August 13, 2018

South Korean woman jailed over secret nude model photo

South Korean woman jailed over secret nude model photo Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe use of hidden and up-skirt cameras is a huge problem in South Korea A South Korean woman has been jailed for secretly photographing a male nude model and posting the image online. The 25-year-old - who is also a nude model - was sentenced to 10 months in prison after taking the photograph at an art college in Seoul. The rare sentence sparked accusations of double standards around "spy cam porn", which usually involves men secretly filming women. More than 6,000 cases are reported each year, and 80% of the victims are women. Hidden cameras capture people going to the toilet, or undressing in clothing shops, gyms and swimming pools. The videos are then posted online on pop-up pornography sites. Only 8.7% of those caught secretly filming people in this way are jailed on their first conviction, according to government statistics. Of the 6,465 cases reported last year, only ..
August 13, 2018

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million Image caption China says it is fighting separatism and Islamist militants in Xinjiang China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are "completely untrue". Uighurs enjoyed full rights but "those deceived by religious extremism... shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education", officials admitted. The rare admission from Beijing - at a UN meeting in Geneva - came in response to concerns that the region "resembles a massive internment camp". Xinjiang has seen intermittent violence - followed by crackdowns - for years. China accuses Islamist militants and separatists of orchestrating the trouble. In depth: Tensions between Beijing and the Uighurs Uighurs dig their way out of Thai jail What did China admit to?China has sent a 50-strong delegation to the two-day meeting of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On Friday, committee member Gay McDougall said she was conc..
August 13, 2018

China’s ire puts global focus on fringe activist

How China's ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan Image copyright Alamy Image caption Andy Chan says China's pressure proves that Hong Kong should go it alone A lunchtime talk by a little-known Hong Kong politician has drawn global attention to China's influence on free speech in the territory. Andy Chan is the head of a fringe nationalist party calling for Hong Kong's independence from China. The Hong Kong National Party is already facing a ban over its separatist stance. When the 27-year-old politician was invited to talk at the city's Foreign Correspondent Club (FCC) this Tuesday, it sparked stern criticism from authorities in both China and Hong Kong, who asked for the event to be axed altogether. The FCC defended the talk and will push ahead with it - with global media attention now focused on what otherwise likely would have received little or no attention at all. Why does Hong Kong care?A former British colony, Hong Kong was returne..
August 13, 2018

Waiting list for avocado trees amid NZ crime wave

Waiting list for avocado trees amid NZ crime wave Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Want to grow your own avocados for toast? There's a waiting list Nurseries in New Zealand are struggling to keep up with demand for avocado trees as the country's love of the pulpy fruit has seemingly fuelled a crime wave, it's been reported. According to the Stuff.nz news website, garden centres are reporting waiting lists dozens deep of people who want to grow their own, as prices for a single fruit nudge around NZ$3 ($1.95; £1.50) per fruit. Earlier this year, the price peaked at NZ$7 ($4.60; £3.60) per avocado , the New Zealand Herald reported. People "are asking about avocados all day, every day," nursery owner Lloyd Houghton told Stuff; while another said that they aren't likely to get any new stock until at least September. The problem is that with both individuals and businesses wanting to buy young trees, there just aren't enough to go around. Nurseries ar..
August 13, 2018

Ghazni: Afghans in battlefield city ‘can’t find food’

Ghazni: Afghans in battlefield city 'can't find food' Image copyright EPA Image caption Some families have managed to get out of Ghazni, where food is running low Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low, as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day, the UN has warned. "Life is getting hard for people, they can't get food or water," a man who fled the city on Sunday told the BBC. More than 100 people, mostly government soldiers and police, have been killed since the Taliban stormed Ghazni from four sides early on Friday. The city lies on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. Control of it would effectively allow the Taliban to cut off southern Afghanistan from Kabul, the capital. The success of the militants' assault has come as a blow to the government of President Ashraf Ghani. The government and its Nato allies insist they are in control of Ghazni but reports suggest Taliban fighters continue to roam the streets and still cont..
August 13, 2018

Climbers feared dead in Tajikistan helicopter crash

Climbers feared dead in Tajikistan helicopter crash Thirteen climbers and three crew members are unaccounted for after a helicopter they were travelling in had a "hard landing" in the mountains of Tajikistan, officials say. The accident happened at 17:30 (11:30 GMT) on Sunday, Tajik officials said. Russian news agencies said the helicopter had taken the climbers from base camp on the Fortambek glacier in the Ismoili Somoni peak. They said most of the climbers were thought to be Russians. At 7,495m (24,590ft), the Ismoili Somoni mountain is Tajikistan's highest and a major tourist attraction. It was known as Communism Peak during the time Tajikistan was part of the Soviet Union and renamed after a 10th-Century Tajik national hero in 1998. It forms part of the Pamir mountain range, often described as the "roof of the world".
August 13, 2018

Essure sterilisation device: Australian women to launch lawsuit

Essure sterilisation device: Australian women to launch lawsuit Image caption The Essure coil has been removed from sale Women in Australia will pursue a class action lawsuit over a sterilisation device that has allegedly caused medical problems for women worldwide. The lawsuit against German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, maker of the Essure implant, will follow similar actions in the UK, US and Canada. Women with the implant have reported problems such as chronic pain and adverse reactions to nickel. Bayer has defended the Essure device as safe. The product was withdrawn from sale in the US in July. Bayer had already halted sales in all other nations, citing commercial reasons. "We continue to stand behind the product's safety and efficacy, which are demonstrated by an extensive body of research," the company said in July. Australian firm Slater and Gordon said the lawsuit would examine whether the device, sold in the country from 2010, was "inherently defective". Complications &#..
August 13, 2018

Manila floods: Massive city clean-up under way

Manila floods: Massive city clean-up under way Image copyright EPA Image caption One of many residents of Marikina city combing through the muddy flood aftermath. Massive clean-up efforts are under way in Manila after heavy rains deluged the Philippine capital over the weekend. At least three people are known to have died in the flooding, say officials. Piles of garbage and plastic debris have washed up on roads and side streets, a result of overflowing major dams and rivers that serve the city. Residents have been pitching in to recover lost valuables and salvageable material from the wreckage. But it remains a mammoth task in many areas. The rains also triggered flooding in nearby low-lying provinces. Image copyright AFP Image caption Here's a wider look at the scale of damage. Cleaning this is no easy feat. Image copyright AFP Image caption Images of overturned vehicles from around Metro Manila have also been making their rounds. Image copyright EPA Image caption This Manila ..
August 13, 2018

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ruby Rose in an interview on US television last week Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter profile amid a backlash over her casting as Batwoman in a TV series. The Australian actress, 32, confirmed last week that she would play the first openly lesbian superhero lead. Many fans celebrated Rose's casting, but others suggested she was not not right for the role with some commentary focusing on her own sexuality. Before deleting her account, Rose dismissed the criticism as the "most ridiculous thing". "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from," she wrote in tweets cited by media outlets. "I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay'." She also wrote: "When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... When we tear each other down, it's much more hurtful th..
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