February 14, 2019

Cheryl Grimmer: Murder charge in toddler’s 1970 disappearance dropped

Cheryl Grimmer: Murder charge in toddler's 1970 disappearance dropped Image copyright NSW Police Image caption Cheryl disappeared shortly after her family migrated to Australia Australian prosecutors have dropped their case against a man who had been accused of murdering a UK-born toddler almost 50 years ago. The disappearance of three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer from a New South Wales beach in 1970 is one of Australia's longest-running mysteries. A man was arrested in 2017, and he later pleaded not guilty to murder. On Friday, a judge ruled that a key part of the prosecution case could not be used as evidence in a trial. It concerned statements made by the man during a police interview in 1971, when he was aged 17. The Supreme Court of New South Wales ruled that the evidence could not be heard because the teenager had not had a parent or adult representative present during the interview. Justice Robert Allan Hulme : "The Crown accepts that its case cannot succeed without it." F..
February 14, 2019

Masood Azhar: India wants militant sanctioned after Kashmir blast

Masood Azhar: India wants militant sanctioned after Kashmir blast Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe blast took place on a heavily guarded highway India has called for sanctions against the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group it says carried out Thursday's suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. Delhi asks for the leader of the Pakistan-based group to be listed as a terrorist by the UN. The attack has killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police and has been the worst in decades in the region. Pakistan said it was gravely concerned by the bombing but rejected allegations that it was responsible for it. The bomber used a vehicle packed with explosives to ram into a convoy of India's security forces. It is the deadliest militant attack on Indian forces in Kashmir since the insurgency against Indian rule began in 1989. Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir but only control parts of it. The attack has been widely condemned..
February 14, 2019

Toxic alcohol kills dozens in northern India

February 14, 2019

Australian floods send dirty water across Great Barrier Reef

Australian floods send dirty water across Great Barrier Reef Image copyright MATT CURNOCK/TROPWATER JCU Image caption The floodwaters have spread more than 60km (37 miles) offshore Dirty water from a flood crisis in northern Australia has spread to parts of the Great Barrier Reef, placing it under stress, scientists say. The floods are the result of weeks of devastating rain in Queensland. Aerial pictures show that run-off from one river has blanketed some reef areas more than 60km (37 miles) from shore. Scientists fear the sediment-laden waters may be blocking out light and effectively "smothering" coral. Tests are yet to be undertaken. Queensland flood crisis: Two found dead Crocodiles spotted in flooded streets The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, is a diverse World Heritage site that spans an area of 344,400 sq km (133,000 sq mi). In recent weeks, run-off from several rivers has coalesced to affect an approximately 600km stretch of the ree..
February 14, 2019

Xi Jinping: Digital ‘little red book’ tops App Store in China

Xi Jinping: Digital 'little red book' tops App Store in China Image copyright Getty Images China's most popular app over the last few days has been one that's red in face and at heart. With a scarlet logo reading "study" in Chinese, or "study Xi" as an ingenious pun, the app aims at shaping the nation's minds under Xi Jinping's presidency. Launched on the first day of the year by the central propaganda department, members of the ruling Communist Party have been required to download and use it on a daily basis. So have civil servants, state-owned company employees and public school teachers, even those who aren't Party members. The thoughts of Chairman Xi China has made a game show about its president The app, "Study (Xi) Strong Country," started to climb up the rankings in late January and became the most downloaded free app on China's App Store on Tuesday, surpassing some phenomenally big hitters like WeChat and TikTok, known as Weixin and Dou..
February 14, 2019

Gully boys: The defiant street rappers telling India’s story

February 14, 2019

Super gonorrhoea: Why the STI could become untreatable

February 14, 2019

Why Australia’s PM is talking of dark threats and ‘evil’

Why Australia's PM is talking of dark threats and 'evil' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scott Morrison is to face a general election within months Australian politics doesn't really do nuance. If a minister wants to get a message through to the voters, they forget the dog whistle and go straight for the foghorn. That tactic has been firmly in action this week, as the government declares that paedophiles, rapists and murderers will come into the country as a result of it losing a vote on the medical treatment of refugees. Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns people-smuggling operations out of Indonesia will resume immediately, asserting that many more asylum seekers will start heading to these shores. Australia government loses refugee vote Opposition accuses PM of 'deceit' The mini-crisis of losing a parliamentary vote has been turned into a national emergency, as ministers raise the stakes on border protection. Image copyright Getty Images I..
February 14, 2019

Australia refugee centre detainee wins top human rights award

Australia refugee centre detainee wins top human rights award Image copyright EPA Image caption The Martin Ennals Award recognised Abdul Aziz Muhamat's "extraordinary tenacity" A Sudanese refugee detainee has received a top human rights award for exposing what he has described as Australia's "inhumane" treatment of asylum seekers. Abdul Aziz Muhamat, 26, was held at the Manus Island detention centre after fleeing violence in Darfur. Over six years, he sent thousands of WhatsApp messages to a journalist who told his story in a podcast. The Martin Ennals Award recognised his "extraordinary tenacity and courage". Mr Muhamat described the camp's conditions, which have long been criticised by the United Nations. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInside the Manus Island refugee camp He said he was stripped of his name and referred to as a number- QNK002. Prisoners were fed through a chain-link fence and treated worse than animals, he added. Designed..
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