March 31, 2019

North Korea says Madrid embassy raid was ‘grave terror attack’

North Korea says Madrid embassy raid was 'grave terror attack' Image copyright AFP Image caption Pyongyang has called for an investigation into the raid North Korea has described a break-in at its embassy in Spain last month as a "grave terrorist attack". In its first official comment, Pyongyang called for an investigation and said it was closely watching rumours that the FBI had played a role. On Wednesday a group committed to ousting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Cheollima Civil Defense, said it carried out the raid. The group took computers and data and said it gave its evidence to the FBI. At least two international arrest warrants have been issued for the main suspects. Cheollima Civil Defense: What is known about the shadowy group?What happened in the raid?Spanish authorities say one of the group, named as Adrian Hong Chang, gained access by asking to see the commercial attaché, whom he claimed to have met previously to discuss business matters. His accomplice..
March 30, 2019

The Bollywood factor in India’s election

The Bollywood factor in India's election Image copyright The India Today Group/Getty Images Image caption Vivek Oberoi stars as Narendra Modi in the controversial film "India will not fear terror," we hear the flag-waving strongman say, as he leads followers and soldiers in the snowy terrain of Kashmir before they come under a hail of bullets from militants. "Terror will fear India." The man portrayed is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the scene is the most memorable of a two-and-a-half minute film trailer that has caused a political storm in the country ahead of the forthcoming election. The slick biopic, titled PM Narendra Modi, is due for release on 5 April, days before India's weeks-long voting period begins. It has elicited a furious reaction from the opposition Congress party, which sees it as a nakedly political move with links to the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party is not involved, but lead actor Vivek Oberoi is a noted Modi supporter. At the launch..
March 30, 2019

Is there an Austrian link to New Zealand mosque attacks?

Is there an Austrian link to New Zealand mosque attacks? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Austrian far-right activist Martin Sellner is under scrutiny The Austrian authorities are investigating possible connections after it emerged that the main suspect in the Christchurch mosque attacks made a donation of €1,500 (£1,293) to the far-right Identitarian Movement in Austria (IBÖ). The suspect visited Austria from 27 November to 4 December last year, according to Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, who said that potential links to Austrian extremists were being looked into. Police have searched the house of the charismatic, social media-savvy IBÖ leader, Martin Sellner, who has done much to raise the profile of the Identitarians throughout Europe. The group is hostile to multiculturalism, and claims to defend Europe against migrants, especially Muslims. Mr Sellner has firmly denied any involvement with the 15 March attacks, which killed 50 people, but admits he rece..
March 30, 2019

Christchurch attacks: NZ gun suspect ‘complains of treatment’

Christchurch attacks: NZ gun suspect 'complains of treatment' Image copyright Reuters Image caption The suspect is currently charged with a single murder The man accused of killing 50 people in attacks on two New Zealand mosques has lodged a formal complaint over his prison treatment, media say. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has so far been charged with one murder and is expected to face further charges. A source told news website Stuff the prisoner had said he was being denied access to visitors and phone calls. He is being kept in isolation at the Auckland Prison in Paremoremo, considered New Zealand's toughest. Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfoldedNew Zealand is still coming to terms with the mass killings. More than 20,000 people attended a memorial service addressed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch's Hagley Park on Friday. What are the suspect's reported complaints?The prisoner was flown to Auckland Prison immediately after h..
March 30, 2019

Afghan VP survives second assassination attempt

Afghan VP survives second assassination attempt Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last year Gen Dostum escaped an attempt on his life Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unharmed after an attack that killed one of his bodyguards in the north of the country. Officials say the attackers ambushed Gen Dostum's convoy in Balkh Province. The Taliban said they carried out the attack, which lasted an hour and left two other bodyguards injured. It is the second attempt on Gen Dostum's life since the ethnic Uzbek and former warlord returned from self-imposed exile last July. That month, 14 people died in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport shortly after his arrival. Islamic state says it carried out that attack. Gen Dostum joined Afghanistan's unity government in 2014 and is a controversial political figure. He helped the US oust the Taliban in 2001 but has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities in the country's long-running civil war. More th..
March 30, 2019

Afghanistan: Deadly flash floods destroy homes and lives

Afghanistan: Deadly flash floods destroy homes and lives Image copyright EPA Flash floods in western Afghanistan have killed at least 32 people. Thousands of homes have been destroyed by heavy rains, as have makeshift shelters housing displaced families. Seven provinces have been affected by the flooding, with Faryab, Bagdhis and Herat bearing the brunt of the damage. Image copyright EPA The disaster has added to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people who were forced out of their homes because of severe drought in the region last year. Image copyright EPA Aid workers have been struggling to deliver assistance to the people who need it. Image copyright EPA Poor infrastructure makes it hard for humanitarian workers to reach isolated areas. Image copyright EPA Shir Ahmad, who lives in the Enjil district of Herat, told Reuters news agency: "My house and my farmland have been destroyed by the floods. If you go and see the destruction, it makes you want to cry." Image copyrigh..
March 30, 2019

Facebook to consider live video restrictions after NZ attacks

Facebook to consider live video restrictions after NZ attacks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg outlined the company's actions in a letter to a New Zealand newspaper Facebook has promised to explore restrictions on live-streaming, weeks after it was used during gun attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the social media giant agreed with calls it "must do more". Fifty people were killed in the Christchurch shootings, and the original video of the attack was viewed 4,000 times before it was removed. Meanwhile, New Zealand is to review "inadequate" laws on hate speech. Justice Minister Andrew Little said the current laws did not tackle "the evil and hateful things that we're seeing online", and that the government and the Human Rights Commission would work to bring forward proposals by the end of the year. Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfolded Anger as shooter video spreads around ..
March 29, 2019

Tasmanian devils ‘adapting to coexist with cancer’

Tasmanian devils 'adapting to coexist with cancer' Image copyright Getty Images There's fresh hope for the survival of endangered Tasmanian devils after large numbers were killed off by facial tumours. The world's largest carnivorous marsupials have been battling Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) for over 20 years. But researchers have found the animals' immune system to be modifying to combat the assault. And according to an international team of scientists from Australia, UK, US and France, the future for the devils is now looking brighter. "In the past, we were managing devil populations to avoid extinction. Now, we are progressively moving to an adaptive management strategy, enhancing those selective adaptations for the evolution of devil/DFTD coexistence," explains Dr Rodrigo Hamede, from the University of Tasmania. First discovered in north-eastern Tasmania in 1996, the disease has since spread across 95% of the species' range, with local popul..
March 29, 2019

UK fashion brands battle for China’s growing market

UK fashion brands battle for China's growing market Image copyright Getty Images Over the next week Shanghai Fashion Week will fill the city with models, designers and buyers. The show is becoming a key route into China but the lucrative market remains difficult to navigate. London-based fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic says she admires the adventurous spirit of her Chinese customers. They're experimental with a taste for clothes that are "vibrant and sculptural yet feminine", she adds. "The Chinese market really resonates with those parts of my DNA." For the first time Ms Ilincic is taking part in Shanghai Fashion Week, joining a wave of other foreign brands in search of exposure and crucial business contacts. Observers say Shanghai Fashion Week, which runs until 3 April, buzzes with young talent and commercial potential. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shanghai Fashion Week showcases many top Chinese labels Launched in 2003, it's not one of the top ..
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