May 6, 2018

US ‘provocation’ threatens peace, says North Korea

US 'provocation' threatens peace, says North Korea Image caption North Korea has made relatively little criticism of the US in recent weeks North Korea has warned the US about using "pressure and military threats" against it as the two countries prepare for a historic summit. A Foreign Ministry official said the US was deliberately provoking the North by suggesting sanctions will not be lifted until it gives up nuclear weapons. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are due to meet in the next few weeks. It will be the first ever meeting between the two countries' leaders. North and South Korean leaders agreed last month to denuclearise the region, at a border summit which came after months of warlike rhetoric from the North and Mr Trump. Mr Kim became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. N Korea nuclear test site 'to shut in May' Historic summit as it happened Five key moment..
May 5, 2018

Jessica Mauboy: Why would Oz’s answer to Beyonce enter Eurovision?

Jessica Mauboy: Why would Oz's answer to Beyonce enter Eurovision? Image copyright Peter Brew Bevan "I've already been looking up a lot of the contestants and seeing who I'm competing against," Jessica Mauboy conspiratorially admits. The effusive Australian sensation is the first to agree she's a touch competitive and she's going into Eurovision with her characteristic energy and determination. Her name may still be relatively unknown in the UK, but in Australia she's kind of a big deal. The 28-year-old has been referred to as "Australia's answer to Beyonce" - and she even supported the superstar on her I Am.. world tour. The pop princess burst onto the scene in 2006, when she sang a sweet, soulful a cappella rendition of Whitney's I Have Nothing at an audition in the outback for the fourth series of Australian Idol. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jessica came runner-up in the 2006 series of Australian Idol After coming runner-up in..
May 5, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya refugees brace for monsoon deluge in Bangladesh camps

Myanmar Rohingya refugees brace for monsoon deluge in Bangladesh camps Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe camps sprawl near the border with Myanmar In the Rohingya refugee camps of southern Bangladesh, where flimsy bamboo shelters sprawl across the steep hillsides and flood prone valleys, there has been a desperate effort to make ready for the coming cyclone and monsoon season. But the almost 900,000 refugees here remain very vulnerable. The BBC's Justin Rowlatt has spent weeks in the camps since the refugee crisis began in August last year. Here's his summary of who the Rohingya refugees are, how well prepared the world's largest and most densely populated refugee settlement is for the coming storms and when - if ever - the refugees will be able to return to their homes. Who are the Rohingya? The Rohingya are a more than a million-strong population of Muslims from majority-Buddhist Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Is refugee cr..
May 5, 2018

Pakistan coal mine collapse kills 16 near Quetta

Pakistan coal mine collapse kills 16 near Quetta Image copyright EPA Image caption The injured have been taken to hospitals in Quetta At least 16 miners have been killed in a cave-in triggered by a gas explosion at a coal mine in western Pakistan, officials said. Nine others were injured in the incident in Marwaarh, east of the city of Quetta in Balochistan. Teams have been sent in to try to recover the bodies of the victims, officials added. Balochistan province is rich in minerals but its mines have a poor safety record. "The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously," government official Jawaid Shahwani told AFP news agency from Quetta. "We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep," he added. Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district, officials told Pakistan's ..
May 5, 2018

India girl, 16, burnt alive after Jharkhand rape

India girl, 16, burnt alive after Jharkhand rape Image copyright Reuters Image caption The latest incident comes as India reels under a string of violent sexual crimes. A 16-year-old girl in India was burnt alive after her parents complained to village elders that she had been raped, according to police. Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attacks in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee (£550; $750) fine as punishment. They were so enraged they beat the girl's parents then set her on fire. "The two accused thrashed the parents and rushed to the house where they set the girl ablaze with the help of their accomplices," Ashok Ram, the officer in charge of the local police station, told AFP news agency. Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating How do Indian parents talk to their children about rape? The girl was believed to have been abducted from her..
May 5, 2018

Japan bullfighting: Women allowed into ‘pure’ ring after ban lifted

Japan bullfighting: Women allowed into 'pure' ring after ban lifted Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No bull is killed in Japanese bullfighting A woman has been allowed to enter a Japanese traditional bullfighting ring for the first time after a ban was lifted in a bid to modernise the sport. Yuki Araki accompanied her animal on the opening day of the season in Hokkaido island's Yamakoshi district. Women had previously been banned once the ring was deemed to have been purified with salt and rice wine. Japanese bullfighting, known as "togyu", differs from the Spanish version in that no bull is killed. Instead two of the animals lock horns and attempt to push each other back. The bulls have coaches to encourage them and the fight is over if one gores the other. There is no bullfighter in the centuries-old sport. Sumo wrestling's growing sexism problem When Japan's women broke their silence Bullfighting officials said the move was necessary for the spo..
May 4, 2018

A wedding bomb, a letter and an unlikely suspect

A wedding bomb, a letter and an unlikely suspect After a massive search, police in India have arrested a college teacher in connection with a "wedding bomb" that killed a newly-married man and injured his wife. Soutik Biswas reports on how the investigation into a killing which shocked India took an unexpected turn. The letter arrived in a stamped envelope on a hot summer morning in early April. The sender had printed "Important Letter" on a piece of paper and addressed it to the police chief of Balangir, a rural district in Orissa state studded with temples and farms. It was an anonymous and rather strangely-written letter containing 130 words printed in English on white foolscap. And it related to the recent wedding gift bomb murder in the district. Soumya Sekhar Sahu, a 26-year-old software engineer, had been killed and his 22-year-old wife Reema seriously injured when he opened a parcel addressed to him, five days after their marriage in February. Sahu's 85-year-old great ..
May 4, 2018

Malaysia’s youth have power they won’t use

Malaysia's youth have power they won't use Image copyright BBC/DaviesSurya When Malaysia goes to the polls next week, millennials could wield the most power at the ballot box. But what about the large number of young people who didn't even register? The BBC turned to the numbers - and the youth - to see if they understand and or even care about their influence. Many young people in Malaysia simply wouldn't believe the influence they actually have. Of the 18.7 million registered voters in Malaysia as of the end of 2017, more than 40% are aged between 21 and 39, which is more than double the number of voters over 60. Considering that 70% of Malaysian lawmakers are over 50 and that until recently Malaysian students at public universities weren't even allowed to get politically engaged, you might understand why this is a reluctant generation of voters. But when voters go to the polls on 9 May that crucial group is now significantly larger than it was last elect..
May 4, 2018

Korean Air: Masked staff protest against company family

Korean Air: Masked staff protest against company family Image copyright Reuters Image caption The staff protesting against their employer wore Guy Fawkes masks to hide their identities Hundreds of Korean Air employees, many wearing masks to hide their identity, have taken to the streets of Seoul to vent their anger about the company's controlling family. Passersby joined in as they shouted slogans demanding the resignation of the airline's chairman, Cho Yang-ho. A slew of incidents of bad behaviour have put his family among the country's most notorious super-rich. In the latest episode, his younger daughter lost her temper at a meeting. Cho Hyun-min denied throwing a drink at an attendee but admitted shoving the advertising agency manager, when police questioned her on Tuesday. Some of those joining Friday's protests were incensed as it emerged that prosecutors had rejected a police request to arrest her over claims there had been attempts to influence witnesses. T..
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