May 11, 2018

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours Image caption It is unclear whether any children have gone missing amid escalating abduction rumours More than 30 people have been arrested over lynching of a 55-year-old woman in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The killing happened amid rumours and false WhatsApp messages over kidnapping of children in the state. Police say local people beat the woman to death and attacked her family after seeing them give sweets to children. It is not clear when and how the rumours started. India has seen sporadic incidents of mob justice and vigilantism in the past. Mob attacks on people over rumours of abduction of children have been reported from Tamil Nadu in recent weeks. Last month, a man was beaten to death by a mob that mistook him for a child trafficker after he was seen aimlessly wandering the streets. Why stopping India's vigilante killings will not be easyThe Indian woman who hunts the witch huntersThe latest incident t..
May 11, 2018

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself Image copyright INDRANIL MUKHERJEE One of India's most senior police officials has killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, senior officials have confirmed. Himanshu Roy, 55, who was the head of the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra state, shot himself at his home. Mr Roy had been on a long medical leave as he was suffering from cancer. He is credited with solving some of India's most sensational cases, including the assassination of a senior journalist by a mob boss. Other high-profile cases he solved include the murder of Bollywood actress Laila Khan, whose disappearance had created headlines. A former state minister told BBC Marathi that he had met Mr Roy on Thursday, where he had told him that "chemotherapy has its limitations". His death has caused shock in India, where he was popularly referred to as "super cop". Skip Twitter post by @DrKumarVishwas The loss of Supercop Himanshu Roy is a shock for us. He had a..
May 11, 2018

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes Image copyright NetEase Comics Image caption Iron Man who? Meet Lin Lie, the star of Warriors of Three Sovereigns The first ever Chinese superheroes have officially entered the Marvel universe. Aero and Lin Lie are just two of a batch of Chinese characters making their debut in graphic novels this week. Co-authored by Marvel and NetEase, one of China's biggest online comic platforms, they are a clear push by Marvel to attract more fans across the lucrative Chinese market. We may even see them interacting with Marvel heroes like Hulk and Iron Man. Who are these new superheroes?Lin Lie is the main protagonist in one of the new comics, which loosely translates as Warriors of Three Sovereigns. The story revolves around the 18-year-old boy who picks up an ancient sword to fight against Chiyou - a reincarnated villain intent on destroying mankind. The second comic, which translates to Cyclone, features Aero also known as Lei Ling - sh..
May 11, 2018

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wave was measured by a buoy at Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand's Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday, the country's weather authority said. It eclipses a 22.03m wave that was identified south of the Australian state of Tasmania in 2012. Larger waves have been recorded in the northern hemisphere. The Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) installed its solar-powered buoy in March. The area is known for big storm activity, but waves had been previously difficult to measure. Bigger waves possibleThe "eight-storey high" wave was generated by a deep low pressure system and 65-knot winds, said MetService senior oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant. "This is a very excitin..
May 11, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir Image copyright AFP Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon a politician whose case has gripped national politics for two decades, says new PM Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar Ibrahim, once considered a potential future leader, was jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy after falling out with the government. But Mr Mahathir, the PM under which he was first jailed, just won an election on a pledge of freeing him. He has indicated he will hand power to Anwar within a few years. At a news conference on Friday - a day after his historic election win - Mr Mahathir said the king "has indicated he is willing to pardon Datuk Sri Anwar immediately", using a formal term of address. "It is going to be a full pardon which of course means that he should not only be pardoned, he should be released immediately when he is pardoned. After that he will be free to participate fully in politics." Mahathir Mohamad: A political..
May 10, 2018

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say Seven people have been found dead at a property in Western Australia (WA), police have confirmed. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered at Margaret River, 280km (170 miles) south of Perth, on Friday. Police said two firearms were found at the scene. "The bodies of two adults were located outside [and] five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property," said WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.
May 10, 2018

Mahathir: ‘Yes, yes, I am still alive’

Mahathir: 'Yes, yes, I am still alive' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mahathir is known for his sharp humour At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world's oldest elected leader - and he knows it. Famed for his witty - and often withering remarks - Mr Mahathir is very much at ease when talking of his own mortality. "Yes, yes, I am still alive," he quipped wryly to the expectant crowd at a news conference, as he soaked in an extraordinary victory. Plenty were worried about the health of Malaysia's likely new leader, and whether the veteran politician is still up for the job. So in March he gate-crashed a panel discussion where voters were debating whether he was too old to be prime minister. He announced his arrival at the event on Twitter saying: "I'm here guys. Say it to my face." "There are two types of age. One in terms of years and another in terms of the body," he told the crowd. "As far as health is concerned, I'..
May 10, 2018

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest Image copyright Mango TV Image caption A screenshot from Mango TV shows a blurred rainbow flag during Switzerland's performance The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has barred one of China's most popular TV channels from airing the Eurovision song contest after it censored LGBT elements of the competition. Mango TV was criticised on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos during Tuesday's first semi-final. It also decided not to air performances by the Irish and Albanian entries. The EBU said the censorship was not in line with its values of diversity. "It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final," it said in a statement. Ireland among 10 countries through to final Second semi-final sees Russia eliminated Chinese broadcaster censors E..
May 10, 2018

Why did Walmart buy India’s Flipkart?

Why did Walmart buy India's Flipkart? Image copyright Reuters Image caption Flipkart is India's biggest e-commerce company Global retail giant Walmart has paid $16bn (£11.8bn) for a majority stake in Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, making this the world's largest ever e-commerce acquisition. Walmart, best known for its grocery stores, discount department stores and hypermarkets, is ubiquitous in the US. But its sales have barely grown offline and its online sales account for just a little more than 3% of its business in the US. Flipkart, founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (no relation), is India's biggest e-commerce company and has had high-profile investors including Microsoft, Tencent and Softbank. Walmart wins battle for India's Flipkart Flipkart-Snapdeal mega-deal collapse But after Walmart announced the deal on Wednesday, its shares tumbled 4%, a likely reflection of the high price the company paid for Flipkart. Why did Wa..
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