May 30, 2018

India thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill 50

India thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill 50 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains At least 50 people are reported to have died amid heavy thunder and lightning that battered parts of northern India on Tuesday, officials said. High-speed winds and lighting strikes devastated many villages, bringing down walls and leaving dozens injured. The eastern state of Bihar was the worst hit, with 20 confirmed deaths due to lightning. The latest incidents come weeks after devastating dust storms killed more than 100 people across north India. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. Fifteen people have been killed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and at least 12 have died in the eastern state of Jharkhand, officials told BBC Hindi. Three children died after a tree collapsed on them in the northern state of Uttarakhand, according to the PTI news agency. Why were India's dust storms so..
May 30, 2018

The man helping deaf people find justice

The sign language lawyer who became a social media star Image copyright Tang Shuai Image caption The video that energised the Chinese deaf community, featuring Tang Shuai When a lawyer posted a video in sign language about the danger of Ponzi schemes, his post went viral and hundreds of deaf people got in touch with their legal troubles, from fraud to domestic violence. He had uncovered a huge community in need of help. Tang Shuai was simply trying to improve legal knowledge among the deaf community when he posted the video on China's WeChat messaging app in February. It was an instant hit. Mr Tang was flooded with so many friend requests that he had to ask WeChat to boost the friend limit from 5,000 to 10,000. So why did it strike such a chord? The answer goes way beyond legal difficulties and into the complex world of sign language in China. Language barriers There are two types of sign language in the country. Chinese Sign Language (CSL) is taught in schools and used by most ..
May 30, 2018

India police officer threatened for saving Muslim man from mob

India police officer threatened for saving Muslim man from mob Image copyright Twitter/Dhruv Rathee Image caption Gagandeep Singh shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob went viral An Indian police officer hailed as a hero for protecting a Muslim man from being lynched by a mob has begun receiving death threats, police say. Gagandeep Singh, an officer in the northern state of Uttarakhand, shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob went viral on social media last week. The man was visiting a temple with his Hindu girlfriend. The mob surrounded the man and tried to attack, accusing him of "love jihad". The term has been popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups who accuse Muslim men of participating in a conspiracy to turn Hindu women from their religion by seducing them. When the video was first shared online, many called Mr Singh a "role model" for all Indians, and his story was carried in many mainstream Indian publication..
May 30, 2018

North Koreans dare to criticise ‘vampire leader’

North Koreans dare to criticise 'vampire leader' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Here there are a lot of government captures' Speaking to ordinary citizens inside North Korea is almost impossible, with visitors heavily policed and communication with the outside world blocked. But two residents were willing to speak to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, despite the threat of death or imprisonment. In North Korea, where leader Kim Jong-un has almost godlike status, to question him out loud is for many unthinkable. Citizens are taught he is all-knowing, and told to inform on dissenters - including their own family members. By speaking out, market trader Sun Hui - not her real name - knows she is putting her life at risk. "Mostly, people criticise Kim Jong-un for being a businessman," she says, reflecting wider discontent. "People say that he acts the same as us, but takes away our money. "[They say] the little man uses his head to..
May 30, 2018

Catholic Church joins sex abuse compensation scheme

Catholic Church joins sex abuse compensation scheme Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia found institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children The Catholic Church has confirmed it will be part of a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in Australia. The nation recently held a five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in the country's institutions. Among harrowing stories, it heard that 7% of Australia's Catholic priests abused children between 1950 and 2010. Governments and institutions have faced intense pressure to join a compensation programme for victims. "We support the royal commission's recommendation for a national redress scheme, administered by the Commonwealth, and we are keen to participate in it," Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a statement. "Survivors deserve justice and healing and many have bravely come forward to tell their stories." ..
May 30, 2018

Italian political crisis hits Asian stocks

Italian political crisis hits Asian stocks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Worries over political unrest in Italy was hurting investor sentiment in Asia Asia stocks joined a global market sell-off on Wednesday as a political crisis in Italy rattled investors. The prospect of early elections and the possibility of eurosceptic parties strengthening their position raised concerns about eurozone stability. Europe has struggled in recent years with a debt crisis and the UK's vote to leave the European Union. Short-term Italian borrowing costs saw their biggest daily jump in 26 years, making it costlier for Italy to borrow. Also hurting sentiment, the US said it planned to impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese imports "shortly" after mid-June. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1.4%, South Korea's Kospi dropped more than 1.8% and Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng was down 1.4%. "Italian political unrest remains in focus and has risk assets quivering whic..
May 30, 2018

India thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill 50

India thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill 50 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains At least 50 people are reported to have died amid heavy thunder and lightning that battered parts of northern India on Tuesday, officials said. High-speed winds and lighting strikes devastated many villages, bringing down walls and leaving dozens injured. The eastern state of Bihar was the worst hit, with 20 confirmed deaths due to lightning. The latest incidents come weeks after devastating dust storms killed more than 100 people across north India. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. Fifteen people have been killed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and at least 12 have died in the eastern state of Jharkhand, officials told BBC Hindi. Three children died after a tree collapsed on them in the northern state of Uttarakhand, according to the PTI news agency. Why were India's dust storms so..
May 29, 2018

Facebook to be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month

Facebook to be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress in America Papua New Guinea will ban Facebook for a month while it identifies fake profiles and considers the website's effect on the country. Communication minister Sam Basil said users posting pornography and false information would be identified. He also suggested the country could set up its own rival social network. Facebook has faced scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and has been criticised over the way it has tried to tackle fake news. 'More conducive'Although only about 10% of people in Papua New Guinea have internet access, the country is proving proactive in its regulation of online services. The government aims to use the month-long ban to analyse how Facebook is being used and prosecute those breaching the country's 2016 cyber-crime law. Mr Basil told the country's Post-Courier: ..
May 29, 2018

The lawyer who became a social media star

The sign language lawyer who became a social media star Image copyright Tang Shuai Image caption The video that energised the Chinese deaf community, featuring Tang Shuai When a lawyer posted a video in sign language about the danger of Ponzi schemes, his post went viral and hundreds of deaf people got in touch with their legal troubles, from fraud to domestic violence. He had uncovered a huge community in need of help. Tang Shuai was simply trying to improve legal knowledge among the deaf community when he posted the video on China's WeChat messaging app in February. It was an instant hit. Mr Tang was flooded with so many friend requests that he had to ask WeChat to boost the friend limit from 5,000 to 10,000. So why did it strike such a chord? The answer goes way beyond legal difficulties and into the complex world of sign language in China. Language barriers There are two types of sign language in the country. Chinese Sign Language (CSL) is taught in schools and used by most ..
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