September 14, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in path of ‘monster’ storm

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in path of 'monster' storm Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople in Aparri are tying down their roofs ahead of Typhoon Mangkhut Super Typhoon Mangkhut has gathered strength as it barrels towards the Philippines, weather officials say. The storm is now packing winds of 255 km/h (160 mph) and officials say more than five million people are directly in its path. Last-minute preparations are under way before it makes landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by Saturday. Flights have been cancelled, schools shut and the army is on standby. Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials say millions of Filipinos are in the path of the storm Officials have said that the storm, which is 900km in diameter, will be powerful enough to remain a "considerable threat" even if it slows down before making landfall. Reality Check: Are hurricanes getting worse? A guide to the world's deadliest storms How windy is a hurri..
September 14, 2018

Email scam: Nigerian ‘ran ring from Sydney detention centre’

Email scam: Nigerian 'ran ring from Sydney detention centre' Image copyright NSW Police Image caption The alleged ringleader, in a blurred image released by New South Wales Police Australian police have charged a man they say was running a multi-million dollar email scam from inside an immigration detention centre in Sydney. The Nigerian man, 43, headed a fraud ring which sent fake messages that claimed to be from trusted companies, according to New South Wales Police. Three other people were charged over the alleged crimes, which included identity theft and romance scams. The alleged ring netted more than A$3m (£1.6; $2.2m), authorities said. The money had been transferred to unknown recipients in Nigeria and was unlikely to be recovered, said Supt Arthur Katsogiannis. The scam was allegedly run through 16 phones and 17 SIM cards out of Sydney's Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sydney's high-security Villawood Im..
September 14, 2018

Trump says US under ‘no pressure’ for China trade deal

Trump says US under 'no pressure' for China trade deal Image copyright Getty Images The US President Donald Trump said Washington is under "no pressure" to achieve a trade deal with China as the prospect of new tariffs loom. The comments come amid reports the two sides could resume talks to stave off a third round of US tariffs. China welcomed the offer of talks and said the two countries were discussing the details, according to reports. The US has launched a trade war against China which could see all of its exports to the US subject to duties. "We are under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us," Mr Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. "Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing." US-China trade row: What has happened so far? The early victims of Trump's trade war Six ways China could retaliate in a trade war The US and China have slapped tariffs on $50bn of one another's goods this year in an escalating trad..
September 13, 2018

Scott Morrison: Australia PM puts hands up over ‘not OK’ lyrics

Scott Morrison: Australia PM puts hands up over 'not OK' lyrics Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scott Morrison set footage of MPs raising their hands to a song by US artist Fatman Scoop Australian PM Scott Morrison has apologised for posting a video online after discovering its soundtrack - a famous hip-hop song - contained lyrics that were "just not OK". The 11-second video showed government MPs raising their hands in parliament. In the caption, Mr Morrison praised his colleagues as being "on fire today". But social media users widely expressed puzzlement over its accompanying song - Be Faithful, by US artist Fatman Scoop. The song has several explicit lyrics. The section posted on Mr Morrison's social media accounts was not explicit: "You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up! You got a 50 dollar bill, put your hands up!" But the post was ridiculed as "bizarre" by people online. Many pointed out that the song, a global hit in 1999, had explicit langu..
September 13, 2018

Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever

Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever Image copyright AFP Image caption The Taliban have mounted several recent high-profile attacks, including a brief takeover of strategic Ghazni city Huge death tolls that would once have made headlines are becoming commonplace in Afghanistan, as the Taliban and other militant groups flex their muscles daily against a US-backed military struggling to cope. There remains no clear end in sight for a war that has turned into a bloody stalemate, as the BBC World Service's Dawood Azami explains. Is the violence getting worse?Since the US-led invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has never been as insecure as it is now. The Taliban control more territory than at any point since the removal of their regime 17 years ago. The Afghan war has already become the longest war in US history. With the passage of time, the conflict has not only become more intense - it has also become more complicated. The attacks are becoming bigger, more frequent, more widesprea..
September 13, 2018

K-pop: HyunA and E’Dawn relationship causes controversy

K-pop: HyunA and E'Dawn relationship causes controversy Image copyright Cube Entertainment Image caption E'Dawn (left) and HyunA (middle) formed K-pop band Triple H with Hui (right) The head of a major music label in South Korea has denied reports HyunA and E'Dawn, two members of the pop trio Triple H, have been sacked after revealing their relationship. Cube Entertainment CEO Shin Dae-Nam released a statement after 720,000 tweets in 10 hours mentioned the K-pop stars' supposed sacking. "We've yet to make an official decision on the rumour that HyunA and E'Dawn would be ousted," reads the statement on Naver, a major South Korean website. "We are still discussing it, it is not a confirmed decision. Since the opinions of the artists are also important, this should be deliberately decided through the process of collecting opinions." Many K-pop artists - often known as "idols" - are not allowed to enter into any form of romantic relationship while under contr..
September 13, 2018

Australia’s anthem: Why the words ‘young and free’ sparked protests

Australia's anthem: Why the words 'young and free' sparked protests Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Australian national anthem does not unify everyone, some argue On Wednesday, a nine-year-old girl reignited debate about Australia's national anthem by explaining why she had refused to rise for it at a school assembly. Harper Nielsen, from Brisbane, argued the lyrics of "Advance Australia Fair" disregarded the country's indigenous history. That led some lawmakers to criticise her for "disrespect", but other Australians praised her for taking a stand (or, in this case, a seat). The song was written in the 19th Century but only adopted as Australia's anthem in 1984, replacing God Save the Queen. The anthem, for various reasons, has never been regarded as particularly popular. Does Harper's assertion have much support? 'Not a young country'The main controversy in the two-verse song is the opening line: "Australians all let us rej..
September 13, 2018

Fans removed from Dua Lipa concert in China

Fans removed from Dua Lipa concert in China Image copyright EPA Fans have been forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai. Videos posted on social media show security workers pulling people out of their seats. Heavy-handed crowd control isn't that unusual in China and many are saying people were ejected for standing up or waving pro-gay rights flags. Visibly upset, Dua told the crowd: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun." "I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time." Close to tears, she added: "I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?" Image Copyright @imneo_ @imneo_ Report Image Copyright @imneo_ @imneo_ Report Some social media users have said people were forcibly removed because they were dancing. Others have also said that it was because they were waving pro-gay rights flags. Homosexuality isn't illegal in China, al..
September 13, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers and emergency workers have been holding drills in readiness for the storm Thousands of people have begun evacuating coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country. Typhoon Mangkhut, packing winds of 255km/h (160mph), is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend. Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops. Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China. The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year. Forecasters say Mangkhut is the strongest so far in 2018 - 900km in diameter, with sustained winds of 205 km/h. Image copyright AFP Image caption Typhoon Mangkhut is about 900km wide Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 7m (23 feet) and are warning that heavy rains could trigger l..
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