April 13, 2019

Developing Story: 11 winners from around the world for Development Marketplace 2019 Award

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April 13, 2019

By 2030, nearly 9 in 10 extremely poor people will be Africans by David Malpass

Good morning everyone. Welcome to the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings. I am honored to be joining you this morning as World Bank Group President. […]
April 13, 2019

World Bank Group President David Malpass at the Spring Meetings 2019

April 11, 2019 Washington, D.C. MR. THEIS:  Good morning.  Thanks for coming.  I’m David Theis, the World Bank’s Press Secretary.  Welcome to our first press briefing […]
April 13, 2019

Inter-caste marriage: On the run for love in India

Inter-caste marriage: On the run for love in India Image caption Ravindra and Shilpaba married against all odds Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including "honour" killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love, reports the BBC's Divya Arya. Ravindra Parmar knew that pursuing a relationship with an upper-caste woman would be dangerous. He is a Dalit (formerly known as "untouchable"), a caste that sits at the lowest rung of India's social ladder. The woman he fell in love with, Shilpaba Upendrasinh Vala, is a Rajput - a Hindu warrior caste near the apex of the system. The yawning gap between his position and hers is something rarely bridged in Indian society. "We are not even allowed to walk past their area and I had dared to marry into their family," he says. Listen to the radio version of t..
April 12, 2019

Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital

Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital Image copyright AFP Image caption The 83-year-old was admitted to the Max hospital in Delhi and treated for a chest infection The Dalai Lama has been discharged from a Delhi hospital, three days after being admitted with a chest infection. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he felt, "normal, almost normal," the Associated Press reports. His spokesman Tenzin Taklha said the 83-year-old had suffered from a "light cough" but was "doing very well". The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, fled to India 60 years ago after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He now lives in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala. "He was discharged from the hospital at eight o'clock in the morning (02:30 GMT)," Mr Taklha told AFP news agency on Friday. A day earlier, Mr Taklha said the Dalai Lama had already resumed his "normal routine" and was doing some exercise. A glimpse into the private life of the Dalai LamaChina took control of Tibet in 1950 and ..
April 11, 2019

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial Image copyright TRIPADVISOR Image caption Museum staff noticed the missing thumb in January Chinese social media users are voicing their outrage after the prosecution of an American who stole a thumb from a Chinese Terracotta Warrior ended in a mistrial. Michael Rohana, 24, admitted taking a thumb from a statue in Pennsylvania in December 2017. It was during a visiting exhibition at the Franklin Institute museum His lawyer argued that Mr Rohana was wrongly charged under laws normally applicable to major museum thefts. This, he insisted, was "youthful vandalism". The trial ended on Tuesday with a 7-5 jury split in favour of an acquittal. The Terracotta Army - discovered in the 1970s by a group of Chinese farmers - is one of China's most important archaeological finds. The 2,000-year-old statue that lost its thumb is worth an estimated $4.5m (£3.2m) and was one of 10 on loan during the September 2017-March 2018 exhibition. Wh..
April 11, 2019

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London Image copyright Reuters Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations of international conventions. But Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law". Profile: Julian Assange Timeline: Julian Assange saga Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. Image Copyright @sajidjavid @sajidjavid Report Image Copyright @sajidjavid @sajidjavid Report Mr Assange, 47, had refused to leave the embassy, c..
April 11, 2019

S Korea abortion ban ‘unconstitutional’

S Korea abortion ban 'unconstitutional' South Korea's ban on abortion has been ruled unconstitutional in a historic court decision. The country's constitutional court ordered that the law must be revised by the end of next year.
April 11, 2019

Geoffrey Rush: Australian actor wins defamation case against Nationwide News

Geoffrey Rush: Australian actor wins defamation case against Nationwide News Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Geoffrey Rush sued a Sydney newspaper for defamation last year Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has won a defamation case against the publisher of a Sydney newspaper which accused him of inappropriate behaviour towards a former co-star. Judge Michael Wigney said he was "not satisfied" that the incidents detailed in The Daily Telegraph, published by Nationwide News, had occurred. He said Mr Rush's former co-star Erin Norvill's evidence was "inconsistent". He also said she was "prone to exaggeration and embellishment". Judge Wigney ruled that Mr Rush, 67, should be awarded A$850,000 (£464,420; $608,680) and would be entitled to more compensation, the exact amount of which would be decided at a later date. He was originally seeking more than A$25m in damages, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Rush had previously said that his career had bee..
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