May 31, 2018

Korean Air raided as ‘nut rage’ family investigated

Korean Air raided as 'nut rage' family investigated Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The owners of Korean Air have been under intense scrutiny since 2014 South Korean prosecutors have raided Korean Air's offices over suspected tax evasion and breach of trust by members of its founding family. The investigation is the latest involving the Cho family. They came under renewed scrutiny last month after the chairman's daughter, Cho Hyun-min, allegedly threw water at an attendee of a business meeting. She is the younger sister of Heather Cho, who was jailed in 2014 for a "nut rage" incident. Heather Cho had demanded a Korean Air plane return to its gate at JFK airport in New York after losing her temper about the way she was served nuts in a first class cabin. 'Nut rage' mother facing abuse claims 'Nut rage' sister apologises for outburst South Korea's Yonhap News agency said prosecutors were looking into accusations of tax evasion and..
May 31, 2018

Taliban officials ‘in talks with Afghan government’, US says

Taliban officials 'in talks with Afghan government', US says Image copyright EPA Image caption The Afghan army has suffered mounting casualties The Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire, according to the US military. The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said the talks also involved foreign governments and international organisations. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani proposed negotiations in February, an offer the Taliban did not respond to at the time. Since then violence has continued with mounting casualties on both sides. On Wednesday, the militants launched an attack on the interior ministry in Kabul, demonstrating their ability to carry out strikes in the capital. The insurgents also claimed responsibility for another attack on a police station, in the capital of Logar province. Image copyright EPA Image caption President Ashraf Ghani wants a ceasefire The US, meanwhile, confirmed strikes against the insurge..
May 31, 2018

Thailand’s Maya Bay from the film The Beach shuts

Thailand's Maya Bay from the film The Beach shuts Image copyright Getty Images Christy Reid and Heather Mason walk up and down Thailand's famous Maya Bay trying to get the perfect picture for their Instagram. However, it's tough for the British tourists to get a photo where it looks like they're the only ones in it. "We came here and didn't think it would be this busy," says Christie. "It's still stunning though." But from 1 June the beach - made famous by Danny Boyle's film The Beach - is to close to tourists for the first time. Thai authorities are giving the short strip of sand on the island of Ko Phi Phi a chance to recover from the strain of thousands of daily visitors. Image caption Christy Reed, 22, and Heather Mason, 20, are friends from the UK who want the perfect Thailand photo Environmentalists say years of increasing tourism has caused damage to Maya Bay and its surroundings. "We are a beautiful country but we have to protect our natu..
May 31, 2018

US military renames Pacific Command

US military renames Pacific Command Image copyright AFP Image caption The command has about 375,000 military and civilian personnel The US is renaming its largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in America's strategic thinking. Defence Secretary James Mattis said the US Pacific Command would now be called the US Indo-Pacific Command. The command oversees US operations in Asia. It has about 375,000 military and civilian personnel. The name change comes amid tensions with China, which has been expanding its military activity in the region. China lands bombers in South China Sea China's 'globalised' military power "In recognition of the increasing connectivity of the Indian and Pacific Oceans today we rename the US Pacific Command to the US Indo-Pacific Command," Mr Mattis said at a change-of-command ceremony in Hawaii. "It is our primary combatant command, it's standing watch and intimately engaged with over half of the e..
May 30, 2018

Australian minister Greg Hunt accused of misogyny

Australian minister Greg Hunt accused of misogyny Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has apologised for using "strong language" An Australian government minister has apologised for swearing repeatedly at the mayor of a Northern Territory town. Health Minister Greg Hunt said he was wrong to use "strong language" during a private conversation with Katherine Mayor Fay Miller in December. Ms Miller also accused him of wagging his finger in her face. She called his manner "misogynist", an assertion to which Mr Hunt has not responded. The pair had been discussing funding arrangements for a local health scare. During the conversation, Ms Miller said Mr Hunt's tone changed after she had asked him for more federal resources. "I turned on a switch of some sort because he relocated his chair, pointing towards me," she told reporters on Thursday. She said Mr Hunt then swore at her and told her to "get over it". "And then [he said] more sentences ..
May 30, 2018

The story of Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’ Shias

The story of Pakistan's 'disappeared' Shias Image caption Naeem Haider has been missing since 16 November 2016 CCTV images from a local mosque show 30-year-old Naeem Haider being led away in handcuffs by more than a dozen armed men. Some have their faces covered with masks, others are in police uniform. It was the night of 16 November 2016. Mr Haider has not been seen since. Despite the CCTV video evidence both the police and intelligence services have denied in court that he is in their custody. Mr Haider is one of 140 Pakistani Shias to have "disappeared" over the past two years, according to community activists. Their families believe they were taken into custody by the intelligence services. Over 25 of the missing, including Mr Haider, belong to Pakistan's largest city Karachi. Mr Haider's family say he had returned to the port city from pilgrimage in Karbala, Iraq, with his pregnant wife just two days before he was detained. Uzma Haider has since given ..
May 30, 2018

Top North Korea official to meet Pompeo in New York

Top North Korea official to meet Pompeo in New York Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Yong-chol, left, arrived at his New York hotel ahead of meeting Mike Pompeo The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in New York to discuss a historic summit with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Gen Kim Yong-chol flew in from the Chinese capital Beijing on an Air China flight. He is the most senior North Korean to visit the US in nearly 20 years. President Donald Trump previously cancelled the 12 June summit but both sides have since made fresh efforts to hold it as planned. Scheduled to happen in Singapore, the historic meeting would be the first between sitting US and North Korean leaders. Mr Pompeo plans to dine with Gen Kim ahead of talks on Thursday. Kim Jong-un's right hand man Controversial Olympics delegate What does Kim Jong-un really want? US officials have also met North Korean envoys in Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border, while more US diploma..
May 30, 2018

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists have called Japan's programme "an illegal whale hunt" Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey". A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total. The team left Japan in November 2017 for the Southern Ocean and returned in March 2018. Japan says its whaling programme is for scientific purposes, despite a 2014 UN ruling against its "lethal research" and widespread condemnation. In a new research plan published after the UN ruling, Japan said it was "scientifically imperative" to understand Antarctica's ecosystem through collecting and analysing animals. Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic Why Japan keeps on whaling Is Japan losing the taste for whale meat? How many whales did Japan catch?The country's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (..
May 30, 2018

Pokemon reveals four new games for Nintendo Switch

Pokemon reveals four new games for Nintendo Switch Image copyright The Pokemon Company Pokemon has brought its popular role-playing video game series to Nintendo Switch for the first time with the launch of Pokemon Quest. Two more Switch titles are set for an autumn release, with another due to come out in 2019. A games expert said they are likely to "broaden the appeal" of the device. The Switch is a hybrid gaming console which can be used in connection with a TV or smart tablet, or as a stand-alone portable device. Pokemon reinvents itself with new gamesAlthough Switch's worldwide sales have been strong so far, the new games are widely seen as a way to continue that momentum and avoid the fate of the console's predecessor, the Wii U. That console was discontinued in 2017 after a five-year run, following what many considered to be a fatal dry spell of new games in its second year on the market. Image copyright The Pokemon Company Image caption Let's Go, Pikachu! ..
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