December 24, 2018

When Donald met Kim: What happened next?

When Donald met Kim: What happened next? Image copyright AFP Image caption This was a historic moment in June, but Kim and Trump have grown further apart since Throughout this week, we will be looking back at some of the BBC website's most-read stories of the year and asking: what happened after the news moved on? Today, our Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker looks at what, if anything, changed after historic talks between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un in June. I've lost track of the number of firsts on the Korean peninsula this year. The most obvious was the first US-North Korean summit in Singapore in June. Historic was the word most of us used on the day Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to shake the hand of a North Korean leader. Mr Trump went a bit further. They fell in love, he announced at a political rally. The summit held so many possibilities. Did Donald Trump succeed where others, for decades, had failed and get North Korea to give..
December 24, 2018

Afghan government compound attack kills 28

Afghan government compound attack kills 28 Image copyright EPA Image caption The security force operation to free workers took seven hours At least 28 people have died in a suicide and gun attack on a government compound in Kabul, officials say. At least 20 others were injured during the siege at the Afghan ministry of public works in Kabul. Hundreds of employees were trapped inside the building at the time - and some reportedly jumped to safety. It is not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Both the Islamic State group and Taliban have carried similar attacks in the past. The incident reportedly started with a suicide car bomb blast near the building's entrance, before gunmen stormed inside. People in nearby buildings reportedly locked themselves in their offices for safety, a witness told the Reuters news agency. Trump's withdrawal 'ignores dangerous threat' Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that ..
December 24, 2018

Australia to set up drone-identifying systems

Australia to set up drone-identifying systems Image copyright Reuters Image caption Drone hotspots such as Sydney Harbour will also get the monitoring equipment Drone "hot spots" in Australia are getting sensors to automatically identify the aircraft and their pilots. Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) said it would install the equipment at the nation's airports starting next month. The monitors have been planned for some time, but come in the wake of 72 hours of drone-related disruption at the UK's Gatwick airport last week. In 2019, Australia will also start a scheme to register drone owners. The UK is also due to introduce a scheme in November that will require recreational drones weighing 250g (0.55lb) or more to be registered. Heavy finesAlmost 140,000 air travellers were delayed last week after reports of drone sightings caused huge delays at Gatwick Airport. UK police are still searching for the culprits, although they have also raised the possib..
December 24, 2018

Sydney Opal Tower: Thousands evacuated after ‘crack’

Sydney Opal Tower: Thousands evacuated after 'crack' Image copyright EPA Image caption A loud cracking noise was heard by residents As many as 3,000 people have been evacuated after residents of a newly completed tower block in Australia reported hearing "cracking noises". Police confirmed they had found a crack in the 33-storey Opal Tower, in Sydney Olympic Park, following reports of the noise on the 10th floor. Engineers said the high-rise tower has moved up to 2mm, local media reported. A 1km (0.6 mile) evacuation zone, which also affected other buildings, was put in place amid safety fears. An email to residents of a nearby apartment block said the evacuation had been ordered because "there is a potential for the tower to collapse", according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Specialists were due to enter the 10th floor to inspect the crack and assess whether the building was safe, Greg White, a spokesman for New South Wales Fire And Rescue, told reporters. He said police ha..
December 24, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYuni was forced to run from the water The death toll following the tsunami caused by the Anak Krakatau volcano has risen to at least 373, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency says. Saturday saw giant waves crash into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java. It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves. "1,459 people are injured, while 128 remain missing," said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a statement. Coastal residents near the volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami. Anak Krakatau erupted again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke. Video shot from a charter plane captured the magnitude of the volcanic event in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. A volcanologist explains eruption images The rock band swept away by deadly ..
December 24, 2018

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of supporters of Nawaz Sharif gathered at the court in Islamabad for the verdict Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sent back to jail after a fresh corruption conviction. The court in Islamabad gave Sharif a seven-year term for having investments beyond his declared assets. Sharif, who denies wrongdoing, was jailed in July in a different corruption case but bailed on appeal when the Islamabad High Court suspended his sentence in September. His party lost general elections in July while he was in jail. Former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won most seats, after running on an anti-corruption platform. Security around the court in Islamabad was tight for Monday's verdict. Profile: Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif's Panamagate explained How a font exposed 'fake' documents Can Imran Khan change Pakistan? The former ruling pa..
December 24, 2018

India rescuers step up efforts to save trapped coal miners

India rescuers step up efforts to save trapped coal miners Image copyright Sannio Siangshai Image caption Rescue officials are trying to pump out water from the mine Rescuers in India say they are hoping for a miracle to save 15 workers trapped inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men were trapped 11 days ago when sudden flooding blocked their exit. Officials hope they have found an air pocket in the main shaft to survive. Rescuers have been trying to drain the mine but have just two pumps and have asked for more resources. So-called "rat-hole" coal mining is widespread in the state, but illegal. Such mining involves digging pits into the ground to create a narrow hole to find coal. The trapped workers were inside one such mine in East Jaintia district. "We are optimistic that the miners have found an air pocket [a dry area] in the main shaft, it will give us more time to reach them," Santosh Singh from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ..
December 24, 2018

Chris Dawson: Husband in podcast mystery released on bail

Chris Dawson: Husband in podcast mystery released on bail Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian Chris Dawson is accused of murdering his wife who vanished in 1982 The husband of Lynette Dawson, a Sydney woman whose disappearance has been the subject of a popular crime podcast, has been released on bail after his arrest for her alleged murder. The 70-year-old denies killing his wife, saying that she abandoned the family for a religious group in 1982. The story of her disappearance is told in Australian podcast The Teacher's Pet, which secured a global following. Chris Dawson was greeted by a media throng upon exiting jail on Monday. He posted A$1.5m (£0.85m; $1.05m) bail and will return to his family home in the state of Queensland, where he will have surrender his passport and report daily to authorities. Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Lynette Dawson, a mother of two, was last seen in 1982 Police arrested the former high school teacher on 5 December, following a th..
December 23, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Rock band Seventeen swept away by waves

Indonesia tsunami: Rock band Seventeen swept away by waves Image copyright Instagram/Seventeenbandid Image caption (From L-R) Andi, Riefian, Bani and Herman were performing as the tsunami struck One of the most shocking and heart-rending stories to emerge from the Indonesian tsunami is that of rock band Seventeen, who were performing in a marquee on the beach when waves came crashing through and swept them away. If a lot of the current soul searching and commentary in Indonesia right now is about how there was absolutely no warning for the killer waves, this is the starkest illustration of that. The footage of the event is startling for how quickly a scene of about 200 people gathered around tables listening rapt to the band, became one of vast waves surging through the tent as the singing turned into screams. Three members of the band - the bassist, road manager, guitarist - and a crew member have been killed. The band's drummer still remains missing. The lead vocalist of the..
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