October 24, 2018

Sydney high school students hurt in syringe ‘prank’

Sydney high school students hurt in syringe 'prank' Image caption Eight teenagers suffered 'minor pricks' from the needle (file picture) A student wielding a syringe has pricked eight teenagers in a "prank" at a high school in western Sydney, Australian authorities have said. Several ambulances were called to Plumpton High School on Thursday following reports of a stabbing. Students were found with "a minor needle prick" and no serious injuries, said New South Wales state police. "A student was doing what appears to be a prank which involved a needle," a statement said. The injured students received blood tests as a precaution. They were hurt on their hands and legs, according to paramedics. Police have not yet spoken with the alleged perpetrator. You might also be interested in: Woolworths pulls needles amid fruit scare Why would someone hide a needle in fruit?
October 24, 2018

Falling stars challenge: China’s twist on the young rich millennial meme

Falling stars challenge: China's twist on the young rich millennial meme Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption Sina Entertainment said that Chinese users were "more creative" than the Russians with the challenge - showing their daily life toils One of the hottest online trends of the summer - the #fallingstarschallenge - has now made an appearance in China and it is inevitably being reinvented by Chinese millennials who never pass up an opportunity for parody. The trend began in Russia and became wildly popular in August, particularly among the country's rich kids of Instagram. It saw wealthy young Russians use the hashtag #fallingstarschallenge2018 while staging falls out of luxury cars and private jets surrounded by items like luxury handbags and champagne glasses casually splayed around the floor. The trend quickly went global, but has particularly proven popular in China. Certainly some wealthy young Chinese have been showing off their bling in the challenge. Image ..
October 24, 2018

A quick guide to the US-China trade war

A quick guide to the US-China trade war Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is the biggest export market for Chinese goods The world's two largest economies - the US and China - are locked in an escalating trade battle. US President Donald Trump had been complaining about China's trading practices even before he took office in 2016. That year he said China engaged in the "rape" of the US economy, and since then he has aggressively targeted Beijing as part of his broader America First agenda. In 2017, the US launched an investigation into Chinese trade policies and has steadily imposed tariffs on Chinese products from this year. What tariffs are in place? So far, the US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods, totalling more than $250bn (£191.9bn). They cover a wide range of consumer and industrial items including handbags, rice and railway equipment. The duties range from 10% to 25%. Mr Trump has since threatened to hit another $267bn worth of g..
October 24, 2018

Magnum China: Panoramic portrait of a global superpower

Magnum China: Panoramic portrait of a global superpower Image copyright Martin Parr / Magnum Photos Photographers at Magnum Photos have had a long-standing cultural engagement and fascination with China. Co-founders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson first covered the country on photography assignments in the 1930s and 40s, marking the beginning of a relationship with the country that has continued throughout the decades. Magnum's photos provide a panoramic portrait of China and its people through the changes and upheavals in its recent history. Here is a small selection from the archives. Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1949Henri Cartier-Bresson's photograph shows one of the last war lords, General Ma Hung-kouei. At the time, Ma Hung-kouei reigned supreme over north-west China, but his personal army soon abandoned him. Behind him are ancient sayings, such as: "A good general should play a beautiful role in history. He should be praised for a hundred generations. He should care ..
October 24, 2018

Why India needs to worry about climate change

Why India needs to worry about climate change Image copyright AFP Image caption Some Indian cities often record temperatures approaching nearly 50C A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned of disastrous consequences if current trends of global warming are not reversed immediately. Aayushi Awasthy explains why this has particular consequences for India and the entire South Asian region. The IPCC report, which was released earlier this month, has been called the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. The report says that the impact of a 1.5C increase in global temperatures will "disproportionately affect disadvantaged and vulnerable populations through food insecurity, higher food prices, income losses, lost livelihood opportunities, adverse health impacts, and population displacements". India stands to be one of the nations most significantly affected, given its huge population and levels of inequality and poverty. If ex..
October 24, 2018

Ko Ko Korina: A bad cover version, the angry minister and Spiderman too

Ko Ko Korina: A bad cover version, the angry minister and Spiderman too Image Copyright Coke Studio Coke Studio Report There are a lot of bad cover versions of songs but few have caused the kind of uproar seen in Pakistan this week, drawing in a government minister, a pop sweetheart and even Spiderman. Last week the hugely popular live music TV show Coke Studio reworked a beloved classic Ko Ko Korina, considered the first true pop song in Pakistan. The video was posted on YouTube and it was at that point we all found out how angry this had made people. Rage usually reserved only for religion, politics and cricket came down upon the Ko Ko Korina cover - with a vengeance. Things became truly surreal when Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari weighed in to describe it as a "massacre" of the classic song, questioning how producers had allowed this to happen. Skip Twitter post by @ShireenMazari1 Horrendous! Destroyed a great classic - why oh why did Coke Studio allow such a..
October 24, 2018

Mullah Baradar: Taliban say founder ‘freed by Pakistan’

Mullah Baradar: Taliban say founder 'freed by Pakistan' Image caption The Taliban have vastly strengthened their hand on the battlefield in recent years The Afghan Taliban spokesman has said one of its founding members has been released from detention in Pakistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar served as second-in-command under Mullah Omar and co-ordinated the group's military operations in southern Afghanistan. He was arrested eight years ago in the Pakistani city of Karachi. Correspondents say his release could be linked to US efforts to revive peace talks between the militants and the Afghan government. "He wasn't released because he was ill," a Taliban source told the BBC. "In fact Pakistan also wants him to play a role in peace talks. He is in good shape and is expected to play a role in the peace process." Taliban officials secretly met a senior US diplomat in Qatar, it emerged in July. The Islamist group's power and reach have surged since foreign combat t..
October 24, 2018

Harry Potter to ‘inspire’ budding India lawyers

Harry Potter to 'inspire' budding India lawyers Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Harry Potter series is extremely popular in India A top Indian law university in the eastern state of West Bengal has introduced a course based on the fictional world of Harry Potter. The course uses the role of law in the series to draw parallels between the stories and real-life situations. Professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, who designed it, says it is an "experiment" to "encourage creative thinking." Several universities in the US and at least one in the UK also offer courses inspired by the famous series. The course in India, which is entitled "An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling's Potterverse", is expected to include a total of 45 hours of discussion-based teaching. Some of the topics mentioned in the course module point out how social and class rights in India can be equated with the "enslavement of house-elves and the marginali..
October 24, 2018

Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge: World’s longest sea crossing opens to quiet start

Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge: World's longest sea crossing opens to quiet start Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials said traffic was not expected to be busy on the first day The world's longest sea-crossing bridge opened to the public on Wednesday but traffic was light on its first day. Officials said they did not expect many vehicles to immediately take to the road, adding that it could take "time to build". The $20bn (£15.3bn) bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. It was officially opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. "Every big infrastructure [project] has a relatively low volume of passenger and traffic flow in the initial period. It takes time to build up" transport secretary Frank Chan told reporters. There were virtually no cars or lorries to be seen on the bridge but the route was plied by private shuttle buses, said the BBC's Martin Yip, who crossed from Hong Kong to Macau on ..
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