February 27, 2019

Trump and Kim set for second day of Vietnam talks

Trump and Kim set for second day of Vietnam talks Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders had dinner together on Wednesday US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un are due to begin the second and final day of their second summit in Vietnam. They are expected to discuss a roadmap for removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula. Little progress has been made on that and other issues since the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last year. Wednesday's meetings were limited to brief questions from reporters, one-on-one talks and a "social dinner". "Great meeting and dinner with Kim Jong-un," Mr Trump tweeted after the meal at the historic Metropole Hotel in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Also at the table were US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr Kim's senior envoy, Kim Yong-chol. What is on Thursday's agenda?The two leaders are due to hold a series of meetings at the Metropole which will begin with another one-on-one ses..
February 27, 2019

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage appears to show wreckage from a downed Indian jet India has demanded the release of a fighter pilot shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation between the two nuclear powers over Kashmir. Video showing the pilot - blindfolded and with blood on his face - was shared by Pakistan's information ministry. India described the images as a "vulgar display of an injured personnel". Wednesday's aerial attacks across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Indian and Pakistani territory in Kashmir are the first since a war in 1971. The incident, in which Pakistan said it had shot down two military jets, has escalated tensions between the two nations, both of whom claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it. Airlines reroute to avoid Pakistan India and Pakistan in uncharted waters It comes a day after India struck what it said was a militant c..
February 27, 2019

‘Tiniest baby boy’ ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital

'Tiniest baby boy' ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital Image copyright Keio University Hospital Image caption The baby at the age of five days... A baby boy who weighed just 268g (9.45oz) at birth has been released from hospital in Japan, and is believed to be the smallest boy in the world to be sent home healthy. The baby was born by emergency C-section in August, and was so small he could fit into a pair of cupped hands. The infant was nurtured in intensive care until he was released last week, two months after his due date. He had grown to a weight of 3.2kg, and is now feeding normally. Born at 24 weeks, the tiny boy spent five months in hospital. "I can only say I'm happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn't sure he could survive," the boy's mother said, according to Tokyo's Keio University Hospital. Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, who treated the extraordinary baby, told the BBC he was the the smallest infant born (on record) to be di..
February 27, 2019

Trump and Kim to start Vietnam summit with dinner

Trump and Kim to start Vietnam summit with dinner Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Kim and Mr Trump made history last June when they became the first sitting leaders of the US and North Korea to meet US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will begin their high-profile summit on Wednesday with brief talks, followed by dinner. They are expected to discuss a roadmap for ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons during the two-day meeting in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Prior to his meeting with Mr Kim, Mr Trump will meet Vietnam's prime minister and other politicians. The pair are then scheduled to dine at Hanoi's five-star Metropole hotel. Mr Trump tweeted in praise of the host country on Wednesday morning, writing: "Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize." "The potential is AWESOME," he added. Image Copyright @realDonaldTrump @realDonaldTrump Re..
February 27, 2019

Pakistan ‘shoots down two Indian jets’

Pakistan 'shoots down two Indian jets' Pakistan says it shot down two India Air Force jets in its airspace in Kashmir and arrested one pilot on the ground This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
February 27, 2019

Spotify launches in India to tap growing digital market

Spotify launches in India to tap growing digital market Image copyright Getty Images Music streaming giant Spotify has launched its service in India, hoping to tap into millions of consumers in a rapidly growing market. Multilingual music recommendations and playlists featuring music from popular Bollywood movies are among the features on offer to attract users. The music streaming powerhouse will face stiff competition from rivals already in India. It is branching out beyond music and recently launched in the Middle East. The Swedish firm will compete with other services already operating in India, such as Gaana, Saavn, Google Play and Apple Music. "Indians love music. It's an inherent part of our lifestyle and culture, whether we pray, work, or relax," Spotify India's managing director Amarjit Singh Batra said in a statement. "The mobile internet revolution has led to a rapid rise in the number of connected Indians, making music streaming the preferred way to enjoy music ..
February 27, 2019

George Pell: Cardinal’s bail revoked after sexual abuse conviction

George Pell: Cardinal's bail revoked after sexual abuse conviction Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal George Pell arrives at a Melbourne court on Wednesday Cardinal George Pell has been remanded in custody after being found guilty of sexual offences against children in Australia. The ex-Vatican treasurer abused two boys in 1996, a jury found in December. Pell's bail was revoked on Wednesday, placing him in custody for the first time. He will be sentenced on 13 March. The cardinal is the most senior Catholic figure ever convicted of sexual abuse. He maintains he is innocent and has lodged an appeal. A jury unanimously convicted Pell of one charge of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and four counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16. The verdict and details of the case had been kept secret until Tuesday due to legal reasons. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, a preliminary sentencing hearing heard on Wednesday. ..
February 26, 2019

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi Image copyright BNPB Image caption Rescue teams from Indonesia's disaster agency, the BNPB, worked through the night to reach survivors At least 60 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide at an illegal Indonesian gold mine. Rescuers are searching for survivors at the site, in the Bolaang Mongondow area, on the island of Sulawesi. Indonesia's disaster agency said one person had been found dead and at least 13 rescued by 0500 on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday). A spokesman said supporting beams gave way at the mine "due to unstable land and numerous mining shafts". "It is estimated that as many as 60 people are buried under landslide and rock material," the agency said. Images from the scene showed rescue teams and local people working through the night to carry survivors off a mud-covered hillside. Small-scale gold mining is banned in Indonesia, but remains widespread in rural areas. Lack of regulation..
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..
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