May 27, 2018

Bangladesh anti-drug operation leads to dozens of deaths

Bangladesh anti-drug operation leads to dozens of deaths Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Bangladesh official finds drugs hidden under a seat on a passenger bus More than 70 people have been killed by security forces in Bangladesh as part of a government anti-drug operation launched this month, officials say. Authorities said that large-scale raids have taken place in the capital, Dhaka. Up to 100 people were detained on Saturday and several others suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade were shot in overnight clashes. Activists have compared the crackdown to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's own deadly war on drugs. Since the operation was launched in Bangladesh, several thousand people have been detained, while hundreds of drugs users have received fines, according to Bangladesh police and the country's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces. In the latest incidents, a number of suspected drugs traffickers were killed in exchanges of fire when th..
May 26, 2018

North Korea’s Kim ‘set on’ Trump summit

North Korea's Kim 'set on' Trump summit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKorean leaders' surprise "Hollywood" meeting It is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's "fixed will" that a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore should go ahead, state media say. Mr Trump cancelled the summit on Thursday, citing the North's "hostility", but then rowed back after conciliatory messages from Pyongyang. Leaders of North and South Korea also agreed to "meet frequently", the North's KCNA agency added. It follows a surprise summit between Mr Kim and Moon Jae-in on Saturday. President Moon's spokesman said there had been a "candid" exchange of views in the two hours of talks between the two leaders. Trump hints at reinstating N Korea summit Rush to buy Trump-Kim coin after summit cancellation Their second-ever meeting took place in the demilitarised zone between the two countries. It appeared to be an effort to put the proposed U..
May 26, 2018

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit Leaders of both Koreas meet in border zone as efforts continue to reschedule Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un 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.
May 26, 2018

Afghan diplomats in Pakistan targeted by ‘state-backed hackers’

Afghan diplomats in Pakistan targeted by 'state-backed hackers' Image copyright Getty Images Afghan diplomats in Pakistan have been warned they are believed to be victims of "government-backed" digital attacks trying to steal their email passwords. Afghan embassy sources told the BBC two staff members and a generic account received alerts from Google this month. Last week Amnesty International detailed attempts to install malware on computers and phones of activists critical of Pakistan's military. The army did not comment on allegations intelligence services were to blame. After the Google warning alerts were sent out, another Afghan diplomat's email account was hacked and made to send out emails, without his knowledge, containing suspicious attachments. Image caption Afghan diplomats received this warning from Google The emails purported to contain photographs of rallies by protesters known as the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM). In fact the attachments appe..
May 26, 2018

Trump says ‘productive’ talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

Trump says 'productive' talks held on reinstating N Korea summit Image copyright AFP Image caption Whether or not the talks will take place appears to be anyone's guess US President Donald Trump says "very productive talks" have been held with North Korea on reinstating the summit with leader Kim Jong-un. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the meeting could still take place on 12 June in Singapore "and if necessary will be extended beyond that date". He cancelled the summit on Thursday, blaming the North's "open hostility". But North Korea later appeared conciliatory, saying it was willing to talk "at any time in any form". Shortly before Mr Trump's tweet, the South Korean presidency said it was thankful that the "summit embers are not put out and it is coming back to life". 'My country was trying to test Trump' Decoding Trump's letter to Kim How did it all fall apart so soon? What just happened? President Moon Jae-in had earlier said he was "very perple..
May 25, 2018

Zhao Kangmin: The man who ‘discovered’ China’s terracotta army

Zhao Kangmin: The man who 'discovered' China's terracotta army Image copyright Getty Images When archaeologist Zhao Kangmin picked up the phone in April 1974, all he was told was that a group of farmers digging a well nearby had found some relics. Desperate for water amid a drought, the farmers had been digging about a metre down when they struck hard red earth. Underneath, they had found life-size pottery heads and several bronze arrowheads. It could be an important find, Zhao's boss said, so he should go and have a look as soon as possible. A local farmer-turned-museum curator in China's central Shaanxi province, Zhao - who died on 16 May at the age of 81 - had an inkling of what he might find. He knew figures had in the past been dug out of the earth in the area near the city of Xian, home to orchards of persimmon and pomegranate trees, and not far from the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. A decade earlier, he had personally uncovered three..
May 25, 2018

Is India’s Congress party really running out of cash?

Is India's Congress party really running out of cash? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Congress' declared income is far behind that of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party India's oldest political party, the Congress - which has ruled the country for 49 of its 71 years as an independent nation - has made a public appeal for funds on Twitter, perhaps for the first time in its 133-year history. That is surprising for India's main opposition party. Founded in 1885 by elite intellectuals to challenge British colonial rule, it eventually morphed into a political movement with massive grassroots support and seemingly limitless coffers. The party's official twitter handle invited people on Thursday to make a "small contribution". The tweet received mixed reactions. Many obliged and then retweeted the appeal. But several others seemed either outraged or amused at the request. They found it hard to believe that India's "grand old party" was short of fun..
May 25, 2018

Tragic tale of nursing mother’s snakebite shocks India

Tragic tale of nursing mother's snakebite shocks India Image copyright Alamy Image caption The saw-scaled viper is found from west Africa to the Indian Subcontinent A mother and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in India after the woman was bitten by a snake. Not realising she had been attacked, the woman began breastfeeding her child. Both died before they could reach a hospital. The news comes the same day as the World Health Organization declared snake bites a "global health priority". Between 81,000 and 138,000 people are killed by snake bites each year, with around half of all deaths in India. How big is the problem?According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around five million snake bites occur each year, although venom is only injected in just over half of cases. From blindness to amputations, hundreds of thousands of people are left with permanent disability after being attacked by snakes. The WHO describes such cases as among the most neglected tropica..
May 25, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: Koreans ‘see peace being taken away’

Trump-Kim summit: Koreans 'see peace being taken away' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An elderly man weeps as he watches the symbolic April meeting between North and South Korea It's happened: US President Donald Trump has pulled out of a highly anticipated meeting with Kim Jong-un, citing North Korean's "tremendous anger and open hostility". The move may have shocked the world but as the BBC's Heather Chen and Minji Lee of BBC Korean write, it's an even bigger setback for the people at the heart of it: North and South Koreans. Hwang Yeon was putting her seven-year-old son to bed on Thursday night when a barrage of notifications flooded her phone. "I wondered what on Earth had happened and then I found out the bad news," she told BBC News by email from her home in the South Korean capital, Seoul. The mother of twin boys fled North Korea in 2006. We are not using her real name to protect her identity. A sinking feeling had come over her when..
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