May 13, 2018

The funerals driving Indian Kashmir youth to militancy

The funerals driving Indian Kashmir youth to militancy Image copyright Reuters Image caption Millions of Kashmiris attend funerals of militants killed by security forces Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed more than 50 militants since the beginning of this year. Sameer Yasir reports how funerals in the region, which has seen an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989, have become a part of local folklore. As the body of the militant, draped in green, is finally laid to rest, women sing songs of blood and valour. The body is placed on a makeshift platform so mourners can get a good view. People raise their hands in reverence to touch the body. Young men push through the jostling crowd to kiss the militant's forehead. Then they touch his feet and rub their hands on their body, as if performing a religious ritual. The crowd swells with every passing minute. Slogans of defiance rent the air. A group of teenagers grab the microphone, exhorting mourners t..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya church attacks: Indonesian family of bombers ‘had been to Syria’

Surabaya church attacks: Indonesian family of bombers 'had been to Syria' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSurabaya is in shock over the deadly bombings A family of six who carried out three church bombings in Indonesia had returned from Syria, police say. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, which killed at least 13 people on Sunday. A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others in Indonesia's second city, Surabaya. National police chief Tito Karnavian said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). Police say the family were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from Syria, where IS has been fighting government forces. No details were given about the family's alleged involvement in that conflict. The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, and also left more than 40 people injured. Visiting the scene of ..
May 13, 2018

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said he wants to help save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecoms companies. The firm suspended its main operations after the US commerce department banned American companies from selling it components for seven years. ZTE pleaded guilty to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea. Mr Trump tweeted that he was working with President Xi to ensure ZTE would get back into business fast, saying too many jobs in China were at risk. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump US commentators say the tone of the tweet is a dramatic shift for Mr Trump, who ha..
May 13, 2018

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest

Pompeo on N Korea: US may allow private firms to invest Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Pyongyang The US may allow private companies to invest in North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News, he clarified that this would be conditional on the country's full denuclearisation. He said US investors could help build its energy grid. This comes after his trip to Pyongyang last week and ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The US announced its offer to help rebuild the North Korean economy on Friday, but Mr Pompeo has now given more details on the proposal. "This will be Americans coming in - private sector Americans, not the US taxpayer - private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid. They need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea," he s..
May 13, 2018

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal Image copyright AFP Image caption Javad Zarif's first stop was with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US. Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement. The US will re-impose sanctions on Iran and firms dealing with it could be hit, angering signatories like France. President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped Iran could stay in the agreement. "If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America," he said. Iran nuclear deal: Key details Europe's billion-dollar deals at stake in Iran row The 2015 agreement sought to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Me..
May 13, 2018

Margaret River shooting: Grandfather ‘planned’ Australia deaths

Margaret River shooting: Grandfather 'planned' Australia deaths Image copyright Katrina Miles/Facebook Image caption Katrina Miles lived on the property with her parents and four children The father of four children found shot dead along with their mother in rural Western Australia has pointed the finger of blame at their grandfather. Aaron Cockman said he believed that Peter Miles, 61, had not "snapped" but had been "thinking this through for a long time". The bodies of Miles, his wife Cynda, daughter Katrina and four grandchildren were found in Osmington on Friday. Police have said they are not looking for any other suspects. They have not confirmed the identity of the killer but say they believe him to be among the dead. Three long firearms found at the property were licensed to Mr Miles, they say. Image copyright EPA Image caption Aaron Cockman urged his local community not to feel anger at what had happened Mr Cockman was estranged from Katrina Miles at the time of the..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say

Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSurabaya is in shock over the deadly bombings Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia's second city of Surabaya, police say. At least 11 people were killed and dozens others injured in the attack. A mother blew herself and two children up at one church, while the father and three sons targeted two others, police chief Tito Karnavian said. Sunday's bombings, which the Islamic State group has claimed, are the deadliest in Indonesia since 2005. Indonesia's new breed of militants So-called Islamic State's influence in Indonesia Inside the home of Indonesia's most notorious IS militant Earlier in the day, Wawan Purwanto, of Indonesia's intelligence agency, said an IS-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), was suspected to be behind them. He added that the bombings were likely to be linke..
May 13, 2018

Nine dead in Indonesia church bombings

Nine dead in Indonesia church bombings Image copyright EPA Image caption The attacks were carried out within minutes of each other Suicide bombers have attacked three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya, killing at least nine people, police say. Dozens of others were injured in the attacks, which occurred within minutes of each other. No group has so far said it carried them out. TV pictures showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months. Indonesia's new breed of militants So-called Islamic State's influence in Indonesia Inside the home of Indonesia's most notorious IS militant The bombings took place around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT) The country's intelligence agency said it was most likely to have been carried out by an Islamic State-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah. Days earlier, five members of the Indone..
May 12, 2018

Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash

Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash Image copyright Reuters Image caption CCTV footage captured a car jumping the red light and hitting a motorbike Pakistan has prevented a US diplomat from leaving the country after he allegedly killed a motorcyclist by driving through a red light last month. Local press said on Saturday that a plane was sent by the US to collect Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attache, but was denied clearance. US officials have previously said he cannot be arrested or tried because he has diplomatic immunity. The incident has increased political tension between the countries. Ateeq Baig, 22, was killed in the crash in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, on 7 April. CCTV footage showed a white four-wheel-drive - said to be driven by Col Hall - ignoring the red traffic light at an intersection, crashing with a bike at speed and then braking. The US embassy has denied reports in Pakistan's media that Col Hall was drunk while driving. The..
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