July 18, 2018

Trump says no ‘time limit’ on North Korea denuclearisation

Trump says no 'time limit' on North Korea denuclearisation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump insists talks with Pyongyang are going well US President Donald Trump says there is "no time limit" for North Korea to denuclearise and that there is no need to rush the process. It marks a shift in tone from Mr Trump who previously said nuclear disarmament would start "very quickly". Last month, the US president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held historic talks and pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. The accord did not have a timetable for the process or plan to carry it out. Since the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim on 12 June, there has been little reported progress towards denuclearisation. Last week North Korea accused the US of making "gangster-like" demands for the process, and branded the US attitude at high-level talks as "extremely troubling". Mr Trump said on Tuesday that talks with Pyongyang were going fine. "We have no time limit. W..
July 17, 2018

Thai cave rescue: Saying sorry to cave spirit Nang Norn

July 17, 2018

The app changing the dating scene for India’s disabled people

The app changing the dating scene for India's disabled people Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Inclov - standing for inclusive love - is a dating and social app created for people with disabilities In India, people with disabilities are often invisible in day-to-day life, despite numbering tens of millions. Here, the BBC's Ayeshea Perera meets the makers of Inclov, an app that is seeking to give people with disabilities more opportunities to socialise. "How many of you need alcohol to tell the truth?" The assembled crowd at Kitty Su, an upmarket nightclub in the capital Delhi, giggles nervously. But apprehensions soon vanish, and a spirited game of Truth or Dare begins, where nothing seems off the table - from confessions about browser histories to speaking in "animal sounds". Not too long after, the DJ wheels himself to his console and a mix of Bollywood and English pop music begins pumping out. Wheelchairs and crutches notwithstanding, people begin making their wa..
July 17, 2018

Rice paddy cartoons celebrate Japanese artist

Rice paddy cartoons celebrate Japanese artist Image copyright Kyodo News Image caption Manga artist Osamu Tezuka's most famous characters are created in a Japanese rice field The Japanese village of Inakadate transforms its rice paddies into a visual spectacle each year. This year, the intricate rice art celebrates the 90th anniversary of innovative manga artist Osamu Tezuka. The huge rice paddy art is created by using nine different coloured varieties of rice plants. Some of Mr Tezuka's most famous characters, such as Astro Boy, Black Jack and Kimba the White Lion, have been created in the rice. Japanese equivalent of Walt DisneyManga is the Japanese word used to refer to comics or cartoons. Mr Tezuka was a prominent and innovative artist, animator and film producer in this style. He is referred to as a father-like figure for the manga genre and often considered to be the Japanese equivalent of Walt Disney. New Treasure Island, published in 1947 when Mr Tezuka was a 19-y..
July 17, 2018

Sikh leaders’ anger over Bollywood biopic

Bollywood biopic in hot water over Sikh name Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leone was born in Canada Sikh leaders in India have threatened to protest over the title of a biopic because it uses the name Kaur. Sunny Leone is a former porn star turned Bollywood actress who plays herself in web series Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone. Kaur - Leone's real name - is used by Sikh women as a surname or middle name and symbolises gender equality. Having Kaur in the title has angered some Sikh leaders, who say it shows disrespect to the name's sanctity. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leone found fame on reality TV show Bigg Boss It has also been described as a publicity stunt. The name Kaur was given to all Sikh women to establish gender equality and reduce caste discrimination in 1699 by the 10th guru in Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, when he established the Khalsa - the collective of initiated Sikhs. The show's title makes reference to Su..
July 17, 2018

EU to sign its biggest free trade deal with Japan

EU to sign its biggest free trade deal with Japan Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dairy products are one of Europe's biggest exports to Japan The European Union and Japan will sign one of the world's biggest free trade deals later on Tuesday. The move will create an open trade zone covering nearly a third of the world's GDP and 600 million people. One of the biggest EU exports to Japan is dairy goods, while cars are one of Japan's biggest exports. The move is in sharp contrast to the stance taken by the Trump administration in the US, which has introduced steep import tariffs. The US was in talks with Japan and other Asian countries 18 months ago about a wide-ranging free-trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific trade agreement, but Donald Trump withdrew from this in one of his first moves after becoming president. Since then, his "America First" policy has seen tariffs introduced on a range of items, including steel, which both Japan and the EU export to the ..
July 17, 2018

Kim Jong-un blasts delays in North Korean economic progress

Kim Jong-un blasts delays in North Korean economic progress Image copyright Reuters Image caption Field visits are a staple of Pyongyang's propaganda North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has launched an unusual barrage of criticism at officials over delays in completing economic projects. The country's leaders usually praise officials during factory visits. But this time state media said he was "speechless" a power plant was only 70% complete and "appalled" at hot spring bathtubs "dirtier than fish tanks". Pyongyang has long pushed for economic progress as the second tier alongside developing nuclear arms. The visit and Mr Kim's harsh comments were covered by state-run media, with the country's domestic newspaper Rodong Sinmun devoting a whole nine pages to the story. The comments were also translated into English and released on the main foreign-facing news agency, KCNA. The leader is not pleased"The very fact that Rodong Sinmun reports about the supreme leader cri..
July 17, 2018

Mother Teresa India homes in ‘baby trade’ probe

Mother Teresa India homes in 'baby trade' probe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charity runs homes for unmarried pregnant women India is investigating Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity amid allegations that it has been selling babies. The government has asked officials to inspect the charity's centres across India. The order came after a nun and an employee were arrested earlier in the month for allegedly selling a baby in the eastern sate of Jharkhand. The charity said the news was "shocking" and it had started a probe. India has a thriving market for illegal adoption, especially since adoption laws were tightened in 2015. India's women and child welfare department said in a statement on Tuesday that it had "instructed the states to get childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately". Mother Teresa India charity home 'sold babies' Who was Mother Teresa? Police arrested the two accus..
July 17, 2018

Cave rescue: Australians to receive honours, PM Turnbull says

Cave rescue: Australians to receive honours, PM Turnbull says Image copyright AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT Image caption Craig Challen (L) and Richard Harris are both experienced divers Two Australian divers who helped rescue 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand will receive civilian honours, PM Malcolm Turnbull says. Mr Turnbull confirmed the as yet unspecified honours would be awarded to Richard Harris, an anaesthetist, and Craig Challen, a vet. The men entered the Tham Luang cave as part of the international rescue. Dr Harris helped give medical assessments. It embodied "every Australian value we hold dear", Mr Turnbull said. Dr Harris was one of the last rescuers to emerge from the cave after three days of the mission to extract the Wild Boars football team and their coach last week. The doctor who chose to stay in the cave Full story of Thailand’s extraordinary rescue He and Dr Challen, both experienced divers, helped move the boys out of the cave. "That is one of the most extraordin..
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