May 2, 2018

North Korea-US talks: Who are North Korea’s American detainees?

North Korea-US talks: Who are North Korea's American detainees? Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the three men who have been reportedly relocated, Kim Dong-chul, was sentenced to 10 years' hard labour after appearing before the media to confess in March 2016 There are reports that three Americans detained in North Korea have been relocated to a Pyongyang hotel and are receiving good food and medical care. The reports could suggest the three may be released as a gesture of good will, amid preparations for a meeting between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has said the US is "fighting very diligently" to win their freedom. On Wednesday, he told his followers on Twitter to "stay tuned!" for news. "As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail," he said. Two of the detainees were jailed in 2017, after Mr Trump became president. Just ask..
May 2, 2018

Xiongxiong the loyal dog charms Chinese social media

Xiongxiong the loyal dog charms Chinese social media Image copyright PEAR VIDEO Image caption 'Little Bear' has won the hearts of online users China's online community has fallen hard for a loyal elderly dog, who waits patiently outside a station every day for his owner to come home from work. The popular Pear Video website shared a video of Xiongxiong - Little Bear - in late April, and it has since racked up over 10 million views. Filmed in the major south-western city of Chongqing, the video has also got social media users thinking critically about their own ideas of loyalty. Image copyright PEAR VIDEO Image caption When his owner returns from work, Xiongxiong barks and "dances" round in circles happily The video explains that Xiongxiong, 15, has no collar, and is not tied down with a lead. He simply sits on the ground by the entrance to the subway every day and waits patiently for about 12 hours for his owner to arrive home. His owner, who is not named, says th..
May 2, 2018

Reality Check: Are journalists increasingly under attack?

Reality Check: Are journalists increasingly under attack? Image copyright ABBAS MOMANI/AFP Image caption More journalists are being killed in targeted attacks than in crossfire, data suggests More than 2,500 journalists have been killed since 1990, and media rights groups warn, ahead of World Press Day on 3 May, of a growing trend of journalists being targeted for the work they do. Monday was one of the most deadly days for journalists, with 10 media professionals killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan. After a suicide bombing in Kabul, journalists gathered at the scene to report on the aftermath. Within 15 minutes, a second suicide bomber, disguised as a journalist, arrived to target them. The Islamic State group (IS) said it carried out the twin bombings that left nine journalists and photographers dead, with many more seriously injured. In a separate attack in the Khost region, BBC reporter Ahmad Shah was murdered later the same day. Two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike..
May 2, 2018

China’s bungled drone display breaks world record

China's bungled drone display breaks world record Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOfficial footage shows successful drone formations during the record-breaking flight A Chinese company has broken the Guinness World Record for the most drones flown simultaneously, despite them failing to coordinate for a light show. EHang's fleet of 1,374 drones was programmed to fly in set patterns, but failed to spell out the date and the record-setting number of drones. The South China Morning Post called the event an "epic fail". EHang has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment. The record was previously held by US technology company Intel, which flew 1,218 aircraft at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in February. Intel's show was pre-recorded before being aired during the opening ceremony, due to "possible freezing weather and strong winds". According to the South China Morning Post, EHang was paid 10.5 million yuan (£1.21m) for..
May 2, 2018

David Goodall: Scientist, 104, begins trip to end his life

David Goodall: Scientist, 104, begins trip to end his life Image copyright ABC Image caption David Goodall says he wants to end his life with dignity On Wednesday, 104-year-old scientist David Goodall bid farewell to his home in Australia to fly across the world to end his life. The lauded ecologist and botanist is not suffering from a serious illness but wishes to bring forward his death. Key to his decision, he says, has been his diminishing independence. "I greatly regret having reached that age," Dr Goodall said on his birthday last month, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "I'm not happy. I want to die. It's not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented." Assisted dying was legalised by one Australian state last year following a divisive debate, but eligibility requires a person be terminally ill. It is illegal in other states. Dr Goodall says he will travel to a clinic in Switzerland to voluntarily end his life. However, he says he..
May 2, 2018

India cities dominate world air pollution list

India cities dominate world air pollution list Image copyright AFP Image caption Children are among the worst affected by air pollution Fourteen Indian cities are among the world's 20 most polluted, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. BBC analysis of the study shows the northern city of Kanpur tops the list of world cities with the highest PM2.5 levels in 2016. PM2.5 are tiny but deadly air particles, which can increase the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Air pollution caused 4.2 million deaths globally in 2016, the study said. Kanpur's average PM2.5 level in the same year was 173, which is 17 times higher than the WHO's safe limit. Delhi's air pollution is triggering a health crisis India air index: In world's most polluted city, Delhi Reality Check: Is Beijing's air quality better this winter? India's capital, Delhi, is in sixth spot with average PM2.5 levels recorded at 143. The study added that nine out of 10..
May 2, 2018

Kangaroos attacking carrot-bearing tourists spark warnings

Kangaroos attacking carrot-bearing tourists spark warnings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Think twice before hugging for a selfie People have been warned not to feed kangaroos at a tourist spot in Australia following a string of attacks by the animals. Each week thousands of people visit the grounds of a hospital in Morisset, New South Wales, to see the wild kangaroos. But some tourists have been kicked, scratched, and left with serious cuts by the marsupials hoping for food - their favourite snack being carrots. Local MP Greg Piper says urgent action is needed to educate tourists. "While kangaroos are cute, they are also capable of inflicting injury," Mr Piper told the BBC. He says the problem has escalated over the past few years following a jump in the number of visitors. "Social media has changed everything," Mr Piper says. Instagram, Facebook and blogs have been posting advice on where to get the perfect "Roo selfie" travel fast. Image Copyright taislopesazeved..
May 2, 2018

S Korean cleaner may become rich after finding gold in bin

S Korean cleaner may become rich after finding gold in bin Image copyright GSO Images Image caption South Korea's Lost Articles Law means that one cleaner may become rich A South Korean cleaner may be set to inherit a fortune in gold after an unexpected find in a rubbish bin, it's reported. According to The Korea Times, a cleaner found seven gold bars worth a total 350 million won (£240,000; $330,000) whilst emptying a rubbish bin at Incheon International Airport on 26 April. The bars, each weighing 1kg (2.2 lbs), were wrapped in newspapers, and police suspect that their original owner threw them away in a hurry because he risked being caught. Currently, there is no proof that the gold is connected to criminal activity. If none is found, the cleaner, who has not been named by the media, will be able to make a substantial claim on the goods. South Korea operates a "Finders Keepers" law on goods that are recovered when there is no known owner. According to its Lost Article..
May 2, 2018

Chhota Rajan: Mob boss guilty of journalist murder

Chhota Rajan: Mob boss guilty of journalist murder Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rajan has been in custody since 2015 after he was extradited from Indonesia in connection with the murder. One of India's most notorious gangsters, Chhota Rajan, has been convicted of ordering the 2011 killing of a crime reporter in Mumbai. Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by four men on motorcycles who were acting on the orders of Rajan, the court found. Journalist Jigna Vora and another accused were acquitted of any role in the murder for lack of evidence. Rajan, who has been in custody since 2015 after he was extradited from Indonesia, is awaiting sentencing. He was convicted by the court in Mumbai along with eight of his aides. One suspect is still being sought by police, while another died in 2015. Although 155 witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution, there were no eye witnesses to the murder. Profile: India's dreaded gangster India's fugitive gangland leader Chhota..
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