July 20, 2018

Uzbek TV channel apologises over steamy Schumer scene

Uzbek TV channel apologises over steamy Schumer scene Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Film star Amy Schumer: Subject of an Uzbek 'technical failure' A television channel in Uzbekistan has apologised profusely for allowing a bedroom scene from a Hollywood film to make its way onto domestic screens, it's reported. Privately-owned entertainment channel Sevimli TV said a "technical failure" meant that an uncut version of 2018 comedy I Feel Pretty was shown, complete with a raunchy scene where star Amy Schumer kisses and cuddles a male character on a bed, CA News reported. Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous country, often censors films shown on TV. The bedroom scene was said to have been aired "contrary to the Uzbek mentality" which "trampled on the spirit of the nation", a campaign to force an apology from the channel declared. A remorseful Sevimli TV said it had sacked all staff members responsible for letting the "immoral scene" slip through. "Every..
July 20, 2018

Raza Khan: Pakistani activist missing for seven months returns home

Raza Khan: Pakistani activist missing for seven months returns home Image caption Activist Raza Khan was taken from his home by unidentified men in December 2017 A Pakistani activist who went missing seven months ago has returned to his home in Lahore, his friends say. Raza Khan was picked up from his residence in the northern city by unidentified men last December. On the day of his disappearance, he posted comments on Facebook criticising the Pakistani military and its suspected links to Islamist hardliners. The circumstances behind his release are not clear and his family will not disclose details amid security fears. On Friday, a friend of Mr Khan confirmed the activist's safe return following reports from officials that he had been "recovered" 10 days ago. The police have not yet commented on the reports. Where reporters face beatings, threats and death War of nerves between military and Sharif Mr Khan was taken from his home on 2 December 2017, the same day that he helpe..
July 20, 2018

Pakistan election: Imran Khan scents victory

Pakistan election: Imran Khan scents victory Image copyright AFP Image caption Imran Khan's supporters have never been nearer to victory, opinion polls suggest Leading Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan has told the BBC his opponents in elections next week will "lose because of their track record" when in power. Mr Khan dismissed concerns about the fairness of the elections. "The status quo parties are suddenly saying the elections won't be free and fair. The reason is all the opinion polls show the PTI is surging… so they're already seeing the writing on the wall." Supporters of the PML-N party, in power for the past five years, and human rights groups allege the Pakistani military is "engineering" the result to ensure Mr Khan's PTI party wins. The elections are widely seen as a contest between the PTI, and the PML-N, dominated by the family of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Khan told the BBC his party's campaign was "a mission to see Paki..
July 20, 2018

Thai cave: Artists’ huge mural honours rescue heroes

Thai cave: Artists' huge mural honours rescue heroes A giant mural entitled The Heroes has been created in Chiang Rai, Thailand, to honour the rescue operation that saved 12 young footballers and their coach, who were trapped in a cave for over a fortnight. Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images The artwork was created by a team of local artists, and prominently features Saman Gunan (seen below), the former Thai Navy SEAL diver who died helping the rescue operation to save the Wild Boars soccer team. Image copyright Getty / Poom Pui The mural is being displayed at Art Bridge, a private gallery in northern Thailand, as part of an exhibition dedicated to the successful rescue operation. Image copyright Getty Images Also featured is a statue of Saman Gunan, with the 12 boys and their football coach represented by a wild boar and piglets at his feet. Image copyright Getty Images The boys and their football coach became trapped in the Tham Luang cave on 23 June, ..
July 20, 2018

Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds author ‘not coerced’ over will

Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds author 'not coerced' over will Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Colleen McCullough was one of Australia's best-selling novelists The widower of Australian author Colleen McCullough has been granted control of her multi-million dollar estate after a bitter court dispute. McCullough, who died in 2015, was best known for her 1977 international best-selling novel The Thorn Birds. On Friday, a court in Sydney ruled that she had intended to leave her estate to her husband, Ric Robinson, and not a US university. The dispute had centred on two competing wills. In its ruling, the Supreme Court of New South Wales found that Mr Robinson had not coerced his wife into signing a new will in the last months of her life. What was the case about?McCullough's friend and will executor, Selwa Anthony, had argued that the author's true intentions were contained in a will signed in July 2014. In that document, the author bequeathed her..
July 20, 2018

Durham rugby players in Sri Lanka had ‘taken heroin’ before death

Durham rugby players in Sri Lanka had 'taken heroin' before death Image copyright DCRFC Image caption Thomas Baty (left) and Thomas Howard complained of breathing difficulties after going to a nightclub Two County Durham amateur rugby players who died while on a club tour had taken heroin, a court in Sri Lanka has heard. Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, died after visiting a nightclub in Colombo in May. The magistrates' court in Columbo heard that there was evidence to suggest the men had been sold the drug. Lanka Jayaratna, magistrate for Colombo Fort, ordered police to further investigate and report back to her on 3 August. The men had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC and had played a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CRFC) in Colombo. At the time Sri Lankan police said some British players went to Colombo's Cleopatra nightclub after the match on May 13 and returned to their hotel. Mr Howard and Mr Baty complained..
July 20, 2018

India lynchings: WhatsApp sets new rules after mob killings

India lynchings: WhatsApp sets new rules after mob killings Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Indians are first exposed to the internet through low-cost smartphones WhatsApp has said it will limit how many times messages can be forwarded in India to curb the spread of false information on its platform. The announcement comes after a spate of mob lynchings were linked to messages that circulated on WhatsApp groups. The government on Thursday reissued a warning to the company that it could face legal consequences if it remained a "mute spectator". With more than 200 million users, India is WhatsApp's biggest market. WhatsApp said its users in India "forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world". Groups on WhatsApp can have a maximum of 256 people. Many of the messages that are believed to have triggered violence were forwarded to multiple groups which had more than 100 members each. In a blog published on its website, the company announced t..
July 20, 2018

Singapore medical records hack hits 1.5m

Singapore medical records hack hits 1.5m Major medical records hack uncovered in Singapore, affecting 1.5m people (a third of the population) - government This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
July 20, 2018

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang jailed again for misconduct

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang jailed again for misconduct Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Tsang's downfall shocked Hong Kong The former leader of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, has lost his appeal against a misconduct conviction and will be sent back to prison. Tsang, who led the city from 2005 to 2012, was on bail pending the appeal. The judge reduced his sentence for misconduct in public office from 20 months to 12 months. Tsang is the most senior Hong Kong official to stand trial for corruption in a city known for its clean reputation. The case relates to his failure to disclose plans to lease a luxury flat in China. "It defies belief that someone with the applicant's long experience and background in government service could have overlooked the need to make a declaration of interest in these circumstances," the court judgement said on Friday. It also said Tsang's misconduct was "particularly serious, given his pre-eminent position in the community and ..
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