August 9, 2018

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition Image copyright @mooreyameen Image caption The portraits of Ms Ayub (L) and Mr Pang (R) have been removed from an exhibition Festival organisers in Malaysia have removed two portraits of LGBT activists from a public photo exhibition after complaints from the government. The director of the George Town Festival said he was "directed" to take the portraits out by the minister of Islamic affairs, Mujahid Yusof Rawa. Mr Mujahid said the promotion of LGBT culture was not supported in Malaysia. The exhibition features a series of portraits with different Malaysians posing with the country's flag. The photos were taken last year to commemorate 60 years of Malaysian independence. Among them were Nisha Ayub, a transgender activist who has won several awards, including the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award in 2016 for her work on transgender rights. Pang Khee Teik is the co-founder of Seks..
August 9, 2018

Lombok earthquake ‘exceptionally destructive’ says Red Cross

Lombok earthquake 'exceptionally destructive' says Red Cross Image copyright AFP Image caption The aid agency said entire villages had fallen down in some areas The earthquake which hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday was "exceptionally destructive", the Red Cross has said. Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi. The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347. The government says more than 1,400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced. The national disaster agency said all those numbers were likely to increase, as more information comes in and more victims are found. Facebook regrets insensitive quake balloons 'People had shards of glass in their legs' In pictures: Damaged homes and evacuations in Lombok Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island. But the ..
August 9, 2018

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Train stations in central Melbourne will no long broadcast Sky News Australia An Australian state has instructed train stations to stop broadcasting Sky News Australia, amid a widening backlash over a recent TV interview. On Sunday, Sky News Australia hosted Blair Cottrell - a far-right figure with court convictions - in its studio. It drew much public anger. Many pointed out that he had once called for schools to display images of Adolf Hitler. On Thursday, Victoria said that the channel would no longer be played at train stations in central Melbourne. "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community," tweeted Transport Minister Jacinta Allen. Cottrell used his interview to call on Australia to reduce immigration, protect itself from "foreign ideologies" and to "reclaim our traditional identity". Sky News Australia has said it was "wrong" to interview Cottrell on ..
August 8, 2018

India gets ready for the flat-pack revolution

Will the first Ikea in India succeed? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Yogita Limaye explains how Ikea plans to woo India Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its first store in India in the southern city of Hyderabad. With a growing middle class, India could be a big opportunity for the company, but it's also a market with many quirks. Ikea's giant blue store sits on a 13-acre campus, by the side of a busy road, in HITEC city. The technology hub in Hyderabad that is also home to global firms like Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The scale of the shop is something that has never been seen in India before. Its size alone has piqued curiosity among those who may have never heard of the brand. And then of course, there are so many who have. Upwardly mobile, well-travelled Indians have known Ikea for a while now. In fact, with the number of global retailers who've come to India over the past decade, some would say Ikea has taken its..
August 8, 2018

India Assam: Will four million people really be deported?

India Assam: Will four million people really be deported? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'The Indian government is tearing my family apart' Some four million people have effectively lost their citizenship in India's north-eastern state of Assam. They were left off a list of proven citizens, which was created as part of a government drive to identify illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. Here's what led to that controversial move, and what might happen next. How did the list come about?Fears over illegal migration from Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, have long been alive in Assam. The state's very first list of citizens - formally known as the National Register of Citizens, or NRC - was published in 1951, just four years after the partition of India, when millions of people had crossed into India from East Bengal, which had become a part of Pakistan. The list was drawn up in response to nationalist groups in Assam who w..
August 8, 2018

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Golfer Jarrod Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36, his family has confirmed. Lyle overcame acute myeloid leukaemia in 1998 and 2012, before announcing it had returned last year. He died on Wednesday, after spending his final days with family and friends in the state of Victoria, Golf Australia said in a statement. Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world, and won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008. He last competed in 2017. His wife, Briony Lyle, said that he had been "overwhelmed" by support. "He asked that I provide a simple message: 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I've helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted.'" He is survived by Ms Lyle, and their daughters Lusi, six, and Jemma, two. "Lusi, Jemma..
August 8, 2018

Will Trump’s tariffs stop Chinese espionage?

Will Trump's tariffs stop Chinese espionage? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US company AMSC had its wind turbine software stolen by its one-time Chinese partner Sinovel Windpower Dan McGahn says it was a case of attempted murder. The victim was his business American Superconductor (AMSC), and the perpetrator was a Chinese company called Sinovel Windpower. The two firms had been partners, but Sinovel bribed an insider to steal AMSC's key wind turbine technology. As a result Massachusetts-based AMSC saw its sales collapse, its market value plummet by $1bn (£770m), and it had to lay off hundreds of employees. "It was attempted corporate homicide," says Mr McGahn. This act of industrial espionage was uncovered back in 2011, and after a seven-year legal fight, a US judge last month fined Sinovel just $1.5m, the maximum currently possible. While Sinovel is also continuing to pay AMSC an agreed settlement of $57.5m, the US firm is getting back just a fraction of the los..
August 8, 2018

Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship

Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship Image copyright EPA Image caption Mongkol Boonpiam (pictured), two of his teammates and their coach have all been awarded citizenship Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. During their ordeal, it emerged that the boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the south-east Asian country. It prompted calls to fast-track their citizenship applications. The four were part of a 13-strong team, known as the Wild Boars, who became trapped deep in a cave on 23 June. How the Thai boys were rescued The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue Thai boys relive 'moment of miracle' They were found by two British divers nine days later, but it took another six days to rescue the first team members. Coach Ekapol Chantawong, who was widely praised for keeping the boys safe after rain flooded the cave sys..
August 8, 2018

China to hit US with tariffs on US imports worth $16bn

China to hit US with tariffs on US imports worth $16bn Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bags of imported chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China China's commerce ministry has announced that it will start imposing 25% import duties targeting $16bn (£12.4bn) worth of US goods. The Chinese counter-move will take effect immediately after the US imposes tariffs on the same amount of Chinese goods on 23 August. The list of US imports affected by the taxes includes coal, oil, chemicals and some medical equipment. Last month, the US imposed duties of 25% on Chinese imports worth $34bn. The US is also considering further tariffs on another $200bn worth of Chinese goods which could come into effect in September. For its part, China has threatened to ratchet up the tit-for-tat trade war by slapping tariffs on another $60bn of American imports. At the same time, Beijing reported a $28.1bn trade surplus with the US in July, just below the record $28.9bn seen in June. But it ..
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