July 5, 2018

Delhi mass hangings: CCTV footage backs suicide theory

Delhi mass hangings: CCTV footage backs suicide theory Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have not ruled out murder yet India police investigating the deaths of 11 family members found dead in their home in the capital Delhi say they have recovered CCTV footage which supports a theory of mass suicide. The footage shows family members carrying stools and wires used in the hangings into the house, police said. A post-mortem report confirmed that all 11 died due to hanging. Police told the BBC that despite the footage, they they had not ruled out murder and are still investigating. Many questions remain unanswered in the case, which has gripped the country. For instance, all the dead were blindfolded and gagged, with their hands tied behind their backs. It is not clear how they would have been able to do this before killing themselves. India mystery over Delhi's 'house of mass hangings' India family found hanged from ceiling in Delhi house "We have to sift th..
July 5, 2018

Mother Teresa India charity ‘sold babies’

Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charity runs homes for unmarried pregnant women A woman working at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby. Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases. Police took action after the state's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint. The BBC has attempted to contact the charity for comment. "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre," a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha."We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating." Police also recovered 1,40,000 rupees ($2,150; £1,625) from the centre, which is located in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi. Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 3,500 nuns a..
July 5, 2018

Thailand cave: Rescuers in race against weather as rains close in

Thailand cave: Rescuers in race against weather as rains close in Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescue workers are concerned about what might happen when monsoon rains hit Rescuers in Thailand are racing against the weather to free 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Heavy rains are expected to hit in a matter of days and could see water levels rise, threatening the area where the group has taken refuge. The region of Chiang Rai has for the past few days experienced a brief window of dry weather. Rescuers are now considering how best to bring the group to safety. "We are racing against time before we found them," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a press conference on Thursday morning. "Now we are racing against water." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBill Whitehouse from the British Cave Rescue Council explains how the boys and their coach might be rescued If the rain stops for long enough, there ..
July 5, 2018

‘Melting road’ damages cars in Australia

'Melting road' damages cars in Australia Image copyright David Anthony / Tablelander Image caption The tar damaged vehicle tyres, bumper bars and panels Melting bitumen has forced drivers in Australia to abandon their vehicles after the tyres became coated with tar. Up to 50 motorists may be entitled to compensation over the incident in Queensland on Tuesday, reports said. "I have never seen anything like it and when the reports started coming through yesterday, it was just incredible," local mayor Joe Paronella told the ABC. The incident has been blamed on a change in weather, and damage to the road after it was resealed last week. Local resident Deborah Stacey said "big globs" of tar had stuck to vehicles, amid hot weather that followed several cooler days and rain. "We had a week of cracked windscreens... then as soon as the sun came out, it started sticking," she told the Courier Mail. The tar meant tyres on several vehicles had to be replaced, and it caused damage to bu..
July 4, 2018

Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition

Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, argues he is not responsible for content people shared on his site Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost his latest court battle against extradition from New Zealand to the US. New Zealand's Court of Appeal upheld the decision that Mr Dotcom and three others can be extradited to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. The charges are related to Mr Dotcom's now defunct fire-sharing website Megaupload, which allowed millions of people to download digital content. Mr Dotcom and his co-accused have consistently denied the US charges. It is now up to New Zealand's Justice Minister Andrew Little to decide whether extradition should take place. The US claims that Kim Dotcom, Mattias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato were involved in a worldwide criminal organisation that lost copyright holders more than an estimated $500m (£378m). ..
July 4, 2018

Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings?

Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings? Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Indians are first exposed to the internet through low-cost smartphones India's government has asked messaging service WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages" on its platform after a spate of deadly attacks. But will it have any effect, asks the BBC's Ayeshea Perera. What messages are being sent?The statement comes amid a spate of mob lynchings that have killed at least 17 people across India in the last three months. Media reports put the number of dead higher. The violence has been blamed on rumours of child kidnappings, spread over WhatsApp, which have led people to attack strangers. Police say it is proving hard to get people to believe that the messages are false. In one of the most recent lynchings, in the north-eastern state of Tripura, the victim was a man employed by local government officials to go around villages with a loudspeaker, asking lo..
July 4, 2018

Thai cave rescue: What next for the trapped boys?

Thai cave rescue: What next for the trapped boys? The Thai caves where 12 boys and their football coach are trapped is a snaking system of caverns and crevices which pose a range of problems for rescuers. Some stretches of the Tham Luang cave are more than 10 metres high, while others are a tight squeeze for a grown man. Add the fact that part of the cave system is flooded, and water levels could rise, extracting the stranded group becomes an extra tricky task. The group had already spent nine days in the cave with little food or light when they were discovered on Monday. But their rescue could take months as they must either be taught to dive or wait for the water to recede. So how they could get out?Diving Rescue divers with specialist breathing equipment reached the group through a series of water-filled passages. The boys may have to be taken out the same way. The Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said rescuers were now teaching the boys how to swim and dive. Rescuers a..
July 4, 2018

World Cup TV kiss sparks social media debate in China

World Cup TV kiss sparks social media debate in China Image copyright MBN Image caption Jeon Gwang-ryeol being kissed by a jubilant Russian fan during live TV broadcast Social media users in China are debating whether a male South Korean reporter being kissed by female fans during the World Cup is "sexual harassment". The video clip shows Jeon Gwang-ryeol, a MBN (a South Korean TV channel) reporter broadcasting in Russia on 28 June, being kissed on the cheek twice by female Russian fans. The reporter tried to laugh the kisses off but looked embarrassed after the incident which occurred days after other supporters were criticised for trying to kiss a female reporter live on TV. A debate about the incident emerged on Weibo, China's largest social networking site, with Weibo users asking why the actions of some Russian female fans were not being criticised in the same way as their male counterparts. You might also like: Swedes reject racism after group stage win Is football still s..
July 4, 2018

Why there is a ‘win for democracy’ in Delhi

Why there is a 'win for democracy' in Delhi Image copyright AFP Image caption Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called the verdict a "victory for democracy" India's top court has backed Delhi's government in a battle with the central government over who runs the capital. Unlike other states, Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-run local government does not have full administrative powers. It shares them with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-controlled centre, which it has accused of interference. The AAP alleged that the centre was conspiring against them with the help of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor (LG), the constitutional head of the state. The AAP has consistently campaigned for greater autonomy for the state because control of the state's police force, land, and law and order rests with the centre. It approached the Supreme Court in 2016 after the Delhi High Court ruled that the LG was the state's administrative head. Arvind Kejriwal, India&#..
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