May 11, 2018

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wave was measured by a buoy at Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand's Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday, the country's weather authority said. It eclipses a 22.03m wave that was identified south of the Australian state of Tasmania in 2012. Larger waves have been recorded in the northern hemisphere. The Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) installed its solar-powered buoy in March. The area is known for big storm activity, but waves had been previously difficult to measure. Bigger waves possibleThe "eight-storey high" wave was generated by a deep low pressure system and 65-knot winds, said MetService senior oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant. "This is a very excitin..
May 11, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir Image copyright AFP Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon a politician whose case has gripped national politics for two decades, says new PM Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar Ibrahim, once considered a potential future leader, was jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy after falling out with the government. But Mr Mahathir, the PM under which he was first jailed, just won an election on a pledge of freeing him. He has indicated he will hand power to Anwar within a few years. At a news conference on Friday - a day after his historic election win - Mr Mahathir said the king "has indicated he is willing to pardon Datuk Sri Anwar immediately", using a formal term of address. "It is going to be a full pardon which of course means that he should not only be pardoned, he should be released immediately when he is pardoned. After that he will be free to participate fully in politics." Mahathir Mohamad: A political..
May 10, 2018

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say Seven people have been found dead at a property in Western Australia (WA), police have confirmed. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered at Margaret River, 280km (170 miles) south of Perth, on Friday. Police said two firearms were found at the scene. "The bodies of two adults were located outside [and] five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property," said WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.
May 10, 2018

Mahathir: ‘Yes, yes, I am still alive’

Mahathir: 'Yes, yes, I am still alive' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mahathir is known for his sharp humour At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world's oldest elected leader - and he knows it. Famed for his witty - and often withering remarks - Mr Mahathir is very much at ease when talking of his own mortality. "Yes, yes, I am still alive," he quipped wryly to the expectant crowd at a news conference, as he soaked in an extraordinary victory. Plenty were worried about the health of Malaysia's likely new leader, and whether the veteran politician is still up for the job. So in March he gate-crashed a panel discussion where voters were debating whether he was too old to be prime minister. He announced his arrival at the event on Twitter saying: "I'm here guys. Say it to my face." "There are two types of age. One in terms of years and another in terms of the body," he told the crowd. "As far as health is concerned, I'..
May 10, 2018

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest Image copyright Mango TV Image caption A screenshot from Mango TV shows a blurred rainbow flag during Switzerland's performance The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has barred one of China's most popular TV channels from airing the Eurovision song contest after it censored LGBT elements of the competition. Mango TV was criticised on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos during Tuesday's first semi-final. It also decided not to air performances by the Irish and Albanian entries. The EBU said the censorship was not in line with its values of diversity. "It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final," it said in a statement. Ireland among 10 countries through to final Second semi-final sees Russia eliminated Chinese broadcaster censors E..
May 10, 2018

Why did Walmart buy India’s Flipkart?

Why did Walmart buy India's Flipkart? Image copyright Reuters Image caption Flipkart is India's biggest e-commerce company Global retail giant Walmart has paid $16bn (£11.8bn) for a majority stake in Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, making this the world's largest ever e-commerce acquisition. Walmart, best known for its grocery stores, discount department stores and hypermarkets, is ubiquitous in the US. But its sales have barely grown offline and its online sales account for just a little more than 3% of its business in the US. Flipkart, founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (no relation), is India's biggest e-commerce company and has had high-profile investors including Microsoft, Tencent and Softbank. Walmart wins battle for India's Flipkart Flipkart-Snapdeal mega-deal collapse But after Walmart announced the deal on Wednesday, its shares tumbled 4%, a likely reflection of the high price the company paid for Flipkart. Why did Wa..
May 10, 2018

Malaysia’s Mahathir hopes to get back lost 1MDB funds

Malaysia's Mahathir hopes to get back lost 1MDB funds Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYoung voter: "We see him like a grandfather" Malaysia's new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has said he believes most of the money missing in a notorious corruption scandal can be returned. The row over the 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) state investment fund dogged his predecessor, Najib Razak, and contributed to his shock defeat. "We believe that we can get most of the 1MDB money back," Dr Mahathir said. Malaysia's former strongman is back in power at the age of 92 following a gap of 15 years. He came out of retirement to oppose Mr Najib, a former ally, as the 1MDB scandal raged two years ago. What just happened? 'The biggest mistake in my life' 'There are two types of age' Mr Najib was accused of pocketing some $700m (£520m) from the fund, which he himself had set up, but he vehemently denied the allegations and was cleared by..
May 10, 2018

North Korea: How many political prisoners are there?

North Korea: How many political prisoners are there? Image copyright Reuters / AFP Image caption Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim Three American citizens have been released from North Korea, where they had been jailed and detained in labour camps. Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul were greeted by President Donald Trump and his wife Melania as they landed at an airbase near Washington DC. Conditions for prisoners in North Korea are said to be harsh. One of the American detainees, Kim Dong-chul, said he had had to do a lot of labour "but when I got sick I was also treated by them". In political prison camps, detainees have been subjected to torture and many North Koreans are incarcerated for life without any contact with the outside world, according to the UN in a 2014 report on the human rights situation in North Korea. What do we know about the prison population of North Korea? A huge amount of secrecy surrounds the prison system. There are facilities run ..
May 10, 2018

N Korea-US summit set for Singapore

N Korea-US summit set for Singapore Image copyright Reuters US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said. In April, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. Mr Trump's announcement came hours after he welcomed home three American detainees released by North Korea. Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump speaks to reporters as he welcomes the detainees
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