August 18, 2018

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption She is a Bollywood megastar who has crossed into American TV and films, while he is a singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". Image Copyright nickjonas nickjonas Report Their engagement is one of a rash of recent quick celebrity engagements. Earlier this year, singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson decided after a few week..
August 18, 2018

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Nobel Peace Laureate dies at 80

(CABNC)-Kofi Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, between 1997 to 2006 he served as the seventh United Nations Secretary General. The Kofi Annan Foundation […]
August 18, 2018

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded. The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Image copyright Reuters Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright EPA Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed. Image copyright Reuters This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety. Image copyright Reuters Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods. Image copyright AFP Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety. Image copyright Getty Images For those who have already made it to safety, the relief is palpable..
August 18, 2018

Imran Khan being sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

Imran Khan being sworn in as Pakistan prime minister Image copyright EPA Image caption Imran Khan has vowed to hold "corrupt" politicians to account Former cricketer Imran Khan is being sworn-in as the new prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after he entered politics. He was elected prime minister in a vote at the country's National Assembly on Friday. His PTI party won the most seats in July's elections and Mr Khan has become PM with the help of small parties. Correspondents say his priority will be to address a financial crisis, with the economy in need of a huge bailout. In Friday's vote, Mr Khan was backed by 176 members. His opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, received 96 votes. In a speech to parliament, 65-year-old Mr Khan reiterated his campaign promise to hold "corrupt" politicians to account, and to improve opportunities for young people. "First of all, we will start strict accountability. I promise to my G..
August 18, 2018

Kerala floods: PM Modi inspects flood rescue effort

Kerala floods: PM Modi inspects flood rescue effort Image copyright Indian Government Image caption Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed at Cochin by local officials Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the southern state of Kerala to see for himself the devastation caused by what officials say is the worst flooding in a century. He arrived late on Friday and is due to be flown over the worst-hit areas. At least 324 people have been killed and more than 200,000 are homeless after weeks of rain triggered landslides and floods. Troops backed by military helicopters are involved in a huge rescue effort. More rain is forecast and a red alert in place. Strong winds are also predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Across India close to 1,000 people have been killed in the current rainy season, which began in June, officials say. "We are deploying more boats and the army to ramp up rescue operations," state government official PH Kurian told AFP news agency. Helicopters have airlifted e..
August 17, 2018

100 Women: The artist redrawing ‘sexist’ comic book covers

100 Women: The artist redrawing 'sexist' comic book covers Image copyright Shreya Arora Image caption An issue of The Sensational She-Hulk (left), with Shreya Arora's reimagination (right) An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and is one of the most formidable hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel world. Like Hulk, not only does she have physical power, she's also completely green. Yet, on a 1991 comic book cover, she is shown in a seductive pose, wearing a G-string bikini, with her curves sharply accentuated. Indian artist Shreya Arora was shocked when she saw the image. "For Hulk, the visual representation focuses on his strength. For She-Hulk, all we see is an emphasis on sexuality," says Arora, who grew up reading comic books. The 21-year-old graphic designer decided she wanted to flip the narrative. Image..
August 17, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians: The film burdened with ‘crazy’ Asian expectations

Crazy Rich Asians: The film burdened with 'crazy' Asian expectations Image copyright Warner Brothers Image caption Meet the "tiger mum": Malaysian superstar Michelle Yeoh (left) plays the wealthy matriarch Eleanor Young in the movie With its bold claims of Asian representation, the Hollywood film extravaganza Crazy Rich Asians was destined for intense scrutiny, coming as it does after bitter debates about whitewashing and "yellowface" casting - where white actors attempt to make themselves look Asian. But like the proverbial "tiger mum", many Asians have huge expectations for the film - might the weight of it all prove too much? A wealthy elite, backstabbing intrigue, and a grand romance set in a gilded world of opulence. Last weekend, a record-breaking half a billion people in China tuned in online to watch their very own crazy rich Asian drama, The Story of Yanxi Palace. It's not just Chinese soap operas that are doing well these days. From Bollywood films to Korean..
August 17, 2018

The immigrants who built Australia’s ‘fairytale’ castles

The immigrants who built Australia's 'fairytale' castles Image copyright Fairy Park Image caption Fairy Park, built in the 1950s by German immigrants, won over initially sceptical locals In 20th Century Australia, nostalgic European immigrants far from home chose unlikely settings to build shrines to old traditions and in the process created Australia's first theme parks. When asked what it was like growing up in Australia's first theme park, Garry Mayer says his mind goes straight to the parties. "They were big get-togethers for people who like a bit of wine," he says wryly. "Every weekend." The Mayers originated from Germany's Black Forest area. It's known as the "fairytale trail", immortalised by the Brothers Grimm. "The tradition at weekends was to walk up the hill to your local rundown castle, and have a cake and a coffee or a wine," Garry explains. And so it was that, in the late 1950s, nostalgic immigrants in the state of Victoria rolled up th..
August 17, 2018

South Korean capital gets ‘first deaf taxi drivers’

South Korean capital gets 'first deaf taxi drivers' Image copyright Goyohan Taxi Image caption Dual tablets with voice-to-text capability enable passengers to connect with hearing-impaired drivers South Korea's capital Seoul has seen its first ever deaf taxi drivers take to the road this week, thanks to new software that's been launched to help reduce the local stigma of hiring hearing-impaired people, it's reported. According to the Korean Times news website, two deaf taxi drivers began transporting passengers around the city this week, aided by software developed by the local Coactus start-up. Describing how it works, the Yonhap News Agency says that dual tablets have been installed in the front and back seat of taxis, which is linked to the firm's "Goyohan Taxi" or "Silent Taxi" app. The app includes voice-to-text conversion, and enables passengers to specify both destination and preferred drop-off point, as well as their payment method of choice. I..
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