May 15, 2018

India flyover collapse kills at least 18 in Varanasi

India flyover collapse kills at least 18 in Varanasi Image copyright AFP Image caption A large crowd gathered at the scene in Varanasi At least 18 people have been killed and dozens trapped in the Indian city of Varanasi after a flyover collapsed, crushing vehicles beneath it. The flyover was still being built when portions of its cement structure fell on the road being used under it. Officials from the National Disaster Response Force said 18 bodies had been recovered so far. A rescue operation is continuing for those believed to still be trapped, but their number and condition is unknown. Photographs and video from the scene showed cars and a bus crushed beneath the weight of the concrete, many of which still held people inside. Local media reported that a handful of people had been successfully rescued, as seven cranes attempted to lift the concrete pillar. A large crowd also gathered at the scene. One eyewitness told reporters they were nearby when the collapse happened. "At leas..
May 15, 2018

Second Durham rugby player dies in Sri Lanka

Second Durham rugby player dies in Sri Lanka Image copyright DCRFC Image caption Thomas Baty (left) and Thomas Howard complained of breathing difficulties on Sunday A second British amateur rugby player has died after complaining of breathing difficulties on returning from a nightclub in Sri Lanka. Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC when they visited the club in Colombo. Mr Howard, from Durham, died after being admitted to hospital on Sunday. Mr Baty, also from Durham, who had been critically ill, has also now died. Durham City Rugby Football Club, which oversees the team, confirmed Mr Howard had died after "suffering breathing problems". The team arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and began the tour with a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC) in Colombo. According to police in Sri Lanka, some British players went to a nightclub after the match and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Su..
May 15, 2018

Turkmen president drifts into pole position at rally

Turkmen president drifts into pole position at rally Image copyright Turkmenistan Government Image caption The head of state turned up in his rally stage-ready BMW and was allowed to race Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has won an international motor race qualifier seemingly by chance, after turning up at the venue to meet one of his ministers, it's been reported. According to the Fergana news website, the president entered the qualifier for the Hamul-Azar International Rally on the spur of the moment, after finding out that the BMW sports car he was driving passed the entry requirements for the race. He was supposedly at the venue in the Karakum desert to hear a briefing from his interior minister on preparations for the rally, when he reportedly asked the referee for permission to take part in the day's racing. The referee "immediately" gave his permission, saying that it was "a great honour for him and for sportsmen", Fergana News reported. Image copyright Tu..
May 15, 2018

China Sichuan Airlines pilot ‘half sucked out of plane’ survives

China Sichuan Airlines pilot 'half sucked out of plane' survives Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers inspect the Sichuan Airlines aircraft after its emergency landing A Chinese passenger jet was forced into an emergency landing after its windscreen blew out at 32,000ft (9,753m), sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane. Captain Liu Chuanjian said the Airbus A319 had been cruising mid-air when a deafening sound flooded the cockpit. "There was no warning," he told the Chengdu Economic Daily. "The windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out." Luckily, the co-pilot was wearing a seatbelt. He was dragged back into the chaos of the cockpit, where pressure and temperature had dropped and the equipment was failing. "Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air," the captain said. "I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges." How did it happen?Sichuan ..
May 15, 2018

Is this a pigeon? A 2011 meme reincarnated in 2018

Is this a pigeon? A 2011 meme reincarnated in 2018 Image copyright Sunrise Image caption Is this a meme? 2018 is becoming the year old memes come back to life. When a 2011 meme called American Chopper re-emerged on Twitter in 2018, the BBC explored how a meme about two men arguing had lived a second life long after its first. Now the feat has been repeated, as a 2011 image macro (a still picture with text imposed) asking if a butterfly is a pigeon has surged in popularity seven years later. Is this something you may also like? Is this 1921 cartoon the first ever meme? Winter Olympics: Yuri On Ice performed by Japanese skaters Why some people can hear this silent gif In the widely shared image, a character from a Japanese anime gestures towards a butterfly and asks: "Is this a pigeon?" Skip Twitter post by @hermit_hwarang I found the HD version — 박주현 (@hermit_hwarang) May 10, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @hermit_hwarang Is this an old meme?The image c..
May 15, 2018

Why an Australian supermarket chain is locking up baby milk

Why an Australian supermarket chain is locking up baby milk Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian parents have complained about a shortage of infant formula An Australian supermarket chain has decided to sell baby formula from behind a counter to protect customers with a "genuine need" for it. The decision by Coles in some stores follows years of controversy in Australia about shoppers who buy the product only to sell it overseas, particularly to families in China. Australian parents have complained about a shortage of formula. Coles is one of the nation's two biggest supermarket chains. Australian milk formula has been nicknamed "white gold" in China because it is perceived to be safer and of better quality than locally produced products. It has led to a lucrative practice where shoppers in Australia, known as daigou, buy products and ship them overseas. According to Sydney's Daily Telegraph, tins of formula bought for about A$30 (£17; $23) in Australia have..
May 15, 2018

‘Pakistan’s army tried to hack my Facebook’

‘Pakistan's army tried to hack my Facebook’ Image caption Diep Saeeda has been a human rights activist for 25 years In December 2016 Diep Saeeda, an outspoken human rights activist from the Pakistani city of Lahore, received a short message on Facebook from someone she didn't know but with whom she had a number of friends in common: "Hy dear." She didn't think much of it and never got round to replying. But the messages weren't coming from a fan of Mrs Saeeda's activism - instead they were the start of a sustained campaign of digital attacks attempting to install malware on her computer and mobile phone to spy on her and steal her data. Over the next year, she received multiple messages from the same Facebook account, apparently run by a young woman calling herself Sana Halimi, claiming to work for the United Nations. Glossary: Malware, patches and worms Pakistan: Where reporters face beatings, threats and death However, the attackers targeting Mrs Saeeda ma..
May 15, 2018

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with “incorrect map” of China

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with "incorrect map" of China Image copyright Getty Images US retailer Gap has apologised for selling T-shirts which it said showed an "incorrect map" of China. The design featured just the mainland and not territories that China also claims, such as Taiwan. A picture of the T-shirt was posted on Chinese social media network, Weibo, generating hundreds of complaints. The company said it respected China's "sovereignty" and would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent a repeat of the incident. Gap is the latest in a string of foreign firms to face a backlash for not adhering to China's territorial claims. Skip Twitter post by @PDChina American clothing retailer @Gap on Monday apologized for printing incomplete Chinese map on T-shirts for sales outside #China, said the brand respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) May 14, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @PDC..
May 15, 2018

Is gun ownership increasing in Australia?

Is gun ownership increasing in Australia? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gun ownership and usage is heavily regulated in Australia On Friday, Australia had its worst mass shooting since the nation overhauled its gun control laws more than 20 years ago. The suspected murder-suicide of a family of seven in Western Australia has inevitably revived discussion of the laws, often described as among the strongest in the world. Brought in following a 1996 massacre in Tasmania that killed 35 people, the legislation banned the use of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. It led to the destruction of more than one million guns. The country has had two mass shootings since 1996: the murder-suicide of a family of five in 2014, and the seven deaths at a rural property on Friday. However, as with debates overseas, opinions differ over what role gun laws have played in preventing or allowing tragedies, and whether changes are needed. Firearms found at the scene in Western Australia appe..
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