June 8, 2018

It’s the world’s longest non-stop flight… for now

It's the world's longest non-stop flight... for now Image copyright Airbus Image caption Singapore Airlines' A350-900 ULR (ultra long range), taking off on its first test flight Move over Qatar, and back off Qantas. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reclaiming the world's longest non-stop flight. From October, passengers will be able to fly from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey - a journey that will take nearly 19 hours. The longest non-stop flight available at the moment is Qatar's 17.5-hour Auckland to Doha route. That's closely followed by Qantas' 17-hour non-stop flight between Perth and London, which launched earlier this year. But reclaiming the world's longest route is a bittersweet victory for Singapore's national carrier. From 2004 to 2013, it offered the same non-stop service, from Singapore's Changi airport to Newark's international airport, which services New York City. But a rise in oil prices, among other factors, meant..
June 8, 2018

Barbed wire and smuggled crabs: Watching North Korea from China

June 8, 2018

‘They keep me here so I can’t attack’

June 8, 2018

China hackers steal data from US Navy contractor – reports

China hackers steal data from US Navy contractor - reports Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data is said to include missile plans for US submarines The FBI is investigating after the Chinese government hacked a US Navy contractor and stole highly sensitive security data, US media say. Data stolen in the breach include plans for a supersonic missile project, US officials told the Washington Post. The attacks, in January and February this year, were confirmed by CBS News. Hackers targeted a contractor linked to a US military organisation that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry. Speaking on condition of anonymity, US officials told the Washington Post the firm had been working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a military organisation based in Newport, Rhode Island. They added that among the material accessed were data relating to a project known as Sea Dragon, as well as information held within the navy submarine development unit'..
June 8, 2018

Trump Kim: Impersonators buddy up in Singapore

June 8, 2018

Could an emoji save your life?

Could an emoji save your life? Image copyright Getty Images Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster... But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set - the standard group of icons available on digital devices worldwide. But can one emoji really make a difference in a crisis? Emoji-quake"Maybe up to one third of the world's population might be exposed to some [seismological] hazard," explains University of Southampton seismologist Dr Stephen Hicks, a founder of the Emoji-quake campaign. "So we really want to be able to communicate to all of those regions, all of those different languages, and an emoji is an amazing way of doing that." Skip Twitter post by @DisastrousComms Volcanoes have 🌋. Tornadoes have 🌪️. Tsunami has 🌊. Cyclones have 🌀. We even have this one 🧙‍♂️(🤷‍♀️?). But ..
June 8, 2018

Gauri Lankesh: Weapon link in India journalist murder case

Gauri Lankesh: Weapon link in India journalist murder case Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The murder of Gauri Lankesh prompted protests across India A forensic report shows that the same weapon used in the murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh was used to kill a rationalist scholar in 2015. Police told BBC Hindi the discovery was "a breakthrough", but are yet to arrest the main accused in both cases. Ms Lankesh and Malleshappa Kalburgi were both shot dead outside their homes in the southern state of Karnataka. They had angered Hindu right-wing groups for their views criticising Hindu extremism. Dr Kalburgi, a well-known secular thinker, was murdered in August 2015, while Ms Lankesh was found in a pool of her own blood in September 2017. New information shows that both were shot with the same 7.65mm pistol. The high-profile academic was shot dead a year after he made remarks against idol worship, which had angered Hindu right-wing groups. Ms Lankesh, too, was a trenchan..
June 8, 2018

Chinese house demolition halted because of swallow residents

Chinese house demolition halted because of swallow residents Image copyright De Agostini Image caption A family of swallows have pushed the demolition of a house back by a month Farmers in eastern China have suspended the demolition of an old house because of a family of resident swallows, it's reported. According to the People's Daily newspaper, an old rural house was scheduled to be demolished by 5 June in the town of Zhuyuan, eastern Zhejiang province, because its location was deemed to be high risk for geological disasters. However, while engineers were working in the house, they heard tweeting, and found four swallow nests, and a family of hungry baby birds. "Four young swallows were chirping for food, with their heads peeking out from one of the nests," Xu Zheng, the person in charge of the demolition, told the Xinhua News Agency. He added that the team had also found seven swallow eggs. Xinhua says that the demolition team reached out to the local Zhejiang Wild Bir..
June 8, 2018

Airbnb cancels thousands of bookings in Japan

Airbnb cancels thousands of bookings in Japan Image copyright Getty Images Travelling to Japan in June? If you've made a booking with Airbnb, you may have to find alternative accommodation. The online home-sharing giant has had to cancel thousands of reservations after Japan's government put in place a new law around home-sharing. The law regulates Airbnb's most popular destination market in the Asia Pacific region. Airbnb said changes to the guidance around its implementation meant reservations would now be affected. Under the new law, hosts are required to register their listing and display their licence number by 15 June to remain active. But the Japanese government said on 1 June that any host without a licence number had to cancel upcoming reservations that were booked before 15 June. Airbnb said it would therefore cancel any reservation made by a guest arriving between 15 June and 19 June at a listing in Japan that does not currently have a licence. "We know this..
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