May 13, 2018

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Pyongyang The US may allow private companies to invest in North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News, he clarified that this would be conditional on the country's full denuclearisation. He said US investors could help build its energy grid. This comes after his trip to Pyongyang last week and ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The US announced its offer to help rebuild the North Korean economy on Friday, but Mr Pompeo has now given more details on the proposal. "This will be Americans coming in - private sector Americans, not the US taxpayer - private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid. They need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea," he s..
May 13, 2018

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal Image copyright AFP Image caption Javad Zarif's first stop was with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US. Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement. The US will re-impose sanctions on Iran and firms dealing with it could be hit, angering signatories like France. President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped Iran could stay in the agreement. "If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America," he said. Iran nuclear deal: Key details Europe's billion-dollar deals at stake in Iran row The 2015 agreement sought to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Me..
May 13, 2018

Margaret River shooting: Grandfather ‘planned’ Australia deaths

Margaret River shooting: Grandfather 'planned' Australia deaths Image copyright Katrina Miles/Facebook Image caption Katrina Miles lived on the property with her parents and four children The father of four children found shot dead along with their mother in rural Western Australia has pointed the finger of blame at their grandfather. Aaron Cockman said he believed that Peter Miles, 61, had not "snapped" but had been "thinking this through for a long time". The bodies of Miles, his wife Cynda, daughter Katrina and four grandchildren were found in Osmington on Friday. Police have said they are not looking for any other suspects. They have not confirmed the identity of the killer but say they believe him to be among the dead. Three long firearms found at the property were licensed to Mr Miles, they say. Image copyright EPA Image caption Aaron Cockman urged his local community not to feel anger at what had happened Mr Cockman was estranged from Katrina Miles at the time of the..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say

Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSurabaya is in shock over the deadly bombings Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia's second city of Surabaya, police say. At least 11 people were killed and dozens others injured in the attack. A mother blew herself and two children up at one church, while the father and three sons targeted two others, police chief Tito Karnavian said. Sunday's bombings, which the Islamic State group has claimed, are the deadliest in Indonesia since 2005. Indonesia's new breed of militants So-called Islamic State's influence in Indonesia Inside the home of Indonesia's most notorious IS militant Earlier in the day, Wawan Purwanto, of Indonesia's intelligence agency, said an IS-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), was suspected to be behind them. He added that the bombings were likely to be linke..
May 13, 2018

Nine dead in Indonesia church bombings

Nine dead in Indonesia church bombings Image copyright EPA Image caption The attacks were carried out within minutes of each other Suicide bombers have attacked three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya, killing at least nine people, police say. Dozens of others were injured in the attacks, which occurred within minutes of each other. No group has so far said it carried them out. TV pictures showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months. Indonesia's new breed of militants So-called Islamic State's influence in Indonesia Inside the home of Indonesia's most notorious IS militant The bombings took place around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT) The country's intelligence agency said it was most likely to have been carried out by an Islamic State-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah. Days earlier, five members of the Indone..
May 12, 2018

Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash

Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash Image copyright Reuters Image caption CCTV footage captured a car jumping the red light and hitting a motorbike Pakistan has prevented a US diplomat from leaving the country after he allegedly killed a motorcyclist by driving through a red light last month. Local press said on Saturday that a plane was sent by the US to collect Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attache, but was denied clearance. US officials have previously said he cannot be arrested or tried because he has diplomatic immunity. The incident has increased political tension between the countries. Ateeq Baig, 22, was killed in the crash in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, on 7 April. CCTV footage showed a white four-wheel-drive - said to be driven by Col Hall - ignoring the red traffic light at an intersection, crashing with a bike at speed and then braking. The US embassy has denied reports in Pakistan's media that Col Hall was drunk while driving. The..
May 12, 2018

North Korea to dismantle nuclear site in May ceremony

North Korea to dismantle nuclear site in May ceremony Image copyright DigitalGlobe Image caption A satellite image of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea North Korea says it will begin dismantling its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists. Pyongyang said it was taking "technical measures" to carry out the process between 23-25 May, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. Scientists previously said the site may have partially collapsed in September. The move is due to take place three weeks before US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions," KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry press release. North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site North Korea crisis in 300 words The dismantling of the Punggye-ri site will involve the collapsing of all tunnels using explos..
May 12, 2018

Margaret River shooting: Relatives ‘devastated’ by killings

Margaret River shooting: Relatives 'devastated' by killings Image copyright Katrina Miles/Facebook Image caption Katrina Miles lived on the property with her parents and four children Relatives of the family at the centre of a suspected murder-suicide in Western Australia say they are "stunned" by what has happened. The unnamed relatives of the Miles family said they were "still trying to understand how this could happen". Katrina Miles, her four children, and her parents Peter and Cynda Miles were all found shot dead at their property in Osmington, near Margaret River. Police confirmed they believe the killer to be among the dead. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said they received a phone call from a man at the property alerting them to the shootings early on Friday morning. "I wish to strongly emphasise that police do not believe any other person is involved in these crimes. Police are not searching for any other suspects," he told reporters. He said three firearms found ..
May 12, 2018

North Korea: UN gains ‘unprecedented access’ during visit

North Korea: UN gains 'unprecedented access' during visit Image copyright WFP/Silke Buhr Image caption People are going hungry in North Korea, the head of the WFP said, but are not starving The head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) believes there is a "sense of optimism" among North Korea's leaders after enjoying what he said was unprecedented access to the country. David Beasley spent two days in the capital, Pyongyang, and two outside it, accompanied by government minders. He said the country was working hard to meet nutritional standards, and hunger was not as high as in the 1990s. "There is a sense of turning a new page in history," he told the BBC. Relations between North Korea and the rest of the world have seen a dramatic shift. Last year North Korean government carried out a string of nuclear and missile tests. But next month, its leader Kim Jong-un will meet US President Donald Trump, it what would be the first time a sitting US president has ever..
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