October 13, 2018

Australia to stop religious schools rejecting gay students

Australia to stop religious schools rejecting gay students Image copyright EPA Image caption Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified his policy on religious schools amid fierce debate Australia's prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students. Scott Morrison said new legislation would "make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality". Some Australian states allow such schools to turn away gay students. The issue has been hotly debated in the country after recommendations of a report on religious freedom were leaked earlier this week. The report, commissioned after same-sex marriage was made legal last year, suggested that procedures for non-state schools to reject gay students should be made consistent nationwide, raising the possibility of allowing such rejections across Australia. On Wednesday Mr Morrison, who leads the centre-right Liberal-National coalition, said the proposa..
October 13, 2018

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas Image copyright Frank Bienewald/Getty Image caption Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks Nine climbers are feared dead after a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal. A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday. A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad conditions. A ninth climber has yet to be found. Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, is among the dead. "We assume the incident happened because of a snowstorm because trees are broken and the tents. Even the dead bodies are scattered," police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told AFP. Expedition organisers raised the alarm after lo..
October 13, 2018

The two men who make a living impersonating Kim Jong-un

The two men who make a living impersonating Kim Jong-un Image copyright David Cox Image caption Howard and Minyong Kim Jong-un has had his fair share of headlines in 2018, be it for threatening nuclear Armageddon, jousting verbally with Donald Trump, or signing peace agreements. But every time he makes the news, two very unlikely beneficiaries prepare for their phones to start ringing, writes David Cox. Howard X, a political satirist living in Hong Kong, and Seoul-based Minyong Kim - who goes by the professional name of Dragon Kim - are the sole members of what they call the Kim Jong-un Impersonators Union. For the past six years, the duo have each been cashing in on their uncanny resemblance to the North Korean leader - earning up to £10,000 a day, they say, for jobs ranging from starring in video games, opening shopping malls, and entertaining guests at billionaires' birthday parties. "Whenever Kim Jong-un does something like firing off a missile or calling Trump a 'dotar..
October 13, 2018

How the ‘world’s toughest one-day bike race’ could put Bhutan ahead

How the 'world's toughest one-day bike race' could put Bhutan ahead Image copyright Melyn McKay Image caption Bhutan's culture goes far beyond its mountains and valleys The reclusive kingdom of Bhutan has for years granted only limited access to tourists. But the country is now slowly attracting more visitors - and one way its doing so is through extreme sports, as filmmaker Alex Bescoby recounts. It was 2am on a chilly September morning in Bhutan, and a gruelling 268km (166 miles) slog lay ahead. Between me and the finish line in the capital, Thimphu, lay four mountain-passes each more than 10,000ft high (3,050m) and a feat of endurance that has taken world-class athletes more than 11 hours to complete. As the organisers of the Tour of the Dragon (TOD) point out, real dangers awaited. The TOD has been billed as the "toughest one-day bike race in the world". Between the rough undulating terrain and the potential to run into wild tigers, leopards and wild boar, it..
October 13, 2018

What would it take for North Korea to join the IMF?

What would it take for North Korea to join the IMF? Image copyright Getty Images At the recent UN General Assembly, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was discussing North Korea's strides to build relations and open up to the world. He said Kim Jong-un had even said he would be "willing to join the IMF and the World Bank and other international agencies", Reuters reported. Those ambitions, if vague for now, cast a light on the challenges North Korea will face as it tries to become part of the global economy. The country has been economically cut off from most of the world for decades because of its nuclear programme and alleged human rights abuses, and experts say the process of joining the financial bodies would be a long one. Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea Imagine a North Korean family... North Korea crisis in 300 words Benefits to membershipWhy would the socialist "hermit" state even want to join these US-dominated institutions? Membe..
October 12, 2018

UN criticised over new human rights council members

UN criticised over new human rights council members Image copyright AFP Image caption The election to the UNHRC took place at the UN headquarters in New York Countries that have been widely criticised for severe human rights abuses are among 18 newly elected members of the UN Human Rights Council. Campaigners had urged UN member states to oppose the candidacy of the Philippines and Eritrea and said the choice of Bahrain and Cameroon raised "significant concerns". The US quit the council in June, saying it made a mockery of human rights. But its defenders say it does vital protection work around the world. Countries can serve for two consecutive three-year terms on the council, which is based in Geneva. Are we facing a 'post human rights world'? Why did US pull out? The UN General Assembly in New York approved the new members in a vote on Friday. For the first time in the council's history, the five voting regions had only put forward as many candidates as there were s..
October 12, 2018

Australia drought: How much rain would end ‘the big dry’?

Australia drought: How much rain would end 'the big dry'? Image copyright EPA Image caption Rain clouds are a welcome sight for Australian farmers Many drought-stricken regions in Australia have finally received much-needed rain in recent days. Parts of New South Wales (NSW) - a state declared to be 100% in drought - have enjoyed their best rainfalls in two years, according to meteorologists. But while the drenching has provided some relief, forecasters say it is nowhere near enough. Farming regions in NSW and Queensland have been bone dry for months - years in some cases - meaning there is no quick fix to end the drought. So what would it take? First, it depends on how you define droughtAustralia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) measures it in terms of "rainfall deficiency" - a period when precipitation is deemed to be below average. This year, rainfall levels in NSW are among the lowest ever recorded over an extended period. In some areas, the state is the driest it has ..
October 12, 2018

The world’s longest non-stop flight arrives in New York

The world's longest non-stop flight arrives in New York Image copyright Airbus Image caption Airbus made fuel system changes to its existing A350-900 aircraft to allow for an extended flight range - giving it the name A350-900 ULR (ultra long range) The world's longest non-stop commercial flight has landed New York, beginning a journey in Singapore covering more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes. Singapore Airlines has relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive. Flight SQ22 landed at 0529 US Eastern time with 150 passengers and 17 crew. Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of Airlineratings.com, said the time passed swiftly and had not seen like a 17 and a half hour flight. He told the BBC: "The flight was effortless and very smooth. "On board the concensus was that the time past very quickly and didn't seem like 17.5 hours." The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newark's international airport, which services N..
October 12, 2018

Aboriginal ranger ‘taken by crocodile’ in Australia

Aboriginal ranger 'taken by crocodile' in Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman was reported missing on Friday, officials say An Aboriginal ranger has been taken by a crocodile in a remote area of Australia, say workplace safety officials. The woman was reported missing on Friday in Arnhem Land, a vast Northern Territory wilderness area. Police are travelling to the scene, but the woman's condition is not known. Northern Territory WorkSafe said the attack happened near the community of Gan Gan, at least 500km (300 miles) east of Darwin. "NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident," it said in a statement. The woman is believed to be part of the Yirralka Rangers programme, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The programme employs about 50 people to care for a large section of traditional land belonging to the Yolngu people, Yirralka Rangers says on its website. Crocodile attacks claimed 14 lives in the Northern Ter..
Watch Live TV

Join our list

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.