May 21, 2018

Could North Korean defectors affect Trump summit?

Could North Korean defectors affect Trump summit? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A file photo of Baengnyeong island, where the North Korean defectors were found by South Korean officials Two North Koreans defected to the South at the weekend, highlighting an issue that has been a source of constant tension over the years. Could the latest defection - the first since a historic North-South summit last month - have an impact on the finely-balanced 12 June summit planned between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump? Who were the defectors and what took place?According to Yonhap news agency, the men were spotted by a South Korean naval vessel early on Saturday. They were in a small boat in the Yellow Sea, near the western sea border which separates both countries. The pair, said to be in their 40s, were initially described by Yonhap as a military officer and a civilian. However, later reports said that they were in fact both civilians. North Korea cris..
May 21, 2018

Actress gets China talking about periods

Actress gets China talking about periods Image copyright @Angelababyct Image caption Yeung Wing, known as Angelababy, is a popular actress in China, named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asian celebrities in 2016 What's the worst thing you can imagine doing when you're on your period? For lots of people, dragging yourself to work or school is hard enough when all you want to do is crawl up in bed and eat comfort food. So picture yourself being drenched in freezing cold water while you're menstruating - while on live TV. On top of that, think about doing it in a country where tampons are barely used. That's what Chinese actress Angelababy, whose real name is Yeung Wing, was faced with last week during her appearance on popular game-variety show Keep Running. While other contestants were repeatedly soaked in water, some viewers pointed out Angelababy was doused just once and they trolled her for getting "special treatment". "Keep Running is not for you, go home and be..
May 21, 2018

Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt

Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt Image copyright AFP Image caption Nobukazu Kuriki is the second climber to die on the mountain this month A Japanese climber who previously lost all but one of his fingers while climbing Mount Everest has died trying to reach the mountain's summit. Nobukazu Kuriki, 35, was found dead in his tent by Sherpas on Monday morning, a Nepalese government official said. It was his eighth attempt to scale the world's highest mountain. Kuriki is the second climber to die on Everest in recent days, after a Macedonian national died at a higher altitude on Sunday. Death in the clouds: The problem with Everest’s 200+ bodiesThe company which organised Kuriki's expedition said arrangements were being made for his body to be returned to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. No further details about the circumstances of his death are available due to poor communication links, tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha told Reuters. Image copyright AFP ..
May 21, 2018

India police extract 106 cocaine capsules from woman’s stomach

India police extract 106 cocaine capsules from woman's stomach Image copyright Getty Images India police say they have successfully extracted 106 cocaine capsules from a woman who was allegedly trying to smuggle the drugs into the country. The 25-year-old foreign national was arrested at the international airport in the capital Delhi on 14 May after a tip-off, police said. She is reported to have spent the past week at a hospital where she was given laxatives to recover the cocaine. The drugs are estimated to be worth 50 million rupees ($734, 160; £546,568). Sri Lankan arrested with nearly 1kg of gold in his rectum Police believe the woman ingested the capsules in Sau Paulo, Brazil, and was given instructions to deliver them to a Nigerian national in Delhi. Officials from the narcotics department told the Hindustan Times newspaper that this was "the highest number of capsules of cocaine" that they had ever extracted from a person. They added that what they have seized is high ..
May 21, 2018

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India Image copyright AFP Image caption Bats are mainly considered to be virus's natural host. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims tested positive for the virus in the last fortnight. The results of the remaining six samples will be available later on Monday. Twenty five others have been hospitalised with symptoms of the infection in Kozhikode, officials said. Nipah is an infection which can be transmitted to humans from animals. There is no vaccination for the virus which has a mortality rate of 70%. Did India hide its first cases of Zika virus? At the epicentre of Delhi's chikungunya epidemic Dealing with dengue: Lessons from the fever crippling Delhi Nipah virus is also "top of the list" of 10 priority diseases that the WHO has identified as potentials for the next major outbreak. Kerala's health secretary Rajeev S..
May 21, 2018

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern takes stage as hologram

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern takes stage as hologram Image copyright NZTech Image caption Move over Princess Leia, here comes Jacinda... New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given the opening address at national tech event in truly appropriate fashion: as a hologram. As she was unable to attend Techweek in person, the audience was treated to a virtual version of her on stage. According to the organisers of the Techweek event, it makes her the first world leader to use the technology. So far, holograms have been largely the stuff of science fiction or used to get dead celebrities back to the stage. Remember when Princess Leia magically projected out of R2-D2 in the original Star Wars film? The real world has caught up with science fiction a bit since then. Perhaps the most famous hologram so far was a 3D projection of the late Tupac Shakur performing with Snoop Dogg at 2012's Coachella festival. A virtual Michael Jackson also performed a new song after his deat..
May 20, 2018

US weighs plans to curb Chinese investment

US weighs plans to curb Chinese investment Image copyright Reuters Image caption Are Chinese investors helping the US or threatening it? Washington is worried about Chinese investment in the US, yet is the rest of America? You might expect Leo Chan to be pessimistic about the future of Ohio, a state in the American middle west that has seen its former manufacturing might gutted by automation, foreign competition and the financial crisis. But Mr Chan, who moved to the state in 2000, says recently he's seen reason for optimism: a wave of investments by Chinese firms, which have purchased companies and opened factories and restaurants, has helped to stem the region's employment and population declines. "They've created jobs," says Mr Chan, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. "Although some of them are [for people] from China, they're also coming to buy houses, pay for education, pay for health care and pay taxes. It's a win-wi..
May 20, 2018

How we will know if North Korea really ‘denuclearises’

How we will know if North Korea really 'denuclearises' Image copyright Getty Images North Korea has said it will start dismantling its nuclear test site this week, in a ceremony to be attended by foreign journalists. But what would it take for the country to truly "denuclearise"? In the mountainous north-east of North Korea lies Pyongyang's nuclear test facility - the Punggye-ri complex. It has been used for six nuclear tests since 2006, but North Korea says "technical measures" to dismantle it will be carried out between 23 and 25 May. North Korea has said it is committed to denuclearisation, but has threatened to pull out of forthcoming talks with US President Donald Trump, in a disagreement over how that might happen. At first glance, Kim Jong-un's pledge to close the test site appears to be a welcome first step towards ending its nuclear programme but how far does it actually go? Proper assessmentThe Punggye-ri nuclear facility is the dedicated test site for No..
May 20, 2018

US and China halt imposing import tariffs

US and China halt imposing import tariffs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China's exports to the US far outweigh what it imports China and the US say they will halt imposing punitive import tariffs, putting a possible trade war "on hold". The agreement came after days of talks in Washington DC aimed at persuading China to buy more US goods and services, therefore reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said China would lower tariffs "on many things", without specifying. Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He described the deal as a "win-win choice". Washington says the move will "substantially reduce" its $335bn annual trade deficit with Beijing. But no figures have been provided - the White House had being aiming for a $200bn reduction. Mr Mnuchin told Fox News the two sides had made "very meaningful progress" and we agreed a framework deal under which China would buy more US goods "to substantially reduce the trade deficit"..
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