May 4, 2018

North Korea changes its time zone to match South

North Korea changes its time zone to match South Image copyright EPA North Korea is changing its time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to its state media. The country will move its clocks forward by 30 minutes on Saturday, said the official KCNA news agency. The reset is "the first practical step" to "speed up the process for the North and the South to become one", it said. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says he has a date for his meeting with the North's leader, Kim Jong-Un. "We now have a date and we have a location, we'll be announcing it soon," Mr Trump told US journalists outside the White House on Friday, adding that he was expecting "very, very good things" to come out it. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment Kim Jong-un crossed into South Korea What time does North Korea keep? Until now, it was on Pyongyang Time, which is half an hour behind South Korea and Japan. It introduced the ..
May 4, 2018

Why were India’s dust storms so deadly?

Why were India's dust storms so deadly? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe storms destroyed homes and uprooted trees Indian officials say the main reason the most recent dust storms were so catastrophic was because of the time when the strongest winds hit - at night, as people were sleeping indoors. Most of 125 reported deaths were because of the collapse of buildings and other structures. But meteorologists also point out how the devastating winds blew. They say it was an intense downward movement of air, known as downburst. Image copyright AFP Image caption Dust storms later became thunderstorms with lashing rains That vertical - and not horizontal - movement of the wind, they say, had damaging impacts on structures resulting in so many deaths. The storms followed very high temperatures in the region. Just across the border in Pakistan, local media reported 50.2C (122.3F) in the town of Nawabshah - a record for April. Scientists say high temperatur..
May 4, 2018

Scots Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal facing murder charge in India

Scots Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal facing murder charge in India Image caption Mr Johal has been charged with offences including murder and criminal conspiracy A Scottish Sikh man being held in India is facing charges of murder and criminal conspiracy. Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton, was arrested in Punjab last November. Campaigners say he has been tortured while being held by the Indian authorities. The 31-year-old is one of 10 men accused of being involved in the murder of Hindu nationalist leader Ravinder Gosain. He was shot dead in October last year. 'Sufficient evidence'Mr Johal and the other accused were brought to court in Mohali amid tight security. The prosecution counsel said that the charge sheet against them ran to nearly 1,500 pages. The national investigating agency (NIA), which was established by the Indian government to combat terror in India, has named 172 witnesses in the case. The counsel told the court: "We have sufficient evidence against Johal." Arvind C..
May 4, 2018

Top NZ naval official accused of hiding camera in toilet

Top NZ naval official accused of hiding camera in toilet Image copyright iStock Image caption File photo of a webcam being installed A former top naval officer from New Zealand has been accused of hiding a secret camera in the toilet of the country's embassy in Washington. Ex-Commodore Alfred Keating was serving as the embassy's senior defence attaché when the camera was found last July. He has been charged with attempting to make an intimate visual recording and faces a maximum of 18 months in prison if convicted. Mr Keating has pleaded not guilty to the charges. New Zealand's High Court dismissed an appeal by Mr Keating to have his name suppressed, with the ex-officer saying his family would face "extreme hardship" if his identity was revealed. The camera was discovered when it fell onto the floor from inside a heating duct of a unisex bathroom. "It had been purposely mounted at a height and direction that captured recordings from people who arrived and used the t..
May 4, 2018

Chinese police hunt man who walked off beach with a dolphin

Chinese police hunt man who walked off beach with a dolphin Image copyright Miaopai/Btime Image caption The video showing a man carrying the dolphin has been shared widely on Chinese social media Chinese authorities are looking for a man who was filmed carrying a dolphin over his shoulder at a beach in the city of Guangdong. According to news website Btime, the man is believed to have taken the dolphin to his car before driving off with it. Witnesses said the animal had been found stranded on a beach in Hailing island, and appeared to be dying. Local officials said the man could face criminal charges if found. A statement from China's Public Security Department said an investigation into the incident was under way, urging those with information to come forward. "Dolphins are protected animals in China, so the man will be punished if he is found," the statement on Weibo said. Footage of the incident, which took place on 1 May, was posted by Btime on Chinese video sharing site ..
May 4, 2018

US accuses Chinese of pointing laser at their pilots

US accuses Chinese of pointing laser at their pilots Image copyright MOD Image caption The US and China both have military bases in Djibouti The US has formally complained to China over several incidents of its pilots being irritated by lasers it says are coming from a Chinese base in Djibouti. The Pentagon said it had asked China to investigate what it called "very serious incidents". Washington also said there would be consequences to "China's militarisation of the South China Sea". Media reports have suggested China has stationed weapons systems on disputed islands in the region. Unclear intentThe US has a military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, which is used for counter terrorism operations in Africa and the Middle East. Last year, China opened its first overseas military base only a few kilometres from the US facility. China's 'globalised' military power China derides 'Cold War' US nuclear plan The Pentagon said people at the base had ..
May 4, 2018

MH370 search helped unravel shipwreck mysteries

MH370 search helped unravel shipwreck mysteries Image copyright AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT SAFETY BUREAU Image caption A sonar image of one of the shipwrecks discovered in 2015 Two shipwrecks found during a failed search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were merchant vessels that sank in the 19th Century, researchers say. The ships, discovered 2,300km (1,400 miles) off Western Australia, have been narrowed down by experts to a handful of coal-carrying British vessels. Searchers stumbled on the wrecks during a trawl of the Indian Ocean in 2015. Australian maritime researchers used sonar pictures and shipping records in their efforts to identify the vessels. The location of MH370 remains unknown more than four years after it disappeared, carrying 239 people, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Unexpected discoveriesOne of the ships, spotted in December 2015, was identified as an iron barque. Dr Ross Anderson, curator of maritime archaeology from the Western Australian Museum, said it was ..
May 4, 2018

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore named busiest international air route

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore named busiest international air route Image copyright Getty Images A flight linking Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has become the busiest international route in the world, research shows. Planes made 30,537 trips between the two airports in the year to February 2018, OAG Aviation said. The route overtook Hong Kong-Taipei in a list dominated by Asian destinations. Flying between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur takes about an hour, and there are plans to build a high-speed rail link between the two. The figures mean an average of 84 flights per day plied the route. The trip is carried out by a host of budget carriers such as Scoot, Jetstar, Air Asia and Malindo Air as well as the two country's flagship carriers Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. In five charts: How Asia aviation took offOAG's report found that the busiest international route outside of Asia was between New York's LaGuardia airport and Toronto Pearson - a route wh..
May 3, 2018

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe storms destroyed homes and uprooted trees At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning have devastated many villages, brought down walls and left scores injured. A spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner's office told AFP the death toll was the highest from such storms in at least 20 years. Officials have said the death toll could rise over the coming days. Image copyright Reuters India's Meteorological Department said more storms were likely across a wider area before the weekend. "People should be alert," the relief commissioner's office told AFP. In the two states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the storm has brought down electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. The district..
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