May 25, 2018

Tiahleigh Palmer: The 12-year-old murdered by her foster father

Tiahleigh Palmer: The 12-year-old murdered by her foster father Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Tiahleigh Palmer's body was discovered on a Queensland river bank in 2015 Australian schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer was 12 years old when she came home from dance class and was murdered by her foster father. Hours earlier, Rick Thorburn had learned that that his teenage son, Trent, had sexually assaulted her. They feared she might be pregnant. So the Queensland man killed Tiahleigh and dumped her near-naked body on a river bank. On Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison. Justice David Boddice described the murder as "cold, calculating and callous". Thorburn's wife and two sons have already been jailed for their roles in a case which has horrified Australia. The killing also led to a review of Queensland's foster care system, and changed police alerts about vulnerable children. What happened to Tiahleigh? Tiahleigh had been in care since she was seven. She had..
May 25, 2018

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police seized hundreds of boxes of handbags and luxury goods in properties linked to Mr Najib Malaysian police uncovered $28.6m (£21.3m) in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak. Police also seized luxury handbags, watches and jewellery. The raids were related to an investigation into state development fund 1MDB. Billions of dollars are unaccounted for from the fund. Mr Najib himself allegedly pocketed $700m, a claim he has always denied. 'You eat our money, we eat your chocs'The money was seized along with 284 boxes containing designer handbags, as well as watches and jewellery in raids last week. Police searched three apartments in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Mr Najib's son and daughter were living in two of the apartments, while the third was unoccupied. Amar Singh, the head of Malaysia's c..
May 24, 2018

North Korea in nine charts

Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world. The country is often depicted as isolated and thoroughly out of step with the 21st century. Statistics are hard to get and often based on estimates, but what can they tell us about life in the North? Kim Il-sung effectively founded North Korea in 1948 and his family dynasty has ruled the country ever since, with control passing from father to son. In the same period South Korea has managed six republics, a revolution, a couple of coups and the transition to free and fair elections. In total 12 presidents have led the country, covering 19 terms of office. Three million mobile phones might seem like a lot - but in a country of 25 million it amounts..
May 24, 2018

Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung

Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung Image copyright Getty Images A US court has ordered South Korea's Samsung Electronics pay $539m (£403m) in damages for copying features of Apple's original iPhone. The jury's decision is the latest step in a long-running legal battle between the world's top smartphone makers. It began in 2011 when Apple argued Samsung had infringed on some patents. A year later Apple was awarded $1.05bn in damages but the pair have fought over the final amount Samsung should pay. Most of the damages payment - $533.3m - was awarded for infringing three Apple design patents. The remainder was for violating two patented functions. In a statement, Apple said it was pleased that the members of the jury "agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products." "This case has always been about more than money," the tech giant said, adding that it was important that it continued to protect the "hard work and innovation of so many pe..
May 24, 2018

Saving flood water to get through the droughts

Saving flood water to get through the droughts Image caption Biplab Paul, co-founder of Naireeta Services, designed the bhungroo to help farmers ride out India's droughts Erratic rainfall and prolonged dry seasons in many parts of India mean that farmers often have to struggle with waterlogged fields or droughts, which can ruin their crops. Many are ultimately forced to quit the land and and migrate to find other work. "Once our whole family used to work here, and we used to make our livelihood from agriculture," says Madhiben - the family's fields are now covered in a thin white sheet of salt. "They all used to be lush green, now it's all white desert," says Madhiben, who lives in a village in Gujarat in north-west India. Many parts of India are showing severe effects of desertification but now one social enterprise, Naireeta Services, is taking action. Co-founders Trupti Jain and Biplab Khetan Paul have come up with an answer to this. "During the Gujarat earthquak..
May 24, 2018

North Korea ready to talk ‘at any time’ with Donald Trump

North Korea ready to talk 'at any time' with Donald Trump Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were set to meet in Singapore on 12 June North Korea has said it is still willing to talk "at any time in any form" after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump's decision was "extremely regrettable". President Trump blamed the North's "open hostility" for the cancellation. The summit would have been the first time a sitting US president had met a North Korean leader. The details of the meeting in Singapore on 12 June were unclear. But talks would have focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions. Just hours before Mr Trump's announcement, North Korea said it carried out its promise to dismantle tunnels at its only nuclear test site. Decoding Trump's letter to Kim How did it all fall apart so soon? Rush to buy Trum..
May 24, 2018

Angelina Jolie’s Breadwinner spotlights Afghan girls’ plight

Angelina Jolie's Breadwinner spotlights Afghan girls' plight Image copyright Studio Canal Image caption Parvana's father is wrongly arrested First, Angelina Jolie directed a film about the effect of war on a young girl in Cambodia, First They Killed my Father. Now, she has produced a film set in Afghanistan, saying at the premiere: "There are few countries in the world where it's harder to be a young girl." The Breadwinner, made by Irish film-maker Nora Twomey, is an animation written, produced and directed by women, and adapted from the Canadian bestseller by author Deborah Ellis. It features the voice of teenage Canadian actor Saara Chaudry as Parvana, an 11-year-old growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy to save her mother and sisters from starvation, as women are unable to leave their house without a male relative. Although it's a story for children, it doesn't ..
May 24, 2018

Kim Jong Un-Trump summit: How did it all fall apart?

Kim Jong Un-Trump summit: How did it all fall apart? Image copyright AFP Image caption Why did the carefully planned summit collapse? President Donald Trump's shock announcement to cancel a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un follows weeks of fiery language. Analyst Ankit Panda looks at what happened. In a letter released on Thursday morning, President Trump declared that the scheduled 12 June summit meeting in Singapore between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - a meeting that would have been the first of its kind - would no longer take place. Trump justified his decision based on the "tremendous anger and open hostility" shown in a statement released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency this week. Choe Son-hui, a vice minister at North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called US Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for repeating remarks Trump made a week earlier, threatening to attack Kim Jong-un if he didn't subm..
May 24, 2018

Rush to buy Trump-Kim coin after summit cancellation

Rush to buy Trump-Kim coin after summit cancellation Image copyright AFP/Getty The Trump-Kim summit isn't happening - but has that only added to the allure of special coins made to commemorate the event? Confusingly, there are in fact two commemorative coins doing the rounds. The focus of most of the attention is the coin created by the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) - it hails the talks between Mr Trump and "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong-un. Such coins are often presented to foreign guests and diplomats. The other features silhouettes of Mr Trump, Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and is available from the White House Gift Shop website. Its popularity appears to be soaring, with demand crashing the site. Reaction: 'A total goat rodeo' Analysing Trump's letter to Kim Jong-un North Korea crisis in 300 words The coin had been offered at a discount price of $19.95 (£14.90), down from $24.95, earlier on Thursday, with the gift shop also offering refun..
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