December 27, 2018

Two Korean men drown in Thailand golf buggy accident

Two Korean men drown in Thailand golf buggy accident Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two golf buggies were involved Thai police have recovered the bodies of two South Korean men who drowned on Christmas Day after a golf buggy accident. The men fell into the Nan river after their buggy was hit from behind by a second buggy driven by their wives. Both couples were knocked off a pier at a resort after the second buggy failed to stop in time, according to police. Their caddie also fell into the river but was rescued by a fisherman who rowed his boat over to assist them all. Police say the couples were staying at the Si Phirom resort in central Thailand and had attempted to return to the clubhouse after finishing a golf game across the river. The resort uses a floating platform with slings and a pulley to assist with the crossing, according to local press. The two Koreans have been identified as Jaseoong Ha, 76, and Jun Yong Sung, 68. "Their wives said both were able to swim but..
December 27, 2018

Ma Jian: China’s ex-intelligence chief jailed for life

Ma Jian: China's ex-intelligence chief jailed for life Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Xi Jinping has led an anti-corruption campaign in China China's ex-intelligence chief Ma Jian has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes including taking bribes and insider trading, a court says. Ma had been put under investigation in 2015 and expelled from the Communist Party one year later. He pleaded guilty and would not appeal, a court in the north-eastern Liaoning province said. Many high-ranking officials have been toppled as part of President Xi Jinping's vast anti-corruption drive. China's anti-corruption super agency Charting China's 'great purge' under Xi The country that locks up its lawyers Ma Jian was vice-minister in the powerful ministry of state security, which oversees foreign and counterintelligence operations. His case is linked to that of one of China's most-wanted fugitives, exiled property tycoon Guo Wengui, who has..
December 27, 2018

Anak Krakatau tsunami: The moment a child was swept from her mum

Anak Krakatau tsunami: The moment a child was swept from her mum Image copyright BBC Indonesian Image caption Emilia survived but was left with serious injuries Hundreds of people have been killed by a tsunami that struck Indonesia last weekend after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted. One woman survived to tell the tale, but told BBC News Indonesia about the horrifying moment her five-year-old child slipped from her grasp and into the sea. Emilia was holding her daughter in her hands when the waves hit. "I was holding my child, she was still calling me mum," said Emilia, identified only by her first name. But as wave after wave continued sweeping into shore, she found herself unable to hold on any more. "I was so weak, my strength was gone. I could no longer breathe... I could no longer hold my girl," she said. "I [grabbed] her shirt collar, but it [tore away]. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emilia's daughter slipped from her grasp into the sea Emilia herself barely ..
December 27, 2018

Sydney Opal Tower: Residents forced to leave for second time

Sydney Opal Tower: Residents forced to leave for second time Image copyright EPA Image caption A crack in the building's wall caused residents to evacuate on Monday. Hundreds of people have been told to leave a Sydney tower block for a second time, after a crack appeared in its walls on Monday. Many residents of the 38-storey Opal Tower had moved back in, after the alarm was first raised when loud noises were heard and a crack was discovered. The company that built the tower said it remained "structurally sound" and the relocation was just a precaution. It says this will allow engineers and investigators to work around the clock. The builder, Icon, said that no residents were in danger, but this would help them repair the site in the quickest time possible without further disruption to residents. Authorities had previously said 51 of the tower's 392 units were affected and the newly-completed building in Sydney Olympic Park was declared safe for a majority of residents to r..
December 26, 2018

Anak Krakatau: Indonesia flights rerouted as volcano alert level raised

Anak Krakatau: Indonesia flights rerouted as volcano alert level raised Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anak Krakatoa has erupted a number of times in recent months: this image was taken in July The alert level for Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano has been raised to the second highest level possible, after a series of eruptions spewed out lava. All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and a 5km exclusion zone has also been imposed. Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the alert level had been raised from level two to three because of fluctuating ongoing eruptions.. Last Saturday, the volcano triggered a tsunami which killed hundreds. "The volcanic activity of Anak Krakatau continues to increase," said BNPB in a press statement, citing data from the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. "At present, eruption activity is still ongoing. The danger zone [has been] extended from 2km to 5km... people and tourists are prohibited from carrying out..
December 26, 2018

Huawei: ‘Deep concerns’ over firm’s role in UK 5G upgrade

Huawei: 'Deep concerns' over firm's role in UK 5G upgrade Image copyright Reuters The Defence Secretary has reportedly said he has "very deep concerns" about Chinese firm Huawei being involved in upgrading the UK's mobile network. Gavin Williamson's comments - reported by the Times - came after some nations restricted use of the firm's products in 5G networks over security concerns. MI6's head recently said Britain faced decisions on Chinese ownership of tech. The UK says China is behind hackers targeting commercial secrets. Huawei denies any link to the Chinese state. On Wednesday, Mr Williamson was reported as saying: "I have grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G network in Britain. It's something we'd have to look at very closely." Australia, New Zealand and the US have restricted use of Huawei technology in 5G mobile networks, and Mr Williamson said the UK would look at their example. "We've got to recognise the f..
December 26, 2018

Boxing Day Test: Seven-year-old Archie Schiller becomes Australia captain for a day

Boxing Day Test: Seven-year-old Archie Schiller becomes Australia captain for a day Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The seven-year-old prefers to play as a leg spin bowler Around Christmas last year, seven-year-old Australian cricket super-fan Archie Schiller was lying in a hospital bed, breathing through a tube as he recovered from his third heart surgery. But this year the seven-year-old was able to forget, just briefly, the troubles of his congenital heart disease. On Wednesday, he strode onto the Melbourne Cricket Ground as honorary co-captain of the Australian cricket team as they took on India. He was captain for the Boxing Day Test - his country's biggest cricket match of the year. Thousands of spectators watched as the little boy shook hands with the Indian captain at the coin toss, signalling the start of the match. "He was just on top of the world to be out there with the team, I've never seen him smile so much," his mother Sarah Schiller told the BBC. ..
December 26, 2018

Lost in Asia’s deepest cave

Lost in Asia's deepest cave Image copyright Yulia Ustinova Image caption Boybuloq cave is now recognised as the deepest in Asia Almost 50 years ago, Mustafaqul Zokirov left his drought-hit mountain village in a remote corner of Uzbekistan in search of water. He never returned. But his disappearance led to a discovery that now draws explorers to a Central Asian country normally known for its vast steppes and ancient Silk Road cities. What attracts them is Boybuloq - at 1,415 metres (4,640 feet) - Asia's deepest cave. Image copyright Yulia Ustinova Image caption The Hisar mountains where Asia's deepest cave is located Uzbekistan's mountains still have an air of mystery and are amongst the least explored anywhere. That's certainly true for the Hisar range in the south of the country, where Boybuloq lies. Just getting there is a task not for the faint-hearted. First comes a hair-raising seven-hour drive in an old Soviet-era UAZ off-road vehicle, up to the ham..
December 26, 2018

Miley Cyrus confirms marriage to Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus confirms marriage to Liam Hemsworth Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple met on the set of the 2010 film The Last Song US pop star Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to Australian actor and long-standing partner Liam Hemsworth. She shared images from the ceremony, reported to have been held on Sunday, on social media. The couple met nearly a decade ago on the set of the film The Last Song. In November, they lost their home in California in the state's devastating wildfires. The wedding is reported to have taken place at another property owned by Cyrus, in Franklin, Tennessee. It was a small ceremony attended by family and close friends, reports said. Pictures shared on Cyrus's Twitter account showed the couple embracing. Skip Twitter post by @MileyCyrus 10 years later ..... pic.twitter.com/Lm8VD5AVxa — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 26, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @MileyCyrus The couple became engaged in 2012 but then broke..
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