May 15, 2018

‘Pakistan’s army tried to hack my Facebook’

‘Pakistan's army tried to hack my Facebook’ Image caption Diep Saeeda has been a human rights activist for 25 years In December 2016 Diep Saeeda, an outspoken human rights activist from the Pakistani city of Lahore, received a short message on Facebook from someone she didn't know but with whom she had a number of friends in common: "Hy dear." She didn't think much of it and never got round to replying. But the messages weren't coming from a fan of Mrs Saeeda's activism - instead they were the start of a sustained campaign of digital attacks attempting to install malware on her computer and mobile phone to spy on her and steal her data. Over the next year, she received multiple messages from the same Facebook account, apparently run by a young woman calling herself Sana Halimi, claiming to work for the United Nations. Glossary: Malware, patches and worms Pakistan: Where reporters face beatings, threats and death However, the attackers targeting Mrs Saeeda ma..
May 15, 2018

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with “incorrect map” of China

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with "incorrect map" of China Image copyright Getty Images US retailer Gap has apologised for selling T-shirts which it said showed an "incorrect map" of China. The design featured just the mainland and not territories that China also claims, such as Taiwan. A picture of the T-shirt was posted on Chinese social media network, Weibo, generating hundreds of complaints. The company said it respected China's "sovereignty" and would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent a repeat of the incident. Gap is the latest in a string of foreign firms to face a backlash for not adhering to China's territorial claims. Skip Twitter post by @PDChina American clothing retailer @Gap on Monday apologized for printing incomplete Chinese map on T-shirts for sales outside #China, said the brand respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) May 14, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @PDC..
May 15, 2018

Is gun ownership increasing in Australia?

Is gun ownership increasing in Australia? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gun ownership and usage is heavily regulated in Australia On Friday, Australia had its worst mass shooting since the nation overhauled its gun control laws more than 20 years ago. The suspected murder-suicide of a family of seven in Western Australia has inevitably revived discussion of the laws, often described as among the strongest in the world. Brought in following a 1996 massacre in Tasmania that killed 35 people, the legislation banned the use of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. It led to the destruction of more than one million guns. The country has had two mass shootings since 1996: the murder-suicide of a family of five in 2014, and the seven deaths at a rural property on Friday. However, as with debates overseas, opinions differ over what role gun laws have played in preventing or allowing tragedies, and whether changes are needed. Firearms found at the scene in Western Australia appe..
May 15, 2018

India’s BJP pulls ahead in crucial Karnataka state poll

India's BJP pulls ahead in crucial Karnataka state poll Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election is especially significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi Election leads from the south Indian state of Karnataka show India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead of the Congress party which currently rules the state. The BJP is ahead in 102 of 195 seats for which leads are available, according to the Election Commission. The party needs to win in 112 seats if it is to form the government. The Congress is leading in 53 seats, while the regional Janata Dal (Secular), is ahead in 37 seats. More than 72% of the voters cast their ballots for 193 seats on Saturday. Counting of votes began early Tuesday morning. The final verdict is expected later in the day. Karnataka is the hub of India's information technology industry and has a population of 64 million. Live result tracker Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge India election: World's biggest v..
May 14, 2018

How Courtney Barnett turned a troll’s words against him

How Courtney Barnett turned a troll's words against him Image copyright Pooneh Ghana Image caption Courtney Barnett says she was inspired to write about the "pain and hurt and anger" being expressed online Shortly after Courtney Barnett released her debut album, a friend forwarded her a comment someone had made about the music. "I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you." Rather than taking offence, the singer found it so funny she stuck it into one of her new songs - Nameless, Faceless - along with a withering response. "Must be lonely, being angry... I'm real sorry 'bout whatever happened to you." The line is part of the song's broader take-down of male aggression, prompted by the anonymously-written screeds of "hurt and anger" Barnett saw online and in real life. In the chorus, she adapts a Margaret Atwood quote - "Men are scared that women will laugh at them / Women are scared that men will kill them" - to explain how she feels un..
May 14, 2018

Surabaya attacks: Parents who bring their children to die

Surabaya attacks: Parents who bring their children to die Image copyright Handout Image caption The family that police say was responsible for Sunday's attacks The past days' deadly Islamist attacks in Indonesia have stood out because two families - parents and their very own children - were the attackers. While children have been used as suicide bombers before around the world, it is rare that parents take their own children to die along with them. In previous cases, children have been taken from their families, indoctrinated or drugged, then forced to attack. The recent suicide blasts have been the deadliest militant attacks in Indonesia in more than a decade. On Sunday, a mother targeted a church in Surabaya, alongside her two daughters, while the father and the two sons detonated bombs at two others. The daughters were nine and 12 while the sons were aged 16 and 18. "This pattern of attack is quite new - it's something we have not seen in Indonesia before," Alexa..
May 14, 2018

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit Image copyright AFP Image caption In 1975, Xia Boyu handed his sleeping bag to a suffering teammate - and lost both feet to frostbite A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year's climbing season. In 1975, Xia Boyu lost his feet after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm. Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest - and the first ever from the Nepalese side. Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents. Plain's achievement also features a story of overcoming physical challenge, coming four years after he broke his neck in a surfing accident. 'A challenge of fate'The storm that caused Xia's frostbite struck in the "death zone" above 8,000m (26,200ft) and stranded his team for three nights, not ..
May 14, 2018

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes Image copyright Sanjay Das Image caption More than 12 people have been injured in violent clashes outside polling booths in West Bengal Five people have been killed in the Indian state of West Bengal amid violent clashes over local body elections, police say. But reports from the ground indicate the toll could be as high as 10. Violent attacks, voter intimidation and attacks on polling booths were also reported in several locations. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) of instigating violence to disrupt voting. The TMC has denied the charges and said the reports were overblown. "Other than a few violent incidents, the voting is being conducted peacefully," Parth Chatterjee of the Trinamool Congress said. Analysts are calling this the most violent election in the state in recent years. The election where no-one came to vote Why does India's election t..
May 14, 2018

India’s Tharoor charged over wife’s death

India's Tharoor charged over wife's death Indian MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor has been charged with aiding his wife’s suicide in 2014. Sunanda Pushkar's death was initially treated as suicide, but police later said they were treating it as murder, without naming a suspect. Mr Tharoor is charged under sections of the law pertaining to cruelty to women and abetment to suicide. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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