July 12, 2018

India Christian priests arrested over rape charge

India Christian priests arrested over rape charge Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are yet to arrest the other two priests Two of four Indian priests charged with allegedly raping a woman have surrendered to police in the southern state of Kerala. The Kerala high court denied bail to both of them and one other priest, who is also expected to surrender later on Thursday. The woman, 32, was allegedly raped and blackmailed in exchange for sexual acts. Police are yet to arrest the fourth priest. The allegations came to light in February when her husband found out about the blackmail. The police complaint was filed on 2 June after an audio clip of a conversation between the woman's husband and a church official went viral. India's code of silence over sexual abuse Why an MP wants India to talk about child sex abuse "Consent obtained through blackmail is rape," a police officer told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi. He added that the woman's husband had com..
July 12, 2018

India adopts ‘world’s strongest’ net neutrality norms

India adopts 'world's strongest' net neutrality norms Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Net neutrality ensures that users can access all websites at the same speed and cost India has adopted recommendations strongly backing net neutrality that experts say could be the "strongest" in the world. Net neutrality means service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not charge differently based on content. The recommendations explicitly forbid operators from throttling data speeds for any online service, and mandates all content be treated the same. India is expected to have 500 million internet users by June. "Any deviations and violations of the rules of net neutrality -- which come into effect almost immediately -- will be met with stiff penalties," telecom secretary Aruna Sundarajan told Indian reporters. The net neutrality principle is considered a cornerstone of a free and open internet that provides equal access to all and bans "any form" of data di..
July 12, 2018

Pakistan election: Bhutto outlines ‘peaceful, progressive’ vision

Pakistan election: Bhutto outlines 'peaceful, progressive' vision Image caption Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says there is decreasing space for freedom in Pakistan The son of assassinated former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto has told the BBC he is campaigning to implement her vision of a "peaceful, progressive, prosperous, democratic Pakistan". Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), is standing for parliament for the first time in the 25 July general election. Ms Bhutto was killed by a suicide bomber at a rally in 2007. Levels of support for the party have dropped in recent years, analysts say. Mr Bhutto Zardari was appointed as joint leader of the PPP shortly after his mother's death, alongside his father Asif Ali Zardari. He is the third generation of his family to enter politics, his grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto having served as prime minister in the 1970s before he was executed by military dictator General Ziaul Haq. Media playba..
July 12, 2018

China investigates why plane dropped more than 6,000m

China investigates why plane dropped more than 6,000m Image copyright Reuters Image caption File picture of another Air China aircraft Chinese authorities are investigating why a plane was forced to drop more than 6,500m (21,000ft) due to loss of cabin pressure. The Air China flight from Hong Kong to Dalian lost altitude rapidly and oxygen masks dropped in the cabin. The plane then returned to cruising altitude and continued as scheduled. There is speculation in local media that crew had been smoking in the cockpit and then mishandled the ventilation system. Chinese aviation authorities are now look into both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder to determine what caused the incident. Several passengers of the Tuesday flight posted pictures of the dropped oxygen masks on social media. Image copyright Weibo Image caption Despite the incident, people remained calm According to some people on board, cited on Chinese media, passengers were told to fasten their seat ..
July 12, 2018

Nato summit: Leaders to focus on Afghanistan conflict

Nato summit: Leaders to focus on Afghanistan conflict Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The first day of the summit saw tense exchanges over defence spending Nato leaders plan to turn their attentions to the conflict in Afghanistan, on the second day of a summit so far dominated by demands from President Donald Trump. Mr Trump on Wednesday urged Nato allies to commit 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending. He also singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending. Nato leaders are hoping for a more conciliatory tone on Thursday before Mr Trump leaves for the UK. But in a late-night tweet from Brussels, the US president reiterated his criticism. "Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn't nearly enough," he declared. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it is..
July 12, 2018

Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang

Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescuers carry one of the boys on a stretcher The cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum. Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, adding that it would be a "major attraction" for Thailand. At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling the story of the rescue. The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital. Video has been released showing them in good health and in good spirits, though they will stay in quarantine for a week. The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar football team through the perilous journey to the surface. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boys give victory signs as they r..
July 12, 2018

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat Image copyright AUSTRALIAN BALLET Image caption The Australian Ballet's Sleeping Beauty performance was plunged into darkness A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet. About 2,000 patrons had to be evacuated by torchlight from the theatre in Adelaide after realising the outage was not an artistic effect. State energy authorities later confirmed rodent damage as the cause. "[Crews] found a rat that crawled inside one of our 11,000-volt pieces of equipment and had blown a fuse," a spokeswoman from South Australia Power Network said. The power outage affected the city's entire riverside arts precinct, and stopped another dance performance in the Adelaide Festival Centre. Image Copyright @EmGrovesy @EmGrovesy Report Image Copyright @EmGrovesy @EmGrovesy Report..
July 11, 2018

ZTE inches closer to resuming business in US

ZTE inches closer to resuming business in US Image copyright Getty Images Chinese tech giant ZTE has signed an agreement with the US clearing the way for it to resume business in the country. Once ZTE makes a $400m (£303m) security deposit, an order to lift the ban will be issued, the US Commerce Department said. ZTE was blocked from buying US parts in April after the US found it violated trade bans with Iran and North Korea. The move comes as a US-China trade war is escalating. "Once the ZTE has completed the $400 million escrow deposit, BIS will issue a notice lifting the denial order," the US Department of Commerce said on Twitter, referring to the Bureau of Industry and Security. How a US-China trade war could hurt us all US-China trade row: What has happened so far? ZTE, China's second largest telecoms manufacturer, depends on US-made components for the production of its handsets. The ban forced the firm to suspend major operations, prompting China's President Xi Jinpi..
July 11, 2018

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