May 8, 2018

Pompeo heads to North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim talks

Pompeo heads to North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim talks Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Pompeo (left) said a "good relationship" had been formed at an April meeting with Mr Kim US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Pyongyang ahead of a landmark meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Mr Pompeo said he hoped to finalise plans for talks on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. He also said he hoped North Korea would "do the right thing" and release three US citizens detained in the country. It is Mr Pompeo's second trip to Pyongyang after a meeting with Mr Kim last month while he was CIA director. He later said that a "good relationship" was formed at the meeting in April, which marked the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000. On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo said the release of three imprisoned Americans held in North Korea would be "a great gesture". "We've been asking for the release of these detainees for 17 mo..
May 8, 2018

‘Paedophilia-defending’ YouTuber has channel removed

'Paedophilia-defending' YouTuber has channel removed Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amos Yee has faced scrutiny over his controversial videos A Singaporean YouTuber who allegedly posted videos defending paedophilia has had his channel terminated. Amos Yee, 19, is currently living in the United States having been granted asylum there. He had previously been imprisoned twice in Singapore over videos that criticised religion and state authorities. His YouTube channel had attracted 40,000 subscribers, according to the South China Morning Post. On Facebook, a post on Mr Yee's page said: "My YouTube channel and all the videos there have been completely taken down because of my views defending paedophilia." He also tweeted about the removal. The BBC has contacted Mr Yee for comment. The Sun newspaper reported on 20 April that the US Toy Association, a trade body, had removed its advertisements from YouTube after one of its campaigns had been found on Mr Yee's Chann..
May 8, 2018

Malaysia heads to polls on election day

Malaysia heads to polls on election day Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malaysians will soon have their fingers marked with indelible ink, showing that they have voted Over 14 million voters in Malaysia are heading to the polls in an election that will see the incumbent leader facing off against his 92-year-old former mentor. Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad will be up against current PM Najib Razak's ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. An opposition victory would be unprecedented in Malaysia, where BN has ruled for 61 years. But critics have raised concerns the election will not be free and fair. Malaysian politics have been dominated since independence by the BN coalition and its major party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). But the coalition has been losing ground over recent general elections. In the last election, in 2013, the opposition made unprecedented gains - winning the popular vote - although it failed to win enough seats to form a ma..
May 8, 2018

Horse trainers guilty in Australia’s ‘biggest’ racing scandal

Horse trainers guilty in Australia's 'biggest' racing scandal Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trainer Robert Smerdon is among those facing penalties Eight horse racing professionals have been found guilty of doping offences over what has been called the biggest scandal to hit the sport in Australia. A tribunal found the five trainers and three stablehands had given banned race-day treatments to horses before more than 100 races. It had involved "a litany of brazen attempts to cheat" over a seven-year period from 2010, the tribunal said. The trainers and stablehands face fines and lengthy bans from the sport. The eight, all linked to the now-defunct Aquanita Racing stable, faced a total of 271 charges at a racing tribunal in Victoria. None of the eight had pleaded guilty. Victoria's Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board said the case "involves probably the biggest scandal and the most widespread investigation in the history of Australian racing". Banned ..
May 8, 2018

India says no to day-night Australia Test

India says no to day-night Australia Test Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia have played four day-night Tests in Adelaide and won all of them Australia has scrapped a day-night cricket Test match after India refused to play, officials say. The game scheduled for December in Adelaide using the pink ball will now be held in normal daylight hours. Australia have played four day-night Tests since 2015 - three of them in Adelaide - and won all of them. Analysts say India, who have not played a pink-ball Test, are reluctant to give the hosts an advantage as they seek a first Test series win in Australia. "We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer," Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency. "As a result, we can now confirm this Test match will be a day format." India, the world&#..
May 8, 2018

Kashmir: India tourist killed by stone throwing protesters

Kashmir: India tourist killed by stone throwing protesters Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Clashes between militants and government forces are common in the region An Indian tourist has died after being hit by a stone thrown by protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir. The man, who was from the southern city of Chennai (formerly Madras), was travelling to Gulmarg, a popular skiing destination in the region, when his vehicle got caught in the protests, police told BBC Urdu. A local teenager was also injured. Police are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made. It is unclear what the protests were about. While clashes with security forces are frequent in the region, protesters in Kashmir have generally not targeted tourists. Since 1989, the Muslim-majority state has seen an armed revolt against Indian rule. Is India losing Kashmir? Kashmir: Curfew after 20 dead in fierce clashes Firing at stone-throwers in Indian-administered Kashmir The election where n..
May 8, 2018

Sun Zhengcai: Former top Chinese official jailed for life

Sun Zhengcai: Former top Chinese official jailed for life Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sun will have all his "illegal gains" confiscated A former Chinese Communist Party official once tipped for a top leadership position has been sentenced to life in prison for bribery. Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member, is the latest senior figure to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. He was found guilty of taking bribes of more than $26.7m (£19.6m). The 54-year-old, also the former party chief of Chongqing, pleaded guilty to the charges in April. According to state media outlet Xinhua, Sun's "illegal gains" would be confiscated. What is China's new 'super anti-corruption agency'?President Xi has made it his personal mission to tackle the widespread corruption in China. More than a million officials have been punished since he became president. But critics accuse him of using the anti-corruption campaign to silence his political opp..
May 7, 2018

Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated

Tourism's carbon impact three times larger than estimated Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travellers from affluent countries are a key part of emissions growth in tourism A new study says global tourism accounts for 8% of carbon emissions, around three times greater than previous estimates. The new assessment is bigger because it includes emissions from travel, plus the full life-cycle of carbon in tourists' food, hotels and shopping. Driving the increase are visitors from affluent countries who travel to other wealthy destinations. The US tops the rankings followed by China, Germany and India. Tourism is a huge and booming global industry worth over $7 trillion, and employs one in ten workers around the world. It's growing at around 4% per annum. Previous estimates of the impact of all this travel on carbon suggested that tourism accounted for 2.5-3% of emissions. However in what is claimed to be the most comprehensive assessment to date, this new study ..
May 7, 2018

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests demanding justice for the girl were held in many parts of the country India's top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC's Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court's decision. "I just want justice for my child," her mother says. "I want her attackers to go through the same pain that she went through. The way they have made us cry, I want them to cry." In India, a rape victim cannot be identified according to the law but everyone knows which religion the girl belonged to. Police allege that her religion is at the centre of the brutal crime. She was from the Muslim Bakarwal nomadic tribe who roam the hills and valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. In the summer they graze their sheep, goats and horses high up in the mountains. As winter..
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