March 19, 2019

How prevalent is far-right extremism?

How prevalent is far-right extremism? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits mourners at the Kilbirnie Mosque in New Zealand The shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead and dozens wounded, have led to renewed questions about the extent of far-right extremism. The British security minister has said it is "perfectly possible" a far-right attack could happen in the UK and has raised concerns about the radicalisation of individuals online. So, how widespread is this form of violent extremism? Australia and New ZealandBefore the latest attack, both New Zealand and Australia said their main security risk was from Islamist terrorism. And New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service's most recent annual report makes no reference to far-right extremism. A report in 2017 by Australia's Security Intelligence Organisation says that although the country "experiences low levels of communal violence", one person wa..
March 19, 2019

Thai tycoon found guilty for poaching but freed ahead of appeal

Thai tycoon found guilty for poaching but freed ahead of appeal Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Premchai Karnasuta was once among Thailand's 50 richest people, according to Forbes The head of one of Thailand's largest construction firms has been sentenced to 16 months in jail on three poaching charges but is free pending an appeal. Premchai Karnasuta was caught with hunting gear and animal carcasses, including a black panther, in a protected sanctuary in February 2018. Three of his employees, but not Premchai, were found guilty on Tuesday of possessing the panther carcass. The case had sparked an outcry over the impunity of the rich and powerful. Premchai is head of Italian-Thai Development, a Bangkok-based firm that helped build the capital's Suvarnabhumi airport and Skytrain rail link. The high-profile case has been closely followed in Thailand, where convictions for poaching happen often but rarely when it comes to prominent people. What happened in c..
March 19, 2019

‘Thai bride’ body found on Yorkshire Dales in 2004 identified

'Thai bride' body found on Yorkshire Dales in 2004 identified Image copyright Family photo/DONLAWAT SUNSUK Image caption Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya, was last seen by her family in 2004 A woman whose body was found in the Yorkshire Dales 15 years ago has been identified, police have confirmed. North Yorkshire Police said the woman who was found in a stream near Pen-y-ghent in 2004 was Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya. Ms Armitage, who would be 51, moved to the UK in 1991 and lived in Portsmouth, Rugby and Preston, the force said. Officers investigating her death want to speak to anyone who may have known her or her family. The force said it had carried out extensive inquiries and DNA testing with family members in Thailand in order to confirm Ms Armitage's identity. More news and stories from across YorkshireOfficers are continuing to "build a picture of Lamduan's life in Thailand and at various places she lived in the UK between 1991 and 2004", a police statement..
March 19, 2019

Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades

Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has led the country since independence from the Soviet Union, has announced his resignation. In a pre-recorded television address, he said the decision had "not been simple". Mr Nazarbayev, 78, has been largely unchallenged since he became leader of the oil-rich nation in 1990. He has focused on economic reform while resisting moves to democratise the political system. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
March 19, 2019

India ‘asks banks to rescue Jet Airways’

India 'asks banks to rescue Jet Airways' Image copyright Reuters The Indian government has asked state-run banks to step in and save struggling carrier Jet Airlines, according to Reuters. India has urged the banks to swap debt for equity, and take stakes in Jet, the news agency said. With more than $1bn (£750m) in debt, the airline has had to delay payments to banks, employees, suppliers and even aircraft lessors. India wants to avoid job losses ahead of a general election, Reuters added. The government has been asking state-run banks including SBI and Punjab National Bank (PNB) as well as the 49% state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to take at least a third of the airline until new buyer can be found, the news agency said. Meanwhile, the airline's aircraft maintenance engineers' union has written to the Indian aviation regulator to say that that three months of salary is overdue, and flight safety "is at risk", the Press Trust of India re..
March 19, 2019

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice Image copyright Fotogloria Image caption The woman was admitted to intensive care for five days A woman in China almost died after injecting herself with liquidised fruit in a bid to be healthy. The 51-year-old suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put into intensive care for five days. There were over 20 kinds of fruit in the intravenous injection, an employee at the Affiliated Hospital of Xiangnan University in Hunan told the BBC. Social media users in China claim the case highlights the need for basic medical knowledge. After injecting herself with the mixture, the woman had itchy skin and a rising temperature. She was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on 22 February, before being transferred to a general ward and later discharged. You might also like 'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' fetches €1.25m Super bloom tourists cause 'safety crisis' Chinese uni trades ca..
March 19, 2019

Translation errors force Osaka metro websites offline

Translation errors force Osaka metro websites offline Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Passengers were told to take the 'Sakai muscle' line Osaka's metro network has shut down its foreign language sites after users noticed some odd translations. Among the errors on its English page was the literal translation of Sakaisuji line as "Sakai muscle". Many Japanese businesses are trying to make themselves accessible for foreign visitors, ahead of the rugby world cup this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Officials say they used the same Microsoft translation programme for all of the metro's non-Japanese pages. As well as being told to take the "muscle line", passengers were advised to alight at stations called "Before the Zoo" (Dobutsuen-mae), "Powerhouse Town" (Daikokucho), "Prince Bridge Now City" (Taishibashi-Imaichi) and "World Teahouse" (Tengachaya). "Third carriage", meanwhile, rather unsettlingly became "three eyes". Skip Twitter post by @memekan9999 大阪..
March 19, 2019

Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport

Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport Image copyright SPL Indian authorities are investigating a possible smuggling ring after discovering a live human embryo in a suitcase at Mumbai's airport. A Malaysian national was allegedly found with the embryo in a canister concealed in his luggage on 16 March. The man, who reportedly admitted this was not the first time he had smuggled embryos into India, then led officials to a high-end IVF clinic in the city. But the clinic has vehemently denied being involved, alleging a set-up. The Americans who 'adopt' other people's embryos 'Longest-frozen' embryo born 24 years on Frozen embryos give second chance to China mothers The man said he was taking the embryo to the clinic when questioned, Rebecca Gonsalves, representing the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which is investigating the case, told Mumbai's high court on Monday. According to the Times of India, a number of text mess..
March 19, 2019

Mukesh Ambani: India’s richest man helps his brother avoid jail

Mukesh Ambani: India's richest man helps his brother avoid jail Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mukesh Ambani, left, sits next to his wife Nita Ambani, and Anil Ambani on the right India's richest man Mukesh Ambani has paid a debt payment owed by his brother, saving him from spending time in prison. Anil Ambani faced a prison sentence after a deal between his firm Reliance Communications (RCom) and telecoms giant Ericsson collapsed. That left his firm owing Ericsson 5.5bn rupees ($80m; £60m), which it failed to pay by a court deadline. The move marks a new twist a long-running feud between the brothers. RCom failed to comply with an India Supreme Court order to pay Ericsson the money by 15 December last year. The court found him guilty of contempt, giving him another four weeks to pay or go to prison. On Monday, RCom said the debt had been paid. "My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and (his wife) Nita, for standing by me during ..
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