March 20, 2019

Christchurch shooting: Australia’s moment of hate speech reckoning

Christchurch shooting: Australia's moment of hate speech reckoning Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Christchurch attacks have sparked a debate in Australia about hate speech When it emerged that the suspect behind the Christchurch mosque shootings was an Australian, it set the stage for some agonised soul-searching in his homeland. The prime suspect for the attack, in which 50 people died, is a self-described white supremacist. Australia's government immediately joined the unequivocal condemnation of the attack, but the conversation at home was already turning to whether racism and hate speech had become normalised. The debate turned in Australia Within hours of the mass shootings, while the rest of the world was still grieving, the debate took an unsavoury turn in Australia when a far-right senator issued a statement in which he blamed the attack on Muslim migration. Fraser Anning is a senator who entered parliament in 2017 on 19 votes, as replacement for an..
March 20, 2019

Korea spycam porn: 1,600 fall victim and four men arrested

Korea spycam porn: 1,600 fall victim and four men arrested Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anger at the widespread use of hidden filming prompted protests in South Korea last year Four men have been arrested in South Korea, accused of secretly filming 1,600 hotel room guests and selling the footage via a website. Mini-cameras were installed in TVs, hair-dryer holders and sockets. The men allegedly earned $6,200. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison and a 30m won ($26,571; £20,175) fine. The covert filming of sex and nudity in South Korea has been described as epidemic and has sparked protests. Speaking to the BBC, Korean police said the men set up the 1mm lens cameras last August in 30 separate hotels across 10 South Korean cities. Korean revenge porn site owner arrested South Korea's spy cam porn epidemic #MeToo takes hold in South Korea In November, a website was then created, allowing users to pay for full videos or watch 30-second clips for free. The me..
March 20, 2019

Holi: Hindus across India and Nepal celebrate festival of colours

Holi: Hindus across India and Nepal celebrate festival of colours People have been celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the festival of colours. Image copyright Reuters The festival, mainly celebrated in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring. Image copyright Reuters It also symbolises new beginnings. Image copyright Reuters Holi festival falls on the last full moon of the lunar month. Image copyright EPA On the day of Holi, people throw liquid and powdered colour over each other. The night before, people light bonfires to signify good triumphing over evil. Image copyright Google The colours of the powders each have a different meaning. Red is meant to represent love and fertility, yellow is the colour of turmeric, blue is for the Hindu god Krishna and green symbolises new beginnings. Image copyright Reuters Water based pigments are now being used in the creation of the coloured powder instead of traditional plant based colours including turmeric. ..
March 20, 2019

Nursultan: Kazakhstan renames capital Astana after ex-president

Nursultan: Kazakhstan renames capital Astana after ex-president Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Baiterek Tower, which resembles a giant egg atop a tree, is one of the city's landmarks Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday. The change was announced after Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as president, promising to seek his predecessor's opinion on key decisions. Mr Nazarbayev, 78, served nearly 30 years as leader of the oil-rich nation. Meanwhile, his eldest daughter has been elected speaker of the upper house of parliament. Dariga Nazarbayeva's promotion to the second most powerful position in the country raises her profile as a potential successor. Her father, who is head of the governing party, will remain at the helm of the influential security council and will hold the formal title Leader of the Nation. New president, new name for capitalMr Tokayev ..
March 20, 2019

Nirav Modi arrested in UK amid India fraud case allegations

Nirav Modi arrested in UK amid India fraud case allegations Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nirav Modi's diamonds were worn by celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whitely (pictured together in 2016) A billionaire Indian diamond trader, whose jewellery was worn by the likes of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, has been arrested in the UK. Nirav Modi is wanted for his alleged role in India's largest ever bank fraud, totalling some $2bn (£1.5bn). He left the country in early 2018, and has not returned to India since. Mr Modi, 48, was arrested in central London on Tuesday, and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. Police said the arrest had been made on behalf of Indian authorities, who have asked for his extradition. Who is India's scandal-linked billionaire?Mr Modi's case was thrust back into the limelight after a British newspaper found him living in an £8m ($10.5m) London flat. The Telegraph questioned him near the Oxford..
March 20, 2019

Mayawati: India Dalit icon will not contest election

Mayawati: India Dalit icon will not contest election Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mayawati is one of India's most influential politicians One of India's best-known politicians, Mayawati, has shocked the country by announcing she will not run in the upcoming general election. She said she would instead "concentrate on an alliance" formed to counter the influence of the ruling BJP. Ms Mayawati is an icon for India's low-caste Dalits and a four-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most number of MPs to parliament. General elections will be held on 11 April and continue until 19 May. Regional parties like Ms Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are expected to be the kingmakers in this year's election, particularly if there is no clear majority for any one party. Profile: Mayawati Kumari Caste hatred in India: what it looks like All our latest election coverage At a press conference on Wednesday, Ms Mayawati said she will not cont..
March 20, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNew Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern spoke exclusively to the BBC's Clive Myrie. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week's deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch. In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in immigration was fuelling racism. Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in Friday's gun attacks. The first funerals, of a father and son from Syria, took place on Wednesday. Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship targeted. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Fifty people died in the attack. What did Ardern say?Asked about the rise of right-wing nationalism she said: "This was ..
March 20, 2019

Trade war: US-China to resume face-to-face talks next week, reports say

Trade war: US-China to resume face-to-face talks next week, reports say Image copyright Getty Images US officials plan to travel to China next week to resume face-to-face talks aimed at ending a trade war between them, media reports said. The US and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of one another's goods over the past year. A truce at a G20 meeting in December made way for talks, but negotiations have at times been rocky. Despite that US President Donald Trump has cast talks in a positive light, saying they are going "very well". US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to fly to Beijing next week to meet with Chinese Vice President Liu He, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed Trump administration officials. It also said that a Chinese delegation led by Mr Liu is expected to continue talks in Washington the week after, with the aim of closing a deal by late April. The talks have taken longer than..
March 20, 2019

Chandrashekhar Azad: The Indian Dalit leader challenging Modi

Chandrashekhar Azad: The Indian Dalit leader challenging Modi Image caption Chandrashekhar Azad has emerged as the newest icon for India's low-caste Dalits It is hard to be heard in a country of more than a billion people. But one young, charismatic man - a member of India's lowest caste, the Dalits (formerly "untouchables") - is hoping to do just that in the general election. Chandrashekhar Azad is taking on India's powerful Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his home turf, challenging him to a David versus Goliath battle for the veteran politician's seat, in Varanasi. In reality, Mr Azad is unlikely to pose any real threat to Mr Modi, who is yet to even announce if he will recontest that particular seat, which he won in 2014 by more than 300,000 votes. But it's obvious Mr Azad's aim is not to win a seat. Instead, it's about the optics that such a contest will bring him. This election is being seen as a referendum on Mr Modi, a polarising figure ador..
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