February 6, 2019

R Kelly: backlash as singer announces Australia tour

R Kelly: backlash as singer announces Australia tour Image copyright Getty Images Image caption R&B star R Kelly faces sexual abuse allegations from several women Singer R Kelly has announced a new tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, sparking widespread criticism in light of abuse allegations against him. The R&B star posted his plans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but later deleted the posts. The proposed concerts would come on the heels of a documentary detailing decades of alleged sexual abuse by the artist. Local politicians have called for him to be barred from entering Australia. On Tuesday, the 52-year old Grammy-winner tweeted "NEW TOUR ALERT", but without giving concrete dates of when he would play, and where. Is this the end for R Kelly's music? Lady Gaga breaks her silence on R Kelly On Twitter, many expressed anger and said the singer wouldn't be welcome in their countries. Image Copyright @samdastyari @samdastyari Report Image Copyright @samd..
February 6, 2019

A protest Pakistan wants to hide from the world

A protest Pakistan wants to hide from the world Image copyright EPA Image caption More than 30 PTM supporters were arrested and their Islamabad rally did not take place Why do some protests get reported in Pakistan and others not? M Ilyas Khan examines a story of human rights abuses the media is reluctant to cover and the authorities do not want to be told. Pakistan's vibrant, at times almost cacophonic media, is struggling to report a fundamental contradiction in state policy. This was at its most visible this week outside Islamabad's National Press Club. An open ground outside the club premises - which some call Pakistan's Hyde Park because it is used for gatherings and protests - was occupied by a few hundred students from religious seminaries linked to a banned militant group. They were holding an event to mark Kashmir Day, an official holiday in Pakistan which is observed to highlight human rights violations by Indian security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir...
February 6, 2019

Rolf Harris primary school incident to be investigated

Rolf Harris primary school incident to be investigated Image copyright Daily Mirror Image caption Harris was seen waving to children as they were waiting in the school hall for their lunch The Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation after convicted paedophile Rolf Harris entered the grounds of a Berkshire primary school. The school's head teacher confronted the former TV star, who was in conversation with a local sculptor, and asked him to leave the site. The MoJ said it was "looking into these reports and will take appropriate action". Harris was jailed for five years in 2014 but released on licence in 2017. A spokeswoman for the MoJ added: "When sex offenders are released they are subject to strict licence conditions and are liable to be returned to custody for breaching them." Head teacher Richard Jarrett said: "In line with our standard procedures, an uninvited individual was asked to leave the outer perimeter of the school site yesterday, which he did without dela..
February 6, 2019

Trumplomacy: Key challenges at Trump-Kim summit

Trumplomacy: Key challenges at Trump-Kim summit Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Singapore summit was a historic moment, but are Mr Kim and Mr Trump on the same page now? US President Donald Trump has said he will hold a second nuclear summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam on 27-28 February. The two leaders face a number of challenges as they prepare for the meeting. Challenge 1: Getting past the pageantry Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un made the most of the press extravaganza surrounding their choreographed reconciliation at the Singapore summit in June 2018. Perhaps they could just about get away with breaking the ice at that historic meeting. But the vaguely worded statement it produced hasn't resulted in any concrete action towards the US goal of dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang is frustrated by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions. So the pressure's on for them to come up with something tan..
February 6, 2019

Huawei: Tackling security concerns may take five years

Huawei: Tackling security concerns may take five years Image copyright Reuters It will take three to five years for Huawei to address security issues raised by the UK government, the company has said. The Chinese firm, which has earmarked $2bn (£1.5bn) for the process, outlined the timetable in a letter to MPs. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces allegations that its equipment could pose a security risk, which it denies. Last year a UK government report highlighted some areas of concern. The letter was sent last week to MPs on the Commons Science and Technology Committee, but made public on Wednesday. In it, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business group said the process of adapting its software and engineering processes to meet the UK's requirements was "like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion". Timeline: What's going on with Huawei? Huawei - has anything changed? US to 'seek Huawei executive extraditi..
February 6, 2019

Hindu right-winger arrested for re-enacting Gandhi assassination

Hindu right-winger arrested for re-enacting Gandhi assassination Image copyright Screengrab Image caption Pooja Pandey, leader of the Hindu Mahasabha, shooting an effigy of Gandhi with an air pistol A leader of a fringe Hindu right-wing group in India has been arrested after a video of her shooting an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi went viral. The Hindu Mahasabha had organised an event to "celebrate" the 71st anniversary of Gandhi's assassination. In the video, Pooja Pandey shoots the effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of Nathuram Godse, who shot the independence leader. Gandhi has long been seen as too moderate by some right-wing Hindus. Police had been seeking Ms Pandey's arrest since the video, believed to have been released by her group, emerged last week. Two police teams were deployed to track her and her husband, who also features prominently in the footage. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nathuram Godse shot Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 1948 ..
February 5, 2019

State of the Union: Trump announces second North Korea summit

State of the Union: Trump announces second North Korea summit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLive: Donald Trump addresses Congress in his annual State of the Union speech US President Donald Trump has announced in his State of the Union speech that he will hold a second nuclear summit with North Korea's leader this month. In an address to the nation with the theme "Choosing Greatness", he also vowed once more to build a border wall. The Republican president called for political unity, hours after using an offensive term to describe the Democratic leader of the US Senate. In a rebuttal, Democrats will accuse Mr Trump of abandoning US values. Mr Trump's primetime address follows the longest US government shutdown in history over border security. He provoked the crippling closure of federal agencies by demanding funding for a US-Mexico border wall only to backtrack when Democrats flatly refused. What did he say about North Korea?Mr Trump said he would..
February 5, 2019

Taliban ‘not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan’

Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan' Image caption Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai: "Peace is more difficult than war" The Taliban official who has led the group's peace negotiations with the US has told the BBC the insurgents do not want to seize "the whole country by [military] power". "It will not bring peace to Afghanistan," Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said. However, he said the group would not agree to a ceasefire until foreign forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan. UN data shows that the Taliban are responsible for more civilian casualties than any other warring party. Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever Who are the Taliban? Mr Stanikzai, who until recently was the head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar and remains a leading figure in the group, spoke to the BBC while attending a meeting in Moscow with a number of senior Afghan opposition politicians. He said the Taliban's ex..
February 5, 2019

Backpacker raped by Australian farmer after job lure, trial hears

Backpacker raped by Australian farmer after job lure, trial hears Image copyright ABC NEWS Image caption Gene Charles Bristow has pleaded not guilty at his trial A farmer in Australia has gone on trial accused of kidnapping and raping a Belgian backpacker in a shed during a two-day ordeal. Gene Charles Bristow, 54, has pleaded not guilty to attacking the 24-year-old woman in rural South Australia in 2017. Prosecutors say she was chained up in a pig shed and repeatedly raped after going to the farm believing she had been given work. She was later freed. Mr Bristow's lawyers have called the allegations "an invention". On the first day of the trial, the District Court of South Australia was told that Mr Bristow had contacted the woman after she wrote on classifieds website Gumtree that she was seeking work. He then arranged to drive her to his farm in Meningie, 150km (90 miles) south-east of Adelaide, the jury was told. Prosecutor Michael Foundas alleged that Mr Bristow threatened t..
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