June 10, 2018

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig planes and jogging guards: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore Kim Jong-un will discuss a "permanent... peace-keeping mechanism" with US President Donald Trump when they meet on Tuesday, North Korea says. Both leaders have arrived in Singapore in preparation for their much anticipated, historic first encounter. Mr Kim said "the entire world [was] watching" while Mr Trump said he had a good feeling about the summit. The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return. The two leaders are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa. Mr Kim is staying at Singapore's five-star St Regis hotel, while Mr Trump is staying about half a mile away at the Shangri La. Trump prefers unscripted Kim summit to G7 ritual Meeting that could chan..
June 10, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: US and North Korea leaders arrive

June 10, 2018

Priyanka Chopra sorry for Quantico Hindu plotline

Priyanka Chopra sorry for Quantico Hindu plotline Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plotline on Priyanka Chopra's show Quantico drew condemnation from some in India Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised after outrage over a plotline on her US TV series Quantico. A recent episode of the spy thriller showed the main character, played by Ms Chopra, thwarting a plot hatched by Hindus ahead of a summit on Kashmir. Many Indian fans were outraged by the show's story and attacked her online. Ms Chopra declared herself a "proud Indian" in a tweet and "extremely saddened" by any hurt caused by the show. Skip Twitter post by @priyankachopra I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @priyankachopra The episode, The Blood ..
June 10, 2018

Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones

Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police halted the protests against the new economic zones Protests have broken out in Vietnam against plans for new economic zones, amid fears that Chinese investors will dominate the areas. Police reportedly detained more than a dozen people in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities. Some carried anti-China banners, including one reading "No leasing land to China even for one day". The government proposed a law last year that would give foreign investors a 99-year lease on Vietnamese land. The bill offers them greater incentives and fewer restrictions, in an attempt to promote growth in target areas. The protesters suspect that the Communist government will award Chinese investors a lease over three islands in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two countries over disputed territory there. Why is the South China Sea contentious? US: China is 'intimi..
June 10, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Stop romanticising a dictator, say North Korea artists

Trump Kim summit: Stop romanticising a dictator, say North Korea artists Image copyright SONG BYEOK The once-elusive Kim Jong-un may be emerging as something of an international statesman, but North Korean artists in Seoul who personally suffered under his leadership tell the BBC's Heather Chen and Minji Lee that peace talks won't change a man they call a tyrant. For several years, Song Byeok played an instrumental role in North Korea's propaganda machine. The painter from Hwanghae province was noticed by the ruling elite and chosen to be a state artist. Mr Song painted vivid, striking images showing anti-American and Japanese slogans, happy workers and of course, the Kim dynasty. "As a propaganda artist, you are expected to portray North Korea and its leaders as being the best in the world," says Mr Song, at his apartment in Seoul. "In North Korea, art can only be beautiful. The homeless do not exist and everyone is chubby as they are well-fed." This picture could n..
June 10, 2018

‘The week that changed the world’: How China prepared for Nixon

'The week that changed the world': How China prepared for Nixon Image copyright Corbis Historical/Getty Images After a false start, the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back on track for 12 June in Singapore. It will be one of the most important encounters between former enemies, with echoes of President Nixon's 1972 visit to China. There are many similarities. China at the time was totally isolated from the outside world amidst the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, having had no formal relationship with the US for more than two decades. And just as Kim Jong-un has been telling the North Korean people that they need to co-exist peacefully with the US, the Chinese government had to convince its people that it was necessary to welcome the Americans to the heart of the third world revolution. The BBC's Yuwen Wu was a young student in 1972 and reflects on how China prepared for what Nixon described as "the week that changed the wo..
June 10, 2018

Anthony Bourdain: Vietnam noodle bar owner’s shock at chef’s death

Anthony Bourdain: Vietnam noodle bar owner's shock at chef's death Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichelin chef Masa Takayama talks about his late friend Anthony Bourdain The owner of a noodle restaurant in Hanoi where Anthony Bourdain enjoyed a $6 meal with Barack Obama in 2016 says she is shocked over the chef's death. "I was surprised and sad when I heard about [Bourdain]," Nguyen Thi Nga told AFP news agency in Hanoi. Her restaurant, Bun Cha Huong Lien, soared to fame after Bourdain ate there with then-President Obama in an episode of the celebrity chef's TV show. Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room on Friday in an apparent suicide. Eat out on Tuesdays and other Bourdain tips Why Bourdain's travel shows had global appeal Ms Nga, who helps run the restaurant in the Vietnamese capital, remembered Bourdain as a "nice, friendly and folksy person". "He praised our bun cha dish and its fish-sauce broth, he loved Vietnamese food..
June 9, 2018

Deadly stabbing on Japan bullet train

Deadly stabbing on Japan bullet train Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emergency services arrived at Odawara station to assist those injured in the stabbing A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a passenger and injuring two others in a knife attack on a bullet train in Japan, police say. The fatal stabbing occurred at about 22:00 local time (13:00 GMT) on Saturday on board a Shinkansen train travelling from Tokyo to Osaka. Police detained the suspect after storming the carriage when the vehicle stopped at Odawara station. The train was carrying more than 800 passengers at the time of the incident. Officials say a male passenger taken to hospital with neck wounds later died from his injuries. The other two victims are both women, according to local media. Apology after train departs seconds early Japan country profile What happened? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A bullet train at Odawara Station The suspect, named as Ichiro Kojima, 22, was arrested on sus..
June 9, 2018

The other Balochistan: Six stories of life in a conflict zone

The other Balochistan: Six stories of life in a conflict zone Image caption People in Balochistan's capital Quetta try to lead normal lives despite the threat of violence Pakistan's poorest province, Balochistan, is often in the news because of targeted killings, suicide attacks and abductions. The BBC's Shumaila Jaffery met people in the capital Quetta trying to lead normal lives. The secret life of a bank managerYasir is lead singer of underground rock band Malhaar. Bank manager by day but rocker by night, he must keep his passion for music hidden as he lives in a conservative Muslim society where it's taboo to sing and dance. He and his friends gather in the evening in a basement room and play rock tunes to warm up but then get going with Bollywood songs. They're mostly students who use their spare cash to buy musical instruments and equipment. "My customers at the bank wouldn't like it," says Yasir between takes. "I try not to share my music on my o..
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