November 18, 2018

Australian wedding magazine White shuts after LGBT row

Australian wedding magazine White shuts after LGBT row Image copyright iStock / Getty Images One of Australia's leading wedding magazines is shutting down after it refused to feature same-sex couples. Luke and Carla Burrell, founders of White magazine, said advertisers had abandoned them in droves. The Christian couple said they made the choice because they had "no desire to create a social, political or legal war". Australia legalised gay marriage in December last year after the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of it. In a farewell post on its website, the magazine's founders said they had been targeted by "a flood of judgement," and that couples they featured had been sent online abuse. "White Magazine has always been a secular publication, but as its publishers, we are Christian. We have no agenda but to love," they wrote. "Like many people, we have had to reflect on our beliefs," the founders wrote. "It's a long and continuing journey." Was Australia's..
November 18, 2018

Sheikh Hasina: Lawsuit threat over Bangladesh PM ‘tail’ error

Sheikh Hasina: Lawsuit threat over Bangladesh PM 'tail' error Image copyright Reuters Image caption The film follows Sheikh Hasina's life and career A supporter of Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has threatened to sue a cinema over a spelling error that inadvertently said she had a "tail". The Blockbuster cinema in Dhaka misspelled the correct title of the biopic, Hasina: A Daughter's Tale. Hasina supporter Saad Chowdhury said the word tail was "elfish"; suggested part of an animal, and was humiliating. He demanded the cinema correct the error and apologise publicly or face a lawsuit for $90m (£70m). Bangladesh will hold a general election next month, with Prime Minister Hasina and her Awami League hoping to retain power. How a traffic accident stopped a city of 18 million The women who use traditional make-up as sunscreen What is Bangladesh like? Mr Chowdhury, a former general secretary of the Bangladesh Awami British Law Students Union, is not acting officially on b..
November 18, 2018

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the ‘greatest show on Earth’

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Demonstrators protest against Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics It has long been billed as the greatest show on Earth. Both the summer and winter versions of the Olympic Games are multi-billion dollar spectacles that bring together the world's top athletes and draw masses of media coverage. So when residents in the Canadian city of Calgary voted on whether to bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics last week, you might have expected an enthusiastic thumbs-up. But instead their verdict was clear: thanks, but no thanks. Their rejection, motivated by fears about high costs and questions about the economic benefits, came after three other cities all withdrew from bidding earlier this year. This is part of a bigger problem that experts say could threaten the very future of the Olympic Games: fewer and fewer cities around the world want to play host. Just co..
November 18, 2018

Ireland greats delight in victory over NZ

Ireland greats delight in victory over New Zealand Image copyright Inpho Image caption Jacob Stockdale's try was the only try of the game Ireland's historic win over New Zealand on Saturday in an electric Aviva Stadium had many pundits talking up the men in green as the team to beat at next year's World Cup. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was keen to play down the favourites tag. But former Ulster and Ireland international Andrew Trimble was among those clearly excited by the prospect. "Ten months out from the World Cup, what does this mean? Book your flights lads," he told the BBC. "It was incredible, an absolute pleasure to witness, a pleasure to be here," said Trimble, who played for Ireland in their first ever win against the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016. "That test match had everything. It was absolutely incredible. Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Andrew Trimble played 223 times for Ulster and 70 times for Ireland "I thought that Irish performance had everythi..
November 18, 2018

‘Stingray’ attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

'Stingray' attack kills Australian man in Tasmania Image caption Stingrays are not usually aggressive and fatal attacks on humans remain rare A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say. They said the man developed a cardiac arrest after "sustaining a puncture to his lower abdomen" at Lauderdale Beach. The statement said the wound was "possibly inflicted by a marine animal". Officials told local media it was consistent with a stingray attack. Stingrays are not considered dangerous, even though one killed Australian conservationist Steve Irwin in 2006. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Steve Irwin poses with an alligator at the San Francisco Zoo in 2002 Known as the Crocodile Hunter after his wildlife television show, Irwin died when a stingray's tail stabbed him in the heart. There have been, however, more reports of shark attacks in Australia recently and the Tasmanian police were keen to stress ..
November 18, 2018

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division Image copyright AFP Image caption US VP Pence (3rd right) and China's Xi did not appear together in Apec leaders pictures An Asian economic summit has ended without a formal leaders' statement for the first time because of US-China divisions over trade. Papua New Guinea's President Peter O'Neill said a closing statement for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit would instead be released in the coming days. The US and China revealed competing visions for the region at the summit. The two countries have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war this year. In his closing comments, Mr O'Neill said Apec would try to ensure "free and open trade" in the region by 2020. China v the US: Not just a trade war What China wants from the Pacific US to invest more than $100m in Asia On Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping took a swipe at the US's America First policy by saying that countries that emb..
November 17, 2018

‘Stolen friend’: Rapa Nui seek return of moai statue

'Stolen friend': Rapa Nui seek return of moai statue Image copyright Alamy Image caption Hoa Hakananai'a was removed from Rapa Nui in the 19th Century Prominent among the eclectic hoard of treasures in London's British Museum is the imposing figure of Hoa Hakananai'a, a four-tonne basalt statue from the Chilean Pacific territory of Rapa Nui - named Easter Island by European explorers. The statues, known as moai, were carved by the island's indigenous Rapa Nui people to embody the spirit of a prominent ancestor, with each considered to be the person's living incarnation. Image copyright Chilean Ministry of National Assets Image caption The moai are one of the main attractions for visitors but to locals they have spiritual significance "The British taking the moai from our island is like me going into your house and taking your grandfather to display in my living room," says Anakena Manutomatoma, who is a native of the island and serves on Rapa Nui&#03..
November 17, 2018

Delhi’s rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit

Delhi's rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Sanjay Kumar has been working as a rickshaw puller for five years "My eyes hurt and I struggle to breathe while pedalling my rickshaw. My body tells me to stop and run away from Delhi's toxic smog, but I have to keep going to earn for my family. Where else would I go? The streets are our home," says Sanjay Kumar. He came to Delhi five years ago from the eastern state of Bihar in search for a job, but couldn't find success. He chose to be rickshaw puller to feed himself and send some money to his family. That left him very little to rent a house, and he started sleeping on the streets. "I long for a bed but I know that's a distant dream. I long for proper meals but that too is scarce. The least I expect is to breathe clean air, but in winter months that too has become impossible. You can go to the comfort of your house, but I have to be on the street all ..
November 17, 2018

Palm oil: One woman’s fight to save ‘the last place on Earth’

Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth' Image copyright WFN Image caption Farwiza Farhan: Fighting to save Sumatra's biodiversity There is only one place in the world where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers still co-exist in the wild. Environmental activist Farwiza Farhan is fighting to protect this last wilderness, Sumatra's Leuser Ecosystem. In 2012, her NGO, Yayasan HAkA, sued an oil palm company that had cleared forest under an illegally issued permit. She says she is driven by a sense of injustice that no-one is speaking up for the wildlife. On the pristine tropical rainforest…"Imagine standing under a very large canopy and you look up - you can hear hornbill whizzing past. And then you look around and you hear the sound of gibbons echoing through the forest, calling out their territories. Image copyright Paul Hilton Image caption Large male Sumatran orangutan "You see the orangutan - the mother and baby swinging from tree..
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