October 26, 2018

India’s Sabarimala: Over 2,000 arrested for blocking women from temple

India's Sabarimala: Over 2,000 arrested for blocking women from temple Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sabarimala authorities say they don't want women to "distract" the temple deity Police in India have arrested 2,200 people for protesting against the entry of women into a prominent Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala. Hundreds clashed with women to prevent them from entering the Sabarimala shrine last week, despite a historic Supreme Court ruling. Violent protests were also held in different parts of the state, defying the police's appeal for peace. The temple has historically been closed to women of "menstruating age". A senior police officer told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi that the protesters, including both men and women, have been arrested for rioting and unlawful assembly. "We have arrested those who prevented women from entering the temple and also those who violently protested against the court's order. We hope that this will act a..
October 26, 2018

Singapore trader denies laundering millions for North Korea

Singapore trader denies laundering millions for North Korea Image copyright FBI Image caption Mr Tan Wee Beng is the director of two companies in Singapore A Singaporean trader wanted by the FBI for allegedly helping North Korean entities evade US sanctions has flatly denied "all charges" against him. Tan Wee Beng told the BBC that he had only learned of criminal charges against him via news reports. "Nobody has contacted me. The FBI has not called me, the Singapore police have not called me," he said. US Federal Prosecutor Geoffrey Barman on Thursday called Mr Tan "a fugitive from American justice". In the same justice department statement, FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said the Singaporean "conducted illicit transactions totalling millions of dollars in support of North Korean entities in blatant violation of a host of economic sanctions the United States has established against North Korea and North Korean entities". The US Treasury has now placed sanctions on Mr Tan and t..
October 26, 2018

Chinese kindergarten children injured in knife attack

Chinese kindergarten children injured in knife attack At least 14 children have been injured in a knife attack at kindergarten in Chongqing, in south-west China. Police say a 39-year-old woman carrying a kitchen knife entered the school in Banan district on Friday morning, as the children were in the playground. The motive for the attack is unclear, though some reports on social media say the woman had a grievance against the government. The woman, whose surname was given as Liu, was arrested at the scene. Police have denied media reports that two children died, using social media to urge people not to pass on "rumours". China has faced a string of unrelated knife attacks in school and kindergartens in recent years. They have usually been carried out by people seeking revenge against officials or individuals, or who are suffering from mental health problem
October 25, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist’s body parts found

By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Istanbul Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources. The sources have […]
October 25, 2018

Meghan and Harry unveil statue of forgotten British Fijian war hero

Meghan and Harry unveil statue of forgotten British Fijian war hero Image copyright British High Commission Fiji Image caption Sergeant Talaisa Labalala was part of the elite Special Air Services The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have unveiled a statue of a largely unknown British-Fijian war hero who died in battle after holding off hundreds of enemy soldiers for hours. Harry and Meghan paid tribute to Sergeant Talaisa Labalaba, who saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the Battle of Mirbat in Oman in 1972. Only eight Fijians have joined the elite Special Air Services (SAS). The royal couple unveiled the statue at Nadi Airport on Thursday morning. They are on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Meghan's message of female empowerment in Fiji How to catch the eye of a royal 'He was a hero'Sgt Labalaba, who was born in 1942 in Fiji, was recruited into the British army in 1961 and quickly made his way into the SAS. Known to his colleagues as a "gentle ..
October 25, 2018

Cathay Pacific data hack hits 9.4 million passengers

Cathay Pacific data hack hits 9.4 million passengers Image copyright Getty Images Cathay Pacific says the personal data of up to 9.4 million passengers have been accessed in the latest security breach to hit the aviation industry. Passport numbers, email addresses and expired credit card details were among the data leaked. Chief executive Rupert Hogg apologised and said there was "no evidence" the information had been misused. It comes weeks after British Airways revealed a major data leak had hit its customers. The Hong Kong carrier said a wide range of personal information was accessed including passport details, identity card numbers, travel history and email addresses. No passwords were compromised. "We are very sorry for any concern this data security event may cause our passengers," the airline's chief executive Rupert Hogg said in a statement. He said there was "no evidence that any personal data has been misused" and that the airline was in the process of contacting..
October 24, 2018

Sydney high school students hurt in syringe ‘prank’

Sydney high school students hurt in syringe 'prank' Image caption Eight teenagers suffered 'minor pricks' from the needle (file picture) A student wielding a syringe has pricked eight teenagers in a "prank" at a high school in western Sydney, Australian authorities have said. Several ambulances were called to Plumpton High School on Thursday following reports of a stabbing. Students were found with "a minor needle prick" and no serious injuries, said New South Wales state police. "A student was doing what appears to be a prank which involved a needle," a statement said. The injured students received blood tests as a precaution. They were hurt on their hands and legs, according to paramedics. Police have not yet spoken with the alleged perpetrator. You might also be interested in: Woolworths pulls needles amid fruit scare Why would someone hide a needle in fruit?
October 24, 2018

Falling stars challenge: China’s twist on the young rich millennial meme

Falling stars challenge: China's twist on the young rich millennial meme Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption Sina Entertainment said that Chinese users were "more creative" than the Russians with the challenge - showing their daily life toils One of the hottest online trends of the summer - the #fallingstarschallenge - has now made an appearance in China and it is inevitably being reinvented by Chinese millennials who never pass up an opportunity for parody. The trend began in Russia and became wildly popular in August, particularly among the country's rich kids of Instagram. It saw wealthy young Russians use the hashtag #fallingstarschallenge2018 while staging falls out of luxury cars and private jets surrounded by items like luxury handbags and champagne glasses casually splayed around the floor. The trend quickly went global, but has particularly proven popular in China. Certainly some wealthy young Chinese have been showing off their bling in the challenge. Image ..
October 24, 2018

A quick guide to the US-China trade war

A quick guide to the US-China trade war Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is the biggest export market for Chinese goods The world's two largest economies - the US and China - are locked in an escalating trade battle. US President Donald Trump had been complaining about China's trading practices even before he took office in 2016. That year he said China engaged in the "rape" of the US economy, and since then he has aggressively targeted Beijing as part of his broader America First agenda. In 2017, the US launched an investigation into Chinese trade policies and has steadily imposed tariffs on Chinese products from this year. What tariffs are in place? So far, the US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods, totalling more than $250bn (£191.9bn). They cover a wide range of consumer and industrial items including handbags, rice and railway equipment. The duties range from 10% to 25%. Mr Trump has since threatened to hit another $267bn worth of g..
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