariffs on Chinese imports to take effect

US tariffs on Chinese imports to take effect Image copyright Getty Images Asia is bracing for the opening salvo in a tit-for-tat trade battle, with the US due to impose 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods on Friday. China is expected to match the move with a 25% levy on US goods to the same value on the same day. The tariffs would mark a significant escalation in the trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies. The row has caused turbulence on the world's stock markets and could hurt global trade and growth. How a US-China trade war could hurt us all Trade row: What has happened so far? What is happening on Friday?President Donald Trump has ordered the US to impose tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods - and China has said it will retaliate in kind. The first round of these tariffs are due to take effect on Friday. Businesses will have to pay 25% additional tax on $34bn of certain Chinese products they import - including aircraft tyres and commercial dishwas..
July 5, 2018

Pakistan female game designer on a mission for change

Pakistan female game designer on a mission for change Image caption Sadia Bashir had to battle to follow her passion for video games Gender roles are becoming more fluid than ever in Pakistan - but 29-year-old Sadia Bashir still stands out. Although women have become more visible in sports and other areas in Pakistan, video gaming is still overwhelmingly for the boys. Sadia was not put off, however. She started not just playing video games, but developing them as well - from the age of 13. "My interest in computers began with video gaming, so I just continued to develop it," she told BBC Urdu. At one point, she even persuaded her parents to change her school so she could study computing. Deciding whether to continue her studies at university was also hard, as she knew her family might find it difficult to support her. "Being a female in our society, people generally invest less in girls' education as compared to boys," she says. 'Mesmerised by CGI'But the university dec..
July 5, 2018

Delhi mass hangings: CCTV footage backs suicide theory

Delhi mass hangings: CCTV footage backs suicide theory Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have not ruled out murder yet India police investigating the deaths of 11 family members found dead in their home in the capital Delhi say they have recovered CCTV footage which supports a theory of mass suicide. The footage shows family members carrying stools and wires used in the hangings into the house, police said. A post-mortem report confirmed that all 11 died due to hanging. Police told the BBC that despite the footage, they they had not ruled out murder and are still investigating. Many questions remain unanswered in the case, which has gripped the country. For instance, all the dead were blindfolded and gagged, with their hands tied behind their backs. It is not clear how they would have been able to do this before killing themselves. India mystery over Delhi's 'house of mass hangings' India family found hanged from ceiling in Delhi house "We have to sift th..
July 5, 2018

Mother Teresa India charity ‘sold babies’

Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charity runs homes for unmarried pregnant women A woman working at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby. Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases. Police took action after the state's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint. The BBC has attempted to contact the charity for comment. "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre," a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha."We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating." Police also recovered 1,40,000 rupees ($2,150; £1,625) from the centre, which is located in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi. Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 3,500 nuns a..
July 5, 2018

Thailand cave: Rescuers in race against weather as rains close in

Thailand cave: Rescuers in race against weather as rains close in Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescue workers are concerned about what might happen when monsoon rains hit Rescuers in Thailand are racing against the weather to free 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Heavy rains are expected to hit in a matter of days and could see water levels rise, threatening the area where the group has taken refuge. The region of Chiang Rai has for the past few days experienced a brief window of dry weather. Rescuers are now considering how best to bring the group to safety. "We are racing against time before we found them," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a press conference on Thursday morning. "Now we are racing against water." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBill Whitehouse from the British Cave Rescue Council explains how the boys and their coach might be rescued If the rain stops for long enough, there ..
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