February 26, 2019

Trump-Kim summit: What North Korea can learn from Vietnam’s women

Trump-Kim summit: What North Korea can learn from Vietnam's women Image caption Entrepreneurs like Ms Thanh are the lifeblood of Vietnam's economy As US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un prepare for a historic summit in Vietnam, the BBC takes a look at how the host country could act as a role model for North Korea's future. Duong Thi Thanh has built a global textile business from a tiny room in the backstreets of Hanoi with what is essentially several large buckets of drunk bacteria. She makes traditional indigo tie-dye clothing using techniques that many thought had been lost. Workers in a small mountain town called Sapa collect the indigo plant leaves, and she ferments the leaves in plastic buckets using rice wine, which she pours in every night, before giving it a stir. "The bacteria always sleep," she said with a giggle when I visited her workshop. "They don't want to work as they're very lazy. But they like to drink." She ben..
February 26, 2019

Chinese broadcaster censors Rami Malek Oscars speech

Chinese broadcaster censors Rami Malek Oscars speech Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rami Malek won the award for best actor Chinese broadcaster Mango TV is facing criticism after its online transmission of the Oscars amended a reference to homosexuality in best actor winner Rami Malek's speech. Accepting the award for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of British rock act Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek said the film could help those struggling with their identity. "We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself," the actor said. But Mango TV, one of China's most popular channels, avoided using the words "gay man", instead translating them as "special group". The broadcaster has previously come under fire for censoring LGBT references in the Eurovision Song Contest. You might also be interested in: How the life of China's #IceBoy has changed one year on China bans game over Winnie the Po..
February 26, 2019

Viewpoint: Balakot air strikes raise stakes in India-Pakistan stand-off

Viewpoint: Balakot air strikes raise stakes in India-Pakistan stand-off Image copyright EPA Image caption The February 14 Pulwama attack was the deadliest targeting Indian forces in Kashmir for decades After India launched air strikes in Pakistani territory, tensions have escalated between the neighbours. Indian defence analyst Ajai Shukla explains the significance of the attack and what could happen next. The ball is in Pakistan's court after Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft crossed deep into Pakistan on Tuesday morning. India says that the air strikes targeted a militant camp near Balakot in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, Pakistan has disputed this claim, saying the strikes hit an empty area. The air strikes were provoked by the killing of at least 40 paramilitaries in Indian-administered Kashmir on 14 February, in a suicide attack which has been claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Indian leaders, including Prime Ministe..
February 25, 2019

Trump and Kim in Hanoi: Your need-to-know guide

Trump and Kim in Hanoi: Your need-to-know guide Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is meeting North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Vietnam this week - for the second time. The hope is the two former arch enemies can iron out some form of agreement on North Korea's controversial nuclear weapons programme. If you want to get your head around what's going on this week, here are some of the basics. We've pointed you towards more detailed articles if you want to know more. What are they going to talk about?The same thing they talked about when they had their historic first meeting last June in Singapore: nuclear weapons. Most of the world wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons - a process usually called denuclearisation. But North Korea has consistently said it won't do so until it no longer feels it faces a threat from the US and others. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Trump and Kim Jong-un: From enemies t..
February 25, 2019

Pakistan scrambles jets over ‘India airspace violation’

Pakistan scrambles jets over 'India airspace violation' Image copyright AFP Image caption Nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan have a history of conflict and diplomatic tensions Pakistan's military has accused India's air force of violating its airspace, and scrambled jets in response. Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesperson for Pakistan's military, tweeted: "Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow." He said Indian aircraft "released [a] payload in haste... near Balakot". India's defence ministry said it had "no information" on the claims. The Pakistani spokesman said there were no casualties or damage. Balakot is in Pakistani territory. Skip Twitter post by @OfficialDGISPR Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualtie..
February 25, 2019

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam from China

North Korea's Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam from China North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Vietnam for a summit with US President Donald Trump later this week. Mr Kim's green and yellow train pulled into Dong Dang station, where he will disembark and travel the remaining journey to Hanoi by car. The second US-North Korea summit follows a historic first round of talks last year in Singapore. Ceremonial guards and flag waving crowds lined a red carpet laid out for him at the station. Mr Kim paused in front of the crowds for a brief moment, sticking his hand out to wave. He is thought to be travelling with his sister Kim Yo-jong and one of his key negotiators, former General Kim Yong-chol. This is Mr Kim's first visit to Vietnam. Mr Trump is scheduled to arrive later on Tuesday.
February 25, 2019

Cardinal Pell: Poisoned power at the top of the Church

Cardinal Pell: Poisoned power at the top of the Church Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Pell photographed with Pope Francis in 2015 - he was a close aide to the pontiff Last weekend's unprecedented Vatican summit on child sexual abuse was closed with a Sunday homily by Australian Mark Coleridge, the Archbishop of Brisbane. "In sexual abuse," Archbishop Coleridge said, "the powerful lay hands on the Lord's… weakest and most vulnerable." He could have been describing his fellow countryman, Cardinal George Pell, for there are few as powerful to have fallen from grace within the Roman Catholic Church. Pell is certainly the most senior churchman to have been convicted of offences against children. 'Cardinal Rambo'Pell was appointed by the Pope as Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, which effectively runs the Vatican's voluminous finances. Following his appointment, he relocated to Rome from Australia, where he had been the Archbishop of ..
February 25, 2019

George Pell: Why was conviction kept secret?

George Pell: Why was conviction kept secret? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pell's case has drawn huge attention around the world They were sex abuse allegations that rocked the Catholic Church and generated enormous interest - only for the case to vanish suddenly from public view for nine months. The trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell can now be reported after an Australian judge lifted a legal order that had prohibited coverage. The sweeping ban, known as suppression order, was handed down last May. It was deemed necessary to give Pell fair hearings but caused big debate. The rationale for the banPolice charged Pell with sex offences in June 2017, saying only that he faced "historical" allegations by "multiple complainants". The cardinal immediately denied any wrongdoing. Some pre-trial hearings where Pell was swamped by media outside court were allowed to be reported. Cardinal Pell found guilty of sexual offences How will the Pope tackle sexual abuse?..
February 25, 2019

Taiwan game upsets China with Xi Jinping/Winnie the Pooh reference

Taiwan game upsets China with Xi Jinping/Winnie the Pooh reference Image copyright Red Candle Games/Devotion Image caption When players interact with the poster (L), the poster (R) appears - with the words "Winnie the Pooh" and "Xi Jinping" A Taiwanese games company has had its latest release pulled from mainland China, after players noticed subtle references mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping, including comparing him to Winnie the Pooh. Red Candle Games released Devotion, a first-person horror game set in 1980s Taiwan, on games platform Steam on 19 February. The game quickly went viral after players spotted so-called "easter eggs" and publicised them. However online discussion has since been censored. An "easter egg" is a hidden message or joke in a computer game, normally only picked up by some players paying close attention. Red Candle Games has apologised, saying it will refund offended users. Taiwan is an island that is for all practical purposes independent, but China sees ..
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