April 30, 2018

Prom dress prompts ‘cultural appropriation’ row

Prom dress prompts 'cultural appropriation' row Image copyright @daumkeziah/Twitter A high school student's prom pictures have generated a furious debate online after some social media users accused the 18-year-old of "cultural appropriation". Twitter user Keziah, who is not Chinese, posted pictures of herself wearing a cheongsam, or qipao - a traditional Chinese dress - for her prom. In a widely-shared response to the pictures, one Twitter user, Jeremy Lam, tweeted: "My culture is not your... prom dress". The original tweet, and Lam's criticism, have attracted hundreds of thousands of likes, tens of thousands of retweets, and thousands more comments as supporters and critics clashed over the concept of cultural appropriation - the adoption of minority cultures, typically by dominant cultures. Image copyright @daumkeziah Mr Lam explained on Twitter why he found the photos troubling. He said the qipao began as a formless gown for house cleaning and was turned into a..
April 30, 2018

New Zealand campervan buyers in meth lab warning

New Zealand campervan buyers in meth lab warning Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Who knows who's owned your campervan before you? Owners of second-hand campervans in New Zealand are being warned that they may have inadvertently purchased a former drug laboratory. In a turn of events not out of place in the TV series Breaking Bad, it's emerged that people buying old campervans are at risk of serious illness, owing to the trace chemicals used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, Radio New Zealand reports. Speaking to Radio NZ, Detective Sergeant Rhys Wilson warned potential campervan buyers that some criminals have used the vans as portable labs in the same way Breaking Bad's fictional Walter White did. "The poor person that ends up subsequently buying one has obviously no idea of what it's been used for and what sort of contamination is in it," he said. Image copyright AFP Image caption 'Cooking' meth is extre..
April 30, 2018

In pictures: Remembering photographer Shah Marai

In pictures: Remembering photographer Shah Marai Shah Marai, the chief photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP), has been killed in a bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Here we present a small selection of his work documenting his homeland. Image copyright Shah Marai / AFP Image caption Marai regularly photographed the site of suicide bombings. Here, residents inspect one outside a voter registration centre on 22 April this year Image copyright Shah Marai / AFP Image caption An Afghan man digs a grave for one of the victims of a suicide attack this year that killed nearly 60 people including children Image copyright Shah Marai / AFP Image caption Two Afghan women weep for their relatives at a hospital following explosions at a cultural centre in Kabul in 2017 Image copyright Shah Marai / AFP Image caption Marai also covered political events in the country. Here then Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Senator John Kerry were pictured laughing during a press conference at the pr..
April 30, 2018

India says all villages have electricity

India says all villages have electricity Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India is the world's third largest producer and consumer of power. All villages in India now have access to electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced. This was achieved on Saturday when a remote village in the north-eastern state of Manipur became the last to be connected to the grid. A village is considered electrified if 10% of its homes and all public buildings are connected to the grid. World Bank figures show around 200 million people in India still lack access to electricity. Mr Modi said all of nearly 600,000 villages in India have now been given electricity connection. Correspondents say it's a great achievement for Asia's third largest economy. However, some people said on Twitter that their villages had yet to get access to electricity despite government claims. India is the world's third largest producer and consumer of power. But poor distribution has be..
April 30, 2018

Japan’s gripping manhunt ends in capture

Japan's gripping manhunt ends in capture Image copyright Matsuyama prison Image caption Catch me if you can. Eventually the police were lucky Japanese police have captured a fugitive who had eluded authorities for weeks in a bizarre drama that gripped the country. Tatsuma Hirao, 27, had made a run for it from an open prison in the town of Imabari. Police deployed more than 6,000 officers on the small island of Mukaishima, using everything from dogs to helicopters and drones. He was caught at a train station in Hiroshima, about 50km (30 miles) away. Hirao was not considered a dangerous criminal. Serving five and a half years for theft, he was being held at a facility where inmates are free to walk about without walls or fences. The system did not work in the case of Hirao. The first clues following his getaway were on Mukaishima. On the face of it, the 57 sq km (22 sq mile) island of 22,000 people should not have been an easy place to hide. Image copyright Kyodo News Image capti..
April 30, 2018

Four held over India molestation viral video

Four held over India molestation viral video Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is growing anger in India against rape and sexual assault of women Police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have arrested four men for allegedly molesting a woman and uploading a video of the incident on social media. The video shows seven men attacking the woman on a public road in Jahanabad district. Police told the BBC that a manhunt had been launched to arrest the three others. They added that the case was registered after the video went viral. The video shows the men groping and abusing the woman as she pleads with them to let her go. Onlookers can be seen filming the incident but they don't intervene to help her. Inspector General of Police Naiyar Hasnain Khan told BBC Hindi's Manish Shandilya that it was unclear if the incident happened on Saturday or Sunday. He added that the woman in the video was yet to be identified. How do Indian parents talk to their children a..
April 30, 2018

Kabul bombings: Photographer Shah Marai among 25 dead

Kabul bombings: Photographer Shah Marai among 25 dead Image copyright Reuters Image caption The second explosion targeted those at the scene of the first At least 25 people have been killed in two explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene. AFP said its chief photographer, Shah Marai, had been killed. The first explosion was carried out by an attacker on a motorbike. A second followed about 15 minutes later after a crowd, including several reporters, had gathered at the scene. The Islamic State group (IS) said it had carried out the attack. In a tweet, the AFP news agency said the second blast had deliberately targeted the group of journalists. Skip Twitter post by @AFP #UPDATE Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, has been killed. He died in a blast that was targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital pic.twitter.com/rOa4rg24x9 — AFP news agency ..
April 30, 2018

North Korea: Chinese foreign minister to visit Pyongyang after historic talks

North Korea: Chinese foreign minister to visit Pyongyang after historic talks Image copyright AFP Image caption The two Korean leaders have agreed to begin "a new age of peace" Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to visit North Korea this week, after historic talks between the North and South last Friday. The trip comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity following the landmark day on the peninsula. China is North Korea's only remaining economic ally, but this will be its highest level visit there in years. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to meet US President Donald Trump in the coming weeks. South Korea has already spoken to the leaders of US and Japan. According to Beijing, Mr Wang's visit on Wednesday and Thursday is being made at the invitation of the government in Pyongyang. In March, Mr Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing to see Chinese President Xi Jinping, his first international trip since taking office, underlining the importance to Pyongyang of i..
April 29, 2018

Ostracised and fetishised: The perils of travelling as a young black woman

Ostracised and fetishised: The perils of travelling as a young black woman Ashley Butterfield, 31, has been around the world - but a visit to India brought home the particular challenges of being a lone black female tourist. "Are blacks better in bed because of genetics or diet?" the middle-aged Indian restaurant owner asked me earnestly as I finished the dinner he had prepared. Although not a question that one typically expects when requesting the bill, I was not unsettled. Having worked in international development for the past seven years and having travelled in 30 countries, mostly alone, I have grown accustomed to hearing things that most people would find jarring. However, I didn't feel defiant, upset or even threatened by him. This was not the first time I'd experienced this sort of thing. Once I fell asleep on a bus in north India and woke up to a man, inches away from me, videoing me on his phone. "What are you doing?" I asked, alarmed. He simply replied: "Instagr..
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