June 9, 2018

Trump: Kim has one shot at peace at Singapore summit

Trump: Kim has one shot at peace at Singapore summit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Trump on how he'll know if Kim Jong-un is serious about talks US President Donald Trump has said next week's summit with Kim Jong-un is a "one-time shot" at peace. A meeting between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader Mr Kim will take place on Tuesday in Singapore. Mr Trump described the summit as a "mission of peace", but said that the two leaders were in "unknown territory in the truest sense". Mr Trump has now departed the G7 meeting of world leaders in Canada for the summit. Speaking to the media before his departure, Mr Trump said the North Korean leader could do "something very positive for his people, for himself, his family". Washington hopes the talks will kick-start a process that eventually sees Mr Kim give up his nuclear weapons. The meeting that could change the world Human rights not on the table How Kim the outcast became popular The two lead..
June 9, 2018

Trooping the Colour: Guardsman first to wear turban

Trooping the Colour: Guardsman first to wear turban Image copyright PA Image caption Coldstream Guards soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall wearing a turban during a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour A Coldstream Guards soldier is set to become the first to wear a turban during the Trooping the Colour parade. About 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen's official birthday, on Saturday. Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, a Sikh from Leicester, said he hoped it was looked upon as a "new change in history". He said he expected it would encourage those from different religions and backgrounds to join the Army. Image copyright PA Image caption Gdsm Lall was born in India but moved to the UK as a baby "I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history," he said. "I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encourage..
June 9, 2018

Taliban agree three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Taliban agree three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan Image caption The Taliban have extended their reach across the country The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with Afghan government forces for Eid, later this month, but it will not apply to foreign forces. The group directed its fighters to stop all offensive operations during the holiday, although it said they would defend themselves if attacked. This is the first time the Taliban have agreed a ceasefire since the 2001 US-led invasion. The government announced a unilateral ceasefire earlier this week. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban move was an opportunity for the militants to realise "their violent campaign" was "not winning them hearts and minds but further alienating the Afghan people from their cause". Government forces will not stop fighting other militants, like the Islamic State (IS) group. Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban?
June 9, 2018

India women pay tribute to Bollywood star Sridevi through cosplay

India women pay tribute to Bollywood star Sridevi through cosplay Image copyright Nisha Susan Image caption Channelling Sridevi's famous "snake" dance from the 1986 movie Nagina Traditional saris paired with "Charlie Chaplin" moustaches, elaborate fruit headgear and sparkly outfits were out in all their glory when 500 women from the south Indian city of Bangalore attended a recent cosplay event to honour Bollywood superstar Sridevi. Sridevi's death in February came as a huge shock to her millions of fans in India and around the world. Starring in 300 films over five decades, she was one of India's most iconic actresses. Often described as the country's first female superstar, she is widely credited with paving the way for other women in the industry. And her influence on millions of female cinema goers was immense. Image copyright Darshana Dave Image caption A tribute to Anju - one of the twins Sridevi portrayed in the movie Chaalbaaz Journalist Nisha Susan, the..
June 8, 2018

Tayyaba abuse case shines light on Pakistan’s child maids

Tayyaba abuse case shines light on Pakistan's child maids Image copyright AFP Image caption A judge (right) and his wife face jail over their treatment of Tayyaba Pictures of 10-year-old Tayyaba's horrifically bruised face caused outrage in Pakistan when they were first uploaded to Twitter in late 2016. She had been working as a "child maid" in the home of a judge and his wife. Tayyaba is now living in a home run by the charity SOS Children's Village. She attends school and seems to be adjusting to her new life, but she still doesn't find it easy to talk about what happened. Warning: This story contains graphic images of an injured childAzmat, one of the carers at the charity, says initially Tayyaba couldn't bring herself to believe that she no longer had to work. "She used to think of me in the same way, that I would make her work, that I would beat her. After a month or two she was finally convinced that she doesn't have to do any sweeping, doesn&#03..
June 8, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Who’s pulling the strings?

Trump Kim summit: Who's pulling the strings? Image copyright BBC/DaviesSurya On Tuesday, the world's attention will be fixed on the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. There have been months of diplomatic gyrations leading up to this point, and there are four leaders who could plausibly claim some credit for making this once unimaginable summit possible. But which of them has really directed this piece of political theatre? Here are four scenarios. Kim Jong-un: master puppeteer The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the US president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy. But what will also secure his legacy is the economic development his country desperately needs and Mr Kim has his eye on that prize too. To achieve this long-held desire he has dramatically shifted in character from isolated angry strongman to international statesman. After months of fiery rhetoric and steady nucle..
June 8, 2018

It’s the world’s longest non-stop flight… for now

It's the world's longest non-stop flight... for now Image copyright Airbus Image caption Singapore Airlines' A350-900 ULR (ultra long range), taking off on its first test flight Move over Qatar, and back off Qantas. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reclaiming the world's longest non-stop flight. From October, passengers will be able to fly from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey - a journey that will take nearly 19 hours. The longest non-stop flight available at the moment is Qatar's 17.5-hour Auckland to Doha route. That's closely followed by Qantas' 17-hour non-stop flight between Perth and London, which launched earlier this year. But reclaiming the world's longest route is a bittersweet victory for Singapore's national carrier. From 2004 to 2013, it offered the same non-stop service, from Singapore's Changi airport to Newark's international airport, which services New York City. But a rise in oil prices, among other factors, meant..
June 8, 2018

Barbed wire and smuggled crabs: Watching North Korea from China

June 8, 2018

‘They keep me here so I can’t attack’

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