September 20, 2018

India school principal held for ‘covering up’ student rape

India school principal held for 'covering up' student rape Image caption The school's staff has been charged for trying to cover up the crime The principal of a boarding school and four members of staff are among nine people arrested over the rape of a 15-year-old student in northern India. Four male students have been held for the rape, which left the girl pregnant, while the school staff are accused of covering up the assault. Staff at the Dehradun school forced the girl to have an abortion after they found out she was pregnant, police say. A medical examination on Wednesday confirmed she was raped, police said. "We have registered a case of gang rape, criminal conspiracy and have charged the school's officials for causing disappearance of evidence," police officer Naresh Rathore told the BBC. The assault has prompted the state government to cancel the school's educational licence, according to the Times of India newspaper. Police said that management at ..
September 20, 2018

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib hit with 25 charges of money laundering and abuse of power

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib hit with 25 charges of money laundering and abuse of power Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Najib has pleaded not guilty to all 25 charges Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, has been charged with 21 counts of money laundering, in a case linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. He was charged in court on Thursday in relation to the alleged transfer of $556m (£421m) from state fund 1MDB into his personal bank account. He was also charged with four counts of abuse of power. Mr Najib has pleaded not guilty to all 25 charges. The latest charges come on top of three counts of money laundering levelled against him in August. Mr Najib, members of his family and several allies are accused of embezzling huge sums allegedly used to buy everything from artwork to high-end real estate around the globe. The allegations played a central role in his defeat in an election that was eventually won by his former mentor and long-time PM, 93-year..
September 20, 2018

Queensland shark attacks: Two injured in 24 hours at tourist spot

Queensland shark attacks: Two injured in 24 hours at tourist spot Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queensland's Whitsunday Islands are popular among holidaymakers A girl has suffered a "significant leg injury" in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say. It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours. On Wednesday, a woman was treated for leg and torso wounds. She remains in a critical condition. The girl, 12, was flown to hospital on Thursday also in a critical condition, Queensland Ambulance Service said. She had been with her father and sister when she was attacked and received first aid at the scene, an official said. Local media reported that authorities would implement shark control measures, including installing drum lines, in response to the incidents. How do you stop sharks attacking? Surf event cancelled after shark incidents On Wednesday, Justine Barwick, a 46-year-old tourist from T..
September 20, 2018

Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure

Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jet Airways is one of India's leading carriers More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots 'forgot' to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. The aviation ministry has said the cockpit crew has been taken off duty pending investigation. Passenger Darshak Hathi tweeted a video of the interior of the cabin as air pressure dropped and oxygen masks came down . Image Copyright @DarshakHathi @DarshakHathi Report Image Copyright @DarshakHathi @DarshakHathi Report Another passenger Satish Nair tweeted a picture of himself bleeding..
September 20, 2018

Australia strawberry scare: Woolworths halts sewing needle sales

Australia strawberry scare: Woolworths halts sewing needle sales Image copyright JOSHUA GANE Image caption Sewing needles have been inserted inside strawberries in Australia Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has temporarily removed sewing needles from its shelves as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. Several strawberry brands have been pulled from stores across the country. A country-wide investigation into the scare has since been launched amid growing public alarm. The government has also said it will introduce stricter criminal penalties for anyone found to have been tampering with food. Warning over needles in strawberries Australia's strawberry needle scare widens Apple and banana in Australia needle scares Some strawberry farmers have said the public's worries are being fuelled by hysteria. But Woolwo..
September 20, 2018

Cane toad DNA breakthrough ‘may help stop’ toxic pest

Cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest Image copyright UNSW Image caption Cane toads are highly adaptive and release a destructive toxin Scientists say they have unlocked the DNA blueprint of the cane toad, raising fresh hopes of slowing the animal's destruction of habitats. The amphibian, native to South America, has become a prolific pest since it was introduced in other parts of the world last century. In Australia, it has spread rapidly and had a deadly impact on native wildlife. Researchers say the draft genome could be a crucial step in efforts to halt the animal's march. "Sequencing the genome is the quantum leap that means we can understand it better and start to do lots of other things around its control," said emeritus Prof Rick Shine, a study co-author from the University of Sydney. The international team of researchers said the discovery would offer biological clues about the animal's evolution. How the cane toad has spread in Austr..
September 19, 2018

Jack Ma rows back on pledge to create one million US jobs

Jack Ma rows back on pledge to create one million US jobs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ma said trade should not be used as a weapon Alibaba founder Jack Ma, who once boasted his e-commerce firm would spur the creation of one million jobs in America, has rowed back on those plans. Citing the ongoing trade war between the US and China, Mr Ma told China's Xinhua news agency: "There is no way to complete the promise." It follows remarks by Mr Ma at Alibaba's investor day that the trade tensions could continue for decades. He had previously embraced the idea of expanding in the US. In January 2017, Mr Ma met with US President Donald Trump, outlining a plan to increase Alibaba's presence in America and strengthen relations between the two countries. Alibaba said access to Chinese customers through its online marketplace would help US businesses grow and hire workers - as many as one million people over five years. What do Donald Trump and Jack Ma have in com..
September 19, 2018

US ‘ready to restart negotiations’ with North Korea

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorth Korea's agreed to shut one of the country's main missile launch sites. Laura Bicker considers what might happen next. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021". Discussions between the two sides had stalled following a broad-strokes agreement made earlier this year. But a meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president seems to have reassured Washington. Following those talks, Mr Kim agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites. Mr Kim also "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation" on the Korean peninsula following the summit with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. Mr Pompeo said it was "on the basis of these important commitments" that the US was "prepared to engage immediate..
September 19, 2018

In Pictures: South Korea’s Moon Jae-in attends Pyongyang Mass Games

In Pictures: South Korea's Moon Jae-in attends Pyongyang Mass Games Image copyright Reuters/Pyongyang Press Corps Image caption Moon Jae-in, left, is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang to talk with Kim Jong-un South Korean president Moon Jae-in has attended the Mass Games in Pyongyang, as part of his visit to North Korea. Mr Moon and his counterpart Kim Jong-un watched the display after signing a deal to permanently close the north's Tongchang-ri missile facility. Both leaders also "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation" on the Korean peninsula, Mr Moon said. The games marked the end of the South Korean president's second day in the capital. Here's a selection of photos from the event. Image copyright Reuters/Pyongyang Press Corps Image caption Around 150,000 spectators reportedly attended the event involving tens of thousands of dancers and acrobats. Image copyright Reuters/Pyongyang Press Corps Image caption Mr Moon and Mr Kim both received flowers from chil..
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