February 11, 2019

Hakeem al-Araibi: Refugee footballer to return to Australia

Hakeem al-Araibi: Refugee footballer to return to Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand in November The wife of a refugee footballer freed from detention in Thailand says the couple's nightmare is finally over. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini citizen, will return home to Australia on Tuesday after being held for two months in a Bangkok prison. He was detained in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain, after travelling to Thailand on honeymoon. An international human rights campaign for his release succeeded on Monday. The footballer's wife told the BBC she was deeply thankful for the lobbying efforts of the Australian government and public, and the international football community. "I have had a smile all the time on my face and I can't stop crying - I am just so happy," said the 24-year-old, who does not wish to be named. "I prayed and prayed that he would come back to me, and finally our nightmare is e..
February 11, 2019

China retaliates after Turkey’s claims about Abdurehim Heyit

China retaliates after Turkey's claims about Abdurehim Heyit Image copyright CRI Image caption A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit China has railed at Turkish claims it is mistreating its Uighur minority, after a dispute about the fate of a prominent musician. Turkey cited reports Abdurehim Heyit had died in a detention camp, and called China's treatment of the Uighurs a "great embarrassment for humanity". China then released a video allegedly showing Mr Heyit alive. The Uighurs are a Muslim minority in north-western China who speak a language closely related to Turkish. They have come under intense surveillance by the authorities and up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. A significant number of Uighurs have fled to Turkey from China in recent years. China has asked Turkey to revoke its "false" claims. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said the musician was "very healthy". "We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between ..
February 11, 2019

Priyanka Gandhi kicks off India campaign with massive roadshow

Priyanka Gandhi kicks off India campaign with massive roadshow Image caption Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Lucknow to cheering supporters Thousands of Indians thronged the streets to greet Priyanka Gandhi as she made her first public appearance after formally joining politics last month. She arrived with her brother, main opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, in the northern city of Lucknow to cheering supporters. Analysts say she will infuse fresh energy into the Congress campaign ahead of general elections due this summer. She has been likened to former PM Indira Gandhi, her grandmother. The BBC's Geeta Pandey, who is at the roadshow in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh state, said slogans of "long live Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi" greeted the two politicians. Tens of thousands of people have come out on to the streets to cheer them on. Priyanka Gandhi launches political career ahead of key India polls Can Priyanka Gandhi revive Indian Congress party's fortunes? They..
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..
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