February 25, 2019

Vietnam deports Kim Jong-un impersonator ahead of summit

Vietnam deports Kim Jong-un impersonator ahead of summit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Howard X says officials have told him that his visa is "invalid", but has received no explanation as to why A Kim Jong-un impersonator has been deported from Vietnam ahead of the real North Korean leader's meeting with US President Trump in Hanoi this week. Hong Kong resident Howard X staged a fake summit with Trump impersonator Russell White last week. The two were later held for questioning by Vietnamese police and told to cease all their political jesting. Howard X says officials have since told him his visa is "invalid", but says he has received no further explanation. "Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship. They are scared of a couple of guys that look like the real thing," Howard X, who was wearing a black suit and thick black glasses in the style of Kim Jong-un, told reporters. He and Mr White took part in a faux summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, tellin..
February 25, 2019

Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar heads for US talks in Qatar

Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar heads for US talks in Qatar Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan and is part of a Nato mission there One of the Taliban's founders is going to Qatar for Monday's talks with the US, Taliban sources have told the BBC, raising chances of a peace deal. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar spent eight years in Pakistani custody until his release last year. He is now in charge of the Taliban political office in Qatar but until now he has remained in Pakistan. Last month's US-Taliban talks in Qatar made progress in ending 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan, the US said. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad did not give details but said the unprecedented six days of talks were "more productive than they have been in the past". The Taliban also said progress had been made in the negotiations. However, a spokesman added that talks about "unsolved matters" would continue. Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever ..
February 25, 2019

Bao: An Oscars ode to Chinese mothers and Asian food

Bao: An Oscars ode to Chinese mothers and Asian food Image copyright Pixar Image caption Love between a lonely Chinese mother and her baby dumpling Little dumplings can do big things. And Disney-Pixar's Bao certainly did, taking home this year's Academy Award for Best animated short. It is Chinese-Canadian animator Domee Shi's directorial debut, paying homage to the endearing relationship between an aging and lonely Chinese woman and a sentient baby dumpling. Inspired by her relationship with her own mother, Ms Shi previously spoke about the pride she felt in representing her heritage and culture through the film. Bao was up against four others in the animated short category, which included other Canadian titles like Animal Behaviour by Vancouver directors David Fine and Alison Snowden as well as Weekends by Trevor Jimenez. More Oscars coverage from the BBC: Black Panther winners make Academy Awards history Oscars 2019: All the best moments and reaction Winners list T..
February 24, 2019

Serena Williams: Cartoon accused of racism cleared by press watchdog

Serena Williams: Cartoon accused of racism cleared by press watchdog Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cartoon was published after Serena Williams's US Open loss last year A controversial cartoon of Serena Williams published in an Australian newspaper last year did not breach media standards, a press watchdog says. The cartoon depicted Williams jumping above a broken racquet next to a baby's dummy in the US Open final. Critics complained that the caricature used racist and sexist stereotypes of African-American people. The Australian Press Council noted that some had found the image "offensive", but accepted the publisher's defence. Williams sparked controversy during her loss to Naomi Osaka in September for her on-court behaviour where she accused the umpire of sexism and being a "thief". The Herald Sun newspaper and cartoonist Mark Knight have consistently called their depiction a comment on Williams's behaviour, denying it was racist or sexist. The..
February 24, 2019

Trump-Kim: Don’t stop believin’ in a successful summit

Trump-Kim: Don't stop believin' in a successful summit Image copyright AFP Image caption The peace merch may already be on sale, but will the live performance match up to it? South Korea has lived with "hope" for nearly seven decades. Hope that war would not once again break out with its neighbour. Hope that perhaps the latest round of negotiations will yield results. Hope that this time will be different. The hope for a new relationship with North Korea waxes and wanes alongside the level of threat, but here in Seoul many people feel this latest round of diplomacy is the best chance they've had in a generation. Expectations of a clear outcome from this second summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are not high, however. Even Mr Trump has lowered the bar by saying he's in no rush to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. So with that in mind, just what would success in Hanoi look - or sound - like? Let's take a look through the medium of song..
February 24, 2019

US to delay further tariffs on Chinese goods

US to delay further tariffs on Chinese goods Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump met China's Vice Premier Liu He on Friday President Donald Trump has announced that the US will delay imposing further trade tariffs on Chinese goods. The rise in import duties on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% was meant to come into effect on Friday 1 March. Mr Trump told reporters that the US and China had made "substantial progress" in trade talks over the weekend. He added that he was planning a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida to cement the trade deal if more progress was made. Following a week of mostly being flat, on Friday Wall Street shares rose slightly, after Chinese negotiators agreed to extend their stay in Washington DC. Investors took this as a sign that the two countries could be nearing an agreement, as they looked for a way out of last year's punishing trade war. A quick guide to the US-China trade warMr Trump did not commit to extending the dea..
February 24, 2019

Bangladesh plane forced to land in ‘hijack attempt’

Bangladesh plane forced to land in 'hijack attempt' An airliner flying from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to Dubai was forced to make an emergency landing following a hijack attempt, local media report. The Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, carrying 142 passengers, was surrounded by security forces at an airport in the Bangladeshi coastal city of Chittagong. Flight BG147's passengers disembarked safely, reports say, citing police. A man suspected of trying to storm the cockpit was arrested, AFP news agency reports, quoting security forces. The aircraft was immediately cordoned off when it landed at the Shah Amanat International airport in Chittagong as police talked to the suspected hijacker. Bangladesh country profileImages posted on social media showed crowds of people on the tarmac at the airport with the Boeing 737 aircraft visible in the background. Skip Twitter post by @sidhant Bangladesh: Tense situation as police surround a plane at Chattogram airport after ..
February 23, 2019

Australian farmers’ long road after mass cattle deaths

Australian farmers' long road after mass cattle deaths Image copyright RACHAEL ANDERSON Image caption Queensland's northern cattle region was devastated by floods in February Like many other Australian graziers, Matt Bennetto could only start to count the dead after the rain had stopped. Flying in a helicopter over his sodden cattle station, he was confronted by the "nightmare" of mass cattle losses. Animals were strewn across pastures which had turned into water and mud. "We probably flew over 10,000 carcasses that day, just going over my place and the neighbours'," he told the BBC. His cattle at Julia Creek were among an estimated 500,000 livestock wiped out when a flood disaster hit northern Queensland earlier this month. Image copyright COWAN DOWNS STATION/REUTERS Image caption Animals seek higher ground to escape the waters "To see them all dead along the fence lines and in the corners - can you imagine that scene?" he said. "You spend your whole life trying to bre..
February 23, 2019

Oscars 2019: The Indian sanitary pad makers going to LA

Oscars 2019: The Indian sanitary pad makers going to LA Image caption Sneh will be attending the Oscars in Los Angeles Sneh was 15 when she started menstruating. The first time she bled, she had no idea what was happening to her. "I was very scared. I thought I was sick with something very serious and began crying," she told me when I visited her home in Kathikhera village not far from Delhi earlier this week. "I didn't have the courage to tell my mother so I confided in my aunt. She said: 'You're a grown woman now, don't cry, it's normal.' It was her who told my mother." Sneh, now 22, has travelled a long way from that point. She works in a small factory in her village that makes sanitary pads and is the protagonist of Period. End of Sentence., a documentary that has been nominated for an Oscar. She will be attending Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles. The film came about after a student group in North Hollywood used crowdfunding to send a pad-making..
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