June 14, 2018

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar Image copyright Shujaat Bukhari/Twitter A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead in Srinigar. Bukhari, a frequent contributor to the BBC News website, was attacked near the office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, which he edited. He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. One of his guards was also killed in the attack and another is critically injured, police told the BBC. No group has claimed the killings but police say suspected militants carried out the attack. Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News. "Threats to life, intimidation, assault, arrest and censorship have been part of the life of a typical local journalist," he wrote. He was well-known in Kashmir and was previously a correspondent for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He was in his early 50s and is survived by his wife, son, daughter and par..
June 14, 2018

India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support

India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support Image caption Lalit Salve after the sex change surgery An Indian policeman who underwent sex change surgery has been allowed to rejoin the force after a minister backed him in a rare show of support. Lalit Salve, 29, joined the force as a female constable in 2009 in the western state of Maharashtra. He had surgery on 25 May, two years after deciding to transition to a male. Mr Salve said his employers initially did not support him. But the state's chief minister intervened after he petitioned Mumbai's high court. "The last few years have been very stressful. But when I woke up after the surgery, I could breathe freely," he told BBC Marathi's Janhavee Moole. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to live or die. It was a horrible time. I had felt suffocated. I struggled to overcome this and now I feel I have won." The clinic helping India's transgender people India's first complete transgender couple ..
June 14, 2018

Sri Lanka hardline monk Gnanasara jailed for intimidation

Sri Lanka hardline monk Gnanasara jailed for intimidation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero leads a Buddhist nationalist group accused of violence A court in Sri Lanka has sentenced a hardline Buddhist monk to six months in prison for threatening the wife of a missing cartoonist. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was found guilty of criminally intimidating Sanya Eknaligoda at a court in 2016. Sri Lanka rarely convicts Buddhist monks. This is the first time Gnanasara has been jailed, although he has previously been accused of hate crimes and anti-Muslim violence. The monk, who leads the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", had interrupted a court hearing in which military intelligence officials were accused of abducting Sanya Eknaligoda's husband. The darker side of Buddhism Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims? Prageeth Eknaligoda, a critic of the then government, went missing in 2010. His wife has led a campaign to trace his where..
June 14, 2018

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A thick blanket of dust has added to the woes of the city Residents of India's capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city. People have been complaining about breathing problems, with many saying the city has become unliveable. The state government has responded by banning all construction and deploying the fire brigade to sprinkle water across the city. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. "In this case, dust has become a carrier of toxic pollutants. Pollution levels are 8-9 times higher than normal. And when we breathe, we are taking in toxic substances, which can have serious health repercussions," Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of the Centre For Science and Environment, told BBC Hindi. Delhi's air pollution is triggering a health crisis India cities dominate world a..
June 14, 2018

Using tech to stop phone-wielding drivers

June 14, 2018

England v Australia: Moeen Ali & Eoin Morgan impress as hosts edge win

England open their five-match one-day series against Australia with a three-wicket win at The Oval.
June 13, 2018

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle ‘unacceptable’, PM says

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle 'unacceptable', PM says Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia's conduct in Afghanistan is under scrutiny Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned a photo showing an Australian army vehicle flying a swastika flag in Afghanistan. The "completely and utterly unacceptable" incident took place during a mission in 2007, he said. Mr Turnbull said commanding officers had taken "immediate action" to take down the symbol of Nazism at the time, before disciplining those responsible. It follows intense recent scrutiny of Australia's conduct in Afghanistan. The photo of the 2007 incident caused anger after it was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday. "It was wrong - absolutely wrong - and the commanders took action at the time," Mr Turnbull told reporters. In a statement, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said it rejected "as abhorrent everything this flag represents". Elite s..
June 13, 2018

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated "complete denuclearisation", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. He said Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear programme. The conference comes two days after President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit in Singapore. Mr Pompeo has travelled to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the agreement Mr Trump signed with the North Korean leader. "We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]," said Mr Pompeo. "That we must do this quickly." There has been deep scepticism about the deal the two leaders signed on 12 June, with observers saying it lacked detail on how North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and how that process would be verified.
June 13, 2018

The other big Korean drama right now

The other big Korean drama right now Image copyright Content K Image caption Korean drama Something In The Rain is one of the country's latest hit TV exports You might have heard of K-pop, but there's more to South Korea's vibrant entertainment industry than just music. Welcome to the world of K-drama. A fresh-faced young man sits alone in a bar nursing a whisky, the ice cubes clinking against the side of the glass as he looks forlornly into it. We cut to a woman, slightly older, with a mobile phone to her ear on a busy street. She too looks like something is weighing heavily on her mind. The soundtrack plays a schmaltzy love song. "The man who was very sad is the younger brother of the friend of the girl on the phone," explains Ma Jung-hoon, the show's producer. "And they started liking each other, but their parents said they didn't want them to get married." Something in the Rain (or Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food, as it's known in Korean), is South Kor..
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