April 11, 2019

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial Image copyright TRIPADVISOR Image caption Museum staff noticed the missing thumb in January Chinese social media users are voicing their outrage after the prosecution of an American who stole a thumb from a Chinese Terracotta Warrior ended in a mistrial. Michael Rohana, 24, admitted taking a thumb from a statue in Pennsylvania in December 2017. It was during a visiting exhibition at the Franklin Institute museum His lawyer argued that Mr Rohana was wrongly charged under laws normally applicable to major museum thefts. This, he insisted, was "youthful vandalism". The trial ended on Tuesday with a 7-5 jury split in favour of an acquittal. The Terracotta Army - discovered in the 1970s by a group of Chinese farmers - is one of China's most important archaeological finds. The 2,000-year-old statue that lost its thumb is worth an estimated $4.5m (£3.2m) and was one of 10 on loan during the September 2017-March 2018 exhibition. Wh..
April 11, 2019

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London Image copyright Reuters Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations of international conventions. But Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law". Profile: Julian Assange Timeline: Julian Assange saga Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. Image Copyright @sajidjavid @sajidjavid Report Image Copyright @sajidjavid @sajidjavid Report Mr Assange, 47, had refused to leave the embassy, c..
April 11, 2019

S Korea abortion ban ‘unconstitutional’

S Korea abortion ban 'unconstitutional' South Korea's ban on abortion has been ruled unconstitutional in a historic court decision. The country's constitutional court ordered that the law must be revised by the end of next year.
April 11, 2019

Geoffrey Rush: Australian actor wins defamation case against Nationwide News

Geoffrey Rush: Australian actor wins defamation case against Nationwide News Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Geoffrey Rush sued a Sydney newspaper for defamation last year Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has won a defamation case against the publisher of a Sydney newspaper which accused him of inappropriate behaviour towards a former co-star. Judge Michael Wigney said he was "not satisfied" that the incidents detailed in The Daily Telegraph, published by Nationwide News, had occurred. He said Mr Rush's former co-star Erin Norvill's evidence was "inconsistent". He also said she was "prone to exaggeration and embellishment". Judge Wigney ruled that Mr Rush, 67, should be awarded A$850,000 (£464,420; $608,680) and would be entitled to more compensation, the exact amount of which would be decided at a later date. He was originally seeking more than A$25m in damages, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Rush had previously said that his career had bee..
April 10, 2019

Japan’s Yoshitaka Sakurada resigns as Olympics minister

Japan's Yoshitaka Sakurada resigns as Olympics minister Image copyright AFP Japan's Olympics Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada has resigned over comments that offended people affected by a huge tsunami and earthquake in 2011. At a fund-raising event, he suggested that backing the governing LDP member of parliament for the region was more important than its economic revival. It is not the first time Mr Sakurada has been forced to apologise. He said in February that he was disappointed by a Japanese swimmer's leukaemia diagnosis. He said he was worried that medal favourite Rikako Ikee's illness might dampen enthusiasm for next year's Olympics. Mr Sakurada also admitted last year to never having used a computer, despite being Japan's cyber security minister. After accepting Mr Sakurada's resignation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologised for appointing him. "I deeply apologise for his remark to the people in the disaster-hit areas," said Mr Abe. The 2011..
April 10, 2019

New human species found in Philippines

New human species found in Philippines Image copyright Florent Detroit Image caption The finger and toe bones are curved, suggesting climbing was still an important activity for this species There's a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that's been found in the Philippines. It's known as Homo luzonensis, after the site of its discovery on the country's largest island Luzon. Its physical features are a mixture of those found in very ancient human ancestors and in more recent people. That could mean primitive human relatives left Africa and made it all the way to South-East Asia, something not previously thought possible. The find shows that human evolution in the region may have been a highly complicated affair, with three or more human species in the region at around the time our ancestors arrive. One of these species was the diminutive "Hobbit" - Homo floresiensis - which survived on the Indonesian island of Flores until 50,000 years ago...
April 10, 2019

Australia election announced: 10 things to know about the poll

Australia election announced: 10 things to know about the poll Image copyright EPA Image caption Scott Morrison became prime minister last year after the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull Australians will vote in a general election on 18 May, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. The poll will decide whether the conservative government wins a third term or is replaced by a Labor administration led by Bill Shorten. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested, and half of the 76 seats in the Senate. The election is expected to be hotly contested in several areas. Here are some key things to know. 1. Voting in the election is compulsoryUnlike many other global democracies, Australia has mandatory voting for people aged 18 and over - or they risk a fine. It ensures a high turnout: 95% of people voted in Australia's last election. The most recent US and UK elections, by contrast, drew an estimated 55% and 66% respectively. Advocates say it depolarises the vote and..
April 10, 2019

Pakistan shows off disputed air strike site on eve of India election

Pakistan shows off disputed air strike site on eve of India election Image caption Media and journalists were taken to locations in Balakot The authorities in Pakistan have allowed foreign media and defence attachés to visit the site of a disputed Indian air strike in February. They were given access to an Islamic school in Balakot, where Indian media say militants were killed in retaliation for an attack in Kashmir. The large building appeared to be fully intact and the Pakistani army denied it had been used as a terror camp. The visit to the school was held on the eve of a general election in India. Pakistan PM calls for Kashmir resolution What is militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad? Why India and Pakistan dispute Kashmir Pakistan and India have been engaged in an information war over the Balakot site, where Pakistan says the bombs on 26 February landed in an empty area and hurt no-one. India insists it killed a large number of Jaish-e-Mohamed group militants and destroyed their camp ..
April 10, 2019

India election 2019: Voting to begin in world’s largest election

India election 2019: Voting to begin in world's largest election Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndia is holding elections in 2019 Indians will head to the polls on Thursday to vote in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories will cast their votes in 91 constituencies. The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house of parliament will continue until 19 May. Counting day is 23 May. With 900 million eligible voters, this is the largest election ever seen. Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections in 2014. The Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament has 543 elected seats and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government. The BJP has been campaigning to retain a commanding majority, but faces challenges from strong regional parties and..
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