May 10, 2018

Australian toddler’s alleged rape was a ‘foreseeable risk’

Australian toddler's alleged rape was a 'foreseeable risk' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A two-year-old was allegedly raped in the Australian town of Tennant Creek The alleged rape of a two-year-old girl in an Australian outback town was a "foreseeable" risk that authorities had failed to address, a report has found. The case in Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory (NT), drew national shock when it was reported in February. Police later charged a 24-year-old man with sexual assault. An official investigation, prompted by widespread outrage, has found evidence of "systemic failures" by police and child protection workers. Authorities had investigated child abuse and neglect allegations involving the girl's family on several occasions over 16 years, said the report by NT Children's Commissioner Colleen Gwynne. "This was not the only violence that [the girl] had been exposed to, and experienced, in her short life," Ms Gwynne wrote. What is known ..
May 10, 2018

Malaysia election: What just happened?

Malaysia election: What just happened? Image copyright Reuters A 92-year-old man has just pulled off the most extraordinary election result in Malaysian history. Here's how it happened and what it might mean. A first time changeMalaysia has been ruled by the same coalition of parties - the Barisan Nasional - since it stopped being a British colony in 1957. Although its popularity had been declining, most people believed Prime Minister Najib Razak was going to lead it to yet another win. But the official count showed it didn't win enough seats in parliament to claim victory, a shock to most observers. Why did they get voted out?As ever, it's mostly the economy. The cost of living has gone up a lot and the government brought in a new tax on goods and services - never a popular move. Image copyright AFP Image caption Najib Razak has always denied that he was involved in any corruption But the biggest story out of Malaysia in recent years has been corruption. Najib Razak..
May 10, 2018

Former head of China’s Anbang jailed for 18 years

Former head of China's Anbang jailed for 18 years Image copyright Reuters Image caption Wu Xiaohui was considered one of China's most politically connected men The former head of China's embattled insurance and financial giant Anbang has been jailed for 18 years for corruption and fraud. Wu Xiaohui admitted on state television in March to fraudulently raising billions of dollars from investors. He will also have 10.5bn yuan ($1.7bn; £1.2bn) confiscated from him, according to Chinese state media. Mr Wu was first detained in June last year. Chinese regulators took control of Anbang in February 2018. Beijing, which has been cracking down on the financial industry in an attempt to guard against excessive borrowing and risk, had been concerned about Anbang's operations and had previously warned investors about the firm's wealth management products. In an unusual move, regulators took control of the firm for one year over concerns it would not be able to meet its..
May 9, 2018

US detainees thank Trump and God for release from North Korea

US detainees thank Trump and God for release from North Korea Image copyright Reuters / AFP Image caption Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim Three Americans released by North Korea on Wednesday have thanked President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for securing their freedom. The men are flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where Mr Trump will welcome them early on Thursday. The White House said they had been freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the planned meeting between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said the venue for the talks would be announced "within three days". "We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and the people of the United States for bringing us home," Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul said in a statement. "We thank God and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return." Skip Twitter post ..
May 9, 2018

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad to become world’s oldest elected leader

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad to become world's oldest elected leader Image copyright Reuters Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world's oldest elected leader, after a shock victory in Malaysia's election. Mr Mahathir, a former prime minister, came out of retirement and switched to the opposition to challenge his former protege, Najib Razak who has been beset by corruption allegations. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957. Mr Mahathir said his coalition would "restore the rule of law". Mr Najib has not yet commented on his dramatic loss. Mahathir Mohamad: A political survivor Najib Razak: Malaysia's tainted political aristocrat Malaysia country profile Official results showed the opposition Pakatan Harapan - the Alliance of Hope - had secured 113 of the 222 being contested, including some which have never before been taken by the opposition. BN took 79 seats. Announcing his victor..
May 9, 2018

Looking for Rohmer challenges China’s cinematic gay taboo

Looking for Rohmer challenges China's cinematic gay taboo Image copyright Weibo Image caption Looking for Rohmer tells the story of love and friendship between two men A low-budget film has made headlines in China, not for its glowing success at the box office or critical acclaim, but simply because it made it into cinemas at all. Looking for Rohmer, adapted from a novel, is a story of love and friendship between two men, one Chinese the other French. A co-production between China and France, the film was shot in Tibet, Provence, Paris and Beijing. Three weeks on from its debut in April, the film's domestic gross box office had barely surpassed $600,000 (£441,772). And it has received relatively poor reviews from both moviegoers and critics, scoring only 4.5 out of 10 on Douban, China's popular movie review platform. Image copyright Weibo Image caption Looking for Rohmer was shot in various locations including Beijing and Tibet By any normal standard, it doesn't ..
May 9, 2018

Trains, boats and planes: Kim Jong-un’s modes of transport

Trains, boats and planes: Kim Jong-un's modes of transport Image copyright KCNA Image caption Don't call it Air Force Un - the aircraft's official designation is "Chammae-1" A mysterious North Korean aircraft stationed at China's Dalian airport was the subject of much speculation on 7 and 8 May. The plane was eventually confirmed to be that of leader Kim Jong-un, who it turned out was meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in the coastal city. Mr Kim's increasing international engagement has given the wider world a view of how he travels, with each visit showcasing a different form of transport. Image copyright KCNA Image caption Kim Jong-un was afforded a guard of honour on his arrival in Dalian Aircraft - just an IlyushinKim Jong-un's China visit this week marks his first confirmed international flight since assuming power, but media reports suggest he has previously used his private jet for travel within North Korea. The aircraft that flew him to China w..
May 9, 2018

Korean Air: Chair’s wife in travel ban over abuse claims

Korean Air: Chair's wife in travel ban over abuse claims Image copyright AFP Image caption His wife, Lee Myung-hee, is the latest of the family of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho (pictured) to face damaging claims of abusive behaviour Police have banned the wife of the chair of Korean Air from leaving South Korea as they investigate claims she verbally and physically abused staff. Lee Myung-hee is facing multiple accusations from employees of the Hanjin Group chaebol, or conglomerate, which owns Korean Air. It is the latest in a string of claims of bad behaviour by members of the powerful family. One of her daughters was jailed after a 2014 conflict over a packet of nuts. Korean Air has apologised for one incident involving Ms Lee at a hotel, which also took place in 2014. Video footage has been published showing a woman resembling Ms Lee, throwing items and screaming at construction workers who were remodelling the hotel. But the company denies other claims of verbal and physic..
May 9, 2018

India police parade ‘Nasa conmen’ in space suits

India police parade 'Nasa conmen' in space suits Image copyright Courtesy: Delhi Police Image caption Dressed in "space suits", the two men were arrested by police for conning a businessman Indian police paraded a man and his son in "space suits" before arresting them for allegedly defrauding a businessman by pretending to work for Nasa. The duo allegedly convinced the businessman to buy a copper plate for $213,156 (£157,600), which they claimed had "special properties", police said. They had told him that with his investment, they could sell the plate to the US space agency for a profit. The men were arrested after the businessman complained to the police. India woman held for 'posing' as groom for a dowry Cows to planes: Indian ministers who rewrote scientific history The two men have not responded to the charges or commented on their public humiliation, which has caused hilarity on social media. Photos and a video of the father and son, dressed in silver spac..
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