May 10, 2018

Mahathir: ‘Yes, yes, I am still alive’

Mahathir: 'Yes, yes, I am still alive' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mahathir is known for his sharp humour At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world's oldest elected leader - and he knows it. Famed for his witty - and often withering remarks - Mr Mahathir is very much at ease when talking of his own mortality. "Yes, yes, I am still alive," he quipped wryly to the expectant crowd at a news conference, as he soaked in an extraordinary victory. Plenty were worried about the health of Malaysia's likely new leader, and whether the veteran politician is still up for the job. So in March he gate-crashed a panel discussion where voters were debating whether he was too old to be prime minister. He announced his arrival at the event on Twitter saying: "I'm here guys. Say it to my face." "There are two types of age. One in terms of years and another in terms of the body," he told the crowd. "As far as health is concerned, I'..
May 10, 2018

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest Image copyright Mango TV Image caption A screenshot from Mango TV shows a blurred rainbow flag during Switzerland's performance The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has barred one of China's most popular TV channels from airing the Eurovision song contest after it censored LGBT elements of the competition. Mango TV was criticised on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos during Tuesday's first semi-final. It also decided not to air performances by the Irish and Albanian entries. The EBU said the censorship was not in line with its values of diversity. "It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final," it said in a statement. Ireland among 10 countries through to final Second semi-final sees Russia eliminated Chinese broadcaster censors E..
May 10, 2018

Why did Walmart buy India’s Flipkart?

Why did Walmart buy India's Flipkart? Image copyright Reuters Image caption Flipkart is India's biggest e-commerce company Global retail giant Walmart has paid $16bn (£11.8bn) for a majority stake in Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, making this the world's largest ever e-commerce acquisition. Walmart, best known for its grocery stores, discount department stores and hypermarkets, is ubiquitous in the US. But its sales have barely grown offline and its online sales account for just a little more than 3% of its business in the US. Flipkart, founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (no relation), is India's biggest e-commerce company and has had high-profile investors including Microsoft, Tencent and Softbank. Walmart wins battle for India's Flipkart Flipkart-Snapdeal mega-deal collapse But after Walmart announced the deal on Wednesday, its shares tumbled 4%, a likely reflection of the high price the company paid for Flipkart. Why did Wa..
May 10, 2018

Malaysia’s Mahathir hopes to get back lost 1MDB funds

Malaysia's Mahathir hopes to get back lost 1MDB funds Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYoung voter: "We see him like a grandfather" Malaysia's new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has said he believes most of the money missing in a notorious corruption scandal can be returned. The row over the 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) state investment fund dogged his predecessor, Najib Razak, and contributed to his shock defeat. "We believe that we can get most of the 1MDB money back," Dr Mahathir said. Malaysia's former strongman is back in power at the age of 92 following a gap of 15 years. He came out of retirement to oppose Mr Najib, a former ally, as the 1MDB scandal raged two years ago. What just happened? 'The biggest mistake in my life' 'There are two types of age' Mr Najib was accused of pocketing some $700m (£520m) from the fund, which he himself had set up, but he vehemently denied the allegations and was cleared by..
May 10, 2018

North Korea: How many political prisoners are there?

North Korea: How many political prisoners are there? Image copyright Reuters / AFP Image caption Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim Three American citizens have been released from North Korea, where they had been jailed and detained in labour camps. Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul were greeted by President Donald Trump and his wife Melania as they landed at an airbase near Washington DC. Conditions for prisoners in North Korea are said to be harsh. One of the American detainees, Kim Dong-chul, said he had had to do a lot of labour "but when I got sick I was also treated by them". In political prison camps, detainees have been subjected to torture and many North Koreans are incarcerated for life without any contact with the outside world, according to the UN in a 2014 report on the human rights situation in North Korea. What do we know about the prison population of North Korea? A huge amount of secrecy surrounds the prison system. There are facilities run ..
May 10, 2018

N Korea-US summit set for Singapore

N Korea-US summit set for Singapore Image copyright Reuters US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said. In April, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. Mr Trump's announcement came hours after he welcomed home three American detainees released by North Korea. Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump speaks to reporters as he welcomes the detainees
May 10, 2018

David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland

David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Goodall, 104, sets out his reasons for travelling to Switzerland to voluntarily end his life Scientist David Goodall, 104, has died after choosing to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland, a right-to-die organisation says. Exit International said Mr Goodall died peacefully at 12:30 (10:30 GMT) in Basel. The lauded ecologist and botanist was not terminally ill. He had flown from Australia to voluntarily end his life. In his final public appearance, he said he was surprised by the interest in his case.
May 10, 2018

Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge

Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge Image copyright AFP Women activists have criticised two of India's major political parties who have made sanitary towels a key promise for upcoming state elections. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, which rules the southern state of Karnataka, have promised free sanitary pads to all women if they are elected. The pledge comes after India imposed a 12% tax on sanitary products in July, causing much anger and protests. But activists are not convinced. "As part of a manifesto, it is nothing to be celebrated. First you impose Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sanitary napkins and then you offer them for free. "This doublespeak exposes their tokenistic approach towards women's hygiene," the co-convenor of the Karnataka Women's Health Movement, Dr Akhila, who only uses her first name, told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi. Indian campaigners protest over sanitary pad and tampon tax The Bollywood fi..
May 10, 2018

Wombat mating bite may help species survive, scientists say

Wombat mating bite may help species survive, scientists say Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists tracked the mating behaviours of southern hairy-nosed wombats How can you tell if a wombat feels like mating? It might bite its partner on the bottom, say scientists behind new research. Australian researchers have studied sexual behaviours among wombats in the hope of improving breeding rates in captivity. They found that female wombats were more likely to bite a male's bottom when they were most fertile. It is hoped the study could help boost a critically endangered species. The University of Queensland study tracked the behaviour of southern hairy-nosed wombats, but scientists aim to apply the research to northern hairy-nosed wombats - one of the world's rarest species. "With only about 200 northern hairy-nosed wombats remaining, being able to breed these animals may one day ensure the survival of the species," Associate Prof Stephen Johnston said. The norther..
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