February 11, 2019

BTS: K-pop idols make first historic Grammy appearance

BTS: K-pop idols make first historic Grammy appearance Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BTS has made Grammy history BTS has made history by becoming the first K-pop group to present at the Grammy Awards. The group, which was also nominated for an award, presented the Best R&B album to new Grammy winner H.E.R. The seven band members said that they had always dreamed about "being on the Grammy stage" adding that they would "be back". They also paid homage to their country, wearing tuxedos designed by South Korean designers. According to Vogue, JayBaek Couture designed custom suits for Jungkook, Jin, Jimin, Suga, V and RM, while J-Hope's suit was designed by Kim Seo Ryong - something that did not go unnoticed. Image Copyright @agirlinthepark @agirlinthepark Report Image Copyright @agirlinthepark @agirlinthepark Report Image Copyright @myalogue @myalogue Report Image Copyright @myalogue @myalogue Report The boys also rolled up to the event in a Hyundai - a South Korean car ..
February 11, 2019

Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer Image copyright AFP A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say. Hakeem Al-Araibi, who is a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum. He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain. He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi, 25, denies the charges and human rights activists say he could face torture if sent back to Bahrain. He has been a vocal critic of Bahraini authorities. His case has been taken up by high-profile footballers, with stars including Didier Drogba and Jamie Vardy calling for his release. The Australian government, Fifa and the International Olympic Committee all lobbied Thailand Thailand's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked the cour..
February 11, 2019

Australia PM seeks to block bill on sick asylum seekers

Australia PM seeks to block bill on sick asylum seekers Image copyright Getty Images Image caption PM Scott Morrison says letting in sick asylum seekers would unleash "a world of woe" Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison is campaigning to block a bill that would let sick asylum seekers in offshore centres get treatment in Australia. Mr Morrison said the bill would "take control from the government", and "unleash a world of woe". Australia has sent asylum seekers who arrive by boat to detention centres on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Its tough immigration policy has been repeatedly criticised. Australia asylum: Why is it controversial? What is Nauru like? "The problem with the bill is it takes control from the government and contracts it out to others who don't have those same interests or responsibilities," Mr Morrison said on Monday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The detention centre on Nauru has been dogged by allegations of widespread abuse and ..
February 10, 2019

Reddit: Censorship fears spark criticism of Tencent funding reports

Reddit: Censorship fears spark criticism of Tencent funding reports Image copyright Getty Images A reported investment by Chinese tech giant Tencent in Reddit has sparked a backlash on the popular community news site over censorship fears. Last week reports said that Tencent would be investing $150m (£115m) into the platform. China has a strict internet censorship regime known as the Great Firewall and Reddit is among the sites it blocks. The proposed funding prompted a wave of criticism on Reddit, which many of its users see as a bastion of free speech. Most analysts agree that it is unlikely Tencent or any other such investor would be able to control what content is posted on the site but that hasn't stopped a stream of memes and protest messages appearing in the past few days. The Reddit platform allows users to share links on any conceivable subject, which are then up-or down-voted, meaning the most popular content surfaces to the top and is more prominent. The platform ha..
February 10, 2019

Alen Stajcic: Sacked Australia coach fights to clear name

Alen Stajcic: Sacked Australia coach fights to clear name Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alen Stajcic had led the Matildas to a series of impressive wins in recent years The sacked coach of the Australian women's football team has strongly contested his shock dismissal five months before the World Cup. Football Federation Australia fired Alen Stajcic in January over claims of an "unsatisfactory" team environment. In his first public comments, Stajcic said he remained "in the dark" over why he was dismissed. The 45-year-old, who has publicly received support from players, said he was also considering legal action. Under his five-year tenure, the Matildas reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and ranked as high as fourth in the world governing body Fifa's ranking. Officials had based his dismissal on the results of two confidential team surveys which found "workplace culture" and "welfare" issues, and on further player and staff in..
February 10, 2019

Whelks caught in Wales are South Korea aphrodisiac

Whelks caught in Wales are South Korea aphrodisiac Image caption There is an "abundant stock" of whelks in the Bristol Channel, Gavin Davies says They are closely related to snails, taste like "nan's toenails" and, in Wales, you cannot give them away. But for the eligible South Korean bachelor, no date is complete without a bowl of Welsh whelks. Each year 10,000 tonnes of them are caught in the Bristol Channel but virtually all end up in Asia, where they are considered an aphrodisiac. Gavin Davies has spent the past 20 years catching the shellfish which put the heart into a Seoul night out. "Goodness knows why they like them - they taste like nan's toenails - but it's given me a living for the last two decades," he said. "I'm not even sure how they developed a taste for whelks, as they're only native to waters around Britain and the Atlantic." Each night Mr Davies sets off from Saundersfoot and harvests one tonne of whelks from 1,000 pots suspended from 50 buo..
February 10, 2019

The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home

The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home Image copyright Vikalpa Image caption A crew of villagers, activists and Catholic priests set sail for Iranaitivu in April Last year, a flotilla of 40 fishing boats set sail from northern Sri Lanka with a mission to seize back their island from navy occupation. The BBC's Ayeshea Perera reports the extraordinary story of how they did this without any bloodshed. On 23 April, a peculiar sight would have greeted a casual observer standing on the coast of northern Sri Lanka's mainland, near the village of Iranamata Nagar. They would have seen Catholic priests, women, fishermen, local journalists and civil rights activists crowding onto dozens of tiny motorboats bedecked with white flags and setting determined sail for the island of Iranaitivu. Their mission: to reclaim the island, their home for many generations and occupied by the Sri Lankan navy for 25 years. Iranaitivu is really made up of two linked islands - Periyathi..
February 10, 2019

When parents sue their children for support

When parents sue their children for support Abu Taher says his son was always a "good kid". For years, Mr Taher ran a small clothing shop in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He retired with little money and became reliant on his son and daughter for financial support. "My wife and I had to go through a lot of hardship to raise our son," Mr Taher says. "But after he got married, he changed and stopped caring about his parents." Despite help from his daughter, Mr Taher struggled. The 75-year-old says he had no choice but to pursue legal action against his son, Mohammad Shahjahan, for maintenance. "It was a hard decision for me. Everybody was telling me to file a case for a long time, but I did not want to. I filed the case when there was no other way." His son rejects the allegations. The pair have been estranged for decades but Mr Shahjahan, who works as a banker, says he did support his parents. He says his father brought the case "to disgrace him". Parent v child It's the kind of fa..
February 10, 2019

Abdurehim Heyit Chinese video ‘disproves Uighur musician’s death’

Abdurehim Heyit Chinese video 'disproves Uighur musician's death' Image copyright CRI Image caption A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit Chinese state media have released a video appearing to show a Uighur musician previously reported to have died in a detention camp. The video, dated 10 February, features a man said to be Abdurehim Heyit stating that he is in "good health". Turkey earlier called on China to close the camps following reports of his death. Up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. Some Uighurs have questioned the video's authenticity. Nury Turkel, chairman of the US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, told the BBC that some aspects of the video were "suspicious". The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-western Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities. Their language is close to Turkish and a significant number of Uighurs have fled to Turkey f..
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