September 10, 2018

Sri Lankan president’s anger over airline cashew nuts

Sri Lankan president's anger over airline cashew nuts Image copyright AFP Image caption Maithripala Sirisena was unimpressed with Sri Lankan Airline's snack quality Sri Lanka's national airline has found itself in trouble with the country's president - over a few nuts. President Maithripala Sirisena has complained that, during a recent trip with Sri Lankan Airlines, he was treated to some cashews which were not fit for human consumption. In fact, the irate leader added, they were not even suitable for dogs. The airline, which has at least $1bn (£770m) of debt, has yet to comment on Mr Sirisena's outburst. In-flight bacon roll row passenger fined Why is airline food so bad? Air India blames weather for bed bugs infestation The airline has been dogged by allegations of corruption in recent years, and is currently under investigation by a special presidential commission of inquiry. However, exactly what was so offensive about the nuts is unclear. Speaking at a ..
September 10, 2018

Perth ‘murders’: Man accused of killing five family members

Perth 'murders': Man accused of killing five family members Image copyright EPA Image caption A woman lays flowers outside the house in Perth A man has been charged with murdering his wife, three young children and their grandmother at a house in Western Australia (WA). The bodies of Mara Lee Harvey, 41, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, three-year-old Charlotte, and Beverley Quinn, 73, were discovered by police in Perth on Sunday. Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, was charged with five counts of murder on Monday. The deaths were caused by "a blunt instrument and knives", police said. WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said it was believed that Mrs Harvey and the children had died at home, in the suburb of Bedford, on 3 September. Mrs Quinn was killed after going to the house the next day, Mr Dawson said. Police allege that Mr Harvey remained in the house for "some days" before attending a police station in Pannawonica, about 1,430km (900 miles) north of Perth, on Sunday. The..
September 10, 2018

In pictures: North Korea’s mass games propaganda show

In pictures: North Korea's mass games propaganda show Image copyright Reuters North Korea on Sunday kicked off a huge propaganda festival, featuring enormous co-ordinated displays unlike anything else in the world. The spectacle is called the Arirang Mass Games and will run throughout September to mark the country's 70th anniversary. It features tens of thousands of performers. The event is striking but the United Nations has in the past said children are forced to take part, or to help in the build-up. Six months' training for 10 minutes on parade North Korea anniversary parade shows off military strength Tears and joy as Korean families reunite Image copyright EPA Image caption The games are a huge propaganda event Image copyright EPA Image caption They are famous for the huge picture displays created by participants holding up coloured boards Image copyright Reuters Image caption The games are designed to celebrate the country and boost morale Image copyright EPA I..
September 10, 2018

Five things about Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Five things about Alibaba's Jack Ma Image copyright Getty Images The co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China's best-known businessmen, Jack Ma, is stepping down. Alibaba said chief executive Daniel Zhang would succeed Mr Ma as chairman of the board in a year's time. He will leave on his 55th birthday on 10 September, 2019 - making him the first founder among a generation of prominent Chinese internet entrepreneurs to step down from his company. Here are five things to know about Jack Ma. 1) He was an English teacher Born to a poor family in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, Mr Ma began his career as an English teacher before becoming a self-made dotcom billionaire. Mr Ma struggled at school and was rejected for 30 different jobs, including one at KFC. He bought his first computer at the age of 33 and was surprised when no Chinese beers turned up in his first online search for "beer". With no background in computing, Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba in his..
September 10, 2018

Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia

Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia Image copyright RNC MINERALS Image caption More than 2,400 ounces of gold were found in the largest rock, RNC Minerals says Miners in Western Australia say they have discovered two huge gold-encrusted rocks that are each estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The largest specimen, weighing 95kg (210lb), was found to contain more than 2,400 ounces of gold, Canadian miner RNC Minerals said. The company said it had extracted gold worth about C$15m (£9m; $11m) from a mine near Kalgoorlie last week. One mining engineer described the finds as "exceedingly rare". "People do still record finding nuggets in the goldfields, but typically they are less than several ounces," said Prof Sam Spearing, director of the Western Australia School of Mines at Curtin University. The mining company valued the largest rock at about C$4m. It said the second-largest - a 63kg specimen with an estimated 1,600 ounces of gold - was worth C$2.6m. Giant gold nug..
September 9, 2018

Cambodia releases opposition leader Kem Sokha on bail

Cambodia releases opposition leader Kem Sokha on bail Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kem Sokha once was serious challenge to the governing party Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been unexpectedly released from prison where he was awaiting trial on charges of treason. Mr Sokha has been released on bail and it is not clear if the charges against him will be dropped. He had been arrested in 2017 in a case widely seen as politically motivated. His party was subsequently dissolved and with no political opposition left, the ruling party won a landslide election victory earlier this year. The crackdown on the opposition sparked international condemnation and threats to withdraw aid from the country. When the UN ran a countryJailed for standing up to a strongmanMr Sokha had been accused of colluding with the US to conspire against the Cambodian government. If found guilty, would have faced up to 30 years in jail. The politician was the head of the Cambodia National Rescue P..
September 9, 2018

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to step down in September 2019

Alibaba's Jack Ma to step down in September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, will step down in a year, the company has confirmed. The news follows conflicting reports over the weekend on the timing of his exit. Mr Ma, one of China's richest men, will hand over the reins to Daniel Zhang, currently Alibaba's chief executive. Alibaba is one of the world's most valuable companies - its shares nearly doubled in value last year. Mr Zhang will become executive chairman on 10 September 2019, the company said in a statement. Mr Ma will remain a director on Alibaba's board for now and a permanent member of the Alibaba Partnership, according to the South China Morning Post. The billionaire co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has seen it become one of the world's biggest internet companies. Mr Ma has a current net worth of $36.6bn (£28.3bn), according to Forbes.
September 9, 2018

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests Image copyright Sayan Hazra Image caption Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a hunter A tribe in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland gave up their ancient tradition of hunting to protect wildlife. Photographer Sayan Hazra chronicles life in the village years after it banished the practice. At one time, 76-year-old Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a skilled hunter. But he stopped hunting in 2001. The Khonoma tribe gave up what was an important source of livelihood some 20 years ago in order to create a more stable ecosystem for future generations. For centuries, many in the remote, hilly village spent the majority of their time hunting. They killed animals for sustenance but also because it was a tradition and a way of life. Image copyright Sayan Hazra It all began in 1993 when some tribespeople began a campaign to stop hunting. They were spurred to act after they discovered that the grey-bellied Tragopans, a type of pheasant, was an endangere..
September 9, 2018

‘Children jailed as adults’ seek justice from Australia

'Children jailed as adults' seek justice from Australia Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbdul says he was a child when he was jailed by Australia for people smuggling More than 120 Indonesians who say Australia wrongly jailed them as adults - when in fact they were children - have launched a bid for compensation. The BBC's Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke visited remote Rote Island to hear how they became caught up in human trafficking. Siti Rudy's eyes fill with tears when she recalls the long months in 2009 when, with no news, she assumed her son Abdul was dead. "I cried and cried because as the youngest he was the one who looked after me," she says, sitting on the cement floor of her home, a one-bedroom house in Oelaba village on Rote, the Indonesian island closest to Australia. "After a long time he called me and told me he was in jail in Australia. That was a very hard thing to hear." Image caption Siti Rudy (right) thought she had l..
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