June 20, 2018

Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption During the truce Taliban militants were feted by many Afghans The Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan security forces since the militants ended the ceasefire they declared for the Eid festival. The number of casualties is unclear, but some officials say 30 soldiers died in the attack on an army checkpoint in the western Badghis province. The Taliban ended their three-day truce on Sunday night - when the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr ended. The government said it would continue to observe a unilateral ceasefire.
June 20, 2018

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is seen here with Mehbooba Mufti in May, 2018 Indian-administered Kashmir has come under direct rule after its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned. She quit on Monday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition with her People's Democratic Party. The BJP said the three-year alliance had become "untenable" in the wake of increasing violence. The state's governor will rule until a new coalition is formed or fresh elections are called. The governor, N N Vohra, will take all key decisions to run the state on behalf of President Ram Nath Kovind. India Kashmir: BJP pulls out of controversial alliance Kashmir's first woman chief minister The BJP said "deteriorating security situation" in the state was one of its reasons to leave the coalition. It cited the killing of influential Kashmiri journalist Sh..
June 20, 2018

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia says its inquiry will be unprecedented globally Australia has announced that it will hold a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment. The investigation is in part a response to the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said. The government described the inquiry, to take 12 months, as the most comprehensive of its type globally. It will aim to develop sweeping new standards, including potentially the introduction of new criminal laws. "MeToo has resulted in a lot of women and men speaking out about sexual harassment and we know workplaces want to do better," Ms Jenkins said on Wednesday. How bad is harassment in Australia?The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has described sexual harassment as a "persistent and pervasive problem in Australian workplaces". It says more than 20% of Australians over the ag..
June 20, 2018

Peter Thomson: Australian golfer who won five British Opens dies

Peter Thomson: Australian golfer who won five British Opens dies Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Thomson holds his third British Open trophy in 1956 Peter Thomson, one of Australia's greatest golfers and a five-time British Open winner, has died aged 88. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf Australia said. In 1954, he became the first Australian to claim the British Open. He is survived by his wife, Mary, four children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Among numerous accolades, Thomson was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001. Only four other golfers - Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, James Braid and Tom Watson - have won as many British Open titles. Thomson also had great success on the American circuit. In addition to his playing achievements, he went on to be president of the..
June 20, 2018

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium Image copyright Reuters After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won its opening game, beating Colombia 2:1, and securing the team's first victory against a South American side. But after their team swept Colombia off the pitch, Japanese fans also did their share of sweeping: meticulously cleaning up their rows and seats in the stadium. Equipped with large rubbish bags they brought along, the fans marched through the rows picking up rubbish, to leave the place just as neat as they had found it. And not for the first time - supporters of the "Samurai Blue" have never failed to stick to their good manners. Image copyright Twitter/coachmckaig "It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture," Japan-based football journalist Scott McInt..
June 20, 2018

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets have fallen around the world in the wake of President Trump's latest tariffs threat to China. The Dow Jones closed down almost 1.2% or 287 points after Asian and European markets fell sharply earlier. Mr Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an extra $200bn (£141bn) of Chinese goods, sparking fears of a trade war. The US president said the tariffs would be imposed if China "refuses to change its practices". He condemned China's "unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology" and added: "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong." What is a trade war and why should I worry? China vows fast response to US tariffs G7 summit ends in disarray over tariffs US tariffs a dangerous game, says EU The markets reacted badly with China's Shanghai Co..
June 19, 2018

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM Image copyright Getty Images Technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it up. Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (£13,300; $17,600) had been shredded - and the suspected culprits are rats. Police said the rodents probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported. Pictures of the chewed cash at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district were widely shared on Twitter. One shows a dead rodent lying in the debris. Skip Twitter post by @Karma_Paljor Yes! The rat did a fine job of making a very expensive nest worth 12 lakhs pic.twitter.com/SglTeV1Xum — Karma Paljor (@Karma_Paljor) June 18, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @Karma_Paljor Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days, the Hindustan Times added. Technicians who took the unit apart found banknotes of 2,000 a..
June 19, 2018

Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers

Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers Image copyright Oasys Lifestyle Group Image caption Oasys says their clothing is "lightweight" and "quick-to-dry", therefore best suited for blue-collar workers A Japanese company has launched a line of business suits specifically for blue-collar workers, it's reported. According to the Japan Times, the Oasys Style Wear company in Tokyo is launching a line of "lightweight, quick-to-dry" business suits in July for men and women who spend long periods of time working outdoors. Japan Times says that the company began selling a line of suits in March after its engineers were praised on their formal attire. "We received an increased number of young applicants as well as favourable comments from our clients and peer companies," the firm's spokesman, Hayato Suhara, said. Japan Times says that hundreds have since enquired about the line, and the clothing has proven popular amongst rubbish collectors, agriculture workers, and const..
June 19, 2018

India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row

India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The telecom company has said they do not "differentiate" based on religion Indian telecom company Airtel has been heavily criticised online after it failed to defend a Muslim employee against discrimination from a customer. When an employee with a Muslim name responded to the female customer's request, she asked for a "Hindu representative". Airtel initially responded by assigning a representative with a Hindu name. After this prompted outrage on social media, the company said it did not "differentiate" based on religion. The row began on Monday when Pooja Singh tweeted that she had "no faith" in the Muslim employee's "working ethics" since "the Koran may have a different version for customer service". Image copyright Screenshot/Twitter The exchange quickly went viral and drew strong criticism online. The former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir denounced the company, sayin..
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