April 19, 2019

US marine ‘arrested over N Korea embassy raid in Madrid’

US marine 'arrested over N Korea embassy raid in Madrid' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Members of the group allegedly broke into North Korea's Spanish embassy and stole several computers and hard drives American authorities have arrested a former US Marine who is allegedly part of a group that raided North Korea's embassy in Madrid, reports say. Christopher Ahn will reportedly appear in a Los Angeles court. It would be the first arrest over the incident, which happened in February days before US President Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam. Free Joseon, a self-styled human rights group, says it was involved. US federal agents have also raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, one of the group's leaders, says the Washington Post. The US Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the BBC. In a statement, Free Joseon said it was "dismayed" by arrest warrants being executed. "The last US citizen wh..
April 18, 2019

UK arrest warrant for ‘Tory slap’ journalist

Chinese journalist Kong Linlin faces arrest over 'Tory slap' claim Image copyright CCTV-13 Image caption Kong Linlin is a correspondent for China's official state broadcaster An arrest warrant has been issued for a Chinese journalist who failed to appear before magistrates. Kong Linlin, 49, was charged with common assault after an incident at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 30 September 2018. A summons was posted to her address in King's Cross, London, for a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. She is alleged to have assaulted a delegate during a discussion about political freedoms in Hong Kong. Latest news from the West MidlandsThe case against Ms Kong, a London-based correspondent for China's official state broadcaster CCTV, was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in November but was later reinstated. After she failed to attend the hearing, a warrant for her arrest was issued by a deputy district judge. Follow BBC West Midla..
April 17, 2019

Sultan of Brunei’s honour revoked by University of Aberdeen over anti-LGBT laws

Sultan of Brunei's honour revoked by University of Aberdeen over anti-LGBT laws Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah received the honour back in 1995 An honorary degree awarded by the University of Aberdeen to the Sultan of Brunei has been revoked after his country made gay sex an offence punishable by death. The strict new Islamic laws came into force earlier this month. The university initially said Hassanal Bolkiah's 1995 honour was under review, and it was then recommended the award be revoked. The university said the honorary degree had now been revoked. Skip Twitter post by @MaggieChapman Delighted that @aberdeenuni has rescinded the Sultan of Brunei's Honorary Degree. No place for homophobia. No place for bigotry. — Maggie Chapman (@MaggieChapman) April 17, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @MaggieChapman University of Aberdeen Principal George Boyne said: "There has been an international controversy since the Sultan of Brunei, in ..
April 13, 2019

Developing Story: 11 winners from around the world for Development Marketplace 2019 Award

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April 13, 2019

By 2030, nearly 9 in 10 extremely poor people will be Africans by David Malpass

Good morning everyone. Welcome to the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings. I am honored to be joining you this morning as World Bank Group President. […]
April 13, 2019

World Bank Group President David Malpass at the Spring Meetings 2019

April 11, 2019 Washington, D.C. MR. THEIS:  Good morning.  Thanks for coming.  I’m David Theis, the World Bank’s Press Secretary.  Welcome to our first press briefing […]
April 13, 2019

Inter-caste marriage: On the run for love in India

Inter-caste marriage: On the run for love in India Image caption Ravindra and Shilpaba married against all odds Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including "honour" killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love, reports the BBC's Divya Arya. Ravindra Parmar knew that pursuing a relationship with an upper-caste woman would be dangerous. He is a Dalit (formerly known as "untouchable"), a caste that sits at the lowest rung of India's social ladder. The woman he fell in love with, Shilpaba Upendrasinh Vala, is a Rajput - a Hindu warrior caste near the apex of the system. The yawning gap between his position and hers is something rarely bridged in Indian society. "We are not even allowed to walk past their area and I had dared to marry into their family," he says. Listen to the radio version of t..
April 12, 2019

Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital

Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital Image copyright AFP Image caption The 83-year-old was admitted to the Max hospital in Delhi and treated for a chest infection The Dalai Lama has been discharged from a Delhi hospital, three days after being admitted with a chest infection. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he felt, "normal, almost normal," the Associated Press reports. His spokesman Tenzin Taklha said the 83-year-old had suffered from a "light cough" but was "doing very well". The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, fled to India 60 years ago after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He now lives in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala. "He was discharged from the hospital at eight o'clock in the morning (02:30 GMT)," Mr Taklha told AFP news agency on Friday. A day earlier, Mr Taklha said the Dalai Lama had already resumed his "normal routine" and was doing some exercise. A glimpse into the private life of the Dalai LamaChina took control of Tibet in 1950 and ..
April 11, 2019

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial

China fury at Terracotta Warrior thumb case mistrial Image copyright TRIPADVISOR Image caption Museum staff noticed the missing thumb in January Chinese social media users are voicing their outrage after the prosecution of an American who stole a thumb from a Chinese Terracotta Warrior ended in a mistrial. Michael Rohana, 24, admitted taking a thumb from a statue in Pennsylvania in December 2017. It was during a visiting exhibition at the Franklin Institute museum His lawyer argued that Mr Rohana was wrongly charged under laws normally applicable to major museum thefts. This, he insisted, was "youthful vandalism". The trial ended on Tuesday with a 7-5 jury split in favour of an acquittal. The Terracotta Army - discovered in the 1970s by a group of Chinese farmers - is one of China's most important archaeological finds. The 2,000-year-old statue that lost its thumb is worth an estimated $4.5m (£3.2m) and was one of 10 on loan during the September 2017-March 2018 exhibition. Wh..
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