February 10, 2019

Whelks caught in Wales are South Korea aphrodisiac

Whelks caught in Wales are South Korea aphrodisiac Image caption There is an "abundant stock" of whelks in the Bristol Channel, Gavin Davies says They are closely related to snails, taste like "nan's toenails" and, in Wales, you cannot give them away. But for the eligible South Korean bachelor, no date is complete without a bowl of Welsh whelks. Each year 10,000 tonnes of them are caught in the Bristol Channel but virtually all end up in Asia, where they are considered an aphrodisiac. Gavin Davies has spent the past 20 years catching the shellfish which put the heart into a Seoul night out. "Goodness knows why they like them - they taste like nan's toenails - but it's given me a living for the last two decades," he said. "I'm not even sure how they developed a taste for whelks, as they're only native to waters around Britain and the Atlantic." Each night Mr Davies sets off from Saundersfoot and harvests one tonne of whelks from 1,000 pots suspended from 50 buo..
February 10, 2019

The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home

The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home Image copyright Vikalpa Image caption A crew of villagers, activists and Catholic priests set sail for Iranaitivu in April Last year, a flotilla of 40 fishing boats set sail from northern Sri Lanka with a mission to seize back their island from navy occupation. The BBC's Ayeshea Perera reports the extraordinary story of how they did this without any bloodshed. On 23 April, a peculiar sight would have greeted a casual observer standing on the coast of northern Sri Lanka's mainland, near the village of Iranamata Nagar. They would have seen Catholic priests, women, fishermen, local journalists and civil rights activists crowding onto dozens of tiny motorboats bedecked with white flags and setting determined sail for the island of Iranaitivu. Their mission: to reclaim the island, their home for many generations and occupied by the Sri Lankan navy for 25 years. Iranaitivu is really made up of two linked islands - Periyathi..
February 10, 2019

When parents sue their children for support

When parents sue their children for support Abu Taher says his son was always a "good kid". For years, Mr Taher ran a small clothing shop in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He retired with little money and became reliant on his son and daughter for financial support. "My wife and I had to go through a lot of hardship to raise our son," Mr Taher says. "But after he got married, he changed and stopped caring about his parents." Despite help from his daughter, Mr Taher struggled. The 75-year-old says he had no choice but to pursue legal action against his son, Mohammad Shahjahan, for maintenance. "It was a hard decision for me. Everybody was telling me to file a case for a long time, but I did not want to. I filed the case when there was no other way." His son rejects the allegations. The pair have been estranged for decades but Mr Shahjahan, who works as a banker, says he did support his parents. He says his father brought the case "to disgrace him". Parent v child It's the kind of fa..
February 10, 2019

Abdurehim Heyit Chinese video ‘disproves Uighur musician’s death’

Abdurehim Heyit Chinese video 'disproves Uighur musician's death' Image copyright CRI Image caption A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit Chinese state media have released a video appearing to show a Uighur musician previously reported to have died in a detention camp. The video, dated 10 February, features a man said to be Abdurehim Heyit stating that he is in "good health". Turkey earlier called on China to close the camps following reports of his death. Up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. Some Uighurs have questioned the video's authenticity. Nury Turkel, chairman of the US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, told the BBC that some aspects of the video were "suspicious". The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-western Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities. Their language is close to Turkish and a significant number of Uighurs have fled to Turkey f..
February 9, 2019

New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson

New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blaze, which started near the city of Nelson, is in its sixth day Thousands of people have been evacuated from a New Zealand town as firefighters battle a wildfire stoked by winds in the country's South Island. The blaze, which began six days ago near the city of Nelson, is now threatening the town of Wakefield. A state of emergency has been declared and about 3,000 people have fled their homes in the district of Tasman. Strong winds were expected, and officials warned that Sunday could be a "critical danger point" for the fire. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she hoped "the weather plays ball". The blaze is thought to be the worst forest fire in New Zealand since 1955. Nelson MP Nick Smith said the entire region was a "tinderbox" and its 70,000 residents were "on edge." Twenty-three helicopters and two planes have been deployed to tackle the blaze. Rain forecast for th..
February 9, 2019

#MeToo in India: The women left behind

#MeToo in India: The women left behind Image copyright Puneet Barnala Image caption Domestic maids and other women in India's informal sectors are particularly vulnerable India's #MeToo campaign has taken off in fits and starts but it has still not touched the lives of millions of poor, vulnerable women who work in informal jobs, writes professor Sreeparna Chattopadhyay. Meena (her name has been changed on request) is a 45-year-old domestic worker in the southern city of Bangalore. And she is a survivor of sexual harassment in the workplace. She cooks and cleans in three different homes, earning around 6,000 rupees ($84; $64) a month. She used to earn nearly three times as much. But she lost her job in several homes after she accused one of her employers of sexually harassing her. Bhanwari Devi: The rape that led to India's sexual harassment lawMeena said the harassment started after she borrowed 100,000 rupees for her older daughter's wedding from a couple in the..
February 9, 2019

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician’s death

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn Sudworth reports from Xinjiang, where one million Uighurs have reportedly been detained Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority. Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving an eight-year sentence in the Xinjiang region, where a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. A statement from Turkey's foreign ministry said they were being subjected to "torture" in "concentration camps". China says the facilities are re-education camps. The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-west Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities. What did Turkey say?In a statement issued on Saturday, foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said: "It is no longer a secret that more than a million U..
February 9, 2019

Thailand party accepts king’s opposition to Princess Ubolratana PM bid

Thailand party accepts king's opposition to Princess Ubolratana PM bid Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Ubolratana has not addressed the issue of the ban directly The party that nominated a Thai princess to run for prime minister has said it will comply with the king's statement opposing the move. The Thai Raksa Chart party is allied to divisive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. On Friday Thai King Vajiralongkorn denounced as inappropriate his sister Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's unprecedented bid for political power. The candidacy would have broken with the tradition of the Thai royal family publicly staying out of politics. The party said it "complies with the royal command with loyalty to the king and all members of the royal family". It came in response to a palace statement which said such an act would "defy the nation's culture". Thailand: Land of military coups Why Thais said yes to new constitution Broadcast on all Thai TV networks, the statement..
February 8, 2019

North Korea nuclear talks: US envoy Biegun prepares for Trump-Kim summit

North Korea nuclear talks: US envoy Biegun prepares for Trump-Kim summit Image copyright AFP Image caption Stephen Biegun briefed South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on his visit to the North The US envoy for North Korea has returned from Pyongyang, where he held talks to prepare for a second US-North Korean leadership summit. Stephen Biegun spent three days in discussions, and US officials said he would meet his counterpart again. US President Donald Trump confirmed he would meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 27-28 February. Mr Trump said his representatives had a "productive meeting" and that he was looking forward to advancing peace. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace! — D..
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