June 6, 2018

India zoo animals beat the heat with fruit ice lollies

June 6, 2018

Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts after abuse

Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts after abuse Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kelly Marie Tran was the first woman of colour to play a major role in a Star Wars film Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, who has suffered months of racist and sexist abuse on social media, has deleted all her posts on Instagram. Tran starred as mechanic turned Resistance fighter Rose Tico in the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. As a Vietnamese-American, she was the first woman of colour to play a lead role in the iconic series. But she experienced a fierce backlash from some fans, who took aim at her ethnicity and appearance. Some have fiercely criticised her Star Wars character, but directed their hate at Tran personally instead. Image copyright Instagram Image caption Tran's Instagram page is still visible, with the bio line "afraid, but doing it anyway", but all her posts have been deleted Online abuseIn The Last Jedi, Rose joins the Resistance movement af..
June 6, 2018

Might Dennis Rodman at the Trump-Kim summit just work?

Might Dennis Rodman at the Trump-Kim summit just work? Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Kim and Rodman enjoy years of what they call friendship Right now analysts will believe anything about the summit where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are set to meet, so when the New York Post reported that basketball star Dennis Rodman may also turn up, it didn't seem so far-fetched. But basketball diplomacy might just work with North Korea, explains Michael Madden. Dennis Rodman has the strange distinction of being the first American to have met both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. He has twice been a contestant on Mr Trump's reality television show Celebrity Apprentice and has travelled to North Korea five times. He even claims to have given Mr Kim a copy of The Art of the Deal, the Trump guide to hustle and deal-making in big business. Rodman's also offered his wisdom on the two men. Last August, he said the exchange of fiery rhetoric and brinkmanship filled with nuclear threat..
June 6, 2018

Facebook and Twitter replacement sought by Kim Dotcom

Facebook and Twitter replacement sought by Kim Dotcom Image copyright Getty Images Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced that he would like to build a new social network. He described Facebook and Twitter as "deep state conspirators" and said it was "time for something better". Writing on Twitter, he also invited CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to join him. Mr Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the US from New Zealand. He is wanted there to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud, which he has consistently denied. "All it takes is a real alternative with real privacy protection and zero censorship from a trusted source and Twitter will become the next MySpace, an online ghost town," he tweeted. Mr Dotcom conducted a Twitter poll asking his 732,000 followers whether Twitter was "in bed with the deep state" and 89% of just under 20,000 voters responded yes. Cyber-se..
June 6, 2018

Facebook confirms data-sharing agreements with Chinese firms

Facebook confirms data-sharing agreements with Chinese firms Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has confirmed it has a data-sharing partnership with Chinese firms including Huawei, a company US intelligence previously flagged as a security threat. The agreements gave the Chinese firms some access to users' data to help them build Facebook "experiences" on their own platforms. Facebook said all the data collected remained on users' phones not servers. The company is already under scrutiny over how it uses members' information. Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009 but the company has been trying to find other ways to access the massive potential market. 'Legitimate concerns'The New York Times reported earlier this week that Facebook had given at least 60 device-makers access to users' data - and that of their Facebook friends - without obtaining explicit consent and that in some cases the details were stored on the firms' own servers. Face..
June 5, 2018

James Sutherland: Cricket Australia chief executive quits

James Sutherland: Cricket Australia chief executive quits Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Sutherland says his decision was not affected by a ball-tampering scandal Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has announced that he will step down. Mr Sutherland said the "time is right" for him to depart his position, which he has held for 17 years. He denied that his resignation had been hastened by a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australia and prompted the suspensions of three players, including former captain Steve Smith. Mr Sutherland will stay on for up to 12 months until his replacement is found. "I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game," he said on Wednesday. "It is something that I have been thinking about for a long time... We have had some big, big things to deal with over the course of the last 12 months." He named a lucrative television rights deal and negotiations over pay for male and female cr..
June 5, 2018

Trump-Kim summit to be held on Singapore’s Sentosa island

Trump-Kim summit to be held on Singapore's Sentosa island Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The five-star Capella will play host to the landmark summit The much-anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at a hotel on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, the White House has confirmed. The historic summit is scheduled to take place on 12 June, but many details are still unconfirmed. It will be the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president. Mr Trump said on Tuesday that plans were "moving along very nicely". "A lot of relationships being built, a lot of negotiations going on before the trip," he told reporters. "It's very important - it'll be a very important couple of days." Skip Twitter post by @PressSec UPDATE: The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for t..
June 5, 2018

Pomegranate contamination kills woman in Australia

Pomegranate contamination kills woman in Australia Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian authorities have linked 24 hepatitis A cases to a frozen pomegranate product An Australian woman has died after contracting hepatitis A from a packet of frozen pomegranate. The 64-year-old died in South Australia last week in a "rare and tragic" case, state health authorities said. Local officials issued a warning about the Australian-owned Creative Gourmet product in April. It has been linked to 24 cases of hepatitis A nationally. Australians have been urged to check their freezers and discard packets of the frozen fruit. About 2,000 packets of the Egyptian-grown pomegranate arils were sold. Fresh pomegranate and locally grown products were not affected, authorities said. "The woman's death is the only death linked to this recalled product nationally to date," South Australia chief medical officer Prof Paddy Phillips said. Most other people affected had made a full recovery and no fur..
June 5, 2018

India’s disabled dancers rocking the bhangra

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