October 9, 2018

The Dalai Lama: Intimate portrait of a spiritual leader

The Dalai Lama: Intimate portrait of a spiritual leader Image copyright Raghu Rai Image caption The Dalai Lama watching the TV series, Mahabharata A new book by acclaimed Indian photographer Raghu Rai offers an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one of the world's leading religious figures. A God In Exile is the result of a photographer's decades-long insight into his muse. Rai took his first picture of the iconic Tibetan spiritual leader in 1975. He recalled being stopped by the Dalai Lama's security. "I somehow managed to make eye contact with His Holiness and asked him if I could take some photos of him. He smiled and said yes," Rai told the BBC. Profile: The Dalai LamaOver the years, he has photographed the Dalai Lama many times and has cultivated a "deep friendship". In March 1959, as Chinese troops crushed an attempted uprising in Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama, who was born Tenzin Gyatso, fled into India. He was then a young man in his mid-20s. Image copyright Ra..
October 9, 2018

Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Australia defies climate warning to back coal Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coal provides about 60% of Australia's electricity The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change. Phasing out coal is considered crucial to limiting global warming to within 1.5C, as set out in the UN report released yesterday. Australia's deputy prime minister has said the country should "absolutely" continue to use and exploit its coal. But China remains the world's biggest coal consumer. In addition, China has restarted work at hundreds of coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, Australia's Deputy PM, said his government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do". He added that coal provided 60% of Australia's electr..
October 9, 2018

Afghanistan candidate, 32, among eight killed in Helmand attack

Afghanistan candidate, 32, among eight killed in Helmand attack Image caption Thirty-two-year old Salem Mohammad Achakzai was campaigning on a platform for "positive change" A young Afghan parliamentary candidate was among eight people killed in a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand, officials say. The bomber blew himself up inside Salem Mohammad Achakzai's office in Lashkar Gah city. Eleven others were injured. It was the second suicide blast targeting a parliamentary candidate during the campaign for the 20 October election. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have urged a boycott of the vote. No group has, however, said it carried out the latest bombing, which President Ashraf Ghani has blamed on "terrorists", news agency AFP reports. Helmand has long been a stronghold for the Taliban, who were removed from power in a US-led invasion in 2001. Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever Afghan election rally hit by suicide bomber Who are the Taliban? O..
October 9, 2018

Indian airport police told to cut down on smiling

Indian airport police told to cut down on smiling Image copyright AFP Image caption Indian authorities fear excessive friendliness could lead to attacks amid "lax security". Airport police in India are being instructed to smile less. This is over concerns cheerfulness could lead to a perception of lax security and a threat of terror attacks. The country's Central Industrial Security Force, which is in charge of aviation safety, wants its staff to be "more vigilant than friendly". They will move from a "broad smile system" to a "sufficient smile system", the Indian Express says. Officials are said to believe that excessive friendliness puts airports at risk of terrorist attacks. You may also be interested in: #MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and media White tiger kills zookeeper in Japan Monkey takes the wheel of Indian bus The organisation's director general, Rajesh Ranjan even said the 9/11 attacks had taken place because of "an excessive reliance on passenger-friendly f..
October 9, 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang

North Korea's Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pope Francis is not the first pope to be invited to North Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit the country, South Korea's presidential office has announced. The invitation to visit the capital city, Pyongyang, will be delivered by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who will be in the Vatican next week as part of a trip to Europe. This is not the first time a pope has been invited to North Korea. North Korea and the Vatican have no formal diplomatic relations. "During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Mr Moon] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the Pope if he visits Pyongyang," Mr Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters. The invitation is the latest reconciliatory gesture from North Korea. Trump expects second Kim summit soon Seeing through Kim Jong-un's K-pop sign Mr Kim held a..
October 9, 2018

Australia considers forcing new migrants to live in rural areas

Australia considers forcing new migrants to live in rural areas Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government wants to reduce congestion in Sydney The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne. The policy would aim to ease congestion in Australia's two biggest cities while boosting regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday. The government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live for up to five years, he said. However, some experts have questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals. Why is Australia having this debate?Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in Sydney and Melbourne. Though Australia's population growth rate ranks 77th globally, according to the World Bank, it is high among OECD nations - rising by 1.6% last year. Australia population hits 25 million Five takeaways from Australia&#039..
October 8, 2018

Rare white tiger kills zookeper in Japan

Rare white tiger kills zookeper in Japan Image copyright Reuters Image caption It's not clear what triggered the white tiger's attack (file photo) A rare white tiger has mauled a zookeeper to death in its enclosure at a zoo in Japan, officials said. The 40-year old man was found bleeding from the neck in the tiger's cage. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead. Officials believe he was attacked by one of the park's four white tigers, media reports said. The tiger was sedated with a tranquiliser before rescue workers and police arrived at the scene. Zoo attacks and the people who survive them Meet the man who's survived a snake, bear and shark attack Zoo worker killed by tiger in UK 'loved job' The attack took place late on Monday at the Hirakawa Zoological Park in the southern city of Kagoshima. Police are now investigating how the zoo looks after its white tigers, Japan's Kyodo news agency said. In 2017, a British zookeeper was kille..
October 8, 2018

Trump tariffs make world ‘poorer and more dangerous’

Trump tariffs make world 'poorer and more dangerous' Image copyright Getty Images The International Monetary Fund has warned a trade war between the US and China risks making the world a "poorer and more dangerous place" in its latest assessment of the global economy. The IMF has lowered its forecast for global growth this year and next. It said that a full-blown trade war between the US and China would put a significant dent in economic recovery. Its chief economist said further trade barriers would hit households, businesses and the wider economy. "Trade policy reflects politics and politics remain unsettled in several countries, posing further risks," said Maurice Obstfeld. US-China trade war: a tale of two Chinas US-China trade row: The story so far Most recently, China announced new trade tariffs on $60bn of US goods, including products such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to the US President Donald Trump. Image copyright Reuters In a tweet, Mr Trum..
October 8, 2018

Convicted paedophile Douglas Slade sued by alleged Filipino victims

Convicted paedophile Douglas Slade sued by alleged Filipino victims Image copyright PA/Avon and Somerset Police A convicted British paedophile is being sued for damages by five young people who claim they were sexually exploited by him overseas, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind. The five will give evidence to the High Court via video link about abuse they said they suffered while Douglas Slade was living in the Philippines. Slade says the claims against him are a "total fabrication". Slade was jailed for 24 years in 2016 for abusing five boys in the UK. The judge in the case said Slade, who had been extradited to the UK the year before, was "wholly unrepentant" over the offences that he had committed between 1965 and 1980. Slade was a founder member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and actively campaigned for sex between children and paedophiles to be legalised in the 1970s and 1980s. 'People avoid me'Tuesday's case starting in London is belie..
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