November 26, 2018

John Allen Chau: ‘Incredibly dangerous’ to retrieve body from North Sentinel

John Allen Chau: 'Incredibly dangerous' to retrieve body from North Sentinel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWho are the Sentinelese? Indian officials should abandon efforts to retrieve the body of an American missionary reportedly killed by an endangered tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, a rights group says. Survival International says any attempt is "incredibly dangerous" for both the Sentinelese tribesmen and officials. John Allen Chau was said to have been killed with arrows when he landed on North Sentinel on 17 November. He was trying to convert the protected people to Christianity. Indian authorities struggled to retrieve Chau's body over the weekend, when a police boat faced off with Sentinelese tribesmen but withdrew to avoid confrontation. Who was US man killed in remote islands? What we could learn from remote tribes US man's death puts spotlight on 'tribal tourism' "The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measle..
November 26, 2018

Jackie Chan’s daughter confirms marriage to Canadian girlfriend

Jackie Chan's daughter confirms marriage to Canadian girlfriend Image copyright Instagram/UCHUx2 Image caption Andi Autumn (left) and Etta Ng shared the news of their marriage on Instagram on Monday Etta Ng, the estranged teenage daughter of movie star Jackie Chan, has announced that she has married her 31-year-old Canadian girlfriend. The happy couple shared a picture of Ms Ng, 19, and social media personality Andi Autumn with their apparent marriage certificate, dated 8 November. Media reports said the pair registered their marriage in Canada, and are now in Ms Ng's native Hong Kong. The news was celebrated online, and trended on Chinese platform Weibo. Ms Ng is martial arts star Chan's only child with actor and former beauty queen Elaine Ng Yi Lei following an affair the couple had in 1999. She was raised by her mother but local media reports suggest their relationship was fraught with tension in recent years. Image Copyright ettazen ettazen Report "We have all bee..
November 26, 2018

Taiwan’s political earthquake: Does China gain from Tsai Ing-wen’s losses?

Taiwan's political earthquake: Does China gain from Tsai Ing-wen's losses? Image copyright EPA Image caption President Tsai Ing-wen's DPP framed the vote as one between freedom or a Chinese takeover Taiwan is often hit by earthquakes, but over the weekend it was shaken by a political one. In a series of local elections, the ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which came to power in 2016 in a landslide victory, lost more than half the cities and counties it held and is left with only a handful. The China-friendly former ruling party Kuomintang (KMT) made a dramatic comeback, winning 15 of the 22 cities and counties in Taiwan. The result is a major upset for President Tsai Ing-wen, who has resigned as party leader, and could indicate a victory for the KMT in 2020's presidential and parliamentary elections. China has leapt on the outcome, saying voters rejected Ms Tsai's "separatist stance". But the reality is not so straightforward. Tai..
November 26, 2018

Koreas tag-team for wrestling recognition

Koreas tag-team for wrestling recognition Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The sport dates back to the fourth century and has some similarities to sumo wrestling Unesco has accepted a joint bid by North and South Korea and granted world cultural heritage status to Korean wrestling. The two countries had initially filed separately, but then decided to try a joint approach - a move the UN agency's head called "unprecedented". The ancient sport is known as Ssirum in the North and Ssireum in the South. Competitors win by making any part of an opponent's body above the knee touch the ground. Wrestlers reportedly start by facing each other in the pit on their knees, holding a sash around the waist and trying to bring their opponent to the floor. "The joint [bid] marks a highly symbolic step on the road to inter-Korean reconciliation," Unesco's director-general Audrey Azoulay said in a press release. Both Koreas agreed to merge their applications after mediation by t..
November 26, 2018

Doubts over Chinese baby-editing claim

China baby gene editing claim 'dubious' Image copyright Getty Images Significant doubts have emerged about claims from a Chinese scientist that he has helped make the world's first genetically edited babies. Prof He Jiankui says the twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had their DNA altered as embryos to prevent them from contracting HIV. His claims, filmed by Associated Press, are unverified and have sparked outrage from the scientists, who have called the idea monstrous. Such work is banned in most countries. Future generations Gene editing could potentially help avoid heritable diseases by deleting or changing troublesome coding in embryos. But experts worry meddling with the genome of an embryo could cause harm not only to the individual but also future generations that inherit these same changes. And many countries, including the UK, have laws that prevent the use of genome editing in embryos for assisted reproduction in humans. Scientists can do gene editing resea..
November 26, 2018

John Allen Chau: What we could learn from remote tribes

John Allen Chau: What we could learn from remote tribes Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn Allen Chau was killed by the Sentinelese tribe When American John Allen Chau was killed by an endangered tribe in India last week, it brought a renewed focus on some of the world's most isolated people. Officials in India said Chau was a missionary keen to convert the protected Sentinelese people on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. But the Sentinelese, who are fearful of outsiders, attacked Chau with bows and arrows. Advocates for isolated communities, like London-based Survival International, say Chau's killing should act as a reminder that remote tribes need to be protected from the outside world. And one anthropologist interviewed by the BBC said there was a risk such incidents could make people wrongly assume all tribes lived "nasty, brutish and short" lives. In fact, experts have highlighted plenty of lessons the developed world could take from remote t..
November 26, 2018

Uber driver found guilty over passenger’s death in Sydney

Uber driver found guilty over passenger's death in Sydney Image copyright Getty Images An Uber driver has been convicted over the death of an English passenger in Sydney, Australia. The passenger, 30-year-old Samuel Thomas, died when he fell from the Uber and was hit by a bus in June last year. Mr Thomas, from Hertfordshire, had been getting out of the car when driver Nazrul Islam accelerated. Islam, 32, pleaded not guilty to negligent driving causing death, but a magistrate ruled that he had not kept "a proper lookout" as Mr Thomas exited. "Mr Islam did not exercise the reasonable care that a driver must exercise," Magistrate Mary Ryan told a Sydney court on Monday. Islam had argued that he did not notice his passenger's attempts to exit. 'Six-second warning'The court heard that Mr Thomas and two friends were intoxicated as they travelled home in the Uber from a house party. They were about five minutes from their destination when Mr Thomas, who was in the back se..
November 26, 2018

Needle found in strawberry punnet in New Zealand supermarket

Needle found in strawberry punnet in New Zealand supermarket Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A needle crisis in Australia saw hundreds of punnet pulled from shelves A needle was found inside a punnet of strawberries on sale in a New Zealand supermarket, the second such incident in recent months. The strawberries were bought at a Fresh Choice supermarket in Geraldine, a town on the South Island. It comes after a nationwide scare in Australia which saw almost 200 reports of needle-contaminated strawberries. An Australian woman accused of carrying out the act in "spite" has since been arrested. It is not clear if the strawberry punnet, which was bought on Saturday morning, was domestic to New Zealand or imported from Australia. Why would someone hide a needle in fruit? Berry needle scare 'motivated by spite' Australia crackdown on fruit scare 'idiots' The person who found the needle was not harmed, a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) spokesperson told..
November 25, 2018

Queensland bushfires: Evacuations amid ‘highly unusual’ conditions

Queensland bushfires: Evacuations amid 'highly unusual' conditions Image copyright QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE Image caption A 50km-long bushfire in Queensland is threatening homes Hundreds of Australians have evacuated their homes due to bushfires amid "unprecedented" weather conditions in the state of Queensland, officials say. About 40 bushfires are burning across the state following a heatwave, said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. The most serious blaze, 450km (280 miles) north of Brisbane, has destroyed at least two homes, damaged four others and prompted evacuation orders. The conditions have been described as "highly unusual" for this time of year. The largest bushfire is about 50km long and has burnt through approximately 11,000 hectares in the Deepwater National Park. It began on Saturday and is expected to remain a threat in coming days. Most of the other bushfires are being contained, authorities said. Unlike in Australia's drier south, intense fire ..
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