September 9, 2018

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kylie and Jason reunited to perform their Christmas hit from 1988 Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have reunited at last... performing Especially For You on stage in London. Kylie, who was headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, teased the audience by starting the duet on her own, with a gospel choir singing Donovan's lines. "I need a dance partner," she sighed after the second chorus, at which point Donovan emerged from the wings. He picked her up and spun her around the stage before joining in for the song's finale. Skip Twitter post by @BBCRadio2 Wait! What... Kylie? JASON? KYLIE AND JASON? KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE! JASON! pic.twitter.com/9Hrvtah1Yc — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) September 9,..
September 9, 2018

Australian police find ‘up to’ five bodies in a house in Bedford

Australian police find 'up to' five bodies in a house in Bedford Up to five bodies have been found in a house in suburb of Perth, according to police in Western Australia. The dead include women and children. Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was "tragic" but that there were no ongoing safety concerns. He said officers made the discovery on Coode Street in Bedford after a man attended a regional police station. The man, who is in his 20s, is in custody. It is not yet known if the victims were related. Skip Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Huge police presence in Bedford this afternoon. Both Coode and Moore streets cordoned off and major crime scene set up. Details at 6 on @9NewsPerth pic.twitter.com/JIM6c7fWVV — Grace Fitzgibbon (@gracefitz8) September 9, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Mr Steele called the discovery "heartbreaking" and said the tragedy would send send a ripple through the wider community. He said forensic teams were on the s..
September 9, 2018

Naomi Osaka’s US Open win wows Japan

Naomi Osaka's US Open win wows Japan Image copyright ALLSPORT/GETTY Image caption Ms Osaka beat Ms Williams 6-2 6-4 Japan is celebrating its first ever Grand Slam tennis win after Naomi Osaka's US Open win over Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows. Ms Osaka stayed calm as Ms Williams went into meltdown after the umpire imposed a series of penalties. She was later in tears waiting to be given her trophy as the partisan crowd booed the match officials. The 20-year-old was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father but was raised in the US. Williams accuses final umpire of sexismPrime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Ms Osaka on Twitter, thanking her for "giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship" - an apparent reference to last week's Hokkaido earthquake in northern Japan that killed more than 20 people. Skip Twitter post by @AbeShinzo 大坂なおみ選手、全米オープンの優勝、おめでとうございます。四大大会で日本選手初のチャンピオン。この困難な時にあって、日本中に、元気と感動をありがとう。 pic.twitter.com/Myw3yG..
September 8, 2018

North Korea to stage military parade and mass games

North Korea to stage military parade and mass games Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Human pixels creating a huge mosaic picture at the 2012 games North Korea is preparing to stage a military parade this weekend along with its first mass games in five years to mark its 70th anniversary. The parade will be closely watched for clues about North Korea's weapons arsenal and professed commitment to denuclearisation. A large display of ballistic missiles would be widely seen as provocative. The Arirang Mass Games, meanwhile, are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays. Korean reunions: Families divided by war meet in North Why North Korea is in no hurry to please the US N Korea 'making missiles' despite US thaw Image copyright Reuters Image caption Which way is Pyongyang marching? Relations between North Korea and the US have been under strain since the landmark June meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader K..
September 8, 2018

Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit

Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Image copyright AFP Image caption Saturday's demonstrations started in Sydney harbour Environmentalists have held protests around the world demanding stepped up measures against climate change, ahead of a summit in California next week. Politicians, business leaders and celebrities will attend the Global Climate Action Summit, whose sponsors include the UN, Facebook and Google. On Friday Pacific island nations declared climate change to be the "single biggest threat" they face. The demonstrations have been organised by New York-based group 350.org. The Paris climate deal explained What could disappear on 'Hothouse Earth' What is climate change? They began on Saturday with tall ships sailing into Sydney Harbour in Australia. Australia remains heavily reliant on coal to generate electricity, but activists say the country must join an international push towards renewable energy. Image copyright AFP Image caption D..
September 7, 2018

Alibaba’s Jack Ma ‘to step down and focus on philanthropy’

Alibaba's Jack Ma 'to step down and focus on philanthropy' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jack Ma has a net personal wealth of $40bn One of China's richest men, Jack Ma, is to step down as executive chairman of the Alibaba e-commerce empire on Monday, the New York Times reported. He will remain on Alibaba's board of directors but focus on philanthropy in education, the newspaper said. Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has seen it become one of the world's biggest internet companies. With a market value of more than $400bn (£309bn), it includes online selling, film production and cloud computing. In an interview with the Times, former English teacher Mr Ma said retirement would not be the end of an era but "the beginning of an era", adding: "I love education". Alibaba's sales surge continuesMr Ma, who will be 54 on Monday, has a net personal wealth of $40bn, making him the third richest person in China, according to the 2017 Forbes' Chi..
September 7, 2018

The Indian activist jailed for being gay

The Indian activist jailed for being gay Image caption Arif Jafar spent 47 days in jail for being gay In a historic ruling, India's Supreme Court struck down parts of a colonial-era law that criminalised homosexuality. Jayshree Bajoria spoke to Arif Jafar, an LGBT activist who was arrested under section 377 and spent 47 days in prison. "It was very traumatic," recalls Arif Jafar, 47, outside the Supreme Court, where Thursday's landmark ruling was delivered. A short, bespectacled man, he wears a shiny pink button on his shirt supporting the cause dearest to his heart. "Being denied drinking water... being beaten up every day just because of my sexual orientation was a really horrible experience. It took me almost 17 years to even talk about it," he said. Mr Jafar is one of a clutch of petitioners who approached the top court, asking them to reconsider a 2013 ruling which upheld the colonial-era law, under which homosexuality was a crime. What it means to be gay in rural I..
September 7, 2018

North Korea: Six months’ training for 10 minutes on parade

North Korea: Six months' training for 10 minutes on parade Image copyright EPA Sunday sees a huge birthday celebration in North Korea. Dazzling displays of discipline and devotion are expected for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state. Tens of thousands of local citizens will march in a painstakingly rehearsed parade which is bound to include at least some of the North's coveted military hardware. Even foreign television crews have been allowed in to the usually secretive state. The cameras will most likely be told where to point and shoot. What they will fail to capture is the months and sometimes years of painful practice. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyongyang watchers will be looking closely at military hardware on display "These parades are emblematic of Pyongyang's 'theatre state', with tens of thousands of people mobilised in de-individualised displays of patriotic zeal, leader adulation and archaic ideological slogans," says Sokee..
September 7, 2018

US tech firms ask for protection from next Trump tariffs

US tech firms ask for protection from next Trump tariffs Image copyright Getty Images Four major US tech companies have written to the US Trade Representative (USTR) asking for protection from the proposed third round of Trump tariffs. Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise warn the new taxes could result in US job losses. The firms are worried the tariffs will increase their costs since many of their components come from China. They say a duty of between 10-25% "would cause broad, disproportionate economic harm to US interests". The last-ditch effort came as US public hearings on the upcoming tariffs ended. The hearings examining the potential impact of the taxes wrapped up on Thursday, setting expectations that another round of tariffs could be imposed on $200bn (£154.7bn) of Chinese products as early as Friday. Typically, however, the US has implemented tariffs within weeks, not days, of the end of public consultations. 'Disproportionate harm'The fo..
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