May 24, 2018

Trump pulls out of North Korea summit

Trump pulls out of North Korea summit US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying it would be inappropriate at this time. Mr Trump confirmed the summit, which had been scheduled to take place in Singapore on 12 June, would not now take place. In a letter released by the White House, he said he was very much looking forward to meeting Mr Kim some day. 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 24, 2018

India mobs kill five over ‘social media rumour’

India mobs kill five over 'social media rumour' Image copyright AFP Mobs in southern India have killed at least five people and injured 20 others amid social media rumours about "child kidnapping gangs". Police say the messages, which were being spread widely, warned of gangs in at least three southern states, which have led to mass panic. Mobs appear to be targeting "strangers" - in this case migrants from north India who are employed as labourers. Police have sent out mass messages warning against "rumours". "We are also using three-wheeler auto-rickshaws with loudspeakers to spread the message,'' senior police official T Yoganand told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi. It is not clear when and how the rumours started, he said. One of the victims in Andhra Pradesh state was lynched because he spoke Hindi and not the local language, Telugu, police said. Another victim in neighbouring Telangana state died in hospital after being accosted by a mob while he was enterin..
May 24, 2018

Turkmens warned over presidential toilet paper

Turkmens warned over presidential toilet paper Image copyright Alternativnnyy Novosti Turkmenistana Image caption You'd be hard pressed to find a Turkmen newspaper without a photograph of leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Local police in Turkmenistan are inspecting toilets for evidence that locals have been using newspapers containing photographs of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to wipe themselves, it's been reported. The regional police in the western Balkan Region have allegedly instructed community policing officers to check toilets in public places and private houses, and to find evidence of people using newspapers with pictures of the country's president as tissue paper, Moscow-based news website Fergana.ru - known for its credible reporting on Turkmen affairs - reports. Officers have been told to look for the Turkmen leader's "soiled" pictures at landfill sites, as well as among garbage at waste collection points. "There is a special janitor at each lan..
May 24, 2018

North Korea nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri ‘destroyed’

North Korea nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri 'destroyed' Image copyright Reuters Image caption A satellite image of the Punggye-ri site before the detonations North Korea appears to have blown up tunnels at its only nuclear test site, in a move to reduce regional tensions. Foreign journalists at the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site said they witnessed a huge explosion. The North offered to scrap the site earlier this year as part of a diplomatic rapprochement with South Korea and the US. But scientists believe it partially collapsed after the last test in September 2017, rendering it unusable. Independent inspectors were not allowed to attend the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site in the mountainous north-east of the country. What do we know about N Korea's nuclear site?Sky News' Tom Cheshire was among a group of foreign journalists invited to witness the event. He said: "We hiked up into the mountains and watched the detonation from about 500m away. "They counted..
May 24, 2018

Malala elected to plan Oxford college social events

Malala elected to plan Oxford college social events Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Nobel Peace Prize winner will share the social secretary role for the upcoming academic year Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is to help plan parties at her Oxford college, after being elected as a social secretary by her fellow students. The 20-year-old is currently finishing the first year of a degree at Lady Margaret Hall. She was chosen to join the Junior Common Room (JCR) Executive Committee in elections at the college last week Each Oxford college has a JCR committee to organise events and campaigns. Ms Yousafzai, who is studying politics, philosophy, and economics, will share the social secretary role with Tiger Akawin for the upcoming academic year. President of Lady Margaret Hall's JCR, Lana Purcell, said its responsibilities included organising and promoting social events. In 2012, Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head by militants in Pakistan while walking home from ..
May 24, 2018

China fines retailer Muji for listing Taiwan as a country

China fines retailer Muji for listing Taiwan as a country Image copyright Reuters Japanese retail chain Muji has been fined in China for listing Taiwan as a country on some of its packaging. The company has to pay 200,000 yuan (£23,400; $31,300) for listing Taiwan as a "country of origin". Taiwan has been self-ruling since 1949 but Beijing regards it as a breakaway province of China. China is becoming increasingly geographically sensitive, clamping down on any violation of its territorial claims. Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Many Taiwanese say they don't want to be part of China Shanghai's administration for industry and commerce said Muji had last year imported clothes hangers in packaging marking Taiwan as the "country of origin". The regulator added that Muji had since made corrections and changed the packaging. The statement was issued last month but only covered by Chinese media on Wednesday. Council paints over student Taiwan flag art What'..
May 24, 2018

Australian gran sentenced to death in Malaysia over drugs

Australian gran sentenced to death in Malaysia over drugs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto has spent three years in prison An Australian woman has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian court after being found guilty of drug trafficking. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 54, was arrested at a Kuala Lumpur airport in 2014 after she was found carrying 1.1kg (2.4lbs) of crystal methamphetamine. The grandmother-of-three was acquitted of all charges in December last year, but the ruling was later overturned after prosecutors appealed. Death by hanging is mandatory for drug trafficking in Malaysia. 'Feelings of love'Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while transiting through Kuala Lumpur en route from Shanghai to Melbourne. After three years in prison, she was found not guilty of drug trafficking in December 2017, with the court accepting her argument that she had been unaware of the presence of drugs in her luggage. According to her lawyer, she h..
May 24, 2018

Australian cat-proof fence protects endangered species

Australian cat-proof fence protects endangered species Image copyright WAYNE LAWLER/AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY Image caption The 44km electric fence is designed to keep feral cats out of a wildlife refuge Feral cats are a huge threat to native animals in Australia but one region wants to stop their destruction by physically shutting them out. The world's longest cat-proof fence has been built in central Australia to help bring endangered species back to the area. The 44km (27 mile) electric fence borders a wildlife sanctuary, and will keep out feral cats, foxes and rabbits. It is part of broader "rewilding" efforts to boost native populations. Animals like the mala, a type of small wallaby, will be reintroduced to a 9,400 hectare cat-free zone at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, 350km north-west of Alice Springs. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), which manages the refuge, says the fence will help protect animals within the zone. "There are about 50 or 60 cats in that ..
May 24, 2018

Tuticorin tense after deadly Sterlite Copper violence

Tuticorin tense after deadly Sterlite Copper violence Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say an estimated 5,000 people attended the protest on Tuesday A port city in southern India's Tamil Nadu state remains tense after protests erupted in violence that left at least 11 people dead. Protests against the Sterlite Copper subsidiary of the Vedanta Resources have been going on for months in Tuticorin. Residents say a copper smelter is causing environmental damage. Paramilitary forces are likely to be deployed after two days of clashes between police and local people. On Wednesday, a court halted the proposed expansion of the company. Vedanta has denied all the allegations against it and says it plans to double the capacity of the plant. Posco steel plant: India protests halt land acquisition Eight dead in massive India caste protests One person was killed on Wednesday when police fired rubber bullets to disperse violent demonstrators, officials said. "We fired live ammuniti..
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