June 10, 2018

Harry and Meghan to visit Australia and NZ

Harry and Meghan to visit Australia and New Zealand Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in autumn. This is the couple's first official royal tour to be announced since getting married in May. The couple follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry's parents - Charles and Diana - whose first royal tour was to Australia and New Zealand. The tour coincides with the fourth Invictus Games which will be held in Sydney in October. Image copyright Getty Images The visit will provide an insight into how Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will manage the duties of being one half of a royal couple. They have been invited to Australia and New Zealand by the countries' governments and will travel to Fiji and Tonga at the request of the UK Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said. During their 1983 trip to Australia and New Zealand Prince Charles and Princess Diana travelled 23,701 miles and spen..
June 10, 2018

What should Donald Trump call Kim Jong-un?

June 10, 2018

China waits in wings of Trump-Kim talks

Trump-Kim Summit: Three questions about China's role Image copyright AFP Image caption China is Pyongyang's only ally, and Washington's most powerful rival As the US and North Korea prepare for their historic summit, China is the elephant in the room. Beijing is Pyongyang's only significant, long-standing ally, as well as Washington's most powerful, long-term strategic rival. That gives it a huge role in determining whether or not any agreement reached between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un can be turned into success. As those two leaders hog the limelight, here are three key questions about the powerful player lurking off stage. What does China want?In a word, stability. Answered the other way round, what China most definitely doesn't want is any more nuclear brinkmanship on its border. It knows only too well Pyongyang's paranoia. It mistrusts Washington's wildcard president. And it genuinely fears another war of words leading to military miscal..
June 10, 2018

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig planes and jogging guards: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore Kim Jong-un will discuss a "permanent... peace-keeping mechanism" with US President Donald Trump when they meet on Tuesday, North Korea says. Both leaders have arrived in Singapore in preparation for their much anticipated, historic first encounter. Mr Kim said "the entire world [was] watching" while Mr Trump said he had a good feeling about the summit. The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return. The two leaders are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa. Mr Kim is staying at Singapore's five-star St Regis hotel, while Mr Trump is staying about half a mile away at the Shangri La. Trump prefers unscripted Kim summit to G7 ritual Meeting that could chan..
June 10, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: US and North Korea leaders arrive

June 10, 2018

Priyanka Chopra sorry for Quantico Hindu plotline

Priyanka Chopra sorry for Quantico Hindu plotline Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plotline on Priyanka Chopra's show Quantico drew condemnation from some in India Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised after outrage over a plotline on her US TV series Quantico. A recent episode of the spy thriller showed the main character, played by Ms Chopra, thwarting a plot hatched by Hindus ahead of a summit on Kashmir. Many Indian fans were outraged by the show's story and attacked her online. Ms Chopra declared herself a "proud Indian" in a tweet and "extremely saddened" by any hurt caused by the show. Skip Twitter post by @priyankachopra I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @priyankachopra The episode, The Blood ..
June 10, 2018

Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones

Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police halted the protests against the new economic zones Protests have broken out in Vietnam against plans for new economic zones, amid fears that Chinese investors will dominate the areas. Police reportedly detained more than a dozen people in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities. Some carried anti-China banners, including one reading "No leasing land to China even for one day". The government proposed a law last year that would give foreign investors a 99-year lease on Vietnamese land. The bill offers them greater incentives and fewer restrictions, in an attempt to promote growth in target areas. The protesters suspect that the Communist government will award Chinese investors a lease over three islands in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two countries over disputed territory there. Why is the South China Sea contentious? US: China is 'intimi..
June 10, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Stop romanticising a dictator, say North Korea artists

Trump Kim summit: Stop romanticising a dictator, say North Korea artists Image copyright SONG BYEOK The once-elusive Kim Jong-un may be emerging as something of an international statesman, but North Korean artists in Seoul who personally suffered under his leadership tell the BBC's Heather Chen and Minji Lee that peace talks won't change a man they call a tyrant. For several years, Song Byeok played an instrumental role in North Korea's propaganda machine. The painter from Hwanghae province was noticed by the ruling elite and chosen to be a state artist. Mr Song painted vivid, striking images showing anti-American and Japanese slogans, happy workers and of course, the Kim dynasty. "As a propaganda artist, you are expected to portray North Korea and its leaders as being the best in the world," says Mr Song, at his apartment in Seoul. "In North Korea, art can only be beautiful. The homeless do not exist and everyone is chubby as they are well-fed." This picture could n..
June 10, 2018

‘The week that changed the world’: How China prepared for Nixon

'The week that changed the world': How China prepared for Nixon Image copyright Corbis Historical/Getty Images After a false start, the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back on track for 12 June in Singapore. It will be one of the most important encounters between former enemies, with echoes of President Nixon's 1972 visit to China. There are many similarities. China at the time was totally isolated from the outside world amidst the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, having had no formal relationship with the US for more than two decades. And just as Kim Jong-un has been telling the North Korean people that they need to co-exist peacefully with the US, the Chinese government had to convince its people that it was necessary to welcome the Americans to the heart of the third world revolution. The BBC's Yuwen Wu was a young student in 1972 and reflects on how China prepared for what Nixon described as "the week that changed the wo..
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