June 18, 2018

India man walks 800 miles to ‘remind’ PM Modi of poll promise

India man walks 800 miles to 'remind' PM Modi of poll promise Image caption Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from his home in Orissa state to capital Delhi An Indian man who walked 1,350km (838 miles) by foot to highlight an "unfulfilled promise" by the prime minister has resumed his trek after a brief stay in hospital. Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from the eastern state of Orissa to the capital Delhi in the north. He was hospitalised in Agra, 218km away from his destination. Mr Biswal said he wanted to "remind" the prime minister of his promise to upgrade a hospital in his state. He began his walk on 16 April with the Indian flag in hand, through increasingly worsening summer temperatures. Mr Modi had said in 2015 that the hospital would be converted to a "super speciality facility" similar to the famed All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Mr Biswal told the BBC that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister and ask him to fulfil his promise of upgrading the ..
June 18, 2018

Fatal Dreamworld ride had previous malfunctions, inquest hears

Fatal Dreamworld ride had previous malfunctions, inquest hears Image copyright Facebook Image caption (L-R) Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low were killed in the Dreamworld accident in October 2016 A ride that malfunctioned at Australia's Dreamworld theme park, killing four people, had experienced "a number" of previous incidents, a court has heard. On Monday, the state of Queensland began a long-awaited inquest into the deaths of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low in 2016. The four died instantly when their water ride overturned, crushing them. The ride had broken down at least three times previously, the inquest heard. "It's not an exaggeration to say this [disaster] has been felt Australia-wide," counsel assisting the inquest, Ken Fleming QC, said in his opening remarks. Mr Fleming said that the Thunder River Rapids Ride, a white-water rafting simulation, had malfunctioned two times in the hours before the tragedy. The inquest..
June 18, 2018

Japan earthquake: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured

Japan earthquake: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFatal earthquake hits Japan A strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured more than 200. Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production. The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally. Japan lies in a particularly earthquake-prone region and accounts for around 20% of quakes worldwide of magnitude 6.0 or more. Image copyright AFP Image caption Trains services were suspended for hours Monday's quake in Osaka occurred just before 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Sunday) north of the city, the meteorological agency said. A nine-year old girl killed by a falling wall at her school was one of three confirmed fatalities. An elderly man was also killed by a collapsing wall while anothe..
June 17, 2018

The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’

The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’ Many believe it was a visit to the hidden fifth floor of Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel that resulted in the detention and eventual death of American student Otto Warmbier. US doctor Calvin Sun recalls his night filming there and warns other travellers to stay away. Calvin Sun had been awake for almost 24 hours when North Korean guards boarded the minibus that was due to take him and his friends to Pyongyang International Airport and out of the country. There was an issue, the officials announced. The group would not be allowed to leave until it was resolved. The bus fell silent. Sun thought back to his one-week excursion to the most isolated country in the world, nicknamed the Hermit Kingdom. It had been one of his most memorable trips. "Of all the things we had done in North Korea that week," says Sun, "it never occurred to me that our visit to the fifth floor may have been the problem." It still didn't cross ..
June 17, 2018

Taliban rule out extension of Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefire

Taliban rule out extension of Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefire Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTears, hugs and selfies as Afghan troops and Taliban mark a truce for Eid The Afghan Taliban have rejected calls to extend a three-day ceasefire declared for the Muslim Eid festival. A spokesman said the truce would end on Sunday night and operations against the security forces would resume. Afghan officials urged the militants not to return to fighting, as dozens of unarmed Taliban exchanged Eid greetings with soldiers and civilians. Meanwhile, more than 10 people were killed in a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad, officials said. The blast happened outside the office of the governor of Nangarhar province while officials were meeting Taliban insurgents as part of the ceasefire. Dozens were injured. What's life like under the Taliban? Militants 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban? On Saturday a suicide attack in the same provinc..
June 17, 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were due to meet political supporters A Cambodian prince and former prime minister has been injured and his wife killed in a head-on car collision in the south-west of the country. A taxi hit the vehicle Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, and Ouk Phalla, 39, were travelling in, officials say. The couple were taken to a local hospital in the Preah Sihanouk province, but Ms Phalla died a few hours later. They were travelling to meet political supporters when the crash happened. Prince Ranariddh, the half-brother of King Norodom Sihamoni, leads a political party that is contesting next month's controversial general elections. Last year, the country's main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved and its leader was charged with treason. 'Cambodia needs sanctions' says opposition leader ..
June 16, 2018

Spencer Tunick: Melbourne Woolworths to allow nude photo shoot

Spencer Tunick: Melbourne Woolworths to allow nude photo shoot Image copyright SPENCER TUNICK Image caption On 9th July, this Melbourne car park will be full of naked people Australian supermarket chain Woolworths says US artist Spencer Tunick can use a car park on top of one of its Melbourne stores for a mass naked photo shoot, reversing an earlier decision. In April, Woolworths turned down Mr Tunick's request to use the location in Prahran, saying it would be too disruptive on a Saturday. An online petition was launched. Now Woolworths says he can use the car park for an hour on a Monday morning. "It's a good outcome," said the store. How it feels to strip down for nude art Thousands strip naked for Tunick artwork The photo shoot is part of the Chapel Street Provocare arts festival in the upmarket district of Victoria's state capital. "In further discussions with the festival organisers, they indicated a willingness to be flexible with dates and times to ensure the s..
June 16, 2018

Thai king takes control of some $30bn crown assets

Thai king takes control of some $30bn crown assets Image copyright EPA Image caption Maha Vajiralongkorn became king in December 2016 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been granted full, personal ownership of royal assets thought to be worth at least $30bn (£22bn). The Crown Property Bureau, which controlled the royal fortune on behalf of the monarchy, said it transferred ownership of the assets following a change in the law last year. It means taxes are liable on royal assets for the first time. Maha Vajiralongkorn, 65, became king in December 2016. He succeeded his much-revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch when he died in October 2016. Thailand has strict lese majeste laws, which ban criticism of the monarchy. The laws have also shielded the royal family from public view and scrutiny. Profile: King Maha VajiralongkornThailand's lese-majeste law explained The Crown Property Bureau said in a statement it was require..
June 16, 2018

Taliban and Afghan forces embrace in Eid ceasefire

Taliban and Afghan forces embrace in Eid ceasefire Image copyright EPAs Image caption Taliban militants, soldiers and residents mingle in Kunduz In scenes that would have seemed impossible a few days ago, members of the Afghan Taliban have been pictured embracing Afghan security forces amid a three-day ceasefire called to mark Eid. Video and images of similar incidents across the country have been posted by local media. Militants have also been pictured meeting Interior Minister Wais Barmak in the capital Kabul. President Ashraf Ghani wants the ceasefire to lead to a longer peace. He has called for the Taliban to negotiate. Earlier this month the Taliban denied that they were in secret talks with the Afghan government. What's life like under the Taliban? Militants 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban? Mr Ghani has also confirmed the death of the commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. Extraordinary scen..
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