August 6, 2018

Bangladesh protests: How a traffic accident stopped a city of 18 million

Bangladesh protests: How a traffic accident stopped a city of 18 million Image copyright AFP Image caption Students have defied calls to return home For more than a week, Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident. The demonstrators, overwhelmingly young people, are demanding that the government take action to improve road safety. The movement has developed into a major standoff, and there have been scenes of violence in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, home to 18 million people. Here is how the story unfolded. What sparked the first protest?On 29 July, two schoolchildren in Dhaka - a boy and a girl - were run over and killed by a speeding bus. The driver is thought to have lost control of the vehicle while racing another bus to pick up passengers. The accident might have passed as an everyday occurrence in a city with notoriously dangerous traffic and in a country where more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in road a..
August 6, 2018

Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island

Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMoment the quake struck caught on camera Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left more than 90 people dead. Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror as buildings collapsed and power and communication lines were cut. Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands. Aid agencies said the priority was to provide shelter for residents too scared to return to their homes. The agencies said the impact was far bigger than another quake that hit Lombok last week, killing 16 people. In pictures: Damaged homes and evacuations in LombokWhat's the latest on Lombok?Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, said that the northern area of Lombok had suffered massive damage. Three C-130 Hercules aircraft and two h..
August 6, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Expert warns of strong aftershocks in Indonesia

August 5, 2018

Australia backlash over far-right figure’s TV interview

Australia backlash over far-right figure's TV interview Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Blair Cottrell was convicted last year of inciting contempt of Muslims An Australian TV network has said it was "wrong" to interview a far-right figure with a criminal past, after the segment set off a widespread backlash. Blair Cottrell appeared in a one-on-one studio interview on Sky News Australia on Sunday to speak about immigration. Viewers pointed out that Cottrell was last year convicted of inciting contempt of Muslims, and that he has previously called for schools to display pictures of Adolf Hitler. Sky News Australia responded on Sunday. Image Copyright @SkyNewsAust @SkyNewsAust Report Image Copyright @SkyNewsAust @SkyNewsAust Report Cottrell is the former leader of anti-immigration group United Patriots Front. He was interviewed by Adam Giles, a programme host and former chief minister of the Northern Territory. Other presenters at the network were among those to critici..
August 5, 2018

Australia’s Turnbull: ‘Now we are the land of droughts’

Australia's Turnbull: 'Now we are the land of droughts' Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drought has affected 99% of New South Wales Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a "land of drought" as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers. The new package will provide an extra A$140m ($104m; £80m) in payments to farmers and for mental health support. It brings the total amount of government funding to $576m. Although it is still winter, parts of eastern Australia are experiencing the worst drought in living memory. Ninety-nine percent of New South Wales, which is the country's most populous state and provides around a quarter of the country's agricultural output, is currently in drought. Australia's drought seen from the air How Australia's extreme heat might be here to stay Five places that have just broken heat records Announcing the additional funding from a farm in the state, M..
August 5, 2018

Hong Kong artist photographs city’s tram system

August 5, 2018

Why Jakarta is one of the world’s fastest-sinking megacities

August 5, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Moment the quake struck caught on camera

August 5, 2018

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island

Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, prompting a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10km (6.21 miles) underground. It comes a week after another quake hit the island, which is popular with tourists, killing at least 16 people. Lombok, about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali, attracts tourists from around the world to its beaches and hiking trails. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to move away from the ocean. "Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking," Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the Indonesian Meteorology Agency told local TV. The tremors prompted a large-scale evacuation of a nearby volcano. Are earthquake warnings effective? History of deadly earthquakes The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildin..
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