November 9, 2018

BTS T-shirt: Japanese TV show cancels BTS appearance over atomic bomb shirt

BTS T-shirt: Japanese TV show cancels BTS appearance over atomic bomb shirt Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BTS have seen huge success within and outside South Korea A Japanese TV show has cancelled an appearance by hugely popular K-pop group BTS, amid controversy over a shirt worn by one of the band members. A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the US atomic bombing of Japan, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, starting being shared online. It stirred anger among some Japanese BTS fans, who called it an "insult". BTS later apologised to its fans for not being able to make an appearance. The "atomic bomb" T-shirt also featured Korean independence slogans. It was seen by some in Japan as celebrating the bomb which eventually led to the independence of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule. Japan and Korea's shared wartime history remains an extremely sensitive topic in both countries. The shirt and the A-bombBTS, a seven-member Korean po..
November 9, 2018

Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict

Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict Image copyright TED ALJIBE A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption. Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes. The charges relate to alleged illicit financial dealings with Swiss-based NGOs while serving in her husband's government in the 1970s and 80s. The ruling permanently barred Marcos, who is currently a member of parliament, from holding public office. The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. She was sentenced to between six and 11 years in prison for each count. Marcos was not present at the court but a warrant has now been issued for her arrest. The case has been pending with the anti-graft court for 27 years. Marcos, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next ye..
November 9, 2018

Hong Kong refuses entry to FT journalist Victor Mallet

Hong Kong refuses entry to FT journalist Victor Mallet Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victor Mallet has been running the Financial Times' Asia operations for almost two years. Hong Kong has barred the Financial Times Asia news editor from entering the territory, after refusing to renew his work visa last month. Victor Mallet tried to enter Hong Kong as a tourist on Thursday but was turned away after several hours of questioning by immigration authorities. The denial comes just a month after the territory refused to renew his work visa without explanation. It followed a talk Mr Mallet hosted at Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondent Club. The FT journalist was acting president at the FCC when the event featuring young independence activist Andy Chan was held. China's ministry of foreign affairs had urged the club to cancel it. Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor What is the media like in Hong Kong? British citizens are usually allowed entry to Hong Kong for 180 d..
November 8, 2018

Conjoined twins: Australian surgeons try to separate Bhutanese girls

Conjoined twins: Australian surgeons try to separate Bhutanese girls Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have begun a complex operation to separate Bhutanese conjoined twins. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel, doctors say. They were brought to Melbourne with their mother to have surgery in October, but it was postponed so the girls could improve their nutrition. Doctors said they were confident the twins were now ready for the operation. About 18 specialists in two teams, one for each girl, are taking part in the procedure at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. The surgery is expected to last at least six hours. Conjoined twins are very rare - it is thought one in every 200,000 births - and around 40-60% of these births are delivered stillborn. Only a few separations are carried out around the world each year. Living a conj..
November 8, 2018

Delhi air: Eating berries and wearing masks to beat pollution

Delhi air: Eating berries and wearing masks to beat pollution Image copyright AFP Every winter, a thick blanket of smog descends on large parts of India and people begin a losing fight against the frightening levels of pollution. Thousands land up in doctors' clinics with breathlessness, fill up hospital beds with lung problems and many are forced to stay off school or work. And with measures announced by the federal and state governments to curb pollution not making any impact, many are finding their own ways of coping. Here are some of the most popular ways Indians try to beat pollution - but do any of them really work? Buying air purifiersA quick search on Amazon India for air purifiers throws up more than 2,000 results and a cursory glance shows they are not cheap. But in the past few years, many Indians have begun investing in indoor air purifiers in the belief that they will help improve the air quality. In March, a report said the government had bought a total of 140 p..
November 8, 2018

Delhi smog: Are Diwali fireworks to blame?

Delhi smog: Are Diwali fireworks to blame? Image copyright AFP Air pollution levels have shot up in the Indian capital, Delhi, during the current festive season of Diwali. A lot of attention has focused on the impact of fireworks and this year, as in previous years, India's Supreme Court has attempted to restrict their use. But how far are they really responsible for poor air quality? There are studies which show that levels of some hazardous pollutants rise significantly during the Diwali period, but there are also other factors that could account for poor air quality. Seasonal pollutionAir pollution has become a growing problem for India in recent years. Image copyright AFP Image caption Smog is a regular issue around this time of the year in Delhi The World Health Organization (WHO) database on air quality lists nine Indian cities in the top 20 worldwide for the highest annual concentrations of PM2.5 - one of the most harmful particles for human health. The levels are way abov..
November 8, 2018

Hong Kong Fire Service’s lycra-clad mascot causes a stir

Hong Kong Fire Service's lycra-clad mascot causes a stir Image copyright Hong Kong Fire Services Department Image caption 'Anyone' vows to help inform the public about fire prevention and safety In the world of social media, we can find lots of uplifting stories about heroes and helpers, but we can also find controversy caused by almost anyone. In Hong Kong 'Anyone' happens to be a character created for the Hong Kong Fire Service to raise safety awareness. The mascot, clad in blue lycra from head-to-toe, was brought out in a press conference on Monday, much to the shock and amusement of the journalists in the room. Anyone aims to convey that anybody can help in emergencies as part of an online campaign on the Fire Services Department's Facebook page. Since it was set up at the end of October, more than 30,000 people have followed the account. Skip Facebook post by 香港消防處 Hong Kong Fire Services Department 【多謝大家關注!】 任何仁:多謝大家關注! 我係乜人?任何仁就係每一個人,英文名叫Anyone..
November 8, 2018

Virat Kohli causes uproar with ‘leave India’ comment

Virat Kohli causes uproar with 'leave India' comment Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kohli's remarks have sparked outrage on social media India cricket captain Virat Kohli is embroiled in controversy after lashing out at a cricket fan who said he preferred English and Australian batsmen to Indian players. "I don't think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else," Kohli told him in a video recording. He was responding to messages during the launch of his mobile app on Monday. The video went viral and has prompted a torrent of criticism against Kohli on social media. The 30-year-old cricketer has been hailed as the greatest batsmen in the world and is often touted as India's cricket megastar since national legend Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013. Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runsIn the video, Kohli is seen reading out a message from a cricket fan who described him as an "over rated batsman". He also said he enj..
November 8, 2018

Australia ramps up Pacific spending amid China debate

Australia ramps up Pacific spending amid China debate Image copyright AFP Image caption China has given money for Pacific projects, such as roadworks in Papua New Guinea Australia will create a multi-billion dollar fund for Pacific island nations to build infrastructure, in a move seen as a bid to counter China's influence. Delivering a major policy speech, PM Scott Morrison said he aimed to restore the Pacific to the "front and centre" of Australia's foreign outlook. Australia will offer up to A$2bn (£1.11bn; $1.45bn) in grants and loans to strengthen ties, he said. Analysts say it is a response to China's growing presence in the region. Mr Morrison said on Thursday: "Australia cannot take its influence in the south-west Pacific for granted. I think, sadly, too often we have. "This is our patch. This is where we have special responsibilities." The fund could be used for telecommunications, energy and transport infrastructure projects, Mr Morrison suggested. He added Au..
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