January 6, 2019

US and North Korea negotiating location for second summit – Trump

US and North Korea negotiating location for second summit - Trump Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump spoke to reporters before leaving for Camp David, Maryland US President Donald Trump has said that a location for another summit with North Korea is being negotiated. Mr Trump told reporters in Washington DC that "a good dialogue" was taking place with North Korea, but sanctions on Pyongyang would remain in place. Mr Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last June, the first such meeting for a sitting US president. No tangible progress has been achieved so far on the main US goal: North Korea's denuclearisation. President Trump said last week that he had received a "great letter" from Mr Kim, although he did not reveal its contents. North Korea crisis in 300 words Did Trump and Kim really achieve anything in Singapore? What were the results of the Trump-Kim summit? "We are negotiating a location," he told reporters at the White House on Sunday. "It will be annou..
January 6, 2019

Malaysia king: Sultan Muhammad V abdicates in historic first

Malaysia king: Sultan Muhammad V abdicates in historic first Image copyright AFP Image caption Malaysia is the only country in the world to have a rotational monarchy Malaysia's king, Sultan Muhammad V, has unexpectedly abdicated in an historic first. No Malaysian monarch has stepped away from the throne since the country gained independence from the UK more than 60 years ago. The National Palace did not give a reason for his resignation but said it would take effect immediately. It comes amid intense speculation about Muhammad V's private life following reports that he has married a Russian. He went on medical leave in November and, later that month, photographs emerged that appeared to show him marrying a former Miss Moscow in the Russian capital. Image Copyright @RosMathieson @RosMathieson Report Image Copyright @RosMathieson @RosMathieson Report Officials have not commented on the rumours or given any further details about his health. The sultan and the showgirl Sultan ..
January 6, 2019

Bangladesh election: ‘Gang rape’ suspects detained

Bangladesh election: 'Gang rape' suspects detained Image copyright NurPhoto/Getty Image caption News of the gang rape has sparked protests and anger in Bangladesh A court in Bangladesh has remanded seven men in custody, including a local leader of the governing Awami League party, over a suspected gang rape. The mother of four alleges she was raped by a group of men because she voted for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in last week's poll. The election night attack has triggered protests and anger on social media. The men have denied the accusations, and the Awami League leader has been expelled from the party. The Awami League won a landslide victory in last Sunday's election, which was marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims. At least 17 people died in clashes between ruling party and opposition supporters. On Friday, the UN expressed concern over what it described as reprisals against the political opposition by ruling party activis..
January 6, 2019

Afghanistan gold mine collapse in Badakhshan kills 30

Afghanistan gold mine collapse in Badakhshan kills 30 At least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in north-eastern Afghanistan, officials say. The collapse occurred in the Kohistan district of Badakhshan province. Villagers had reportedly dug a deep but makeshift shaft in a river bed to hunt for gold and were caught in its collapse. Afghanistan has vast resources of minerals but many of the mines are old and poorly maintained, creating severe safety issues.
January 6, 2019

Saudi woman ‘trapped at Bangkok airport trying to flee family’

Saudi woman 'trapped at Bangkok airport trying to flee family' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said her passport was seized at Bangkok airport A young Saudi woman says she is stranded at Bangkok's main airport after fleeing her family and having her passport seized by a Saudi official. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago. She was trying to head to Australia via a connecting flight in Bangkok. She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam, and feared she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family. Thai police Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn told the BBC that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun was escaping a marriage. Because she did not have a visa to enter Thailand, he said police had denied her entry and were in the process of repatriating her through the same airline she had taken, Kuwait Airlines. Gen Surachate said he was unaware of any passport seizure. Th..
January 6, 2019

Japanese girl to become youngest professional Go player

Japanese girl to become youngest professional Go player Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Go is a two-player game in which players take turns putting black or white stones on a grid A Japanese schoolgirl is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game Go. Sumire Nakamura will be 10 when she enters the lowest professional rank of the game on 1 April. She began playing the complicated strategy game at the age of three and was competing in national tournaments in Japan by the time she was seven. The previous record was set by Rina Fujisawa, who was 11 when she became a professional player in 2010. Go player to take on Chinese AI Google's AI wins final Go challenge Facebook trains AI to beat humans at Go "I'm happy when I win," the Osaka schoolgirl told a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday. "I want to have a title while being in junior high school." The Japan Go Association has chosen her to take part in a programme training young players to comp..
January 5, 2019

Obituary: Major Geoffrey Langlands, Pakistan’s English teacher

Obituary: Major Geoffrey Langlands, Pakistan's English teacher Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Geoffrey Langlands was born in Yorkshire, but lived most of his 101 years in Pakistan It is not every teacher whose death sends an entire country into mourning. But then, Major Geoffrey Langlands was no ordinary teacher and his was no ordinary life. The tale of how a British orphan came to be Pakistan's best-loved teacher, meeting princesses, teaching prime ministers and surviving kidnap while maintaining a healthy respect for a well-shined shoe, porridge oats and the morning newspaper, could be straight out of a story book. He was, the New York Times said in 2012, "the quintessential Englishman of old, a living relic of the Raj". But "the major", as he was affectionately known, was more than a vestige of a bygone age. By the time of his death at 101, his devotion to education had transformed the lives of thousands of children growing up in some of Pakistan's most re..
January 5, 2019

China’s population ‘to peak’ in 2029 at 1.44 billion

China's population 'to peak' in 2029 at 1.44 billion Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China relaxed its one-child policy in 2015 to combat an ageing population China's population will peak in 2029 at 1.44 billion before beginning a period of "unstoppable" decline, a government report says. The China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) study says the country must implement policies to handle a smaller workforce and an older population. Both changes combined could cause "very unfavourable social and economic consequences", the report says. Latest UN estimates say China has a population of 1.41 billion. In 2015 the world's most populous country ended its one-child policy in a bid to tackle the problems. What was China's one-child policy? China hints at three-child policy with 'happy family' stamps The study appears in CASS's Green Book of Population and Labour. Working population numbers were now stagnating, it said, with a low ferti..
January 5, 2019

China’s Harbin ice festival in pictures

China's Harbin ice festival in pictures One of the world's largest ice festivals has opened in north-eastern China, featuring frozen castles, glistening snow sculptures and lots of snowmen. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially opened on Saturday. Image copyright EPA Image caption It opened with a fireworks display and a light show. Image copyright EPA Image caption The festival draws millions of visitors from around the world every year. Image copyright EPA Image caption Some 120,000 cubic metres of ice and 111,000 cubic metres of snow have been used to build the Ice and Snow World. Image copyright EPA Image caption Thousands of artists and workers built the displays in a city where temperatures can plunge as low as -35C (-31F). Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are 2,019 snowmen on display on the frozen Songhua River. Image copyright EPA Image caption There is even a winter swimming competition ..
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