Texas Republicans apologise to Indians for 'offensive' Hindu ad The US Republican Party has apologised to Hindus after an advertisement meant to woo them ended up offending instead.
The ad, published to celebrate a Hindu festival for the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, also included the political message: "Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours."
The donkey is the political symbol for the Democrats while the elephant is the symbol for the Republicans.
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) called the ad "problematic".
It asked the party's branch in Texas's Fort Bend County, which published the ad in a local newspaper, for clarification.
"While we appreciate the Fort Bend County GOP's attempt to reach out to Hindus on an important Hindu festival, its ad — equating Hindus' veneration of the Lord Ganesha with choosing a political party based on its animal symbol — is problematic and offensive," said HAF Board Member Rishi Bhutada in an o..
Chinese anger at US sanctions for Russian weapons purchases Image copyright Reuters Image caption The sanctions relate to China's purchase of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets China has told the US to withdraw sanctions on its military over purchases of Russian jets and missiles or "bear the consequences".
The US says China has contravened US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics.
China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles.
Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its Western allies since 2014.
Its forces took part in giant Russian war games held earlier this month.
Sanctions: What are they and why do countries use them?
Australian strawberries: Why would someone hide a needle in fruit? Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Why are needles being inserted into strawberries? Australia is currently searching for a saboteur (or saboteurs) amid a national scare involving the hiding of sewing needles within strawberries.
In one case, a consumer who swallowed a needle had to be treated in hospital. Children and others have reported narrow escapes.
Since the first cases were reported last week, authorities have also stepped up warnings of copycat, prank and hoax incidents.
What could compel such actions? The BBC asked criminologists and psychologists for their views.
An unfamiliar fearA food crime of this kind is rare in Australia and even its concept feels very unfamiliar, experts say.
Supermarket giant stops selling sewing needles"I think that's why there is such a sense of public outrage over this," says forensic psychologist Anita McGregor, from the University of New South Wales.
"You pick ..
Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies aged 61 Image copyright Reuters Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died in a military hospital at the age of 61, state media report.
Reports say he had been suffering from serious illness for several months and had received medical treatment abroad and in Vietnam.
He had been sworn into office in the communist country in 2016, following his stint as head of the ministry of public security.
The role of president in Vietnam is largely ceremonial.
Philippines landslide victims 'sent texts from underneath rubble' Image copyright AFP Image caption The area had seen heavy monsoon rains A landslide in the Philippines has killed at least 21 people and left dozens missing, with some texting for help from under the rubble, say police.
The slide on Thursday engulfed two villages in Naga in Cebu province.
It comes days after the north of the Philippines was hit by a typhoon, killing more than 80 people.
Typhoon Mangkhut did not directly hit Cebu province but lead to stronger monsoon rains, increasing the risk of landslides across the country.
'Like an earthquake'The Cebu landslide took out a whole section of hillside on which people had built their makeshift homes.
"It was like an earthquake and there was this thundering, loud banging sound," resident Cristita Villarba told news agency AP.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Some of the houses were completely covered by rubble "All of us ran out," she said, adding..
Australia emu video investigated for 'horrific cruelty' Image copyright RSPCA/FACEBOOK Image caption The video appears to show a man using his car to strike emus Animal welfare authorities in Australia are investigating a video which appears to show a motorist deliberately running over several emus.
The footage has drawn widespread anger after being shared online. Authorities are treating the footage as authentic.
In the video, the male driver is heard cheering as he strikes the animals on a dirt road with his car.
Authorities have appealed for information, describing it as apparent evidence of "horrific cruelty".
"[We] unequivocally condemn this type of behaviour, as it clearly shows a disregard for the lives of vulnerable native animals," the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said in a statement.
The unidentified motorist's face can be seen in the 41-second video. His voice is also heard.
"This is great - I've got that one too, and t..
Hayabusa-2: Japan's rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid Image copyright Jaxa Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan's space agency is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid.
On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will despatch a pair of "rovers" to the 1km-wide space rock known as Ryugu.
Rover 1A and Rover 1B will move around by hopping in Ryugu's low gravity; they will capture images of the surface and measure temperatures.
Hayabusa-2 reached the asteroid Ryugu in June this year after a three-and-a-half-year journey.
If all goes well, Hayabusa-2 will be the first spacecraft to successfully place robot rovers on the surface of an asteroid.
The 1km-wide space rock known formally as 162173 Ryugu belongs to a particularly primitive type of asteroid, and is therefore a relic left over from the early days of our Solar System. Studying it could shed light o..
India killing: 'My father ordered my husband's murder' Image copyright Amrutha Varshini Image caption Pranay and Amrutha were high school sweethearts On 14 September, Pranay Perumalla was murdered in front of his wife, Amrutha, in an alleged honour killing. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini spoke to Amrutha, whose father has been arrested for plotting the attack.
Amrutha and Pranay were high school sweethearts in Miriyalaguda, a small town in the southern Indian state of Telangana. They first met at high school.
"We always liked each other. We used to talk a lot on the phone and then we fell in love," she says with a wan smile.
Amrutha, 21, belongs to a wealthy, upper-caste family, while Pranay, who was 24, was a Dalit (formerly untouchable). In April 2016, they married despite her parents' objections. Now five months pregnant, she finds herself saying the unimaginable.
"My father killed my husband because he did not belong to the same caste as me."
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How China's GPS 'rival' Beidou is plotting to go global Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beidou's coverage is expanding rapidly, with more than 10 satellite launches in 2018 China has ambitions for its rapidly expanding Beidou satellite navigation system to serve the whole world, not just Asia, but will it really be able to rival the well-established - and US-owned - GPS system?
Dalintai - a herder in northern China - used to travel miles every day on his motorcycle to deliver water for his livestock.
Now, according to the the Xinhua news agency, all he has to do is send a text message to operate an automated water delivery system.
"I am able to deliver water to my sheep and cattle wherever and whenever I want via this system," he says.
The message is relayed over China's expanding Beidou satellite navigation system, which is already being used used for transport, agriculture and even precision missiles.
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