July 19, 2018

The transgender acid attack survivor running for parliament

The transgender acid attack survivor running for parliament Image copyright AFP Image caption Acid attack survivor Nayyab Ali (L) and Nadeem Kashish are both standing for seats in Pakistan's parliament Forced to leave home when she was only 13, physically and sexually abused by relatives, and later attacked with acid by her former boyfriend, Nayyab Ali's life as a transgender woman in Pakistan has been turbulent. But now, the university graduate is one of four transgender candidates standing in Pakistan's general election next week. "I realised that without political power and without being part of the country's institutions, you cannot gain your rights," she told the BBC. More people from the community are contesting than ever before, in what has proven to be a significant period for transgender rights in Pakistan. 'Leading in the region'Shunned and ridiculed by Pakistan's largely conservative society, the transgender community, also known as hijra o..
July 19, 2018

James Packer: Australia tycoon quits boards citing mental health

James Packer: Australia tycoon quits boards citing mental health Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Packer won praise for publicly acknowledging mental health struggles Australian billionaire James Packer has quit 22 company directorships in recent weeks, in a retreat from business that began with his acknowledgement of mental health issues. The move follows a decision in March to resign from the board of Crown Resorts, in which he was a major shareholder. Mr Packer, 50, was among Australia's most high-profile businessmen, with an estimated worth of £2.3bn ($4.1bn). In 2017 he separated from singer Mariah Carey, breaking off their engagement. The separation, in October 2016, is believed to have contributed to a tumultuous period in the businessman's life, in which he was also caught up in a scandal involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His spokesman announced in March that he was dealing with mental health issues, a public statement for which he ..
July 19, 2018

The bank customers who lost everything

The Australian bank customers who lost everything Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAustralia bank inquiry: 'They didn't care who they hurt' Australia is holding a 12-month national inquiry into misconduct in its banking and financial institutions. Five months in, some allegations aired in public hearings have shocked even industry watchers. They include evidence of predatory loans, widespread reckless practices and even one bank charging fees to dead customers. Amid the scrutiny, thousands of Australians have come forward with stories of losing homes, businesses and their life savings. The BBC spoke to some of them. 'You just feel so hopeless and overwhelmed' - Craig Caulfield Image copyright CRAIG CAULFIELD Image caption Craig Caulfield says he has been emotionally and financially crippled Craig Caulfield's battle with the nation's largest lender, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is in its ninth year. In 2010, he asked the b..
July 19, 2018

Anger as all-male theatre cast references #MeToo campaign

Anger as all-male theatre cast references #MeToo campaign Image copyright Peter Meecham Image caption The Pop-up Globe performs in a temporary replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at venues in Australia and New Zealand The founder of Auckland's Pop-up Globe theatre in New Zealand has apologised for casting only male actors in forthcoming productions and using the #MeToo campaign hashtag to promote them. The theatre group is to perform Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in its forthcoming season on the abuse of power, and founder Miles Gregory has stuck with the 16th Century tradition of casting men in female parts, national broadcaster Radio New Zealand reports. However, there's been upset that the theatre used hashtags used by equality movements to highlight misogyny and sexism in a press release announcing the productions. "In the age of Weinstein, #metoo and #timesup, it feels entirely right for us to reflect current conversations in the world through ambitiou..
July 19, 2018

PUBG game apologises for ‘offensive mask’

PUBG game apologises for 'offensive mask' Image copyright Tencent/PUBG The makers of online death match game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) have apologised after the design of an in-game item upset some Korean fans. On Saturday, a pilot's mask which appeared to feature a rising sun design was added to the game's store. Many Korean and Chinese people find the symbol offensive because it was used by the Imperial Japanese military. The developers have removed the item and have refunded players who bought it. Image copyright Bzit/PUBG Image caption The mask appeared to featuring 'rising sun' imagery PUBG is owned by the South Korean video game publisher Bluehole. The controversy was reported by Korean-language news site Bzit. Many Koreans consider the rising sun flag a throwback to Japan's imperial system and militarism during its World War Two expansion into Asia. On the same day, a player found that one of the game's artificial intell..
July 19, 2018

Australia overtaking UK for overseas students

Australia overtaking UK for overseas students Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students arriving in Melbourne - ranked this year as one of the world's best student cities Australia is overtaking the UK as the world's second biggest destination for international students, says research from University College London. Researchers at UCL's Centre for Global Higher Education say the UK is being pushed into third place behind the United States and Australia. Australia has been rapidly expanding its international student numbers. The British Council says it shows the UK needs to "look again" at its policies towards overseas students. An analysis this year found that overseas students added £20bn to the UK's economy - and universities in the UK have warned that immigration rules after Brexit will need to be more welcoming for students. Catching upThe UCL study has tracked the latest movements in international students and report author Professor Simon Marginson ..
July 19, 2018

India Netflix actor Rajshri Deshpande ‘disgusted by porn star label’

India Netflix actor Rajshri Deshpande 'disgusted by porn star label' Image copyright Rajshri Deshpande Image caption Rajshri Deshpande stars in Netflix's first Indian drama Sacred Games An Indian actress has said she felt "disgusted" after her sex scene in a Netflix series went viral as a "porn clip". The 30-second video clip from Sacred Games shows consensual sex between a gangster and his wife, played by Rajshri Deshpande. She said people need to be careful before sharing out-of-context material. The series, featuring a number of prominent Bollywood stars, is Netflix's first original drama in India. Deshpande has been called a "porn star" on social media and some users told her that she should be ashamed of the scene. "Why should I be ashamed? I have complete faith in my character and the importance of that scene to the story," she told the BBC's Divya Arya. "My intention was right. I haven't done any wrong," she added. Sacred Games: Netflix launches ..
July 19, 2018

Five things we learned from cave boys’ presser

Thai cave rescue: What we learned as boys tell of ordeal Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThai cave boy describes "miracle" rescue The remarkable rescue of 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded cave network in Thailand's Chiang Rai province gripped the world. Speaking in public for the first time since their ordeal, the Thai youngsters looked happy and relaxed as they sat alongside Thai Navy Seals and prepared to share details of how they spent two weeks in darkness underground. The boys appeared in matching football shirts emblazoned with images of wild boars - the name of their team - presented to them by Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and answered a set of questions specially selected to avoid causing them distress. Full story: Thailand's extraordinary cave rescue The doctor who chose to stay in the cave The team's miraculous story has been widely reported - but it still remained for them to fill in the de..
July 19, 2018

Court rules South Korea must pay for Sewol victims

Court rules South Korea must pay for Sewol victims Image copyright AFP Image caption The Sewol tragedy shocked South Korea A South Korean court has ruled the government has to pay compensation for the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. It is the first time a court has acknowledged the state is liable for the deaths. The Sewol sank in 2014 killing 304 people, most of them school children. Some relatives of the victims had turned down an earlier offer of compensation, insisting the state's responsibility had to be proven. "The court acknowledges the liability in compensating the plaintiffs, since the negligence by the state and Cheonghaejin Marine Co. has resulted in the occurrence of the accident," the court said on Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported. The court awarded 200m won ($177,000, £135,000) in compensation for each passenger who died. Parents of the students who lost their lives in the tragedy will receive a further 40 million won. Siblings and grandparents are to..
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