July 28, 2018

Cambodia votes in poll without main opposition

Cambodia votes in poll without main opposition Image copyright AFP Image caption Hun Sen has said he wants to rule Cambodia for at least a decade longer Cambodians are set to vote in an election that will not feature the only serious challenger to the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985. Critics have called the vote a sham as the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which narrowly lost the last election, has been dissolved. The US and EU are among those who have questioned the credibility of the vote. But the ruling Cambodian People's Party says 19 other parties are standing. On Friday, the Cambodian government ordered internet service providers in the country to block a number of independent news websites, including Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and Voice of Democracy. It also singled out a post on the German version of the image-sharing site Pinterest, which had specifically referenced the Cambodia National Rescue Party. English newspaper outlets w..
July 28, 2018

Midwife training centre attacked in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Midwife training centre attacked in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Image copyright EPA Image caption Security officials are trying to rescue the remaining midwives and students An Afghan midwife training centre has come under attack by militants, with at least three people injured. The attackers set off explosives and fired gunshots at the centre in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Some students and midwives were rescued, but others are still trapped inside the compound, reports say. No group has yet said it is behind the attack, although Islamic State militants have claimed several recent attacks in the eastern province. The attack began at around 11:30 local time (07:00 GMT) on Saturday, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. "The Afghan security forces have cordoned off the area and [have] launched an operation to gun down the attackers," he added. Smoke could be seen rising from the compound. Skip Twitter post by @TOLOnews #UPDATE - Nangarhar officials confirmed the midwife tr..
July 28, 2018

Typhoon Jongdari: Weather-ravaged Japan braces for powerful storm

Typhoon Jongdari: Weather-ravaged Japan braces for powerful storm Image copyright EPA Image caption Tokyo's recent baking temperatures may give way to major downpours, forecasters say Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Japan as the country braces for a powerful typhoon, bringing winds of up to 180km/h (110mph). Typhoon Jongdari (or "skylark" in Korean), is expected to make landfall on the country's main island, Honshu, late on Saturday or early on Sunday. The storm comes less than a month after floods killed more than 200 people, and then a heatwave left dozens dead. Japan's Meteorological Agency has told locals to be ready for evacuation. At 18:05 local time (09:05 GMT) Jongdari was situated about 200km south of Tokyo and forecast to make landfall close to the city of Nagoya. More than eight million people were ordered to leave their homes earlier in July when torrential rain saw rivers burst their banks, but some became trapped after failing to heed the order...
July 27, 2018

Pakistan election: Rival parties reject result and call for new poll

Pakistan election: Rival parties reject result and call for new poll Image copyright AFP Image caption Party leaders included PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif (2nd left) and Maulana Fazalur Rehman of the MMA (2nd right) A group of Pakistani political parties has rejected the results of Wednesday's general election that looks poised to bring ex-cricketer Imran Khan to power. Mr Khan's PTI party is ahead in the poll and has declared victory, but rival parties allege vote rigging. After joint talks in Islamabad, one party leader said they would launch protests to demand fresh elections. The rival parties include that of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, which had earlier said it was ready to go into opposition. Party leader Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif who is in jail on corruption charges, said the PML-N had yet to decide whether or not to boycott parliament. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive things to know about Imran Khan Sitting alongside him at a news ..
July 27, 2018

Imran Khan: Can former cricket star change Pakistan?

Imran Khan: Can former cricket star change Pakistan? Image copyright EPA Image caption Imran Khan captained the Pakistan cricket team to a World Cup victory in 1992 Imran Khan, a former star cricketer, has claimed victory in Pakistan's elections two decades after he first entered the political arena. This is the climax of a career that began in the 1970s for a man once widely seen in the West, and particularly in the UK, as an Oxford-educated playboy, as at home in London's nightclubs as he was at the batting crease. In the West, writes Jonathan Boone, a former Pakistan correspondent for the Guardian, his politics are still "presumed to be as liberal as his private life". The coming months and years will determine if that's true. Khan: Cricketing aristocrat turned political player Promise of changeHe started his political career in the late 1990s, still basking in the glow of having led Pakistan's cricket team to a World Cup win in 1992. But it took a further two de..
July 27, 2018

Korea remains: How are human remains identified?

Korea remains: How are human remains identified? Image copyright AFP Image caption The latest repatriated remains arrived in South Korea on the July 27, the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting Some families of the US Korean War dead have waited decades for closure about their missing loved ones, with the remains of an estimated 5,300 thought still to be scattered across North Korean territory. On Thursday the remains of 55 people were transferred back - but how do you begin to identify decades-old remains? Initial examination CNN reports say that US officials planned to make a "cursory review" of what was being transferred over by the North Koreans, which was then photographed. Experts will then look a bit more closely, examining any material evidence found alongside, such as uniforms and identification tags, for clues. After a formal repatriation ceremony, the remains will then go to the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency lab (DPAA) in Hawaii - which describes..
July 27, 2018

Is Australia and New Zealand’s ‘mateship’ in trouble?

Is Australia and New Zealand's 'mateship' in trouble? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull meet last year Squabbles between Australia and New Zealand have usually been fairly lightweight affairs, the kind you'd find in many big sibling-little sibling relationships. They've typically stemmed from the sporting field, or over who can lay claim to celebrities, or "Australia's" greatest racehorse, the New Zealand-born Phar Lap. But recently a relationship forged on World War One battlefields, and historically described as "special", has developed a decidedly frosty edge. How tensions have escalatedLast year, the bilateral relationship was rocked ahead of New Zealand's election when Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would find it "very difficult to build trust" with a New Zealand Labour government. The outburst came after Labour figures were accused of colluding..
July 27, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Why Australians are up in arms about ‘pie-gate’

Malcolm Turnbull: Why Australians are up in arms about 'pie-gate' Image copyright Getty Images It seems unlikely Malcolm Turnbull had any idea of the storm he was about to wade into when he posted the short clip to Instagram. After all, he was just eating a pie. Only, he was eating it with a knife and fork. And this is something Australians have strong opinions on. Image Copyright @BenFordham @BenFordham Report Image Copyright @BenFordham @BenFordham Report 'Where's the sauce?'Scott Gilbert was in no doubt where the politician had gone wrong. "A pie that small should, and always will be, only eaten by a technique that is learned when you go to school with a tuck shop. Two hands. Gently press down on the far side whilst slightly slurping the near side," he tweeted. Australian radio host Ben Fordham's suggestion that the use of a knife and fork might not be the worst thing in the world got short shrift from columnist Rita Pahani. "Unfollowed, blocked & rep..
July 27, 2018

Laos dam collapse: Questions over real death toll

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