December 28, 2018

Sydney Opal Tower: How could a crack form in a new building?

Sydney Opal Tower: How could a crack form in a new building? Image copyright EPA Image caption The Opal Tower in Sydney opened to residents in July On Monday, Christmas Eve, hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes in a 38-storey tower in Sydney, Australia, when a huge crack was found in its wall. Authorities later found the split in a support wall on the building's 10th floor. Engineers estimated it caused parts of the building to shift by up to 2mm. Although nobody was injured, Australians were shocked by the fault in the newly-built Opal Tower in Sydney's Olympic Park. The shiny high-rise boasted million-dollar apartments, and the developer and builder are well regarded in the industry. The tower's construction and design has since been called into question, as have the standards of the wider Australian building industry itself. Both the tower's builder and the developer defended the construction, saying that the temporary relocation was just a precau..
December 28, 2018

North Korea defector hack: Personal data of almost 1,000 leaked

North Korea defector hack: Personal data of almost 1,000 leaked Image copyright iStock Image caption Their names, birth dates and addresses have all been leaked Almost 1,000 North Korean defectors have had their personal data leaked after a computer at a South Korean resettlement centre was hacked, the unification ministry said. A personal computer at the state-run centre was found to have been "infected with a malicious code". It added that is thought to be the first large-scale information leak involving North Korean defectors. The hackers' identity and the origin of the cyber attack is not yet known. The government has not pointed the finger at North Korea this time, although many cyber-security experts been warning of the increasing sophistication of hackers from the North. One of the most high profile hacks linked to North Korea in recent years targeted Sony's entertainment business in 2014 - wiping out massive amounts of data and leading to the online distribution o..
December 28, 2018

Anak Krakatau: How a tsunami could wipe out the last Javan rhinos

Anak Krakatau: How a tsunami could wipe out the last Javan rhinos Image copyright WWF Image caption The entire species of Javan rhinos could be wiped out by a tsunami They once roamed the jungles of South East Asia and India, but today only 67 of the critically endangered Javan rhinos still exist. They all live in one single place - the Ujung Kulon National Park - just miles away from the shadow of the volatile Anak Krakatau volcano. When Anak Krakatau triggered a tsunami across the Sunda Strait, its effects were felt at the Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK) in Banten. Two park officials died, and numerous TNUK buildings and ships were also destroyed. But the 67 critically endangered Javan rhinos left in the park - the only ones left in the world - were left unscathed, for now. The Javan rhinos typically live along the park's south coast. This time, the tsunami hit the north coast. But the rhinos might not be so lucky if there is a next time, and now officials are rushing to move..
December 27, 2018

What awaits any Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar?

What awaits any Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the Rohingya now live in camps near the Bangladeshi border town of Cox's Bazar Throughout 2018, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, following a military crackdown on the Muslim minority people. Under a deal between the two countries, thousands of them were due to be moved back to Myanmar. But this was halted when none wanted to return. But what is in store for them should they chose they ever chose to go back? In the 1990s, "Asia's Mandela" was one contrived comparison used to praise the incarcerated Aung San Suu Kyi and her struggle for universal human rights in Myanmar. But where Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) fought to dismantle an apartheid regime, Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) now stands accused of entrenching division and discrimination in her own blood-drenched country. Image copy..
December 27, 2018

Why smartphones are skewing young Indians’ ideas of sex

Why smartphones are skewing young Indians’ ideas of sex Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Making pornographic material or sharing it is illegal in India A troubling trend of rape videos going viral in India has led many to believe that smartphones and easy access to violent porn, coupled with a lack of sex education, could fuel sexual violence. The BBC's Divya Arya reports. Earlier this year, a video showing a group of teenage boys trying to rip the clothes off a young woman was shared extensively on WhatsApp in India. In it, she is urging them to stop, using the term "bhaiyya" (Hindi for brother) but they are jeering, laughing, clearly enjoying themselves. As the video went viral, police were able to establish that it was filmed in a village in the northern state of Bihar. The accused teenagers were arrested. Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating Explaining India's new anti-rape laws The arrests caused anxiety in their village in Jehanabad, a fou..
December 27, 2018

Musk seeks to dismiss ‘pedo’ defamation claim

Musk seeks to dismiss 'pedo' defamation claim Image caption Vern Unsworth (R) helped bring top international cave rescuers to the mission, including Rob Harper (L) Elon Musk is seeking to dismiss a defamation claim by saying that "over-the-top" paedophilia claims he tweeted should not be taken seriously. He is being sued by Vern Unsworth, who aided the rescue of 12 boys from Thailand's Tham Luang caves. The two clashed over how to free the boys in an exchange that led to Tesla's chief calling Mr Unsworth "pedo guy". Mr Musk's lawyers said the "insult" had been made in response to Mr Unsworth's own disparaging remarks. Mr Unsworth is from St Albans, Hertfordshire, but now lives near Chiang Rai in Thailand. Angry responseThe "vituperative" exchange between Mr Musk and Mr Unsworth took place during frantic attempts to rescue the 12 boys and their coach from deep within the partially flooded caves in July 2018. Mr Unsworth helped recruit experienced UK cave d..
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 ..
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