May 12, 2018

North Korea to dismantle nuclear site in May ceremony

North Korea to dismantle nuclear site in May ceremony Image copyright DigitalGlobe Image caption A satellite image of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea North Korea says it will begin dismantling its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists. Pyongyang said it was taking "technical measures" to carry out the process between 23-25 May, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. Scientists previously said the site may have partially collapsed in September. The move is due to take place three weeks before US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions," KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry press release. North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site North Korea crisis in 300 words The dismantling of the Punggye-ri site will involve the collapsing of all tunnels using explos..
May 12, 2018

Margaret River shooting: Relatives ‘devastated’ by killings

Margaret River shooting: Relatives 'devastated' by killings Image copyright Katrina Miles/Facebook Image caption Katrina Miles lived on the property with her parents and four children Relatives of the family at the centre of a suspected murder-suicide in Western Australia say they are "stunned" by what has happened. The unnamed relatives of the Miles family said they were "still trying to understand how this could happen". Katrina Miles, her four children, and her parents Peter and Cynda Miles were all found shot dead at their property in Osmington, near Margaret River. Police confirmed they believe the killer to be among the dead. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said they received a phone call from a man at the property alerting them to the shootings early on Friday morning. "I wish to strongly emphasise that police do not believe any other person is involved in these crimes. Police are not searching for any other suspects," he told reporters. He said three firearms found ..
May 12, 2018

North Korea: UN gains ‘unprecedented access’ during visit

North Korea: UN gains 'unprecedented access' during visit Image copyright WFP/Silke Buhr Image caption People are going hungry in North Korea, the head of the WFP said, but are not starving The head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) believes there is a "sense of optimism" among North Korea's leaders after enjoying what he said was unprecedented access to the country. David Beasley spent two days in the capital, Pyongyang, and two outside it, accompanied by government minders. He said the country was working hard to meet nutritional standards, and hunger was not as high as in the 1990s. "There is a sense of turning a new page in history," he told the BBC. Relations between North Korea and the rest of the world have seen a dramatic shift. Last year North Korean government carried out a string of nuclear and missile tests. But next month, its leader Kim Jong-un will meet US President Donald Trump, it what would be the first time a sitting US president has ever..
May 12, 2018

Ex-PM Najib Razak banned from leaving Malaysia

Ex-PM Najib Razak banned from leaving Malaysia Image copyright AFP Image caption Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor had planned to go on an overseas holiday Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife have been banned from leaving the country, immigration officials say. This comes after Mr Najib said that he and his family were planning to go on an overseas holiday on Saturday. Earlier this week, Mr Najib's long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition suffered a shock electoral defeat. Mr Najib has been accused of diverting $700m (£517m) from a state investment fund in 2015 - a charge he denies. He has since been cleared of by the authorities. On Thursday, Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's new prime minister, becoming the world's oldest elected leader at 92. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dr Mahathir said he believed Malaysia "can get most of the 1MDB money back" Dr Mahathir came out of retirement and defected to the opposition to take on an..
May 11, 2018

Karnataka: India state votes in bitterly contested poll

Karnataka: India state votes in bitterly contested poll Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election is especially significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi Voting has begun in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, in a bitterly contested election. More than 49 million people are eligible to vote for the state's 224 assembly seats. The poll is significant for both India's major parties ahead of general elections next year. The state is the last major bastion of the opposition Congress party, which India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to break into. Karnataka is the hub of India's information technology industry and has a population of 64 million. More than 55,000 polling stations have been set up in the state including 600 "pink booths" where all volunteers are women. The results of the election will be announced on 15 May. Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge India election: World's biggest voting event explained Why is the..
May 11, 2018

India’s ‘killer dogs’: Strays blamed for spate of child deaths

India's 'killer dogs': Strays blamed for spate of child deaths Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of India's stray dogs are looked after and fed by local people Dogs have allegedly killed at least 12 children since November in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. But some believe that wolves or jackals are to blame. The BBC's Nitin Srivastava travelled to Sitapur district to find out more. A walk into a lush green mango orchard has never been this frightening. Escorted by three young men, each armed with a big bamboo stick, we make our way to a tree trunk which still has blood stains on it. This is the spot Khalid Ali was mauled to death by what is believed to be a pack of stray dogs on 1 May. The 11-year-old had been on his way to school in Gurpallia village when he made a detour to pick some fruit. "I heard loud screams from the neighbouring orchard in the morning. What I saw was gory. This little boy, who was being attacked by dogs, tried to cl..
May 11, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: Iran deal pull-out casts shadow

Trump-Kim summit: Iran deal pull-out casts shadow over talks Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump says his policy of "maximum pressure" led to the summit with North Korea Following a second surprise visit to Pyongyang by now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, planning is complete for the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June. Setting the stage for the meeting, Mr Kim released three Americans from custody. And Mr Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. One risk in the US president's decision, which he forecast over several months, is sending the wrong message to the North Korean leader that the United States can't be trusted to honour its commitments. That's not as big a deal as it appears - there is little trust of Washington in Pyongyang to begin with, and North Korea itself has a long history of cheating. But Mr Trump's rationale for withdrawal from the Iran deal - it was "defective at its core" because ..
May 11, 2018

US offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises

US offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises Image copyright EPA Image caption Mike Pompeo said there could be "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" for the North America will help rebuild North Korea's economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US would be "prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", he told reporters on Friday. Mr Pompeo, who has just returned from Pyongyang, said he had "good" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Kim and President Donald Trump will meet in Singapore on 12 June. The two leaders, who had previously exchanged insults and threats, made the announcement after landmark talks between North and South Korea in April. How does North Korea's Kim Jong-un travel? The political gamble of the 21st Century What did Mr Pompeo say?"If chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace an..
May 11, 2018

Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement on workers’ rights

Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement on workers' rights Image copyright AFP Image caption The Philippines banned workers from travelling to Kuwait amid allegations of abuse A bitter dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers is set to end with the signing of a new agreement. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had banned workers travelling to Kuwait amid allegations of abuse. Public outrage followed the murder of a young maid whose body was found in a Kuwaiti apartment freezer in February. The resulting diplomatic row resulted in the expulsion of an ambassador and the arrest of embassy employees. About 260,000 Philippine citizens live and work in Kuwait, most as domestic servants. The housemaid's tale: I ate dog food to survive The country training people to leave A copy of the agreement seen by AFP news agency reportedly includes the right for workers to keep their passports and mobile phones, which are routinely confiscated by emplo..
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