June 14, 2018

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A thick blanket of dust has added to the woes of the city Residents of India's capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city. People have been complaining about breathing problems, with many saying the city has become unliveable. The state government has responded by banning all construction and deploying the fire brigade to sprinkle water across the city. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. "In this case, dust has become a carrier of toxic pollutants. Pollution levels are 8-9 times higher than normal. And when we breathe, we are taking in toxic substances, which can have serious health repercussions," Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of the Centre For Science and Environment, told BBC Hindi. Delhi's air pollution is triggering a health crisis India cities dominate world a..
June 14, 2018

Using tech to stop phone-wielding drivers

June 14, 2018

England v Australia: Moeen Ali & Eoin Morgan impress as hosts edge win

England open their five-match one-day series against Australia with a three-wicket win at The Oval.
June 13, 2018

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle ‘unacceptable’, PM says

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle 'unacceptable', PM says Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia's conduct in Afghanistan is under scrutiny Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned a photo showing an Australian army vehicle flying a swastika flag in Afghanistan. The "completely and utterly unacceptable" incident took place during a mission in 2007, he said. Mr Turnbull said commanding officers had taken "immediate action" to take down the symbol of Nazism at the time, before disciplining those responsible. It follows intense recent scrutiny of Australia's conduct in Afghanistan. The photo of the 2007 incident caused anger after it was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday. "It was wrong - absolutely wrong - and the commanders took action at the time," Mr Turnbull told reporters. In a statement, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said it rejected "as abhorrent everything this flag represents". Elite s..
June 13, 2018

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated "complete denuclearisation", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. He said Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear programme. The conference comes two days after President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit in Singapore. Mr Pompeo has travelled to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the agreement Mr Trump signed with the North Korean leader. "We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]," said Mr Pompeo. "That we must do this quickly." There has been deep scepticism about the deal the two leaders signed on 12 June, with observers saying it lacked detail on how North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and how that process would be verified.
June 13, 2018

The other big Korean drama right now

The other big Korean drama right now Image copyright Content K Image caption Korean drama Something In The Rain is one of the country's latest hit TV exports You might have heard of K-pop, but there's more to South Korea's vibrant entertainment industry than just music. Welcome to the world of K-drama. A fresh-faced young man sits alone in a bar nursing a whisky, the ice cubes clinking against the side of the glass as he looks forlornly into it. We cut to a woman, slightly older, with a mobile phone to her ear on a busy street. She too looks like something is weighing heavily on her mind. The soundtrack plays a schmaltzy love song. "The man who was very sad is the younger brother of the friend of the girl on the phone," explains Ma Jung-hoon, the show's producer. "And they started liking each other, but their parents said they didn't want them to get married." Something in the Rain (or Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food, as it's known in Korean), is South Kor..
June 13, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Imagine a North Korean family

Trump Kim summit: Imagine a North Korean family Image copyright Hajung Lim After his landmark meeting with leader Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump said he would consider dropping sanctions against North Korea, once it's made progress on nuclear disarmament. But how might this economic change make its way through to ordinary people in the impoverished country long shut off from the outside world? What would it mean for an average North Korean family? With the help of some experts, the BBC has tried to imagine life for a hypothetical North Korean family, the Lees. This is their story. The father has to risk his life to fishFor starters, it's hard to talk about an "average" North Korean family. There are many social classes and regional differences - and we simply don't know much about life inside the country. But our father, Mr Lee, like many North Koreans officially relies on the mining industry for work. Mining has been a crucial pillar of North Korea's exp..
June 13, 2018

Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress’s record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rebel Wilson was originally awarded the largest defamation payout in Australian history A magazine publisher has successfully appealed against the size of a record defamation payout awarded to actress Rebel Wilson in Australia. Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar. A court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) - a record for an Australian defamation case. On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Victoria reduced the sum to A$600,000. The size of the original payout had generated discussion in Australia over whether it could stifle future journalism that is in the public interest. Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give her compensation to charity. In court last year, she successfully argued that eight articles publ..
June 13, 2018

Saiga antelopes: the Ice Age survivors now in peril

Scientists hope to save the saiga, a Central Asian antelope which survived the Ice Age, but is now in peril.
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