May 22, 2018

Can English remain the ‘world’s favourite’ language?

Can English remain the 'world's favourite' language? Image copyright Getty Images English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but do the development of translation technology and "hybrid" languages threaten its status? Which country boasts the most English speakers, or people learning to speak English? The answer is China. According to a study published by Cambridge University Press, up to 350 million people there have at least some knowledge of English - and at least another 100 million in India. There are probably more people in China who speak English as a second language than there are Americans who speak it as their first. (A fifth of Americans speak a language other than English in their own homes.) But for how much longer will English qualify as the "world's favourite language"? The World Economic Forum estimates about 1.5 billion people around the world speak it - but fewer than 400 million have it as their first language. How American..
May 22, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up Image copyright EPA Image caption Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child sexual abuse will step down from his position. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, South Australia, was found guilty of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest by a court on Tuesday. He is the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the offence. Wilson said he would step aside from his duties on Friday. "It is appropriate that, in the light of some of his Honour's findings, I stand aside from my duties as Archbishop," he said in a statement released on Wednesday. "If at any point in time it becomes necessary or appropriate for me to take more formal steps, including by resigning as Archbishop, then I will do so." He did not indicate whether he would appeal the Newcastle Local Court's conviction, for which he faces a maximum tw..
May 22, 2018

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some items of debris have been found, but the official search for MH370 has ended Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was deliberately brought down by the pilot. Recent speculation that the jet was the subject of a "controlled ditching" into the sea was dismissed on Tuesday by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The bureau maintains that the pilot was unconscious during the final moments. The passenger plane disappeared in 2014 while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. The official search for the wreckage of MH370, also involving Malaysia and China, was called off in January last year after 1,046 days. Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have said that the plane was out of control when it plunged into the southern Indian Ocean. Missing MH370: What we know MH370: Key pieces..
May 22, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty Image copyright EPA Image caption Amnesty says there were many children among the Hindus killed Rohingya militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International. Arsa militants killed up to 99 Hindu women, men and children in one, or possibly two massacres, said the rights group. Arsa had denied involvement. The killings came in the first days of an uprising against Burmese forces, who are also accused of atrocities. Since August nearly 700,000 Rohingyas and others have fled the violence. The conflict has also displaced members of the majority Buddhist population in Myanmar (also called Burma) as well as members of the Hindu minority. Amnesty says interviews it conducted with refugees in Bangladesh and in Rakhine state confirmed that mass killings carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) took place in a cluster of villages in nort..
May 22, 2018

Forced marriage: Mum guilty of making daughter wed older man

Forced marriage: Mum guilty of making daughter wed older man Image copyright PA Image caption A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found the mother guilty of two counts of forced marriage A mother who forced her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age has been convicted in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman duped the teenager into travelling to Pakistan to wed the man, who was 16 years her senior. He had taken the girl's virginity when she was 13, after the pair were entered into a "marriage contract". A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found the mother guilty of two counts of forced marriage. Midlands Live: 'Disorientating' laser pen attacks on aircraft; fireworks factory owner guilty of manslaughter The court was told how the girl became pregnant after first having sex with the husband. She had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her GP reporting his concerns to social services. Prosecutors said her mother "made all the right noises" to ..
May 22, 2018

Nine die as Tuticorin Sterlite Copper protest turns violent

Nine die as Tuticorin Sterlite Copper protest turns violent Image caption Police say an estimated 5,000 people attended the protest Nine people have died in clashes with police in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu amid protests against a copper smelter that residents say is causing environmental damage. The protests against the Sterlite Copper subsidiary of the Vedanta conglomerate have been going on for months in the port city of Tuticorin. Police say clashes broke out as a huge crowd of protesters stormed district government headquarters. Many others are critically injured. Police said that the crowd had begun throwing stones at police and office buildings, overturned cars and set several vehicles on fire. Posco steel plant: India protests halt land acquisition Eight dead in massive India caste protests They say they opened fire as the violence intensified. A state minister defended the actions of the police, saying that it was "unavoidable". Image caption Protesters overturne..
May 22, 2018

Trump and South Korea’s Moon hold talks on Kim summit

Trump and South Korea's Moon hold talks on Kim summit Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Moon (right) will try to calm nerves in his meetings with Mr Trump (right) US President Donald Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-in are due to hold talks in Washington, amid uncertainty over a planned US-North Korea summit. Last week the North said it may cancel the summit if the US insists on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally. Mr Moon will try to calm US nerves to get talks back on track, observers say. One of his officials said he would "likely tell President Trump what to expect and what not to expect from Kim", Yonhap news agency reported. The historic 12 June summit is due to take place in Singapore. What has North Korea said?The summit was first thrown into doubt when North Korea cancelled high-level talks with South Korea last Wednesday, saying it was angered by Seoul's joint-military exercises with the US. The North called the exercises a "provocation" and a r..
May 22, 2018

Transforming Africa: Korea did it, so must Africa. Says, Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB

Busan, Republic of Korea, May 22 (CABNC TV)-The 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank opened in Busan, Korea, on Monday with a call on […]
May 22, 2018

Tibet activist jailed in China over language campaign

Tibet activist jailed in China over language campaign Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A volunteer holds placards of detained Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh (L) and Tibetan education advocate Tashi Wangchuk (R) A Tibetan activist has been jailed for five years in China for "inciting separatism," after he spoke to the New York Times about efforts to preserve his native language. Tashi Wangchuk was arrested in 2016, after featuring in a video by the newspaper. In the interview, he spoke of his fear that Tibetan culture was being destroyed in China. Amnesty International denounced the verdict as "beyond absurd". Tashi, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, will be due for release in 2021. His lawyer told the AFP news agency that he planned to appeal the decision. "I believe he committed no crime and we do not accept the verdict," Liang Xiojun told AFP. Tashi appeared in a New York Times documentary in late 2015, where he voiced concerns that Tibetan culture was being dest..
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