September 26, 2018

India court rules lesbian couple can live together

India court rules lesbian couple can live together Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India's Supreme Court struck down a law criminalising homosexuality earlier in September A court in India's southern state of Kerala has ruled in favour of a lesbian couple who want to live together. S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the high court alleging her partner Aruna, 24, had been forcibly detained by her family. The court heard that she and Aruna had been in a relationship for two years. They started living together in August. This is thought to be the first verdict of its kind since the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality earlier this month in a historic judgment. In her petition, Ms Sreeja said Ms Aruna had been taken away by the police, a day after moving in with her in Kollam district, about 40km (25 miles) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. She alleged that the police had responded to a complaint by Ms Aruna's mother saying she was missing. She said M..
September 26, 2018

Thailand: UK millionaire and wife found murdered

Thailand: UK millionaire and wife found murdered Image copyright VIRAL PRESS Image caption Alan Hogg, far right, pictured with his wife, buying the pick-up truck which was stolen The bodies of a UK millionaire and his Thai wife have been found in northern Thailand nearly a week after what police suspect was a contract killing. The bodies of Alan Hogg, 64, and Nod Suddaen, 64, were discovered buried on their property in Phrae province. Police say Mr Hogg, who was from Edinburgh, was shot dead, while his wife was killed with a hammer. Three suspects have been held. They are alleged to have been hired to carry out the attack by Nod Suddaen's brother. He has now been arrested. "The motive for the killings was a long-running internal family conflict, feuds and property," local police commander Manas Kerdsukho told the AFP news agency. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bodies of Alan Hogg and his wife were found on their property on Tuesday The couple were reported missing l..
September 26, 2018

Hotpot chain Haidilao sees shares climb 10% in Hong Kong debut

Hotpot chain Haidilao sees shares climb 10% in Hong Kong debut Image copyright Getty Images Beijing-based international hotpot chain Haidilao saw its shares climb as much as 10% in early trade, as it made its debut in Hong Kong. The firm's retail shares were oversubscribed by more than five times, highlighting the intense interest from investors. The restaurant is famous for offering free manicures and snacks while you wait up to two hours for a table. It is one of several high-profile debuts in Hong Kong this year. Haidilao: Taking hotpot international Xiaomi's HK trading debut disappoints Hong Kong's hot pot obsession Haidilao's shares, which were priced at 17.80 Hong Kong dollars ($2.27; £1.73) - the top end of the indicated range - opened at HK$18.80, and rose to as much as HK$19.56 in early trade. However, by mid morning they had come back to HK$18.52. Haidilao International Holding, the hotpot restaurant's owner, is aiming to raise $HK7.3bn ($935m; £71..
September 26, 2018

Japan woman arrested for leaving baby’s body in locker

Japan woman arrested for leaving baby's body in locker Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman had dumped her baby in a coin locker and continued paying the storage fees for years Tokyo police have arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of leaving her stillborn baby in a coin locker for several years. Emiri Suzaki turned herself in to the police and confessed that she had stored the body since suffering a stillbirth "four or five" years ago. Officers later found the decaying body of an infant wrapped up in a plastic bag in a locker at a Tokyo station. Suzaki continued paying the locker storage fees throughout the years. "I panicked after I did not give birth to a living child and kept the body as I could not dispose of it," she told police officers when she turned herself in, according to Kyodo News. Body left in Tokyo station locker Nine dismembered bodies found in Japan flat Ms Suzaki had abandoned the baby at a coin locker near the Uguisudani Station, a railway ..
September 26, 2018

Orange turns purple: Australian scientists solve fruit mystery

Orange turns purple: Australian scientists solve fruit mystery Image copyright Neti Moffitt Image caption The fruit changed colour within hours of being cut up with a knife What could cause a freshly sliced orange to suddenly turn purple? Australian health authorities say they have solved a mystery that prompted much speculation earlier this month. It began when a Brisbane woman, Neti Moffitt, asked for an investigation into why an orange - partially eaten by her son - had later changed colour. Scientists have now revealed it was due to a natural reaction between the fruit and a sharpened knife. The orange did not pose a health risk, they added. Stewart Carswell, Queensland Health's chief chemist, said "numerous tests" were conducted to determine the cause of the colour change. The results revealed that anthocyanins - a naturally occurring antioxidant in oranges - had reacted with iron particles from the newly sharpened blade, he said. Image copyright Neti Moffitt Image caption..
September 26, 2018

Why Sweden and China have fallen out

Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly Image copyright SVT Image caption Satirical programme Swedish News did a segment on Chinese tourists in last week's episode It's a diplomatic spat no one saw coming, but tensions have over the past few weeks been escalating between China and Sweden. It all started earlier in September when Chinese tourists were removed from a hotel by Swedish police, a move which was heavily condemned by the Chinese government. But matters were made worse when a satirical Swedish television show joked about Chinese people eating dogs and defecating in public. Beijing accused the show of using "vulgar language", adding that it was "full of discrimination, prejudice and provocation" against China. The Swedish broadcaster, on the other hand, said it would be "apparent" to a Swedish speaker that the show was "comedy". But how did both countries get here and could there be more to the feud than it seems? How did this all this begin?Earlier this month..
September 26, 2018

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world's largest biometric scheme Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indians will need the identity number to receive benefits from more than 500 welfare schemes India's Supreme Court has ruled that the country's controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy. However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. The world's largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services. More than a billion Indians have already been enrolled. They received a unique 12-digit identification number after submitting their fingerprints and retina scans. About 30 petitioners went to court to argue that the scheme infringed Indians' privacy. What did the judges say?"Aadhaar gives dignity to the marginalised. Dignity to the marginalised outweighs priv..
September 25, 2018

Mike Hall: UK cyclist died instantly in race collision, inquest told

Mike Hall: UK cyclist died instantly in race collision, inquest told Image copyright Gene Kehoe Image caption Mike Hall was fatally struck by a car during a road race in Australia Briton Mike Hall, one of the world's best ultra-endurance cyclists, died almost instantly when he was hit by a car during a race in Australia last year, an inquest has heard. Mr Hall, 35, had been competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when he was struck on a highway near Canberra. An inquest has heard evidence that it was dark at the time and would have been hard for a motorist to see. Driver Shegu Bobb, 19, thought he had hit a kangaroo, the hearing was told. Mr Hall, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, suffered major head, spinal and abdominal injuries, the Coroner's Court in the Australian Capital Territory heard. He had been in second place when he was hit by Mr Bobb's car at 06.22 local time on 31 March last year. The vehicle was travelling at 100km/h (62 mph). The coast-to-coast race -..
September 24, 2018

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s baby premieres among world leaders

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's baby premieres among world leaders Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is newborn Neve's first international trip since being born on 21 June New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made her debut speech at the UN in New York - and in another first for the organisation she brought her baby along too. Ms Ardern played with daughter Neve Te Aroha on Monday, shortly before addressing the UN's General Assembly. Her partner Clarke Gayford, Neve's primary carer, held New Zealand's "first baby" while she spoke. Mr Ardern is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office. She made her debut speech at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where she highlighted the former South African leader's "profound impact" on her country. New Zealand PM defends $50,000 flight Ardern and Bhutto: Two different pregnancies in power The New Zealand premier is currently breastfeeding three-month-old Neve, meaning "it was a very..
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