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..
August 12, 2018

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni enters third day

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni enters third day Image copyright Reuters Image caption A soldier keeps watch on the Ghazni road A Taliban attack on the Afghan city of Ghazni has entered its third day - with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the strategic city. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, the Afghan army's chief-of-staff, said Ghazni was not under threat of falling into the militants' hands. But people inside Ghazni say it has been overrun, with very little still under government control. The Taliban launched the assault in the early hours of Friday. By late Friday morning, at at least 16 people had been killed and many more injured. Local television station 1TV says the number of fatalities has risen to more than 100, but there is no official confirmation. News of what exactly is happening in Ghazni, a provincial capital on the key road between Kabul and Kandahar, is difficult to get after the militants damaged a telecommunications tower. Afghan..
August 12, 2018

Indonesia plane crash: Boy, 12, survives Papua accident

Indonesia plane crash: Boy, 12, survives Papua accident Image copyright AFP Image caption Rescuers walked for two hours to reach the site of the crash A 12-year-old boy has been found alive in the wreckage of a plane crash which killed eight people in Indonesia. Photos from the scene show the boy conscious and looking at the camera. He was found with the wreckage on a mountainside near the border with Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning. The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft he had been travelling in lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday afternoon, shortly before it was due to land at Oksibil airport. The plane, owned by private charter Dimonim Air, had been travelling from Tanah Merah, about 40 minutes flight south, to Oksibil in the province of Papua when it went down. It was carrying nine people, including two crew members. Image copyright AFP Image caption The boy was bought down on a stretcher According to news agency AFP, nearby villagers heard a "loud roar followed by an ..
August 10, 2018

China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told

China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uighur protesters pictured in 2009 wield the ID cards of detained relatives A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reports that China is holding a million Uighurs in "counter-extremism centres". Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a two-day UN meeting on China. She said she was concerned by reports that Beijing had "turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp". China did not immediately respond. Its 50-strong delegation said it would address questions on Monday, when the session in Geneva continues. It has previously denied the existence of such camps. Who are the Uighurs? The Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority mostly based in the Xinjiang province of China. Xinjiang is officially designated an autonomous region within the country, like Tibet..
August 10, 2018

India Sikh wrestler quits international tournament over turban row

India Sikh wrestler quits international tournament over turban row Image copyright Ravinder Singh Robin Image caption Mr Gill says he has no regrets over pulling out of the tournament An Indian Sikh wrestler has pulled out of an international tournament in Turkey after being told he cannot compete while wearing a turban. Jaskanwar Singh Gill told BBC Punjabi that he "refused" to remove his turban since it was made of cloth and would not hurt his opponent during a match. Any head gear that can harm an opponent is not allowed in the ring, according to international wrestling rules. Mr Gill says he is "proud of his decision and has no regrets". "It keeps my hair away from my face and eyes so it helps me during a fight," he told BBC Punjabi's Ravinder Singh Robin. The United World Wrestling (UWW) tournament in Turkey would have been Mr Gill's first international competition. He told local media that as he was "the only Sikh wrestler in a team of 25", he felt compelled to "figh..
August 10, 2018

Japan’s economy rebounds in the second quarter

Japan's economy rebounds in the second quarter Image copyright Getty Images Japan's economy rebounded in the second quarter, returning to growth despite growing global trade tensions. The economy expanded by a faster-than-expected annualised pace of 1.9%, supported by private consumption. The growth came after Japan's economy shrank in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time in two years. The release of the data comes as Japanese officials are in Washington discussing trade amid rising global trade tensions with the US. Momentum 'slowing'Japan's rate of growth in the April-to-June period beat analysts' expectations of an annualised rate of 1.4%, and came after the world's third-largest economy contracted by a revised 0.9% in the first quarter. Consumer spending underpinned the economy between April and June, but external demand - exports minus imports - weighed on growth. "While real GDP growth in Q2 was both strong and higher than the cons..
August 10, 2018

India MP shocks with Hitler costume protest in parliament

India MP shocks with Hitler costume protest in parliament Image copyright Getty Images An Indian MP attended parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler to protest against what he called a "broken promise" by the prime minister. This is not the first time Naramalli Sivaprasad, 67, has used costumes to register dissent. His costume choices in the past include a mythological character, a Hindu god, a spiritual guru and a woman. "What I am doing will grab attention quickly. It will make people think," he told BBC Telugu's Ravi Shankar. A former actor, Mr Sivaprasad is an MP from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He belongs to the state's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP). But his controversial choice of costume on this occasion has caused some shock. One Twitter user said: "An elected MP attended parliament dressed as Hitler - the man who sent millions to their deaths in gas chambers and war. It only caused amusement. Any surprise then that hate is so normalised in India." Image co..
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