December 8, 2018

Acquitted of blasphemy and living in fear in Pakistan

Acquitted of blasphemy and living in fear in Pakistan Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Christians Shama (L) and Shehzad (R) were accused of desecrating the Koran and killed by a mob in 2014 Saima - not her real name- still hasn't recovered from her four years in solitary confinement in a small Pakistani prison cell. "Even now I feel like I am in jail. You can see the scars on my legs from when I was chained." Saima was sentenced to life imprisonment for having committed blasphemy, before her conviction was eventually overturned. She says her jailers at times wouldn't give her food because she was Christian. "They would say, 'You disgraced our religion,'" she told the BBC. She was accused of defiling the Koran and using it to perform exorcisms. But Saima says her Muslim neighbours launched the case against her, following a petty fight between their children. Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world Human rights groups..
December 8, 2018

Who was the ‘Thai bride’ dumped in the hills?

Who was the 'Thai bride' dumped in the hills? Image copyright Richard Hill Image caption When Richard Hill posed for this picture, he did not realise a body was wrapped around the rocks behind him Moments after Richard Hill posed for this picture, he and his friends discovered a corpse lying in the mountain stream. More than 14 years later, police remain baffled as to the identity of the woman dumped in the Yorkshire Dales. But forensic advances have at last offered a clue, giving weight to a new theory about the final years of her life. Stormy weather battered the five walkers as they set off from the quaint village of Horton in Ribblesdale for Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks. After reaching the summit of the smallest, Pen-y-ghent, they were forced back to flat land by the wind and rain and took a detour along the Pennine Way. The group decided to stop near a network of caves known as Sell Gill Holes - it was a natural break point and a chance to grab a bite and take a f..
December 8, 2018

Priyanka Chopra: US writer sorry for ‘scam artist’ comment

Priyanka Chopra: US writer sorry for 'scam artist' comment Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Chopra (R) and Mr Jonas are in Udaipur for another big wedding A US journalist has apologised after writing that Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was a "scam artist" who had trapped US singer Nick Jonas into marrying her to further her career. Mariah Smith said she took "full responsibility for what I wrote, and I was wrong. I am truly sorry". The article in The Cut, a New York-based website, has since been taken down. Many Indians had jumped to Ms Chopra's defence and accused The Cut of racism. However Ms Smith said she did not "condone racism, xenophobia, or sexism". Skip Twitter post by @mRiah — mariah smith (@mRiah) December 7, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @mRiah It follows an earlier apology from The Cut, which said the article "did not meet our standards". India's richest family caps year of big fat weddings Indians unite to ..
December 8, 2018

Huawei arrest: China demands Canada free Meng Wanzhou

Huawei arrest: China demands Canada free Meng Wanzhou Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of the company's founder China has demanded that Canada release the arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou or face consequences. Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned the Canadian ambassador and lodged a "strong protest", a statement said. The ministry described Ms Meng's arrest as "extremely nasty". Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the firm's founder, is accused of breaking US sanctions on Iran. She was held in Vancouver last Saturday and faces extradition to the US, where she could be jailed for up to 30 years if found guilty. China insists that she has not violated any laws. What's going on with Huawei? A quick guide to the US-China trade war On Friday Ms Meng appeared before a Canadian court, which adjourned a decision on whether or not to allow bail until Monday. What has China said?Ms Meng's arres..
December 8, 2018

India’s richest family caps year of big fat weddings

India's richest family caps year of big fat weddings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mukesh Ambani (left) is worth more than $40bn. His daughter Isha (third from left) will marry on 12 December India is still recovering from two back-to-back celebrity weddings but it's already time for the next one. This time it's the children of two Indian billionaires, who are all set for what promises to be the next level of big fat Indian weddings. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, the son of another billionaire industrialist on 12 December. Celebrations kick off this weekend in Udaipur, a royal city that is now a coveted wedding destination. The last time a wedding of an Indian businessman's family got this much attention was in 2004. Indian-born but London-based steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal hosted his daughter's wedding at France's historic Palace of Versailles and a grand chateau. The bill, w..
December 7, 2018

NZ murder inquiry into missing backpacker

Grace Millane: New Zealand Police start murder inquiry Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex - described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated" - was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said the evidence told them she was "no longer alive". A 26-year-old man - who was with Miss Millane before she went missing - is being held in Auckland in connection with the murder. "Grace's family have been advised of this development and they are devastated," Det Insp Beard added. The announcement follows a review of CCTV footage, the forensic examination of a hotel where she was last seen on Saturday 1 December, and the discovery of a vehicle. Police confirmed the man being held was with Miss Millane on the Saturday evening..
December 7, 2018

Japan eases immigration rules for workers

Japan eases immigration rules for workers Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan will allow some foreigners to work in construction and other sectors Japan's parliament has approved a controversial new law allowing hundreds of thousands of foreigners into the country to ease labour shortages. From next April foreigners will be allowed to take up jobs in sectors such construction, farming and nursing. Japan has traditionally been wary of immigration but the government says more foreigners are needed because of Japan's ageing population. Opposition parties say the law risks exposing newcomers to exploitation. Under the new system, more than 300,000 foreigners could be allowed to work in sectors facing a labour crunch. The law creates two new visa categories. Workers in the first category will be allowed in for five years if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese. The economic lessons Japan can teach the West Trending in Japan: Restless r..
December 7, 2018

Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts

Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts Image copyright Reuters Huawei is the poster child for China's dynamic tech sector. It has grown phenomenally in recent years, from a small manufacturer of telephone exchange switches, to become a global leader in the tech industry. While the brand is familiar to many from its mobile phone handsets, Huawei has its finger in many other pies - from cloud services to artificial intelligence. And despite increasing controversy around whether using Huawei telecoms equipment poses a security risk, the block on its business deals in some countries, and most recently, the arrest in Canada of one of its executives, the company itself has continued on its steady path of global growth. That growth came against a backdrop of a rising China, on its way to becoming the world's second largest economy, providing the firm with a huge base upon which to build its initial market, as a springboard to international expansion. Most no..
December 7, 2018

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over Iran, court hears

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over Iran, court hears Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is facing fraud charges relating to alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, a Canadian court has heard. Details of the charges were revealed when a publication ban was lifted by a judge in Vancouver. Ms Meng, daughter of Huwei's founder, was arrested in the city on Saturday and faces extradition to the US. The court is deciding whether or not to allow bail. 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.
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