September 3, 2018

Neighbours shows first same-sex TV Australian wedding

Neighbours shows first same-sex TV Australian wedding Image copyright Neighbours Image caption Neighbours' Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda play David and Aaron Neighbours has shown the first ever TV same-sex wedding in Australia. The soap is reflecting on marriage equality, after same-sex marriage was legalised in December. Executive producer Jason Herbison said representation of the LGBT community is "a priority". He told The Huffington Post that the marriage of David and Aaron is a "defining moment" in the show's history. David and Aaron's wedding aired in the UK on Monday on Channel 5. Back in 1987, Neighbours showed the wedding of Scott and Charlene, which remains one of the most famous soap weddings of all time. Image copyright Neighbours/Fremantle Image caption Ramsay Street's first same sex soap wedding is set to take place Herbison said: "It's no secret that the arts are filled with members of the LGBTQ community. "As storytellers, we have played a stro..
September 3, 2018

Tallest statue in the world takes shape in India

Tallest statue in the world takes shape in India Image copyright AFP Image caption The statue is being built as a tribute to a Hindu nationalist politician The world's tallest statue is nearing completion in India. It is designed to be a 182m (600ft) high tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a hero in India's independence struggle, in Gujarat state. The Spring Temple Buddha in China is currently the world's biggest statue at 128 metres. India's statue has cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m/$430m) and is seen as a pet project of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The "Statue of Unity", as it is known, will be inaugurated by the Indian leader on 31 October. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sardar Patel is revered by many Hindu nationalists Mr Patel was a deputy to India's prime minister after independence in 1947. The nationalist was known as the "Iron Man of India" after he persuaded feuding states to unite and become part of the Indian state after independence. ..
September 3, 2018

China-Africa summit: Xi denies money being spent on vanity projects

China-Africa summit: Xi denies money being spent on vanity projects Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China's investments come with no "political strings", the president says China does not invest in "vanity projects" in Africa and is helping the continent build its infrastructure, President Xi Jinping has said. He pledged an extra $60bn (£42bn) for the continent's development, as he opened a summit with African leaders in Beijing to boost relations. China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa. But critics warn that African nations have been going into unsustainable levels of debt with the Asian giant. Mr Xi admitted there was a need to look at the commercial viability of some projects and make co-operation more viable. "China's cooperation with Africa is clearly targeted at the major bottlenecks to development," he told business leaders ahead of the opening of the two-day summit. "Resources for our cooperation are not to be..
September 3, 2018

LGBT rights: Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex

LGBT rights: Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo of a woman in Indonesia who was previously caned in public Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court. The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu. According to an official, this is the state's first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning. Human rights activists reacted with outrage. Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws. The caning was witnessed by more than 100 people, according to local news outlet The Star. Why two LGBT portraits were removed from an exhibition Anger over 'how to spot gay person' list Malaysian rights group Women's Aid Organisation told Reuters news agency it was "appalled by this grave violation of human rights". A member of the Tereng..
September 3, 2018

Ikea India fined over caterpillar in rice dish

Ikea India fined over caterpillar in rice dish Image caption The Hyderabad store sits on a 13-acre campus Ikea India has been fined after a customer found a caterpillar in a rice dish served at its store in the southern city of Hyderabad. Abeed Mohammad tweeted about the incident on Friday, tagging the city's municipal authorities. After investigating his complaint, officials on Sunday imposed a fine of $141 (£109) on the furniture giant. The Swedish firm, which opened its first store in India in early August, said it was sorry over the incident. Mr Mohammad's tweet has been widely shared on social media. Skip Twitter post by @abeedmohammed9 #Ikeahyderbad Today I found caterpillar in my veg biryani. Very unfair of food @TV9Telugu @KTRTRS sir @hydcitypolice @THHyderabad @Abnandhrajyothi pic.twitter.com/jumiED25fs — Abeed Mohammad (@abeedmohammed9) August 31, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @abeedmohammed9 His tweet prompted officials to visit the Ikea store and take samp..
September 3, 2018

China blocks access to Australian Broadcasting Corp sites

China blocks access to Australian Broadcasting Corp sites Image copyright BBC News Image caption The ABC launched a Chinese-language version of its news site last year. China has blocked access to the website of Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The ABC said users in China were "abruptly" blocked from visiting its site and apps two weeks ago. Chinese regulators told the ABC the site had breached the country's laws, but did not specify any violations. China operates a strict internet censorship regime and often blocks access to foreign sites if they publish content it does not want people to see. The BBC News and the New York Times websites are also unavailable in China at present. The ABC's China-based journalists said they had confirmed the site had been blocked, after making several enquiries about its status. BBC websites blocked in China China holds drill for 'harmful' websites "The ABC's website and apps are..
September 3, 2018

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act Image copyright AFP Reuters Image caption Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone say they were framed by the police A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested last year while carrying official documents which had just been given to them by police. They have maintained their innocence, saying they were set up by police. The case has been widely seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar. "Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and press freedom anywhere," said Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. The story behind the journalists' arrest Blow by blow: How a 'genocide' was investigated Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had been collecting evidence about the execution of 10 men by the army in the village of Inn Din in northern Rak..
September 3, 2018

JD.com head Liu briefly held in US for sexual misconduct

JD.com head Liu briefly held in US for sexual misconduct Image copyright Hennepin County Sheriff's Office The chief executive of China's JD.com, Liu Qiangdong, was briefly arrested in the US on accusations of criminal sexual conduct. Mr Liu, one of China's richest people, was arrested in Minneapolis shortly before midnight on Friday and released on Saturday afternoon. JD.com said Mr Liu, also known as Richard Liu, was falsely accused. Police say the investigation is open. The Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com has alliances with Tencent and Walmart. JD.com said in a statement on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that Mr Liu arrest in Minnesota was based on an "unsubstantiated accusation". "The local police quickly determined there was no substance to the claim against Mr Liu and he was subsequently able to resume his business activities as originally planned," it said. Minneapolis police said they were releasing no further information on the case as it remained acti..
September 2, 2018

Sinead McNamara: Australian influencer dies on Greece yacht

Sinead McNamara: Australian influencer dies on Greece yacht Image copyright SINEAD MCNAMARA/INSTAGRAM Image caption Greek authorities are investigating the death of Australian woman Sinead McNamara Friends and family have paid tribute to an Instagram blogger who died in Greece while working on a billionaire's yacht. Sinead McNamara, 20, from Australia was found in a critical condition on the vessel on Thursday, and died while being airlifted to hospital. Greek authorities have launched an investigation into her final hours on the boat, which was docked on the island of Kefalonia. The super-yacht is owned by Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres. Mr Bailleres and his family had left the Mayan Queen IV boat days before the incident, Greek news outlets reported. 'Life with no fear'Ms McNamara, originally from Port Macquarie in New South Wales, regularly posted pictures of her travels to her Instagram account, where she had more than 12,000 followers. In a post last mon..
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