May 15, 2018

India’s BJP pulls ahead in crucial Karnataka state poll

India's BJP pulls ahead in crucial Karnataka state poll Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election is especially significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi Election leads from the south Indian state of Karnataka show India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead of the Congress party which currently rules the state. The BJP is ahead in 102 of 195 seats for which leads are available, according to the Election Commission. The party needs to win in 112 seats if it is to form the government. The Congress is leading in 53 seats, while the regional Janata Dal (Secular), is ahead in 37 seats. More than 72% of the voters cast their ballots for 193 seats on Saturday. Counting of votes began early Tuesday morning. The final verdict is expected later in the day. Karnataka is the hub of India's information technology industry and has a population of 64 million. Live result tracker Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge India election: World's biggest v..
May 14, 2018

How Courtney Barnett turned a troll’s words against him

How Courtney Barnett turned a troll's words against him Image copyright Pooneh Ghana Image caption Courtney Barnett says she was inspired to write about the "pain and hurt and anger" being expressed online Shortly after Courtney Barnett released her debut album, a friend forwarded her a comment someone had made about the music. "I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you." Rather than taking offence, the singer found it so funny she stuck it into one of her new songs - Nameless, Faceless - along with a withering response. "Must be lonely, being angry... I'm real sorry 'bout whatever happened to you." The line is part of the song's broader take-down of male aggression, prompted by the anonymously-written screeds of "hurt and anger" Barnett saw online and in real life. In the chorus, she adapts a Margaret Atwood quote - "Men are scared that women will laugh at them / Women are scared that men will kill them" - to explain how she feels un..
May 14, 2018

Surabaya attacks: Parents who bring their children to die

Surabaya attacks: Parents who bring their children to die Image copyright Handout Image caption The family that police say was responsible for Sunday's attacks The past days' deadly Islamist attacks in Indonesia have stood out because two families - parents and their very own children - were the attackers. While children have been used as suicide bombers before around the world, it is rare that parents take their own children to die along with them. In previous cases, children have been taken from their families, indoctrinated or drugged, then forced to attack. The recent suicide blasts have been the deadliest militant attacks in Indonesia in more than a decade. On Sunday, a mother targeted a church in Surabaya, alongside her two daughters, while the father and the two sons detonated bombs at two others. The daughters were nine and 12 while the sons were aged 16 and 18. "This pattern of attack is quite new - it's something we have not seen in Indonesia before," Alexa..
May 14, 2018

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit Image copyright AFP Image caption In 1975, Xia Boyu handed his sleeping bag to a suffering teammate - and lost both feet to frostbite A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year's climbing season. In 1975, Xia Boyu lost his feet after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm. Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest - and the first ever from the Nepalese side. Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents. Plain's achievement also features a story of overcoming physical challenge, coming four years after he broke his neck in a surfing accident. 'A challenge of fate'The storm that caused Xia's frostbite struck in the "death zone" above 8,000m (26,200ft) and stranded his team for three nights, not ..
May 14, 2018

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes Image copyright Sanjay Das Image caption More than 12 people have been injured in violent clashes outside polling booths in West Bengal Five people have been killed in the Indian state of West Bengal amid violent clashes over local body elections, police say. But reports from the ground indicate the toll could be as high as 10. Violent attacks, voter intimidation and attacks on polling booths were also reported in several locations. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) of instigating violence to disrupt voting. The TMC has denied the charges and said the reports were overblown. "Other than a few violent incidents, the voting is being conducted peacefully," Parth Chatterjee of the Trinamool Congress said. Analysts are calling this the most violent election in the state in recent years. The election where no-one came to vote Why does India's election t..
May 14, 2018

India’s Tharoor charged over wife’s death

India's Tharoor charged over wife's death Indian MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor has been charged with aiding his wife’s suicide in 2014. Sunanda Pushkar's death was initially treated as suicide, but police later said they were treating it as murder, without naming a suspect. Mr Tharoor is charged under sections of the law pertaining to cruelty to women and abetment to suicide. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
May 14, 2018

Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan’s Fujifilm

Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan's Fujifilm Image copyright Getty Images Technology firm Xerox has ended its controversial sale to Japan's Fujifilm after reaching a deal with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Together, they own 15% of Xerox and had opposed the $6.1bn (£4.5bn) deal because they said it undervalued the firm. The decision ends months of infighting, including a major boardroom clear-out. Xerox said it could not proceed, partly because Fujifilm failed to deliver financial audits on time. Mr Icahn welcomed the outcome, saying "we are extremely pleased that Xerox finally terminated the ill-advised scheme to cede control of the company to Fujifilm". As part of its decision to call off the merger agreement, Xerox fired its chief executive Jeff Jacobson in early May. Six board members were also ousted, paving the way for two executives close to Mr Icahn to be installed in the roles of chief executive and chairman. Five new board directors have since..
May 14, 2018

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states Image caption Officials said many people died as their homes collapsed due to the storm At least 39 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured. The northern state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest death toll - 16. More than 70 people had died in dust storms in the state earlier in May. Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further. Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, while two people have been confirmed dead in Delhi. All three states remain on high alert as officials warn of more thunderstorms over the next few days. India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue..
May 13, 2018

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commuters in Kuala Lumpur are being warned against the dangers of fake news Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he will redefine a controversial anti-fake news law introduced by his predecessor. The legislation, brought in just before last week's election, was criticised as undermining freedom of speech. Mr Mahathir had himself been targeted under the law and during his campaign had vowed to entirely abolish it. But he has now said there have to be "limits" to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Meanwhile the head of AirAsia has apologised for backing the ousted government of Najib Razak. Days before the election, the budget airline's chief Tony Fernandes had released a video supporting Mr Najib and had an AirAsia aircraft painted with a slogan for the ruling government. On Sunday he apologised in a Facebook video, saying he had "buckled a..
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