March 25, 2019

AirAsia apologises for ‘Get off in Thailand’ advert

AirAsia apologises for 'Get off in Thailand' advert Image copyright SOPA Images Image caption The advert was promoting a new direct route from Brisbane to Bangkok AirAsia has apologised after its advertising campaign was labelled "harmful" in Australia. The advert containing the phrase "Get off in Thailand" was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline's direct route to Bangkok. Collective Shout, a grassroots campaign movement against the objectification of women claimed that the advert was promoting sex tourism in Thailand. Thailand has over 123,530 sex workers, according to a 2014 UNAids report. Melinda Liszewski, a campaigner at Collective Shout spotted the adverts on a Brisbane bus and posted the image to social media. She accused the airline of "promoting sex tourism." Skip Twitter post by @MelTankardReist @ncose can you believe this? @AirAsia #sextrade #sexualtourism #sexualexploitation — Melinda TankardReist (@MelTa..
March 25, 2019

Saudi Arabia sisters given humanitarian visa and leave Hong Kong

Saudi Arabia sisters given humanitarian visa and leave Hong Kong Image copyright Reuters Image caption The sisters say they spent six months hiding in Hong Kong Two young sisters from Saudi Arabia who spent six months hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing their family have left for a third country after being given humanitarian visas, their lawyer says. Rawan and Reem (not their real names) said they did not want to return home because they feared punishment. The women said they were stopped by Saudi officials at Hong Kong's airport en route for Australia in September. No details about where they are and how they left have been released. "We are thrilled that our story has a happy ending and that we have found our way to safety to re-start our lives free of violence and oppression," the sisters said in a statement released by their lawyer. "We wish for our story to offer hope to others who face similar situations. We want to say loud and clear to the Saudi authorities and other regi..
March 25, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits Image copyright 20th Century Fox/New Regency Image caption Bohemian Rhapsody has been released in China with references to homosexuality edited out Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China on Friday, but references to the Queen singer's sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored. Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word "gay". There has been significant reaction to the film's release online. More than 50,000 users have posted reviews on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like micro-blogging platform. Though some users complained of "half watching and half guessing" as a result of the deleted scenes, others were pleased the film had been released at all. What was removed?In the Chinese version of the film, several scenes have been amended or deleted. Explicit and implicit references to Mercury's sexuality were edited ou..
March 25, 2019

The woman bringing Mandarin to Uganda

The woman bringing Mandarin to Uganda Image caption Wang Li Hong Sooma in a class in Kampala, Uganda Wang Li Hong Sooma, who moved to East Africa from China more than two decades ago, is determined to teach Ugandans how to speak Mandarin. She and her Ugandan husband, Ayub Sooma, are organising nine-month intensive courses for secondary school teachers to learn China's dominant language. The first 30 teachers have now completed their training and have started holding Mandarin classes in schools across the country. The couple, who own their own secondary school on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, can be seen as the perfect symbol of blossoming China-Uganda relations. Together they can chat in a mixture of English, Mandarin and some of the local language Luganda. Image copyright Wang Li Hong Sooma Image caption Wang Li Hong Sooma (R) and Ayub Sooma (L) faced opposition at first to their union They met 26 years ago in Beijing, when Mr Sooma was studying at Tsinghua University...
March 25, 2019

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jet Airways is India's oldest private airline The founder of cash-strapped Indian airline Jet Airways has stepped down as chairman of the company. Naresh Goyal's resignation will likely pave the way for potential investors to save India's oldest private carrier. They were held back by Mr Goyal's reluctance to give up control of the company, reports say. Jet's debt exceeds $1bn (£750m) and the airline has grounded some flights as it is struggling to pay employees, suppliers and leasing companies. Within minutes of Monday's announcement, the company's stock jumped 12%. In a stock market filing which also announced the resignation, the company said that banks would lend around $210m to keep it afloat until it starts to sell shares to new investors. Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India's oldest private airlineIn recent weeks, it had grou..
March 25, 2019

Christchurch attack: New Zealand’s Ardern orders top-level inquiry

Christchurch attack: New Zealand's Ardern orders top-level inquiry Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The prime minister said the inquiry would look at the role social media played in the attacks New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered a top-level inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks that left 50 people dead. She said a royal commission would examine whether police and intelligence services could have done more to prevent the 15 March shootings. A royal commission is the highest level of independent inquiry available under New Zealand law. Ms Ardern said it would produce a "comprehensive" report. "It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it," she told reporters in Wellington on Monday. "One question we need to answer is whether or not we could or should have known more," she added. The child, the father, the aspiring footballer Video: 'The attacker killed my..
March 24, 2019

Cyclone Veronica: Destructive winds and rain lash Australia

Cyclone Veronica: Destructive winds and rain lash Australia Image copyright EPA/NASA WORLDVIEW Image caption Satellite imagery shows Cyclone Veronica just off the north-west coast of Australia A second cyclone within 48 hours has brought destructive winds and torrential rains to coastal regions of Australia. Cyclone Veronica lingered about 95km (60 miles) off the nation's north-west coast on Monday, officials said. Despite no longer being expected to make landfall, the category two system is moving slowly and has prompted warnings for locals to remain indoors. Cyclone Trevor, a category four, hit the Northern Territory on Saturday. Heavy rain and large waves whipped up by Cyclone Veronica threaten to cause widespread flooding in Western Australia, according to authorities. An area stretching from Karratha to Port Hedland was enduring gale-force winds of more than 125km/h, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Similar conditions affected the Northern Territory on Saturday when Cyclone T..
March 24, 2019

Delhi Crime: New drama tells story of bus rape investigation

Delhi Crime: New drama tells story of bus rape investigation Image copyright Netflix Image caption Shefali Shah plays Vartika Chaturvedi, the woman in charge of the investigation There is no one in India who does not remember the Delhi bus rape - known as the Nirbhaya case. The horrific events of December 2012, when a young student was gang raped and assaulted as she travelled home from an evening at the cinema, were so shocking, it left a collective scar on the psyche of an entire country. So when it was revealed that the brutal attack was to be made into a police procedural drama for Netflix, many asked: Why? For actress Shefali Shah, though, there was never a question that this particular story should be told. "As a person - as a woman - yes, Nirbhaya was about the sheer loss of light, the pain, the agony," she told the BBC. "But when I read the script, I realised there was another woman - not a man - who picked this up and fought it through and got justice. She fought for all the ..
March 24, 2019

Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India’s oldest private airline

Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India's oldest private airline Image copyright Reuters Image caption For many, Jet Airways redefined the Indian flying experience For a long period of time, especially during the late 1990s and 2000s, Jet Airways was the shining face of Indian aviation. But now it finds itself on the verge of collapse. What went wrong? The BBC's India business correspondent Sameer Hashmi explains. Jet Airways won itself many loyal customers when it started operations because it redefined the Indian flying experience. It set itself apart in a market dominated by the national carrier, Air India, by offering world class service. Over the last decade it grew steadily - becoming India's largest international carrier. But the airline, which celebrated its silver jubilee just last year, is now fighting for its survival. In recent weeks it has cancelled thousands of flights, affecting passengers flying on both international and domestic routes. It has g..
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