June 4, 2018

Trump-Kim meeting: Preparations going well, says US

Trump-Kim meeting: Preparations going well, says US Image copyright EPA Image caption The leaders will meet in Singapore on 12 June but few details have yet been made public The US has said preparations for next week's meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are going well The White House said the two men would first meet at 09:00 local time and that Mr Trump was receiving daily briefings. But it said sanctions would not be lifted against North Korea unless it gave up its nuclear weapons. With one week to go to the summit, hosted by Singapore, remarkably few details have been publicly confirmed. It remains unclear exactly where in the city state the two will meet. Discussions on the denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula are expected to be high on the agenda, although some analysts have speculated that a formal end to the Korean War is also on the table. There was initially much uncertainty over whether the summit would go ahead at all, an..
June 4, 2018

The North Korean spies who want to go back home

The North Korean spies who want to go back home Image caption Kim Young-sik has served 26 years in a South Korean jail North Korea's growing diplomatic activities are being closely watched by one small and intriguing group, writes the BBC's Laura Bicker - former North Korean spies who hope it could mean they finally get to go home. Kim Young-sik was in his early twenties when he felt he could not watch his country suffer anymore. He wanted to rid both Koreas of the foreign powers he believed had divided them. In 1962, he headed south on a North Korean spy boat as a radio engineer. "I hated that outside forces were splitting my country and making our people fight each other," he says. "I was young and I was very much in love with my family in North Korea. We were inseparable and had a lot of fun. "But despite all that I came to the South because my country was suffering." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most South Koreans can only glimpse the North at a dis..
June 4, 2018

Is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Japan’s Lady Gaga?

Is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Japan's Lady Gaga? Image copyright Warner Music Japan Image caption Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is one of the biggest stars in Japan Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is one of Japan's biggest pop stars and an eccentric princess of Harajuku fashion. Thanks to her colourful, hyper-kinetic dance songs, she's one of the few J-Pop stars to cross over to the West, winning endorsements from the likes of Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Charli XCX; and curating an exhibition, The World Goes Pop, for Tate Modern. Originally a fashion blogger and model, she launched a musical career at the age of 18, when producer Yasutaka Nakata encouraged her to try singing. He's written and produced all of her subsequent singles, from 2011's bouncy viral smash PonPonPon, through to today's Kimino Mikata, which has a harder, electronic edge (and one of the most impressive music videos of the year). Image Copyright kyarypamyupamyuTV kyarypamyupamyuTV Report In the conveyor belt world of ..
June 4, 2018

Pakistan’s soaring rates of ‘diabetic foot’

June 4, 2018

Ron Rockwell Hansen: US arrests man for trying to spy for China

Ron Rockwell Hansen: US arrests man for trying to spy for China A former US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer has been arrested for attempting to spy on the US for China. Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was arrested by the FBI on his way to a Seattle airport to catch a flight to China. The justice department says Mr Hansen is accused of attempting to transmit national defence information and receiving at least $800,000 (£600,000) for acting as a Chinese agent. No comment from the arrested man was available immediately.
June 4, 2018

India’s ‘dancing uncle’ who shot to viral fame

India's 'dancing uncle' who shot to viral fame Image copyright Youtube/Sanjeev Srivastava Image caption Mr Srivastava says he has "no idea" how the video went viral An Indian electronics professor, whose dancing at a wedding has gone viral, says he has been overwhelmed by all of the attention and hasn't been able to rest or talk to his children since. "I could never imagine that I'd become famous for my dance moves," Sanjeev Srivastava told the BBC. Celebrities took to social media to applaud his moves, which featured on local television over the weekend. His Twitter account, only four days old, has got nearly 3,000 followers. Mr Srivastava, who is 46 years old, said he has "no idea" how the video of him and his wife dancing went viral, adding that it was shot by a relative at a recent family wedding. Indian Twitter has even crowned him with the hashtag #dancinguncle - which started trending on Saturday. Image Copyright @filmibeat @filmibeat Report Image Copy..
June 4, 2018

New Zealand sex work activist Catherine Healy made a dame

New Zealand sex work activist Catherine Healy made a dame Image copyright Catherine Healy Image caption Catherine Healy told the BBC the honour was a "seismic shock" A former sex worker who led a successful campaign to decriminalise prostitution in New Zealand has been made a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Catherine Healy, 62, was recognised with an Order of Merit for services to the rights of sex workers on Monday. She was instrumental in bringing about a new law in 2003, which gave full employment rights to sex workers. "I was startled when this was offered," she told the BBC. "I'm in shock." "I think even a few weeks ago I wouldn't have thought this was possible. It's indicative of a shift in people's attitudes and it's lovely to feel supported." 'A brothel's a safer place for me to work' Sex workers describe fear of violence 'I worked as a prostitute and oppose decriminalisation' Ms Healy worked as a primary school..
June 4, 2018

Sunil Chhetri: India football fans fill stadium after captain’s plea

Sunil Chhetri: India football fans fill stadium after captain's plea Image copyright Sunil Chhetri Image caption Sunil Chhetri has played 99 games for India Indians have rushed to buy tickets for an India-Kenya football match in Mumbai after home team captain Sunil Chhetri pleaded with fans to attend games. All 7,000 tickets at the Mumbai Football Arena for Monday's game sold out after his video went viral. Chettri made the appeal on social media after only 2,569 fans turned up to watch their most recent game. His video was shared by thousands of people, including the cricket captain Virat Kohli. Cricket is hugely popular in India and often overshadows other sports like football and hockey. "Please come and support us, encourage us, watch us, abuse us, criticise us. Football in India needs you," he says in the video. Chhetri, who scored a hat-trick in the previous match, added: "To all of you, who have lost hope or don't have any hope in Indian football, we request y..
June 4, 2018

New Zealand hire bike found down volcano crater

New Zealand hire bike found down volcano crater Image copyright Alan Collins Image caption Maungawhau, otherwise known as Mount Eden, an unlikely place to leave a bicycle A bicycle belonging to a cycle hire scheme in New Zealand has been found at the bottom of a crater of a dormant volcano. The New Zealand Herald says that the bike, belonging to Auckland's OnzO scheme, was spotted on Mount Eden (or Maungawhau in the Maori language) by a local who was out taking a walk. Mount Eden is Auckland's highest natural point, and last erupted some 28,000 years ago. While there's absolutely no danger from volcanic activity, a photographer from the Herald said that "the area was muddy and slippery and it would have taken a lot of effort to get the bike down there and [to] get back up". OnzO spokesperson Min Kyu Jung was less than impressed with the find, saying "Obviously we discourage people from leaving bikes where they shouldn't be". Image copyright OnzO Image caption The ..
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