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..
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 ..
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