November 28, 2018

John Jarratt: Wolf Creek actor to stand trial on rape charge

John Jarratt: Wolf Creek actor to stand trial on rape charge Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Jarratt has denied a charge of rape Australian actor John Jarratt is to stand trial over an alleged rape in Sydney in 1976, a court has ruled. Mr Jarratt, best known for his role in horror film Wolf Creek, was charged by police in August. It is alleged that the actor, then aged 24, raped an 18-year-old woman at a house in a suburb of inner Sydney. Mr Jarratt, now 66, has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer told a court that it would be a "short, sharp" trial. The actor stood and nodded on Thursday when told by a magistrate that his trial would begin late next year, Australian media reported. Police began investigating the case last December after being contacted by the alleged victim. Mr Jarratt is a veteran actor of Australian film and television, appearing in numerous roles over more than four decades. He first played Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek in 2005 - a film about a killer who p..
November 28, 2018

Form an orderly queue: Recreating the perfect Instagram photo in New Zealand

Form an orderly queue: Recreating the perfect Instagram photo in New Zealand Image copyright Tomas Alfoldi Image caption Tomas Alfoldi queued for a photo at Roy's Peak You've seen the picture on social media, walked for miles, hiked up a mountain and you finally arrive at that perfect isolated spot - only to find a queue of people waiting to take the very same photo. An image of people queuing to take photos at the summit of Roy's Peak, in Wanaka, New Zealand, is proving very popular on Reddit, where it received more than 75,000 upvotes in 24 hours. Image copyright LUKAS STEFANKO A spokesperson for New Zealand's Department of Conservation said visitor numbers to the Peak had increased by 12% to 73,000 between 2016 and 2018, because the spot had become a "quintessential icon for the Wanaka region through social media". However, she added that queuing on the top to get the perfect photo is not obligatory: "It's just the way some people on any given day will so..
November 28, 2018

Huawei: Why has UK not blocked Chinese firm’s 5G kit?

Huawei: Why has UK not blocked Chinese firm's 5G kit? New Zealand government's move to prevent Huawei supplying a local mobile network with 5G equipment has raised questions about why the UK appears less concerned about use of the Chinese company's technology. A press release from Spark, the New Zealand company involved, said it had been deemed that the deployment posed "significant security risks" - a polite way of saying that Beijing might use the technology to spy on the country or disrupt its communications in a future dispute. The US and Australia had already closed the door on Huawei's involvement in their next-generation mobile networks. That means three members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have now acted against the Shenzhen-based company. And one other member, Canada, is carrying out a security review of its own. So, there's a prospect that the UK could soon be the sole holdout, allowing Huawei to play a key role in delivering the data that ..
November 28, 2018

Au pairs in Australia ‘exploited by families’

Au pairs in Australia 'exploited by families' Image caption Ryleigh Brown says previous jobs left her isolated A majority of young holidaymakers working as au pairs in Australia are being exploited, a study suggests. Au pairs are typically given board and some payment by an overseas family in return for minding children and doing light housework. But many end up being effectively used as employees earning well below the minimum wage, the report says. The Australian government said it did not tolerate "exploitative practices". The study, billed as the biggest of its kind, surveyed 1,500 international au pairs working across Australia. "The demand for au pairing is often explained by Australian families' need for affordable childcare," said co-author Laurie Berg from the University of Technology, Sydney. "But we found that the majority of families were taking advantage of a large supply of working holidaymakers to get cheap housekeepers as well. So au pairs are working as..
November 28, 2018

G4S: Kabul compound attacked with bomb and gunfire

G4S: Kabul compound attacked with bomb and gunfire Image copyright EPA Image caption Staff at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital treated the wounded At least 10 people have died and 19 were injured after a compound for British security firm G4S was attacked, authorities said. Gunmen stormed the compound after a car bomb was detonated outside, according to an Afghan interior ministry spokesman. A security source has told the BBC that foreigners were among the casualties. There was reportedly a heavy exchange of gunfire. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. While the interior ministry confirmed the death toll, it also warned the number could well rise. Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever Afghanistan profile - Timeline G4S, one of the world's largest security groups, helps guard the area around the British embassy. "We can confirm that there has been an incident at one of our locations in Kabul," a G4S spokesperson told news agency AFP. "The situation is ongoing a..
November 28, 2018

Pakistan blasphemy case: UK prime minister asked about asylum bid

Pakistan blasphemy case: UK prime minister asked about asylum bid Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionZac Goldsmith: Did Theresa May stop UK offering Asia Bibi sanctuary? Theresa May has defended herself after being asked whether she had intervened to stop the UK government offering asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman. The prime minister was asked to "put the record straight" by Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith after reports she had blocked an asylum bid for Asia Bibi. The Pakistani mother was acquitted of blasphemy last month and has been held in a secure location since her release. Her husband has previously pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada. He says the family are in danger. Almost 50 MPs have signed a motion calling on the UK to offer her unconditional asylum. However, the Sun newspaper reported Mrs May had decided against offering her asylum over fears for the safety of diplomats in Pakistan. Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling W..
November 28, 2018

Ravindra Wijeguneratne: Sri Lanka defence chief held over murders

Ravindra Wijeguneratne: Sri Lanka defence chief held over murders Image copyright AFP Image caption Adm Wijeguneratne denies the charges Sri Lanka's top military officer has been remanded in custody, accused of covering up civil war-era murders. Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne appeared in court after warrants for his arrest were issued. Prosecutors say he protected the main suspect, a naval intelligence officer who allegedly murdered 11 young men in the final stages of the conflict with separatist Tamil rebels in 2008-09. The officer is in custody. Admiral Wijeguneratne denies the allegations. The court in the capital, Colombo remanded, him in custody until 5 December. Image Copyright @AzzamAmeen @AzzamAmeen Report Image Copyright @AzzamAmeen @AzzamAmeen Report Three warrants for his arrest were ordered in early November, but it took the admiral until now to present himself before the magistrates court, dressed in his military uniform and flanked by navy officers a..
November 28, 2018

India ‘drunk’ doctor’s C-section kills woman and baby

India 'drunk' doctor's C-section kills woman and baby Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman and the baby died within a few hours after the operation A doctor in the western Indian state of Gujarat has been arrested for performing a Caesarean on a pregnant woman while drunk, police told the BBC. The baby was declared dead soon after the operation, while the woman died shortly after. Police say a breathalyser test has confirmed that the doctor was drunk. They are investigating whether the deaths were caused by negligence or due to other medical reasons. Dr PJ Lakhani is a senior doctor with substantial experience and has been working at the government-run Sonavala Hospital for the past 15 years. Can India's 'quack' doctors be trained in 100 hours? India sterilisation 'drunk' doctor suspended The patient, Kamini Chachi, was brought to the hospital on Monday evening with labour pains. Local media said that the waiting family was told..
November 28, 2018

Injured baby refuels India Kashmir pellet gun debate

Injured baby refuels India Kashmir pellet gun debate Image copyright Basit zargar Image caption Heeba's right eye was perforated by a pellet fired by security forces The plight of a 19-month-old child who suffered severe eye injuries after being hit by a pellet gun fired by security forces has renewed anger in Indian-administered Kashmir. Sameer Yasir reports. When Heeba Jan returned from hospital to her home in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Tuesday, curious neighbours, many of them small children, had gathered to see the "youngest victim" of pellet-induced eye injuries. "What has happened to you, my doll," Amina Rather, a neighbour said to Heeba, as she planted a kiss on her red cheeks. "Leave me," Heeba cried, trying to rub her injured right eye with her small hands. Her mother, Marsala Jan, pushed her hands away. Minutes later, her mother declared to the room full of visitors that her daughter was due for more eye surgery on Wednesday. Her announcement was met wit..
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