August 2, 2018

Why people are angry at Vogue India’s cover

Why are people angry at Vogue India's cover? Image copyright Conde Nast Vogue India's decision to put the 18-year-old daughter of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on their cover has come in for major criticism. Many have posted angrily on social media that Suhana Khan doesn't deserve the cover because she hasn't achieved anything to warrant being there. The prestigious Vogue cover is normally reserved for top models, actresses or singers at the peak of their careers. Suhana Khan describes herself as "student, theatre lover, future star". Her father is known as the King of Bollywood and many have complained nepotism is why she is on the cover. The fashion shoot was styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, Vogue's fashion director and long-time friend of Shah Rukh. It is her first ever photo shoot and interview. The magazine's Instagram post introduced her as the new girl on the block. It got more then 36,000 likes. Image Copyright vogueindia vogueindia Rep..
August 2, 2018

Tokyo Medical University ‘changed female exam scores’

Tokyo Medical University 'changed female exam scores' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japanese reports say that only 30 women were admitted to the medical school in 2018 Reports that one of Japan's most prestigious medical universities tampered with female applicants' entrance exam scores have sparked outcry on social media. Japanese paper Yomiuri Shimbun says Tokyo Medical University began altering results in 2011 to ensure under 30% of successful applicants would be women. The private university says it will investigate the discrimination reports. Users online took aim at the Japanese government over the scandal. Critics suggested the allegations were ironic given Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stated commitment to boost female participation in the country's workforce. Yomiuri Shimbun, which is the country's biggest daily newspaper, published the report examining student admission numbers on Thursday, sparking the complaints. Has Abe'..
August 2, 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and killed in Kabul

Three foreigners kidnapped and killed in Kabul Three foreign nationals have been kidnapped and murdered in Kabul, according to officials. "An Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed. We have found their bodies," a spokesman for Kabul's police chief said. Police are treating it as "a terrorist incident", Hashmat Stanikzai confirmed. Investigators told the BBC the trio were taken from their Toyota Corolla car on their way to the airport. Their bodies were found later in the Mussahi district of Kabul province. "They were shot dead and their bodies were found inside a car," said Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry. No group has so far claimed to be behind the killings. The three are believed to have worked as cooks for Sodexo, an international food company. Identity cards were also found and have been cross-checked with the firm, security officials told Reuters news agency. The Malaysian national is said to be 64, the Indian 39, and..
August 2, 2018

In pictures: Australia’s drought seen from the air

In pictures: Australia's drought seen from the air Parts of eastern Australia are suffering their worst drought in living memory as a lack of rainfall in winter hits farms badly. Reuters photographer David Gray captured the view of the dried earth from the air, finding an often surprising collage of colours. Image copyright Reuters A lone tree is the only sign of life near a water trough on a farm outside Walgett in New South Wales. Farm owner May McKeown said she had not seen much rain since 2010. Image copyright Reuters About 98% of New South Wales is drought-stricken, and two-thirds of neighbouring Queensland. As a result, farmers are having to order in food for their livestock, which raises their costs considerably. Image copyright Reuters A cow walks away from a water tank in Tamworth, New South Wales. "I cant seem to be able to do anything else apart from just feed, and keep things going," farmer Tom Wollaston said. "[The drought] seems to be one step ahead of me all the ..
August 2, 2018

Google in China: Internet giant ‘plans censored search engine’

Google in China: Internet giant 'plans censored search engine' Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new search app would reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws, reports say. The company shut down the engine in 2010, complaining that free speech was being limited. But online news site The Intercept says Google has being working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms like human rights and religion, a move sure to anger activists. One state-owned newspaper in China, Securities Daily, dismissed the report. What has The Intercept said?Citing internal Google documents and inside sources, it said that Dragonfly was begun back in the spring of 2017 and accelerated in December after Google's CEO Sundar Pichai met a Chinese government official. It said an Android app with versions called Maotai and Longfei had been developed and could be launched within ni..
August 2, 2018

High-ranking Chinese monk accused of sexually harassing nuns

High-ranking Chinese monk accused of sexually harassing nuns Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Abbot Xuecheng is one of China's most high-profile monks and has a huge social media following A high-ranking Chinese monk has denied accusations he sexually harassed nuns and coerced them into sex by "controlling their minds". Abbot Xuecheng's alleged actions were detailed in a report sent to government officials by two monks from Longquan temple where he is based. The temple, in Beijing, has accused the monks of "distorting facts". Xuecheng is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misconduct as part of a growing #MeToo movement in China. He is the head of the Buddhist Association of China, the youngest person to ever hold the position, and a political advisor to the government. The abbot also has more than a million followers on Weibo, a Chinese social network. The temple said in a statement posted on Weibo (in Chinese) that it would call for an investigatio..
August 2, 2018

Australia senator sues opponent over ‘sexist slurs’

Australia senator sues opponent over 'sexist slurs' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Hanson-Young: "I can't ignore it any more. I want it to stop" Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young has filed a lawsuit against a political opponent who made "sexist slurs" towards her. The Greens senator, 36, is the first Australian sitting politician to sue another for defamation. She alleges Senator David Leyonhjelm made "defamatory statements" about her personal life in parliament and in the Australian media. Mr Leyonhjelm, 66, has said he will strenuously defend himself. The Liberal Democrat senator was widely criticised in June after he told Ms Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men" during a debate in the Senate about curbing violence against women. After Ms Hanson-Young spoke out about the remarks, he repeated similar comments in television and radio interviews. 'I'm calling this out'Ms Hanson-Young said Mr Leyonhjelm's comments wer..
August 1, 2018

Toddler mauled by dog dies in Australia

Toddler mauled by dog dies in Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The toddler was mauled by a German Wirehaired Pointer (not pictured) A 14-month-old girl has died after she was attacked by a dog in Australia, police say. The toddler was bitten by a German Wirehaired Pointer at a rural property at Neerim Junction, 120km (75 miles) east of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. Police and paramedics were called to the home early Wednesday morning but were unable to save the girl. Australian media reported she had been bitten on the face. The toddler's mother had attempted to intervene in the attack but failed to stop the dog, Seven News reported. The dog has since been seized by council officials, police said. Can you ever trust a dog around children?
August 1, 2018

The European populists monitoring ‘sham’ elections

The European populists monitoring 'sham' elections Image copyright Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom Image caption Former MEP Fabrizio Bertot (second from left) and Italian ex-senator Antonio Razzi (far right) gave Cambodia's election the thumbs-up A group of European populist and nationalist politicians descended upon Cambodia last weekend to observe national elections - which they lauded with glowing reviews as being free and fair. They were driven around in vans provided by a five-star hotel to seemingly predetermined polling stations, mostly confined to the capital, Phnom Penh. Their remit was to observe the vote on election day and to make sure all procedures were carried out properly - which by all accounts they were. But they are facing criticism for ignoring the wider context - that the only viable opposition party has been dissolved and its leader is in jail. For this reason the vote was not seen as credible by the European Union, United Kingdom and United States. But ..
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