July 8, 2018

Japan floods: ‘Extreme danger’ amid record rainfall

Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFloodwaters submerged homes and overturned cars over a wide area Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. "We've never experienced this kind of rain before," a weather official said. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate. PM Shinzo Abe said rescuers were "working against time". "There are still many people missing and others in need of help," the prime minister told reporters on Sunday. Since Thursday parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. In the town of Motoyama, 583mm (23in) of..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site ‘for rescue’

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site 'for rescue' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Journalists leave the site of the Tham Luang cave complex Thai authorities have cleared the site near the entrance to a cave where 12 boys and their coach are trapped, ready for a rescue operation. It was originally thought that the group could remain in the cave for months, but a bid to evacuate the group may now be imminent or already underway. Only diving teams, medics and security forces remain at the site. The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water. Earlier official told the hundreds of journalists gathered at the scene that it is was "necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation". How risky is the Thai boys rescue? 'I am dying to see him. I miss my son' 'You never imagine someone you know could get trapped' On Saturday, the leader of the rescue efforts said that teams had a three to four-day window to save ..
July 7, 2018

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt?

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt? Image copyright Vinod Chopra Films Image caption Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanjay Dutt in the blockbuster hit Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is one of India's most controversial celebrities. His addiction to alcohol and drugs, his alleged affairs and, most damningly, his conviction in a terror case have all been avidly documented. But a newly released biopic has been accused of "whitewashing" his chequered past, writes Aparna Alluri. One week into its release, the film Sanju has been billed as one of the most successful Bollywood movies ever. But film reviewers have called it "dishonest" and "misleading", while some of those who watched it describing it as a "hagiography" and a "public relations campaign" on Twitter. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays Dutt, has got rave reviews for a raw, immersive performance and the movie has been praised for its touching portrayal of Dutt's relationship with his unflinchingly loyal father. Other..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: ‘Four-day window’ for boys to escape

Thailand cave rescue: 'Four-day window' for boys to escape Image copyright EPA / Thai Navy Image caption The Thai military (pictured) and civilians have joined forces to try to save the boys Teams have a three to four-day window to save 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a cave where they have been trapped for two weeks, according to the leader of the rescue efforts. Narongsak Osottanakorn said conditions were currently "perfect". There is concern that monsoon rains could follow, further flooding the narrow passages. The boys were exploring the cave when they and their football coach became trapped by rising waters on 23 June. Rescue divers have since been able to take them food, oxygen and medical assistance, while a huge international team works on a plan to free them. "Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health," said Mr Narongsak, governor of the Chiang Rai provi..
July 7, 2018

US service member killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan

US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan Image caption The US still has thousands of soldiers in Afghanistan A US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says. The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement from the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended. However, the statement said it was "an apparent insider attack". Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Afghanistan's long march for peace The two wounded service members are in a "stable" condition, Nato said, adding it would not be releasing any further details until next-of-kin had been informed. But a police officer told news agency AFP the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province - although they were unable to confirm this detail with any Nato officials. The ..
July 7, 2018

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Demonstrators say not enough is being done to halt the practice Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country's biggest ever female-only protests. Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces. Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online. Organisers say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge. #MeToo takes hold in South Korea Korean revenge porn site owner arrested Carrying placards and banners with messages like "My life is not your porn", the women were mostly teenagers or in their 20s - seen as the main victims of the hidden cameras. "Those men who film such videos! Those who upload them! Those who watch them! All of them should be punished sternly!" they chan..
July 7, 2018

North Korea nuclear deal: Pompeo sees ‘progress’ after talks

North Korea nuclear deal: Pompeo sees 'progress' after talks Image copyright AFP Image caption Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol say goodbye as the US envoy departs for Japan US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says progress has been made after holding talks in North Korea on the country's plans for nuclear disarmament. He spoke after meeting Kim Yong-chol, widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man. It is the first time that Mr Pompeo has visited North Korea since Kim Jong-un's summit with US President Donald Trump. Mr Kim has promised to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin. After the Singapore summit, which also saw the US offer "security guarantees" to North Korea and promise to end its military drills with South Korea, Mr Trump claimed that the North no longer posed a nuclear threat. However, he has since renewed sanctions on North Korea, while US intelligence officials have said there is evide..
July 7, 2018

Japan floods: Hiroshima hit by deadly deluges and landslides

Japan floods: Hiroshima hit by deadly deluges and landslides Image copyright PA Image caption More rain is expected in the next few days in western Japan Flooding and landslides have killed at least 27 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture, which has been hit by torrential rain since Thursday. Hundreds of homes have been damaged. About 1.5 million people have been ordered to leave their homes and three million more advised to do so. Thousands of police, firefighters and soldiers are taking part in search-and-rescue operations. Some of the victims have been buried alive by landslides, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports. In the town of Motoyama, about 600km (373 miles) west of the capital Tokyo, 583mm (23in) of rain fell between Friday morning and Saturday morning, Japan's meteorological agency said. More rain is expected over the next few days. Image copyright PA Image caption The Hiroshima area was ..
July 6, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents ‘don’t worry’ in letters

Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents 'don't worry' in letters Image copyright Facebook/ekatol Image caption A Facebook photo shows the coach with some of the missing children The Thai boys trapped in a cave for two weeks have written letters to their parents, saying "don't worry... we are all strong". The group's handwritten notes include requests for different types of food. "Teacher, don't give us lots of homework!" read one. The team's coach also offered his "apologies" to the parents in a separate letter. The 12 boys and their coach were exploring the cave when they became trapped by flood waters on 23 June. In his letter, the 25-year-old coach Ekkapol Chantawong reassured parents, saying: "Dear all kids' parents, now all of them are fine, the rescue team is treating us well. "I promise to take care of them in the best way and thanks for all the kind words. I also sincerely apologise to the kids' parents," he added. Skip Facebook po..
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