May 7, 2019

Kazakh detained over empty placard vigil

Kazakh detained over empty placard vigil Image copyright Uralskaya Nedelya/YouTube Image caption Aslan's stance initially confused the police The Kazakh police took a young activist into custody after he decided to test whether he could get away with standing in the street holding a placard with no writing on it. Aslan Sagutdinov took the placard to the central Abay Square of his native city of Oral in the west of the country, and held it up opposite the central council offices. The video blogger took the precaution of having a colleague capture the whole thing on film, which the local Uralskaya Nedelya news site embedded in its report. "I'm not taking part in a protest, and I want to show that they'll still take me down the police station, even though there's nothing written on my placard and I'm not shouting any slogans," the 24-year-old told reporters who'd turned up to see what happened. 'We'll sort that out'"I want this to stop, before..
May 7, 2019

Ranjan Gogoi: Protests after India’s chief justice cleared

Ranjan Gogoi: Protests after India's chief justice cleared Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court Indian police briefly detained more than 50 women protesting at the Supreme Court, a day after the chief justice was cleared of sexual harassment. The activists had gathered outside the court in the capital Delhi to demand a fair inquiry into the allegations. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has called the allegations "false" and an attempt to "destabilise the judiciary". His accuser, a former court employee, withdrew from the inquiry after questioning its fairness. Protesters want a new inquiry to be held, and for the report exonerating him to be made public. "We were not allowed to protest even for five minutes!," lawyer Amritananda Chakravorty tweeted. "First the [Supreme Court] allows a farce process and then can't even accept any criticism!" Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as India's..
May 6, 2019

In pictures: Muslims around the world mark first day of Ramadan

In pictures: Muslims around the world mark first day of Ramadan People around the world are marking the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is determined by the lunar cycle and this year will run from 6 May. Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this month. Many Muslims will not eat or drink water during daylight for the month. Image copyright EPA Image caption People pray at a mosque at Turkish Ulu Mosque in Utrecht, The Netherlands Image copyright EPA Image caption A vendor in Afghanistan prepares sweets. It is common to have one meal, known as the Suhoor, just before dawn and another, known as the Iftar, directly after sunset. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Muslims pray inside a Mosque in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The country is home to the world's largest Muslim population. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ramadan is a time for spi..
May 5, 2019

Brunei says it won’t enforce death penalty for gay sex

Brunei says it won't enforce death penalty for gay sex Image copyright Reuters Image caption The speech is the first time Brunei's ruler has responded to global pressure over the new laws Brunei has backtracked on laws introduced last month that would have made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday extended a moratorium on the death penalty to the new legislation. The reversal follows global outcry over the laws, including boycotts and celebrity protests. While permitted for some crimes, no executions have been carried out in Brunei since 1957. Last month Brunei rolled out a strict new interpretation of Islamic laws, or Sharia. In a speech, the sultan said he was aware there had been "many questions and misperceptions" regarding the implementation of the legislation, called Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO). Brunei: What you need to know The woman who decides if men can take a second wife While saying that a moratori..
May 3, 2019

HSBC first quarter profit jumps as costs drop

HSBC first quarter profit jumps as costs drop Image copyright Getty Images HSBC has reported a 31% jump in pre-tax profits for the first quarter as it cut costs and incomes from Asia grew. Europe's largest bank made $6.2bn (£4.8bn) before tax in the three months to March, up from $4.8bn in the same period a year earlier. It beat the $5.58bn average of analysts' estimates compiled by HSBC. Chief executive John Flint said the results were "encouraging" against a backdrop of global economic uncertainty. Shares climbed 2.3% in Hong Kong trading after the earnings release. In a statement, HSBC said growth in Asia was strong during the first quarter and reported a 7% rise in revenue for the period, compared with a year earlier. The bank makes three-quarters of its profits in Asia. Barclays sees off rebel investor Bramson Lloyds sets aside further £100m for PPI RBS warns of Brexit uncertainty impact as profits fall The earnings release also showed HSBC had made progress in ef..
May 1, 2019

Food Photographer of the Year 2019: Noodle feast scoops top prize

Food Photographer of the Year 2019: Noodle feast scoops top prize Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao has been named as the overall winner of the Food Photographer of the Year 2019 contest. Image copyright Jianhui Liao Liao's photo (above), entitled Cauldron Noodles, shows a celebration of the goddess Nuwa in Shexian County in the Hebei Province, China. As part of the annual festivity, villagers wear Qing Dynasty costumes to celebrate Nuwa's birthday and eat pots of noodles at noon. Competition adjudicator Andy Macdonald presented Liao with the £5,000 prize money. Macdonald said of the image: "It stood out from the rest in its category for the way in which [Liao] made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric. "The competition was fierce, there were 9,000 images entered from 77 countries - more entries and more countries than ever before - and the standard was phenomenal." Here is a selection of winners from other categories in the contest. Food Sty..
April 29, 2019

UPDATE – David Malpass, World Bank’s new President plans to visit sub-sahara Africa

WASHINGTON, April 26 (CABNC-TV) – More than 40 world leaders, including Christine Madeleine Lagarde chairwoman and managing director of the International Monetary Fund are participating in […]
April 29, 2019

India student leader ‘a symbol of protest’ against PM Modi

India student leader 'a symbol of protest' against PM Modi Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Kumar is a candidate for the Communist Party of India A district in one of India's poorest states has made national headlines in the ongoing general election after a firebrand student leader decided to run for a seat there. Kanhaiya Kumar, who was charged with "sedition" for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans and spent a few weeks in jail in 2016, is a candidate from Begusarai constituency where voting was held on Monday. Neha Thirani Bagri reports. It is early morning in the Bihari village of Bihat, when Kanhaiya Kumar emerges from his home. He is immediately swamped by young men rushing to shake his hand, asking to take selfies with him, wearing t-shirts emblazoned with his image. Mr Kumar, who grew up here, shot to fame in 2016 when he was arrested and charged with sedition. Then a student union leader at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, he was accu..
April 20, 2019

Africa@Crossroads: Unlocking Intra-Africa Trade through SME Business Growth and Skills Development

Washington D.C, April 10, 2019 (CABNC-TV)- The Initiative for Global Development held its 2019 Spring Frontier 100 Forum on “Africa@Crossroads: Unlocking Intra-African Trade through SME Business Growth […]
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