November 15, 2018

Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps

Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption Most Rohingya dread the idea of having to return to Myanmar Uncertainty over whether Bangladesh will start sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar has caused fear and confusion in refugee camps. Authorities had said they planned to move the first group on Thursday but it is unclear whether they will go ahead. The UN and rights groups have said no-one should be forced to return, as the situation in Myanmar is not safe. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims and others have fled to Bangladesh over the past year. They were escaping violence and a military operation in western Rakhine state. The UN has said senior Myanmar officials should be investigated and tried for genocide over the operation, which the army says was targeting militants. About 300,000 Rohingya had already fled Myanmar in earlier waves of communal violence. 'I would rather die'The refugees are most..
November 15, 2018

Philippines’ Duterte skipped Asean meetings to take ‘power naps’

Philippines' Duterte skipped Asean meetings to take 'power naps' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Duterte has openly admitted that he is tired and ready to quit Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte missed several meetings at a regional summit because he was taking "power naps", said the presidential office. A spokesman said Mr Duterte missed four scheduled events on Wednesday because he was "catching up on sleep". Mr Duterte and other world leaders are in Singapore attending the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) meeting. The 73-year-old defended his actions, saying: "What's wrong with my nap?" Mr Duterte has previously missed events at other international summits as well as in the Philippines. His health has been a constant source of speculation over the year, and he revealed in October that he had had a cancer scare. 'In top physical shape'Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the president had "worked late and had only less than thre..
November 14, 2018

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea Image copyright Getty Images All across South Korea, at exactly 08:40 local time (23:40 GMT Wednesday) on Thursday, more than half a million students take the exam for which they have been preparing for their entire lives. The infamous Suneung, an abbreviation for College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in Korean, is an eight-hour marathon of back-to-back exams, which not only dictates whether the students will go to university, but can affect their job prospects, income, where they will live and even future relationships. This year is 18-year-old Ko Eun-suh's first time. "For us, Suneung is a very important gateway to the future. In Korea, going to university is very important. That's why we spend 12 years preparing for this one day. I know people who've taken this exam up to five times." Image caption Full of textbooks and revision notes, Ko Eun-suh's bedroom doubles as a study Every year in November, Suneung bring..
November 14, 2018

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador Image copyright Reuters A US-owned hotel in Japan has been criticised by Japanese authorities after it denied the Cuban ambassador a room over fears it would violate US sanctions on Cuba. The Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Ambassador Carlos Pereria he could not stay last month because it could not accommodate Cuban government guests. That prompted a Cuban complaint. Japanese officials in the city have since told the hotel it was illegal to refuse rooms based on nationality. The Cuban embassy booked the room through a travel agency, which informed the hotel of the guests' identity, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. However when Mr Pereira arrived in the south-western city on a trip to visit Cubans playing for the city's baseball team he was told he could not stay. What's changed in US-Cuba relations under Trump? Four takeaways from Trump's Cuba policy In its subsequent complaint, the Cuban argued that applying US law in J..
November 14, 2018

Paraplegic athlete ‘forced to urinate in bottle’ on flight

Paraplegic athlete 'forced to urinate in bottle' on flight Image copyright DARREN BELLING Image caption Darren Belling (R), pictured with a friend, says he was left humiliated An Australian paraplegic athlete says he was forced to urinate into a bottle on a flyDubai flight after being told he could not access the toilets. Darren Belling, 52, flew to Finland in October to represent Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships. During a seven-hour flight from Dubai to Helsinki, Mr Belling said he was told by the airline that it had no wheelchair on board. FlyDubai said in a statement they are unable to provide onboard wheelchairs. Mr Belling said he had asked flight attendants for a wheelchair about three hours into the journey. "They said 'we don't carry on-board wheelchairs', and told me just to hold on for the seven-hour flight," he said. Paraplegic man drags himself through airport Four airports failing disabled passengers BBC reporter condemns plan..
November 14, 2018

BTS: K-pop band’s management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat

BTS: K-pop band's management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat Image copyright Reuters Image caption BTS, speaking here at the UN, are the world's biggest K-pop band The management of K-pop stars BTS have apologised after a photo emerged of a band member wearing a hat with a badge resembling Nazi insignia. It comes immediately after a furore over a different band member wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an atomic bomb on it. Bit Hit Entertainment said both incidents were "in no way intentional" and not the fault of the band members. BTS have a huge following online and many fans consider them role models. "We would like to offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone affected by totalitarian regimes in the past... [and] those affected by the use of atomic weapons," said Big Hit Entertainment, the agency representing the band. BTS are arguably the world's most popular K-pop group. Thousands had criticised them for the fashion faux..
November 14, 2018

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: Wait on for Bollywood wedding

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: Wait on for Bollywood wedding Image copyright Getty Images India is counting down the hours until Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tie the knot in a plush Italian resort on Wednesday. The couple's names are trending on Twitter and social media is filled with good wishes ahead of their big day. The actors have starred in three movies together, including blockbusters Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. Forbes Magazine reports that the couple made an estimated $21m (£16m) in combined earnings last year. Padmaavat: Why this Bollywood film is so controversial Bollywood's Ranveer Singh on racy scenes The wedding is happening on the anniversary of the 2013 release of their first film together - Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Although reporters have not been invited for the event, images of the pre-wedding ceremonies have made their way to entertainment magazines and newspapers. Image Copyright @spiceofi @spiceofi Report Imag..
November 13, 2018

Lion Air crash: Victim’s fiancée takes wedding photos alone

Lion Air crash: Victim's fiancée takes wedding photos alone Image copyright Instagram/intansyariii Image caption Intan Syari says she's fulfilling her partner's last wish An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was on a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea has gone ahead with her wedding pictures alone. Intan Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on 11 November. But Mr Pratama died as he was coming home for the wedding, when Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed on 29 October shortly after taking off from Jakarta. Ms Sayari said she wanted to fulfil his last wish, and posed for photos wearing her white gown and wedding ring. "Even though I feel grief that I cannot describe, I still have to smile for you," the young woman wrote on Instagram. "I cannot be sad but should be strong like you always told me to be." She said that before he'd left for the flight, Mr Pratama had joked that should he not return in time she should take the pictures and send them to ..
November 13, 2018

Japan GDP: Natural disasters hit economic growth

Japan GDP: Natural disasters hit economic growth Image copyright Getty Images Japan's economy shrank in the third quarter as natural disasters hit spending and disrupted exports. The economy contracted by an annualised 1.2% between July and September, preliminary figures showed. A devastating earthquake and typhoon were among the disasters to hit Japan this year, and prompted the bigger than expected contraction. The slowdown also comes as the US and China fight a trade war which risks hurting global trade and growth. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a 1% contraction for the three months to September. Exports fell 1.8% from the previous quarter, the fastest decline in more than three years, Reuters said. Japan was hit by several natural disasters over its summer, including one of the country's worst flooding disasters in decades, an earthquake and a deadly typhoon. The disasters disrupted factories and hit domestic spending. Rising trade tensions and protectio..
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