June 22, 2018

India police ‘sorry’ for lynching photo

India police 'sorry' for lynching photo Image caption Police apologised after this picture went viral on social media Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have apologised after a photograph of a lynched man being dragged by a crowd in the presence of three officers caused outrage. The victim, identified as Kasim, died soon after the picture was taken, while on the way to hospital. Police say he was beaten up after a "minor tiff" over a motorcycle accident. They deny he was attacked over reports of cow slaughter. The state police tweeted the apology. Image Copyright @Uppolice @Uppolice Report Image Copyright @Uppolice @Uppolice Report Speaking to the BBC, the chief spokesperson of the state police, Rahul Srivastava, said the pictures were "misleading" and the "policemen did not support lynching". "The picture shows that man is being dragged and the policemen are doing nothing about it, but that's not true - the mob just wanted to continue attacking the ..
June 22, 2018

India activists performing street play abducted and raped

India activists performing street play abducted and raped Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jharkhand has been in the spotlight after three teenagers were raped and burnt alive Five Indian anti-trafficking activists performing a street play were gang raped at gunpoint in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police have confirmed. The women were forced into cars and raped in a "secluded area", police told BBC Hindi. Police say they are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests. The survivors were working with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote Khunti district. "After performing, they headed towards a local mission school. Around the same time, some armed people reached the school. They abducted five girls from their team and took them to a jungle and raped them," senior police official AV Homkar told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha. "We have dedicated three teams of police to interrogate several people," he ad..
June 22, 2018

Home and Away’s Orpheus Pledger helped stop street attack

Home and Away's Orpheus Pledger helped stop street attack Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Orpheus Pledger plays Mason Morgan on Home and Away Home and Away actor Orpheus Pledger has described how he intervened to help a woman who was being attacked on an Australian street. The 25-year-old, who plays Mason Morgan in the Australian soap, said he had spotted the woman apparently being followed by a man in Sydney last year. When the woman was approached and thrown to the ground, Pledger grabbed the attacker and helped restrain him. The man, 28, was convicted of assault this week, Australian media reported. Pledger said he had noticed a "suspicious character" emerge from an alleyway during a walk at night. "I instantly drew my attention to this person - my instinct told me something was wrong," said Pledger, who gave evidence to a court in April. Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported that Pledger could not speak publicly about the case, an attempted robbery, until it had c..
June 22, 2018

Indonesian Islamic State cleric gets death sentence for Jakarta attack

Indonesian Islamic State cleric gets death sentence for Jakarta attack Image copyright EPA Image caption The Indonesia cleric is considered to be the de facto head of IS supporters in the country An Indonesian cleric found guilty of masterminding a 2016 terror attack in Jakarta which left four civilians dead has been sentenced to death. Aman Aburrahman was convicted of planning the attack which saw a suicide bomber blow himself up at a Starbucks. The cleric, who had declared his support for the Islamic State (IS), is also the spiritual leader of a local extremist network. The 2016 attack was the first linked to IS in Indonesia. Aburrahman, 46, has been in prison since 2010 but the court heard he planned the attacks from his jail cell. The judge said in the sentencing on Friday that Abdurrahman had been proven guilty of "carrying out terrorism". He had pleaded not guilty, saying he had inspired his followers to travel to Syria to fight with IS but had had not ordered attacks in Indon..
June 21, 2018

The Indian women lighting the way for change

The Indian women lighting the way for change Image caption Frontier Markets founder Ajaita Shah with some of the women in her local sales force In India's desert state of Rajasthan, rural women are becoming the surprise agents of change, convincing coal-reliant communities to switch to solar. They are called "Solar Sahelis" or "solar friends", and their job is to convince their neighbours to invest in solar-powered solutions. But it's not easy. For decades, rural India has been flooded with poor quality solar products, most of which have ended up in landfill. For the Solar Sahelis, their first hurdle is helping people to overcome their scepticism, that renewables are a failed technology. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children studying by solar light at a night school in Ajmer, Rajasthan With the fastest growing population on the planet, India's energy needs are staggering. Nearly a quarter of its population has no access to electricity, and for many others..
June 21, 2018

Viewpoint: Why the Kashmir government fall is a tragedy

Viewpoint: Why the Kashmir government fall is a tragedy Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's swearing-in ceremony in Jammu in 2015 The break-up of the three-year-old coalition government in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is a setback for peace hopes in the region. The so-called "unnatural" alliance between the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only way forward, writes Sumantra Bose. How, it was asked, could the PDP, a pro-autonomy party formed in 1999, and the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party which has advocated a disciplinarian approach to Kashmir since the early 1950s, cohabit and co-operate? Their arrangement prompted puzzlement and derision but this missed a vital point. The constructive potential of the coalition lay precisely in its "unnatural" quality, because it signalled engagement between very different perspectives on the Kashmir ..
June 21, 2018

Mystery ape found in ancient China tomb

Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many gibbons are threatened with extinction An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China. The gibbon has already gone extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age. Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink of extinction. The new gibbon, named Junzi imperialis, may be the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions, according to scientists led by the Zoological Society of London. "All of the world's apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons - are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of hunting or habitat loss," said lead researcher Dr Samuel Turvey. "However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzi changes this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular." First emperorThe par..
June 21, 2018

Two different pregnancies in power

Ardern and Bhutto: Two different pregnancies in power Image copyright AFP Image caption Benazir Bhutto was assassinated after an election rally in Rawalpindi in 2007 Now that New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has hit world headlines by becoming only the second elected head of government to give birth in office, attention has naturally been drawn to the first such leader - Pakistan's late two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. And there are some interesting coincidences here. Ms Ardern's baby girl was delivered on 21 June - the very day Bhutto was born 65 five years earlier, in 1953. Also, Ms Ardern is 37, as was Bhutto when she gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari on 25 January 1990. In a tweet on Thursday, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari congratulated Ms Ardern. Skip Twitter post by @BakhtawarBZ Congratulations PM @jacindaardern on the birth of your daughter! Reposting this, relevant as ever, “Benazir Bhutto showed you can be a mother and prime mini..
June 21, 2018

Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow used stock image photos

Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow used stock image photos Image copyright Instagram Image caption Mr Yow has posted an apology to his Instagram account A popular Instagram photographer has apologised after being caught posting stock image library content and indicating it was his own work. Singapore-based Daryl Aiden Yow has more than 104,000 followers on the Facebook-owned service. His fame on the platform had led Sony, Oppo and Uniqlo - among other big brands - to work with him. Mr Yow admitted to the deception after the news site Mothership identified a dozen examples. Several had been edited to alter their colour and composition. Original versions of the images were traced to Shutterstock, CanStockPhoto and Unsplash.com among other sites. "The outrage regarding how I have conducted myself is justified and I accept full responsibility for my actions and all consequences that arise from those actions," Mr Yow posted in a message on his Instagram account. "I was wrong to have claimed th..
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