June 27, 2018

Is India really the most dangerous country for women?

Is India really the most dangerous country for women? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests demanding justice for rape victims were held in many parts of India A survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women, ahead of Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But is this really true? The poll surveyed 548 experts on six different indices - healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual and non-sexual violence, and human trafficking. They were first asked to name the five most dangerous countries from the list of 193 United Nations member states. And then they were asked to name the worst country in each of the above categories. India topped three - cultural traditions, sexual violence and human trafficking. A similar poll seven years ago had ranked India fourth, with Afghanistan top of the list. The new survey has been criticised in India, with many questioning how countries like Saudi Arabia..
June 27, 2018

World Cup 2018: Mexico fans celebrate South Korean ‘brothers’

World Cup 2018: Mexico fans celebrate South Korean 'brothers' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEcstatic Mexico fans wave the flag of South Korea Mexican football fans have been wildly cheering another team - South Korea. The Asian side's 2-0 victory over 2014 winners Germany on Wednesday - a major upset secured in stoppage time - ensured Mexico progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite being thrashed by Sweden in their final group game. Large crowds celebrated Mexico's progression at the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, chanting that Koreans were their "brothers". Images of hybrid South Korea-Mexico flags, tweeted statements of friendship and gratitude, and even vows from fans to begin listening to K-Pop were posted online by droves of Mexico supporters. Skip Twitter post by @ByJamesWagner That’s the Korean consul general to Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, celebrating with grateful Mexican fans outside the Korea embassy here. One ..
June 27, 2018

How to survive if you’re trapped in a cave

Thailand cave rescue: How would you survive in a cave? Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The teenagers and their coach have been trapped in the Thai cave for days A group of 12 teenagers have been trapped underground in Thailand with their football coach for the last four days. Heavy rain has flooded the cave system, hindering the authorities' attempts at a rescue. But what are the best ways to survive in a cave? We spoke to cavers, who emphasised the need to stay warm, keep hydrated, and stay out of danger when trapped underground. What to do if you're trappedAnmar Mirza, national co-ordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, says the first thing to do is make sure you're not in any immediate danger. Rockfalls pose a risk, but the major worry is flooding. "You want to seek the highest point in the cave," Mr Mirza said. His advice is to try to guess where water had risen to in previous floods. "There's a number of ways to determine that point - loo..
June 27, 2018

Can India become an AI hub for the developing world?

Can India become an AI hub for the developing world? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India is the latest country to join the race to lead in AI A recent report on artificial intelligence (AI) by an Indian government think tank foresees the country as an AI hub for the developing world. Research analyst Shashank Reddy writes about the possibility of that happening. India is the latest country to join the race to lead the AI revolution, which is still in the making. The world's richest - and most powerful - countries have long been in this competition. It cuts across all spheres of national power, from the economy to the military, because the idea is that leadership in AI will enable global dominance. The two biggest powers so far have been the United States and China, with each investing heavily in AI and its applications. So does India stand a chance? Yes, according to a report released this month by think tank Niti Aayog. Why automation could be a threat to India&#03..
June 27, 2018

Australian police acknowledge 27 deaths as probable hate crimes

Australian police acknowledge 27 deaths as probable hate crimes Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police say confirmed and suspected gay hate led to the deaths of 27 men in Sydney in previous decades The killings of 27 men in Australia between 1976 and 2000 were most likely homophobic hate crimes, police say. A New South Wales police taskforce has spent three years reviewing 86 cases in Australia's most populous state. It was prompted by a report from the Australian Institute of Criminology that questioned whether police had investigated some cases sufficiently. On Wednesday, police acknowledged that they had previously played a part in "marginalising" the LGBT community. "[New South Wales Police] acknowledges without qualification both its and society's acceptance of gay bashings and shocking violence directed at gay men, and the LGBT community between 1976 and 2000," it said in a statement. It added: "There were certainly people murdered because of their sexuality duri..
June 27, 2018

Malaysia 1MDB: Seized tiaras, cash and Hermes bags ‘worth $273m’

Malaysia 1MDB: Seized tiaras, cash and Hermes bags 'worth $273m' Image copyright EPA Image caption 12,000 pieces of jewellery were seized from properties in Kuala Lumpur Malaysian police have seized a trove of jewellery, handbags and cash worth up to $273m (£206m) from properties linked to former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor. A $1.6m gold and diamond necklace, 14 tiaras and 272 Hermes bags were taken as part of corruption investigations into state investment fund 1MDB. Billions of dollars are unaccounted for from the fund, set up by Mr Najib. He has been under investigation since his shock election loss in May. Police describe the seizure of valuables as the biggest in Malaysian history. Jewellery accounted for the biggest portion, with 12,000 items gathered - the most expensive being the $1.6m necklace. Malaysia politics: $4 sandals vs luxury Birkin bags Corruption, money and Malaysia's election A total of 567 handbags containing almost $30..
June 27, 2018

Myanmar military leaders ‘guilty of crimes against humanity’

Myanmar military leaders 'guilty of crimes against humanity' Image copyright AFP Image caption Myanmar's army is accused of a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing Amnesty International has said top officials in Myanmar's military should be tried for crimes against humanity. The rights group released what it says is detailed evidence of the military's crimes during the brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority. Amnesty says soldiers targeted villagers in a co-ordinated campaign of rape, torture and murder. It also says the military had prepared its offensive before the attacks it has always said were the trigger. There has been no immediate reaction from the Myanmar military but it has always denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and using excessive force. What happened in Myanmar?In August 2017, Rohingya militants - the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army(Arsa) - attacked several police posts in Rakhine state. The military responded by launching a ma..
June 27, 2018

Rebel Wilson ordered to repay millions in defamation case

Rebel Wilson ordered to repay millions in defamation case Image copyright EPA Image caption Rebel Wilson won a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media last year An Australian court has ordered actress Rebel Wilson to repay the majority of her record defamation payout from a magazine publisher. Wilson had received A$4.7m (£2.6m; $3.5m) in damages and interest from Bauer Media over articles that she said portrayed her as a serial liar. But a court reduced the sum to A$600,000 earlier this month following an appeal by the publisher. On Wednesday, Wilson was ordered to pay back A$4.1m and A$60,000 in interest. She will also have to cover 80% of what Bauer spent on its appeal. Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give all of her compensation to charity. In its original finding, the Supreme Court of Victoria awarded her A$650,000 in general damages and $A3.9m for film roles she had lost out on. She was later paid A$180,000 in int..
June 27, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Troops race to reach youth football team

Thailand cave rescue: Troops race to reach youth football team Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers, divers and special troops are working around the clock to look for the missing group. Heavy rains are hampering efforts to reach 12 teenagers and their football coach who have been trapped in a cave in Thailand for four days. Rising water levels caused by overnight rains frustrated hundreds of rescue workers as they worked to drain water from inside the cave. Officials are now trying to find another opening into the cave, after the main entrance became inaccessible. There has been no contact with the group since Saturday. But on Tuesday, navy divers reported seeing fresh footprints inside the cave complex, raising hopes for the group's safety. Image caption The Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province runs for many kilometres underground. Image caption Thailand is susceptible to flooding during its rainy season, which runs from now until October. Th..
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