July 6, 2018

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10 year jail term

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10 year jail term Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nawaz Sharif denies any wrongdoing A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court handed down the verdict after a series of delays. Mr Sharif previously filed to delay the ruling while he was in London with his wife, where she is receiving cancer treatment. The former leader has called the charges politically motivated.
July 6, 2018

Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

Aum Shinrikyo: Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack Japan has executed seven members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult over the deadly Sarin chemical attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Here we look back at images of the attack and the events that followed. WARNING: Some readers may find some of the images below distressing. Image copyright Getty Images The Aum Shinrikyo cult was founded by Shoko Asahara, also known as Chizuo Matsumoto (above). In 1995 it carried out a Sarin chemical attack that killed 13 people and injured thousands more. Asahara was among the seven executed on Friday. Another six members, also linked to the country's worst terror incident, are still awaiting execution. Image copyright Shutterstock On 20 March 1995, cult members released the Sarin on the Tokyo subway. They left punctured bags filled with liquid nerve agent on central train lines. Image copyright Shutterstock The toxin struck victims down in a matter of seconds, leaving them choking ..
July 6, 2018

Boats capsize in Thailand leaving dozens missing

Boats capsize in Thailand leaving dozens missing Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rescue teams and medical personnel attend to dozens of passengers of a capsized boat At least one person has died and dozens are missing after two passenger boats capsized off the coast of the island of Phuket in Thailand, officials say. Some 48 passengers were rescued by a fishing trawler when one of the vessels, carrying 97 people, overturned in strong winds and rough seas. Another 39 people were saved when a second passenger boat overturned. Search and rescue efforts by the Thai Navy were hampered by conditions and have been suspended until Friday. "There are 53 people missing," the governor of southern Phuket, Noraphat Plodthong, told reporters on Thursday, adding: "We have stopped the rescue, we'll start again in the morning." The incidents occurred at about 17:45 local time (11:45 GMT) on Thursday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least one of those rescued was said to..
July 5, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Diver dies while taking in supplies

Thailand cave rescue: Diver dies while taking in supplies A former Thai navy diver who joined in search efforts to rescue 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand has died. Saman Kunan, 38, lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex after delivering supplies to the missing group, officials said. He could not be revived by his colleagues. The diver had previously left the navy but had returned to help rescue operations. "A former SEAL who volunteered to help died last night around 2am," Chiang Rai Deputy Governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters at the rescue site. "His job was to deliver oxygen. He did not have enough on his way back." This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
July 5, 2018

Sydney children murders ‘planned’ by father, police say

Sydney children murders 'planned' by father, police say Image copyright EPA Image caption Police at the scene of the killings in Sydney on Thursday A man has been found dead after carrying out the "premeditated" shooting murders of his two children in Australia, police have said. The bodies of a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, were discovered in their bedrooms in Sydney on Thursday. Police found the 68-year-old man's body in a home in a nearby suburb on Friday. The children's mother was not at home when they died, police said, adding that she was later treated for shock after arriving at the scene. "I cannot imagine the significant stress and heartache she is going through," said Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden from New South Wales Police. "Nothing can prepare you to walk into a home and see two children in that state. There [are] no words that we can say to the family." Police said the man had been involved in a custody dispute. He had not been living at the child..
July 5, 2018

Thailand cave: Hope grows for a daring rescue of trapped boys

Thailand cave: Hope grows for a daring rescue of trapped boys Image copyright AFP Image caption Thai divers carry supplies as officials prepare for a daring rescue In the bleak hours when there was no news of the missing boys, a new community emerged on the side of this mountain. Divers, cavers, and soldiers all trudged purposefully through the thick mud, focused on their own small role in what felt like a national effort. Now that the 12 boys and their football coach have been located, the mood in the camp has transformed. It is a place of hope, energy, and purpose. Yo Sato is 27. He grew up in east London but returned to Thailand to teach English. He drove for hours to get here to offer his service as a translator for the local police. Image caption Yo Sato is acting as a translator for the police "I'm speechless, I've got goose-bumps right now," he says. "Seeing those kids alive just changes people's mood. People are working so hard, it's so tiring. But now, ..
July 5, 2018

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara Image copyright AFP Image caption Cult head Shoko Asahara headed the Aum Shimrikyo cult The leader of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult which carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 has been executed, Japanese media report. The sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident, killed 13 people and injured thousands more. Another 12 Aum Shinrikyo members are awaiting execution. The executions had been postponed until all those convicted had completed their final appeals. That happened in January. What was the Tokyo attack?On 20 March 1995, cult members released the sarin on the subway in the Japanese capital. They left punctured bags filled with liquid nerve agent on train lines going through Tokyo's political district. Witnesses described noticing the leaking packages and soon afterwards feeling stinging fumes hitting their eyes. The toxin struck victims down in a matter of seconds, leaving them ..
July 5, 2018

US tariffs on Chinese imports to take effect

US tariffs on Chinese imports to take effect Image copyright Getty Images Asia is bracing for the opening salvo in a tit-for-tat trade battle, with the US due to impose 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods on Friday. China is expected to match the move with a 25% levy on US goods to the same value on the same day. The tariffs would mark a significant escalation in the trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies. The row has caused turbulence on the world's stock markets and could hurt global trade and growth. How a US-China trade war could hurt us all Trade row: What has happened so far? What is happening on Friday?President Donald Trump has ordered the US to impose tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods - and China has said it will retaliate in kind. The first round of these tariffs are due to take effect on Friday. Businesses will have to pay 25% additional tax on $34bn of certain Chinese products they import - including aircraft tyres and commercial dishwas..
July 5, 2018

Pakistan female game designer on a mission for change

Pakistan female game designer on a mission for change Image caption Sadia Bashir had to battle to follow her passion for video games Gender roles are becoming more fluid than ever in Pakistan - but 29-year-old Sadia Bashir still stands out. Although women have become more visible in sports and other areas in Pakistan, video gaming is still overwhelmingly for the boys. Sadia was not put off, however. She started not just playing video games, but developing them as well - from the age of 13. "My interest in computers began with video gaming, so I just continued to develop it," she told BBC Urdu. At one point, she even persuaded her parents to change her school so she could study computing. Deciding whether to continue her studies at university was also hard, as she knew her family might find it difficult to support her. "Being a female in our society, people generally invest less in girls' education as compared to boys," she says. 'Mesmerised by CGI'But the university dec..
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