June 15, 2018

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah targeted by US strike in Afghanistan

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah targeted by US strike in Afghanistan Image copyright EPA Image caption Mullah Fazlullah (centre) is shown in a video released by the Pakistan Taliban There are unconfirmed media reports that Mullah Fazlullah - the commander of the Pakistan Taliban - has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. Fazlullah's men shot the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan in 2012. He became head of the Pakistani Taliban in 2013 and has been operating in Afghanistan for years. The US attack was in collaboration with Afghan forces. The US said the strike was aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which is on the Pakistani border. An Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman told the BBC that Fazlullah was targeted and killed. The Taliban has not yet commented. Meeting Mullah Fazlullah Who are the Taliban? Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Earlier this month the Afghan government announced a tempo..
June 15, 2018

Trump imposes 25% tariff on Chinese goods

Trump imposes 25% tariff on Chinese goods President Trump has slapped 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft. The US will impose further tariffs if China retaliates, the White House said in a statement. 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.
June 15, 2018

India mourns murdered Kashmir journalist

Shujhaat Bukhari: Killing of Kashmir journalist shakes India Image copyright Rising Kashmir Image caption Shujhaat Bukhari was killed along with his two bodyguards as he was leaving his office on Thursday The murder of prominent journalist and editor Shujhaat Bukhari, who was shot outside his office by unknown gunmen in Indian-administered Kashmir has devastated both journalists and ordinary people. Sameer Yasir writes about the impact of his death. A tall man with a husky voice, Shujhaat Bukhari, 50, was admired, but also loathed by many for his moderate voice in an increasingly polarised region. His was an extremely difficult job. Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim Kashmir in its entirety and control different parts of it. India has also been battling armed militant groups who are fighting against Delhi's rule in the region. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people over the ..
June 15, 2018

India facing the ‘worst water crisis in its history’

India facing the 'worst water crisis in its history' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of Indians die each year as they have no access to clean water India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The Niti Aayog report, which draws on data from 24 of India's 29 states, says the crisis is "only going to get worse" in the years ahead. It also warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020 despite increasing demand. This would also threaten food security as 80% of water is used in agriculture. Indian cities and towns regularly run out water in the summer because they lack the infrastructure to deliver piped water to every home. Rural areas are also badly affected by a lack of access to clean water. They cannot rely on groundwater due to erratic rains and the fact that the groundwater is increasingly used for farming when monsoon rains are delayed or..
June 15, 2018

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia

China's ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged in 2015 to form Didi Kuaidi, later renamed Didi Chuxing China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is set to launch in Melbourne, Australia, from 25 June as it continues its international expansion. The firm, which recently launched in Mexico, has just completed a month-long trial in close-by Geelong, Victoria. Didi is the world's largest ride-hailing app and is best known for driving Uber off the streets in China. Valued at about $56bn (£39.4bn), the Chinese giant is also the world's most valuable start-up. The Australian ride-hailing industry is currently dominated by Uber, but recent entrants to the marketplace include India's Ola and Europe's Taxify. Australian firm GoCatch is also a player in the market. China's Uber says it's time to go global India's Ola to enter Australia market Uber sells its Chinese ..
June 15, 2018

South Korea and US discuss future of joint war games

South Korea and US discuss future of joint war games Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US and South Korean troops practice a beach landing The defence ministers of South Korea and the US have discussed the future of their joint military drills after the US president said they would be ending. Donald Trump made the surprise announcement following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The US has insisted its alliance with Seoul - which has always said the drills are essential - is "iron clad". Separately, South and North Korea have said they will completely restore their military communication lines. What are the US-South Korea war games? What were the results of the Trump-Kim summit? The North Korea crisis in 300 words There are about 29,000 US soldiers based in South Korea and each year. The two countries regularly conduct large scale military drills, often called war games. The next joint drill was scheduled for this autumn. But following his talks with Kim J..
June 14, 2018

Eurydice Dixon: Comedian’s killing prompts anger in Australia

Eurydice Dixon: Comedian's killing prompts anger in Australia Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Eurydice Dixon has been remembered as a promising young comedian The alleged rape and murder of a young comedian as she walked home at night in Australia has prompted an outpouring of public grief and anger. The body of Eurydice Dixon, 22, was found at a football field in Melbourne early on Wednesday, only hours after she had performed a gig at a city bar. A man, 19, has been charged by police. Comedians and the public have inundated social media with tributes to Ms Dixon, in a case that has reignited local debate about violence against women. For many, it has evoked memories of the 2012 murder of an Irish woman, Jill Meagher, whose death in an adjacent Melbourne suburb prompted a peace march involving an estimated 30,000 people. Although not widely known, Ms Dixon has been remembered as a talented comedian at the start of her career. "She had a great passion for women's iss..
June 14, 2018

IMF: US tariffs could undermine global trade

IMF: US tariffs could undermine global trade Image copyright EPA Image caption IMF head Christine Lagarde has already warned that the US and China trade row threatens global confidence and investment The Trump administration's trade policies are likely to hurt the US economy and undermine the world's trade system, the IMF has warned. IMF Director Christine Lagarde said a trade war would lead to "losers on both sides" and could have "serious" impact. The caution came as the US prepares to levy new tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese imports. New duties on foreign steel and aluminium, announced in March, have already gone into effect. Those tariffs have already prompted Europe, Mexico, Canada and China to introduce or announce plans for counter-measures in retaliation. The rise of the global mega-firms - why the IMF is worriedWhile the IMF expects the dispute to have relatively minor economic impact - slowing GDP by a fraction of a percentage point - Ms Lagarde said she is conce..
June 14, 2018

Mix-ups and fanfare: What no-one else saw at the Trump-Kim summit

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