November 2, 2018

Chinese dissident Badicuao’s Hong Kong show cancelled over ‘threats’

Chinese dissident Badicuao's Hong Kong show cancelled over 'threats' Image copyright AFP Image caption Badiucao was going to use this restraining chair of the type reportedly used by Chinese police in his show An exhibition by a dissident Chinese-Australian cartoonist in Hong Kong has been cancelled by its organisers over what they said were threats from China. Badiucao's work focuses on rights abuses and satirises President Xi Jinping. His show was part of events examining free speech in Hong Kong since the 2014 pro-democracy "umbrella" protests. The cancellation comes as pro-democracy activists say Hong Kong's freedoms are being eroded by Beijing. The Chinese dissident memorialised in social art Beijing's struggle to win Hong Kong's young hearts Young and unhappy in Hong Kong In a statement, Free Expression Week organisers Hong Kong Free Press, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said Badiucao's first solo show "Gongle" had bee..
November 2, 2018

Ramachandra Guha: How the right wing hounded out a Gandhi biographer

Ramachandra Guha: How the right wing hounded out a Gandhi biographer Image copyright Getty Images Three years ago, Ramachandra Guha, a historian and one of India's most respected public intellectuals, told an interviewer that India was "becoming a more intolerant country" than before. A 50-year-old Muslim man had been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumours that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home. A beef ban had been enforced by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Two leading and outspoken rationalists had recently been murdered elsewhere in the country. "It is important to recognise that there was never a golden age in our history as an independent nation of complete tolerance or freedom of speech," Guha said. "There have always been curbs and pusillanimity by politicians and governments. But we are certainly becoming more intolerant, there is more violence." 'Intolerant India': Is criticism against Modi's BJP ..
November 2, 2018

Raymond Chow: Hong Kong film mogul who discovered Bruce Lee dies at 91

Raymond Chow: Hong Kong film mogul who discovered Bruce Lee dies at 91 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chow is known as the "godfather" of the Hong Kong film industry The Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow - who introduced martial arts legend Bruce Lee to the world - has died at the age of 91. Their first film together, 1971's The Big Boss, set new box office records at the time. Chow also had success in the 1980s with films featuring another kung fu star, Jackie Chan. Known as the "godfather" of Hong Kong film, Chow produced more than 600 films before retiring in 2007. Tributes have poured in, with Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon thanking Chow for "taking a chance" on her father. Skip Twitter post by @brucelee Our condolences go out to Raymond Chow’s family. Thank you Raymond for taking a chance on a young Bruce Lee and helping him to realize his dream. Rest in peace, Raymond. ...#BruceLee #RaymondChow pic.twitter.com/tmMECWeNaj — Bruce Lee (@brucelee) November 2, 2018..
November 2, 2018

Asia Bibi: Deal to end Pakistan protests over blasphemy case

Asia Bibi: Deal to end Pakistan protests over blasphemy case Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAsia Bibi's escape from Pakistan death row Pakistan's authorities have struck a deal with a hard-line Islamist party to end a protest over the acquittal of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. As part of the deal, the government will begin proceedings to bar Asia Bibi from leaving the country, despite warnings her life is in danger. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, but was acquitted earlier this week. But the ruling enraged some in the majority-Muslim country. Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world Hardliners who support Pakistan's blasphemy laws have been taking to the streets since Wednesday's ruling. What's in the deal?It was reached between the government and the Tehreek-i-Labaik (TLP) party, which led the ma..
November 2, 2018

Pakistan: Cleric known as ‘Taliban’s father’ killed

Pakistan: Cleric known as 'Taliban's father' killed Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Maulana Sami ul-Haq was an influential figure in Pakistan The Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ul-Haq, known as the Father of the Taliban, has been killed in his home town of Rawalpindi. Local media quoted his family members as saying that he was stabbed to death. But other reports say he was shot dead. The motive for the attack is unclear. Haq was the head of the Haqqania madrassa in the north of Pakistan, where many Taliban members - including the group's founder, Mullah Omar - had studied. Afghan officials had recently asked the cleric, believed to have been in his 80s, to help convince the Taliban to begin peace negotiations. He was a former senator who ran a faction of the religious Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party - and was close to Prime Minister Imran Khan's PTI party. Mr Khan is currently on an official visit to Beijing, but his office said in a statement that h..
November 2, 2018

Japan may loosen immigration rules for blue-collar workers

Japan may loosen immigration rules for blue-collar workers Image copyright Getty Images Japan's cabinet has approved draft legislation to loosen the country's immigration rules. The relaxed laws would create two new visa categories to allow foreigners in sectors with labour shortages to enter the country. Japan has restrictive immigration laws and accepts few workers from other countries. But new rules could allow blue-collar workers in the construction, farming and healthcare sectors to work there. Workers in the first visa category will be allowed to work in the country for five years, and bring their families, if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese. The economic lessons Japan can teach the West Trending in Japan: Restless retirees Japan census shows 1m population loss Workers with a higher level of skills would qualify for the second visa category and would eventually be allowed to apply for residency. The draft legislation needs to b..
November 2, 2018

Shop accidentally deletes game built by 12-year-old boy

Shop accidentally deletes game built by 12-year-old boy Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Internet cafes are still popular across South East Asia A Malaysian 12-year-old boy who spent almost a year developing a computer game before it was deleted by mistake has been praised for his persistence by a government minister. Muhammad Thaqif was working on his game at an internet cafe, but it was deleted by staff who thought it was a virus. Thaqif, who didn't have his own computer at home, planned to sell his game for RM1 ($0.24; £0.18). Youth and Sport Minister Syed Saddiq said his determination was "brilliant". "There needs to be more young people like him," said the 25-year-old minister on Twitter. The shop's staff later managed to recover the game. Mr Saddiq posted a follow-up a few days later that he had had meeting with Malaysia's "youngest game developer". Skip Twitter post by @SyedSaddiq Bersama developer game termuda, Thaqif yang belajar di Tahfiz. Belia..
November 2, 2018

China stocks gain on trade war hopes

China stocks gain on trade war hopes Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets in China gained on Friday after US President Donald Trump said trade talks with Beijing were "moving along nicely". Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 3.9%, Shanghai Composite rose 2.4% and the yuan firmed. The moves also follow media reports that pointed to progress on the US-China trade dispute. It comes ahead of a key meeting between Mr Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit this month. The event will be closely watched for any progress in the resolution of the bitter trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. On Thursday, comments made by Mr Trump appeared to be an attempt to ease tensions. "Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade," the US president tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi J..
November 2, 2018

Australian who encouraged wife’s suicide jailed in landmark case

Australian who encouraged wife's suicide jailed in landmark case Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Jennifer Morant died in 2014 An Australian man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for encouraging his wife's suicide, in a case believed to have set a global precedent. Graham Morant, 68, was convicted last month of counselling and aiding his wife, Jennifer Morant, to take her own life in 2014. He had been motivated by a desire to access Mrs Morant's life insurance benefits, a judge ruled. As sole beneficiary, Morant had stood to receive A$1.4m (£770,000; $1m). "You counselled your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the A$1.4m," Justice Peter Davis said in the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday. Mrs Morant had suffered from chronic pain, depression and anxiety, but was not terminally ill. Justice Davis said it appeared to be the first time globally that a person had been sentenced for counselling someone to die by suicide. 'Took adv..
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