July 30, 2018

India leopard attack: Baby injured after being snatched in Gujarat

India leopard attack: Baby injured after being snatched in Gujarat Image copyright Bhargav Parikh Image caption The family was driving through a forested area when the attack occurred A four-month-old baby is being treated for injuries in the western Indian state of Gujarat after a leopard snatched him from his mother's arms. The mother was carrying the baby while sitting behind her husband on a motorcycle when the leopard struck. The father's cries for help were heard by nearby villagers who rushed out and encircled the animal. "They started shouting which scared the leopard into dropping the baby," a forest official told BBC Gujarati. The attack occurred in a forested region that was already being patrolled by guards. "We rushed over as soon as we found out and called for an ambulance," a forest officer, who was on duty at the time, said. The mother was also injured and is in hospital with her baby, the officer added. Image copyright Bhargav Parikh Image caption The ba..
July 30, 2018

Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat

Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTaliban "threaten 70% of Afghanistan", BBC investigation finds. Taliban officials met secretly with a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week, sources in the group have told the BBC. The face-to-face talks in Doha with Alice Wells, a state department deputy assistant secretary, were "very important", one Taliban official said. News of the meeting follows a directive from the Trump administration for US diplomats to talk directly with the Afghan militant group. The Taliban have long said that only with the US will they discuss peace. Direct talks with the militants, without Afghan officials present, marks a major turnaround in Washington's policy as it seeks to end America's longest war. It comes after an unprecedented three-day ceasefire during Eid celebrations in June that was largely respected by both sides. There have been attacks since, including one on a..
July 30, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after sex abuse cover-up Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has resigned after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse. In May, he was given a one-year sentence for failing to report allegations of abuse by a priest in the 1970s. Wilson is the world's most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of the offence. Earlier this month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Pope to sack him. Australia sexual abuse 'a national tragedy'During his trial, Wilson denied any knowledge of abuse committed by priest James Fletcher during his time as an assistant priest in Maitland, 130km (80 miles) north of Sydney. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006. However, the magistrate found that Wilson had been told about the abuse by the young victims and that he had failed ..
July 30, 2018

Chinese ex-online tsar Lu Wei charged with bribery

Chinese ex-online tsar Lu Wei charged with bribery Image copyright Visual China Group Image caption Lu Wei was once believed to be one of President Xi Jinping's inner circle but was detained in November China's former chief of internet regulation, Lu Wei, has been charged with taking bribes. He is accused of taking advantage of his position to reap monetary and property gain, the official Xinhua News Agency reports. Mr Lu was once one of China's most senior officials, overseeing the department of online media regulation. His role as China's "internet tsar" meant he was once listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Mr Lu has been prosecuted for "taking advantage of his own positions and using other officials to seek profits for others as well as accepting a huge amount of money and property", Xinhua said. 'Arbitrary and tyrannical'Lu Wei was once touted as a key ally of President Xi Jinping, with media noting that he rose quickly ..
July 30, 2018

Why it’s so bad to say your Chinese wife is Japanese

Why Jeremy Hunt's 'Japanese' wife gaffe is a bad mistake Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt gaffe: 'My wife is Japanese' The UK's new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is on an official visit to China - but an embarrassing gaffe is stealing the headlines instead. Mr Hunt tried to get into his host's good books by mentioning that his wife is Chinese - but called her "Japanese" instead. He quickly corrected himself and those at the meeting laughed it off. But the gaffe is making headlines and, as Mr Hunt himself says, it's a "terrible mistake to make". Lucia Guo was born in Xian in central China. She and Mr Hunt met in 2008, when she was working at Warwick University. They have three children. What exactly did he say? Mr Hunt was at a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, when he said, in English: "My wife is Japanese - my wife is Chinese. That's a terrible mistake to make." Mr Hunt added: "My wife is C..
July 30, 2018

Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman over abortion tweets

Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman over abortion tweets Image copyright ANGELA WILLIAMSON Image caption Angela Williamson has criticised Tasmania over its lack of access to abortions A former Cricket Australia (CA) employee says she was sacked for publicly criticising lawmakers over the state of abortion services in Tasmania. Angela Williamson, 39, had been a government relations manager at affiliate Cricket Tasmania until June. Ms Williamson said she was sacked after writing tweets critical of the state government. CA said only that it would not tolerate "offensive comments". The recent closure of Tasmania's only abortion clinic has been controversial. Its closure, due to lack of demand, has forced Ms Williamson and other women to travel to mainland Australia to seek an abortion. Ms Williamson has launched legal action against CA over her dismissal. 'Right to political opinion'In June, Ms Williamson used her Twitter account to express frustration about healthc..
July 30, 2018

Karunanidhi health: Tamil Nadu former chief minister in hospital

Karunanidhi health: Tamil Nadu former chief minister in hospital Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A previous photo of Mr Karunanidhi in his Chennai residence Massive crowds have gathered outside a hospital in southern India's Tamil Nadu state where a politician who has served as chief minister five times was admitted on Saturday. Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, is being closely "monitored and treated" in the intensive care unit. Doctors say he has made some improvement after an apparent urinary tract infection. But police are struggling to contain emotional crowds desperate for news. Image copyright AFP Image caption Massive crowds have gathered around Mr Karunanidhi's hospital in Chennai Image copyright AFP Image caption The 94-year-old is revered as a huge political figure in India After 50 years as the leader of India's DMK party, he has amassed a huge following in India, and enjoys a god-like status among his supporters. The 94-year-old politician was first a..
July 30, 2018

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship Image caption Hasitun Nissa's family is one of millions who expects to be stripped of their Indian citizenship The final draft of a bill which will determine who has the right to be called Indian in the north-eastern state of Assam will be published hours from now. The entire process has sparked fears of a witch hunt against the state's ethnic minorities, reports the BBC's Joe Miller. Hasitun Nissa has never known a home outside the floodplains of Assam. It's where the 47-year-old schoolteacher spent her childhood, where she studied, where she got married and where she had her four children. But on Monday, she expects to be stripped of her Indian citizenship, and fears her land rights, voting rights and freedom are in peril. She's not alone. Millions of Bengalis - a linguistic minority in Assam - may have fallen foul of a long, bureaucratic process known as the National Register of Citizens, or NRC. The government ..
July 29, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndonesia earthquake: 'Massive damage' in Lombok village More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes. Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain. At least 14 people have died, and more than 160 were injured in the quake. Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless and substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island. A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed. Authorities say more than 500 people, mostly foreign tourists, have already come down from the mountain but 266 are still trapped up th..
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