November 25, 2018

Almost 150 whales strand and die on New Zealand beach

Almost 150 whales strand and die on New Zealand beach Image copyright New Zealand Department of Conservation A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by walkers late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay. Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save them. In separate incidents, 10 pygmy whales and a sperm whale were also beached in New Zealand over the weekend. 'A heart-breaking decision'The two pods of pilot whales were beached about 2km (1.2 miles) apart from each other on a beach on Rakiura or Steward Island off the coast of South Island. They were first spotted by a camper hiking in the remote area. Whale 'had 115 plastic cups' in stomach Whale hunt turns sea red with blood Whales get stuck in Icelandic fjord "Sadly, the likelihood of being able to succes..
November 25, 2018

How climate change could be causing miscarriages in Bangladesh

How climate change could be causing miscarriages in Bangladesh Image copyright Susannah Savage Image caption Young women in the village are anxious about having children and providing for them In small villages along the eastern coast of Bangladesh, researchers have noticed an unexpectedly high rate of miscarriage. As they investigated further, scientists reached the conclusion that climate change might be to blame. Journalist Susannah Savage went into these communities to find out more. "Girls are better than boys," says 30-year-old Al-Munnahar. "Boys do not listen. They are arrogant. Girls are polite." Al-Munnahar, who lives in a small village on the east coast of Bangladesh, has three sons but wished for a girl. Once she thought she would have a daughter, but she miscarried the baby. She is among several women who have lost a baby in her village. Image copyright Susannah Savage Image caption Almost all the food they eat in Al-Munnahar's village now has to be bought at mark..
November 25, 2018

The women killed on one day around the world

The women killed on one day around the world An average of 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day, according to new data released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). They say it makes "the home the most likely place for a woman to be killed". More than half of the 87,000 women killed in 2017 were reported as dying at the hands of those closest to them. Of that figure, approximately 30,000 were killed by an intimate partner and another 20,000 by a relative. BBC 100 Women wanted to find out more about the women behind the numbers. We spent October monitoring reports of gender-related killings of women on the first day of that month. We will share some of their stories below and find out more about how these killings were reported. Male homicide rates still higherThe data collected by UNODC highlights that "men are around four times more likely than women to lose their lives as a result of intentional homicide". The UN indic..
November 25, 2018

John Allen Chau: Struggle to retrieve body of man killed by tribe

John Allen Chau: Struggle to retrieve body of man killed by tribe Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWho are the Sentinelese? Indian officials are facing a difficult task to retrieve the body of an American missionary reportedly killed by an endangered tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. A police boat faced off with Sentinelese tribesmen on Saturday but withdrew to avoid confrontation. John Allen Chau was said to have been killed with arrows when he landed on North Sentinel. He was trying to convert the protected people to Christianity. Who was US man killed in remote islands? The sad truth about uncontacted tribes The fishermen who ferried Chau, 27, to North Sentinel on 17 November said they saw tribesmen drag a body along a beach and bury it. The fishermen later accompanied police back to the point on the island where they believed the body was buried. Six fishermen and one other person have been arrested over the incident. On Saturday, police stationed..
November 25, 2018

South Korea president unveils ‘peace gift’ puppies

South Korea president unveils 'peace gift' puppies Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSouth Korea's President Moon Jae-in: "The dogs are designated as national treasures in North Korea" South Korea's president has revealed the first pictures of puppies mothered by one of North Korea's "peace gift" dogs, Gomi. The North's leader, Kim Jong-un, sent the two dogs to his counterpart Moon Jae-in in a bid to promote peace amid thawing ties on the Korean peninsula. Gomi, a Pungsan hunting dog, gave birth to three female and three male puppies. President Moon shared photos of the dogs on the official Blue House twitter feed on Sunday. "As the pregnancy period of dogs is about two months, Gomi must have come to us pregnant," he reportedly tweeted when the pups were born. "I hope inter-Korean affairs will be like this." Skip Twitter post by @TheBlueHouseKR 11월 9일에 태어난 ‘곰이’의 새끼들입니다. 엄마개와 여섯 새끼들 모두 아주 건강합니다. 사진은 오늘 오후에 문재인 대통령과 김정숙 여사가 관저 앞마당에..
November 25, 2018

Carlos Ghosn denies Nissan misconduct claims

Carlos Ghosn denies Nissan misconduct claims Image copyright AFP Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has denied misconduct allegations, according to media reports in Japan. Mr Ghosn, seen as a titan of the car industry, was detained by police and dismissed by Nissan last week. Claims against the businessman, who led the Renault-Nissan alliance, include falsely reporting his earnings. Public broadcaster NHK, which first disclosed Mr Ghosn's arrest, reported he had told investigators there was no intention to under-report his earnings. He has not spoken publicly. Greg Kelly, a former Nissan executive arrested along with Mr Ghosn, was quoted by NHK as defending his boss's compensation, saying it was discussed with other officials and paid out appropriately. Japanese prosecutors claim the two men conspired to understate Mr Ghosn's remuneration by about half the 10 billion yen ($68m) he earned at Nissan over five years from 2010. The company has also made other allegation..
November 24, 2018

Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal

Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal Image copyright Getty Images The downfall of Carlos Ghosn has sent shockwaves through the global car industry. Last week he was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct and dismissed from his post as chairman of the Japanese car giant Nissan. His detention has thrown into doubt the future of the Alliance - a global carmaking group that includes Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. It has also exposed fractures in the very close relationship between Renault and Nissan 1. The Alliance - three companies acting as a single entityThe Alliance was formed in 1999, when Renault rescued Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy. The French carmaker has a 43% stake in its Japanese partner, while Nissan has a 15% stake in Renault. In 2016, Mitsubishi was added to the mix. Damaged by scandal and struggling financially, it was effectively bailed out by Nissan, which acquired 34% of its shares. Today, although the three companies retain distinct i..
November 24, 2018

Is India’s Ayodhya Hindu-Muslim dispute simmering again?

Is India's Ayodhya Hindu-Muslim dispute simmering again? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some 100,000 people from Hindu right-wing groups are demanding the construction of the Ram Temple The northern city of Ayodhya has been a key point of tension between Hindus and Muslims in India. In the last few months, there have been renewed calls to build a temple on the spot, where a 16th Century mosque was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992. The BBC explains why the holy site is back in the news. Why are people gathering in Ayodhya?Some 100,000 Hindus are expected to descend on Ayodhya on Sunday, demanding that a Hindu temple be built where the 16th Century Babri mosque once stood. Hindus believe the religious site in the state of Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities, Lord Ram. But Muslims say they have worshipped there for generations. Tensions between the two communities came to a violent head in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed the mosque. Nea..
November 24, 2018

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained Image copyright EPA Image caption Police used tear gas to disperse supporters of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi after his arrest Pakistan's authorities have held dozens of supporters of a hard-line Islamic cleric whose party led mass protests last month over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. Officials say they acted to maintain public order after leaders of the Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party refused to call off protests planned for Sunday. The cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, was himself detained on Friday. The woman, Asia Bibi, is now in hiding because of threats to her life. She was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad but was acquitted in October, a ruling that angered many. Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world What's the latest on the arrests?They were made mainly in Pakistan's cen..
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