September 4, 2018

India bombing: Two convicted over Hyderabad twin blasts

India bombing: Two convicted over Hyderabad twin blasts Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police inspect the interior after the blast at Gokul Chat in Hyderabad An Indian court has convicted two men for their involvement in 2007 twin blasts in the southern city of Hyderabad. At least 42 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in explosions at an open-air auditorium and a restaurant. The two men will be sentenced on 10 September. There have been at least nine attacks in Hyderabad since 1992, with the most recent one in 2013 when two explosions killed 12 people. Five men, who were accused of playing a role in the 2007 blasts, were arrested by an anti-terrorism squad in 2008. Only two of them were convicted on Tuesday while two others were acquitted. The court will reportedly announce its verdict on the fifth accused on Monday. About 170 witnesses were examined and questioned during the trial in Hyderabad, one of southern India's main commercial hubs. "In the course of ..
September 4, 2018

Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years

Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years Image copyright Kyodo/via REUTERS Image caption Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, with more than a million people told to evacuate. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 216km/h (135 mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of the train station roof came down. There are warned of high waves and mudslides. There are no reports of casualties and the storm is expected to weaken as it continues to move across the country. Skip Twitter post by @CRAZY904Kaz 京都駅の天井崩落の瞬間が目の前で。 まさか、、台風の力すごい。気を付けて!! pic.twitter.com/EGQ6P92T9g — 森山和彦(Kaz) CRAZY (@CRAZY904Kaz) September 4, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @CRAZY904Kaz The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan's largest main island of Honshu. It already left tens of..
September 4, 2018

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern defends $50,000 flight

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern defends $50,000 flight Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Ardern has said that there would have been "equal criticism" had she chosen not to go New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended a decision to have a plane make an extra flight so she can spend less time away from her baby. Ms Ardern, who still breastfeeds her baby, is headed to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru for a day on Wednesday. The air force plane that dropped her deputy Winston Peters there on Monday is being sent back to New Zealand to pick her up. The round trip will cost taxpayers an estimated NZ$80,000 ($52,873; £41,173). Nauru: The island where children have given up on life"I weighed this up. I even went to the extent of checking whether or not I could hitch a ride with Australia. We checked multiple options to try to find alternate ways for me to get there," she told the NZ Herald newspaper on Monday. "The option was go for a short time or not go at all. If I..
September 4, 2018

Woman held for calling India ruling BJP ‘fascist’

Woman held for calling India ruling BJP 'fascist' Image copyright Facebook Image caption The arrest of Sofia Lois has prompted outrage A woman has been arrested in the southern state of Tamil Nadu for calling India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) "fascist". Sofia Lois made the remark when she saw BJP politician Tamilisai Soundararajan, who then filed a police complaint. The incident occurred on Monday at an airport in the state and a video of the two women arguing soon went viral. Ms Lois was released on bail on Tuesday. Her lawyer told BBC Tamil that she was asked to apologise. When Ms Lois refused, Ms Soundararajan filed a complaint against her for causing hurt and inconvenience. Ms Soundararajan told The Indian Express newspaper that she felt "threatened" by Ms Lois. Nine die as Tuticorin Sterlite Copper protest turns violent Why an Indian 'freedom' speech has become a viral remix "No innocent girl will use that word. I questioned her. She replied t..
September 4, 2018

Kerala: Flood-hit India state battles rat fever outbreak

Kerala: Flood-hit India state battles rat fever outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Health officials say they have been expecting outbreaks of disease as flood waters recede The flood-hit south Indian state of Kerala has declared a health alert after 11 people died of leptospirosis or rat fever in the last two days. The government has asked everyone who came into contact with flood waters to take medication as a precautionary measure to avoid an epidemic. Health officials in the state said there was no immediate cause for alarm and the situation was under control. Devastating flooding has killed around 400 people in Kerala since June. More than a million others were displaced, with many of them taking shelter in thousands of relief camps across the state. Doctors said that the outbreak had not come as a surprise and they were prepared to deal with it. Why the Kerala floods proved so deadly Kerala floods: Monsoon waters kill hundreds in Indian state Kerala floods: Vict..
September 4, 2018

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of Afghan militant network, dies

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of Afghan militant network, dies Image copyright AFP Image caption Jalaluddin Haqqani and the network have been behind many high profile terror attacks The founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness, the Afghan Taliban has announced. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a significant militant figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Haqqani network has been behind many of the co-ordinated attacks on Afghan and Nato forces in recent years. His son is believed to have taken over control of the group in 2001. "Just as he endured great hardships for the religion of Allah during his youth and health, he also endured long illness during his later years," a statement from the Afghan Taliban said. There were no details in the statement about the date or place of his death. Rumours about Haqqani's death have circulated for years. In 2015, sources close to the group told the BBC that the leader had d..
September 3, 2018

Tortured and killed: Kashmir’s vulnerable policemen

Tortured and killed: Kashmir's vulnerable policemen Image copyright Sameer Yasir Image caption Mohammad Ashraf Dar was killed in front of his one-year-old daughter At least 31 policemen in Indian-administered Kashmir have been killed by militants this year, according to official estimates. Sameer Yasir reports on how the state's police force is bearing the brunt of the insurgency. Mohammad Ashraf Dar was killed in his kitchen in front of his one-year-old daughter on 22 August. It was the day of Eid-ul-Adha, a holy Muslim festival. The 45-year-old sub-inspector was posted to central Kashmir but he had come home to spend the holiday with his wife and three children. His family lives in the tiny village of Larve, surrounded by paddy fields and apple orchards, in southern Kashmir's Pulwama district. The region has witnessed a fresh spiral of deadly violence, sparked by the killing of a popular militant leader, Burhan Wani, in July 2016 by Indian security forces. The funer..
September 3, 2018

Kem Sokha: Jailed for standing up to Cambodia’s strongman

Kem Sokha: Jailed for standing up to Cambodia's strongman Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kem Sokha came close to victory in 2013 The Cambodian ruling party's landslide win in recent elections came as little surprise - the widespread jailing of rivals meant there was almost no political opposition left. The most prominent of them remains in prison, with no immediate prospect of release, as George Wright reports. In the early hours of Sunday 3 September last year, Kem Monovithya, a politician and daughter of opposition leader Kem Sokha, received a call from her parents - armed police were attempting to break into their family home in the capital Phnom Penh. "My mum said there's more than 100 people trying to break into our house," Monovithya said in an interview last month. They had no warrant, but with their guards being held at gunpoint, her father decided it would be safer to open the door. "He told me he had to get off the phone because 'they are go..
September 3, 2018

Pole-dancing at Chinese nursery shocks parents

Pole-dancing at Chinese nursery shocks parents Image copyright Global Times Image caption Both parents and children watched a pole dancer perform at a Chinese preschool A Chinese nursery has come under fire for having a pole dancer perform at its welcome ceremony, it's reported. According to the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, parents and children were invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Xinshahui Kindergarten in the southern city of Shenzhen on 3 September. As part of the programme, families were invited to watch a number of female performers perform in skimpy clothing, including a pole dancer. Footage of the pole dancer has widely circulated online, and thousands of users of the popular microblog Sina Weibo have commented on the school show. "I really don't want to know what the headmaster was thinking," one Weibo user says. Another adds "This type of dancing is not suitable for a kindergarten." And one says: "Nursery children should learn knowledge, but ..
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