November 21, 2018

Renae Lawrence: ‘Bali Nine’ drug smuggler released from jail

Renae Lawrence: 'Bali Nine' drug smuggler released from jail Image copyright AFP Image caption Renae Lawrence was jailed in 2006 for attempting to traffic heroin to Australia An Australian woman has become the first member of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling ring to be released from jail in Indonesia. The high-profile case began in 2005 when Indonesia caught nine Australians trying to smuggle heroin out of Bali. Renae Lawrence, 41, was freed on Wednesday after spending almost 13 years in prison. She may be the only Bali Nine member ever to be released. The two ringleaders were executed in 2015, sparking a row with Australia. Lawrence's initial life sentence was cut to 20 years on appeal, then later reduced further in small increments. She left Bali's Bangli prison on Wednesday afternoon to a media throng. She was expected to be taken directly from to board a plane home. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lawrence was met by a media crowd as she left the prison La..
November 21, 2018

Cyclone Gaja: India girl segregated during period dies

Cyclone Gaja: India girl segregated during period dies Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyclone Gaja has killed at least 46 people so far in the coastal state Villagers in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu are grieving the death of a 14-year-old girl who died in a cyclone after being forced to sleep separately because she was menstruating. Her family told BBC Tamil that she was trapped in the hut on 16 November when the cyclone made landfall. Some villagers said this was a "wake up call" as it was common practice to segregate menstruating girls. Cyclone Gaja is known to have killed at least 46 people in the coastal state. Menstruation is taboo in large parts of rural India. Women are traditionally believed to be impure during their periods. The family of the girl, S Vijayalakshmi, lives in a house next to the hut but they survived the storm. Her grandmother, S Visalakshi, said they couldn't rescue her as a coconut tree had fallen on the hut, which made it impossib..
November 21, 2018

Carlos Ghosn: Custody ‘extended by 10 days’

Carlos Ghosn: Custody 'extended by 10 days' Image copyright Getty Images Japanese authorities have extended Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's detention by 10 days, according to local media reports. It follows his arrest on Monday after allegations of financial misconduct. Prosecutors had 48 hours after the arrest to press charges, release him or extend his custody. Mr Ghosn is alleged to have used company assets for personal use and under-reported his salary by about five billion yen ($44.5m). In addition to his Nissan post, Mr Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive of Renault and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. Following an emergency board meeting on Tuesday, Renault said Mr Ghosn would remain as its chairman and chief executive. It appointed a temporary deputy chief executive to take over the running of the French car firm. Nissan and Mitsubishi are both preparing to remove him from his posts.
November 21, 2018

Alok Nath: Rape case registered against Bollywood actor

Alok Nath: Rape case registered against Bollywood actor Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two other actresses have also accused Alok Nath of sexual harassment Police in India have registered a case against Bollywood actor Alok Nath after a complaint by producer Vinta Nanda who has accused him of raping her. This is one of the few police cases to be registered against someone named in India's #MeToo movement, which has gained momentum in recent months. In October, Ms Nanda accused the popular actor of sexual harassment and rape in a detailed Facebook post. Mr Nath has denied the charge and also filed a defamation case against her. He has demanded an apology and symbolic compensation of 1 rupee from her. The actor has also been accused of sexual harassment by two other actresses. Ms Nanda worked with Mr Nath on a 1990s hit TV series called Tara, which she wrote. In her Facebook post, she alleged that he had also sexually harassed the lead actress on the show. Ever sinc..
November 21, 2018

Russia loses Interpol presidency vote

Russia loses Interpol presidency vote Image copyright Interpol Image caption Kim Jong-yang had been acting president since Meng Hongwei's disappearance Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body's arrest warrant system. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, who had been widely tipped to win. But there was growing concern that Mr Prokopchuk would use the role to target critics of Russia's President Putin. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian Alexander Prokopchuk was widely considered the frontrunner for the post The election follows the disappearance of Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei, who vanished on a trip to China in September. Beijing has since confirmed he has been detained and is being investigated for allegedly tak..
November 20, 2018

US says China has ‘not altered’ unfair trade practices

US says China has 'not altered' unfair trade practices Image copyright Getty Images The Trump administration has accused China of not changing its "unfair" practices, inflaming a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. In an update to a March report, the US said China had failed to alter its "unreasonable" practices. The US has, along with other countries, long criticised Beijing over its trade policies. The move raises tensions ahead of a high-stakes leaders meeting this month. US hints at evicting China from WTOUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. Their meeting will be closely watched for any progress on resolving the bitter trade dispute. But the latest comments from the US could make negotiations more difficult. 'Strengthened monitoring'"China has not fundamentally altered its unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices," US Trade Represe..
November 20, 2018

‘I hire a man to pretend to be my daughter’s dad – and she doesn’t know’

'I hire a man to pretend to be my daughter’s dad - and she doesn't know' Megumi was a baby when her parents separated and her father disappeared from her life. But years later her mother told her he wanted to reconnect. Megumi began to see Yamada regularly. She thinks he is her father, and that Yamada is his real name - but this is a lie. "Ever since she was little she'd ask me where he was," says Megumi's mother, Asako. "All she knew was that he had gone soon after she was born, so she blamed herself." For years it didn't appear to be a problem. But when Megumi was about 10, Asako noticed a change in her daughter's behaviour. "She didn't talk to me and became very quiet and withdrawn," Asako says. "It took a long while to find out about the bullying." Asako discovered that Megumi wasn't only blaming herself for her parents' breakup. Her classmates were also ostracising her because she didn't have a dad - children of single paren..
November 20, 2018

US adviser hints at evicting China from WTO

US adviser hints at evicting China from WTO Image caption Kevin Hassett, chairman of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers One of President Trump's top economic advisers has suggested there could be a case for "evicting China" from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a BBC interview, Kevin Hassett chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers said China had "misbehaved" as a member of the WTO. He also claimed that the US had been failed by the organisation. But Mr Hassett said that what he called the President's hardball strategy on international trade is working. On the WTO, President Trump's administration has taken an approach that many others see as disruptive. It poses a significant challenge to the WTO's ability to settle disputes between member countries about alleged breaches of its rules. A key element in the WTO disputes system is a body which considers appeals against initial rulings by dispute panels. The US has obstruc..
November 20, 2018

India’s man sentenced over anti-Sikh riots in 1984

India's man sentenced over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Relatives of the victims have been staging protests, demanding justice A court in India has sentenced a man to death over a 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left nearly 3,000 people dead. Yashpal Singh was earlier found guilty of killing two Sikh men in Delhi. Another man, Naresh Sherawat, was given life imprisonment. Sikhs were targeted in the capital and elsewhere after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by one of her Sikh bodyguards. Relatives of the victims rejoiced when the judge read out the sentence. The two convicts were also fined by the court in Delhi. The two Sikh men who were killed in November 1984 were Hardev Singh, 24, and Avtar Singh, 26. Image copyright AFP/Getti Images Image caption Indira Ghandi's assassination triggered attacks on Sikhs and their properties across India The anti-Sikh violence lasted three days, with Hindu mobs hunting down Sikhs across..
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