February 4, 2019

Bahraini footballer pleads in court against deportation

Bahraini footballer pleads in court against deportation Image copyright EPA Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has urged a court in Bangkok not to extradite him to his home country. Al-Araibi, who had been playing in Australia after being granted asylum there, was arrested in Thailand when he arrived with his wife on honeymoon. He is wanted in Bahrain, where he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail for vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi says he is innocent and that he was tortured in Bahrain for his political opposition. The Bangkok court extended his detention by 60 days, during which he can file an objection against the extradition request. Wife seeks refugee footballer's releaseBahraini footballer case 'an emergency'The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok said Al-Araibi arrived at court in leg shackles, shouting: "Please don't send me to Bahrain". He told the court he rejected the extradition request, saying he was detained and tortured for opp..
February 4, 2019

Nepal woman suffocates in banned ‘menstruation hut’

Nepal woman suffocates in banned 'menstruation hut' Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Women in Nepal are traditionally sent to sleep in outdoor huts during their periods - though the practice was banned in recent years (file picture) A 21-year-old Nepali woman died of suffocation in a windowless "menstruation hut" after she lit a fire to keep warm, say police. Parwati Bogati was found when her mother-in-law went to check on her. "She was excited about the next day as her menstruation would end. Poor child closed her eyes forever," Laxmi Bogati told the Kathmandu Post. The incident in Nepal's Doti district comes just weeks after a mother and her two sons died in a similar shed. Local police officer Lal Bahadur Dhami told AFP of the latest case: "We suspect she died due to smoke inhalation and suffocation because she closed the door of the windowless hut and lit a fire on the floor for warmth during the night." Long read: Banished for bleeding Cyclone kills..
February 3, 2019

Nissan chooses Japan over UK to build new X-Trail car

Nissan chooses Japan over UK to build new X-Trail car Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Sunderland plant opened in 1986 Nissan has confirmed that the new X-Trail originally planned for its Sunderland plant will instead be made in Japan. In a letter to workers, it said continued Brexit uncertainty is not helping firms to "plan for the future". In 2016, the carmaker said it would build the new model in the UK after "assurances" from the government. Unions described the news as "disappointing" and said they were "seriously concerned". The government said Nissan's decision was "a blow to the sector" but that no jobs would go as a result. Nissan has made cars at Sunderland since 1986 and employs almost 7,000 people. Changing environment Commenting on its decision, Nissan also said that since 2016 "the environment for the car industry in Europe has changed dramatically", including "changing emissions regulations". In the UK, diesel cars that fail to meet the latest emissi..
February 3, 2019

A prison where the inmates have to go and find jobs

A prison where the inmates have to go and find jobs At Sanganer prison, in the Indian city of Jaipur, inmates get a roof over their head, but no money and no food. This means they must go to work and earn their living beyond the prison gates, writes Masuma Ahuja - as labourers, factory workers, drivers, even yoga teachers. Ramchand drives a school bus. His wife, Sugna, works at a garment factory. On a recent hot afternoon, I drink a cup of tea with them in their one-room house, which has yellow walls and a corrugated metal roof, a fridge and a TV, a lunchbox hanging in the corner next to photos of gods and a stack of newspapers. From their door, you can see cars zooming by on a nearby highway and beyond that, a skyline of modern high-rises. This is how they tell their story: he was lonely, her family had left her. Their neighbours wanted to set them up and arrange their marriage, so she wouldn't be a woman living alone, so he would have someone to take care of him, cook for him a..
February 3, 2019

In pictures: Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong-un impersonators cause a stir

In pictures: Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong-un impersonators cause a stir Image copyright EPA It might look like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been out and about on the streets of Hong Kong, posing for pictures and toasting one another over a fried chicken dinner. But, on closer inspection, it turns out the pair are in fact a couple of impersonators. Meet the men who go by the names of Cresencio Extreme (a Mr Duterte lookalike), and Howard X (a Mr Kim double). The weird world of a Kim Jong-un impersonator Image copyright EPA Image caption The pair, brandishing fake rifles, were greeted by staff and members of the public as they arrived at the fried chicken restaurant Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They joined Sunday mass at St Joseph's Church, with Cresencio Extreme (L) dressed in the type of white shirt that has become a signature of Mr Duterte Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Mr Duterte lookalike sparked a..
February 3, 2019

Nauru migrants: Last four children to leave island for US

Nauru migrants: Last four children to leave island for US Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia set up a detention centre in Nauru in 2013 Australia says the last four migrant children detained at a camp on the Pacific island of Nauru are being moved to the US. The children will be flown with their families as part of a resettlement deal agreed with Washington. Australia has held asylum seekers arriving by sea on Nauru since detentions began there in 2013. Last August it held 109 children. Australia refused to resettle them under its tough immigration policies. In a statement issued on Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said "every asylum seeker child has now been removed from Nauru... or has a clear path off the island". He said that children would no longer be detained there. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families attempting to reach Australia by boat have for years been taken to Nauru The organisers of a campaign to have all children r..
February 3, 2019

Australia weather: Townsville warned as floodgates open

Australia weather: Townsville warned as floodgates open Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeteorologists have warned of a "risk to life and property" Thousands of residents in and around the Australian city of Townsville have been warned of "unprecedented flooding" after dam gates were fully opened on Sunday as monsoon rains continued. Rain in the state of Queensland, where Townsville is located, has swollen the Ross River dam beyond its capacity. Officials earlier warned that up to 20,000 homes could be flooded. Cars and livestock have already been swept away around the coastal city in the north-eastern state. On Sunday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology warned of "risk to life and property" as the dam gates serving the Ross River were "opened to their full setting". Image copyright EPA Image caption Townsville has received more than a metre of rain in just a week "Conditions will change rapidly and continuously. Stay informed, look for updates and follow a..
February 3, 2019

World War One grenade among potatoes at Hong Kong crisp factory

World War One grenade among potatoes at Hong Kong crisp factory Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The grenade is believed to have been dug up accidentally in France A World War One-era German hand grenade has been found among a delivery of potatoes shipped from France to a crisp factory in Hong Kong, police say. The muddy device, which was 3in (8cm) wide, was "in an unstable condition" because it had been discharged but had failed to detonate, officials said. It was discovered at the Calbee crisp-making factory in the eastern Sai Kung district on Saturday morning. The bombe de terre was safely detonated on site by bomb disposal officers. "All the information to date suggests that the grenade was imported from France together with the other potatoes," Superintendant Wong Ho-hon told reporters. He added that the device was defused using a "high-pressure water firing technique". Video: World War Two bomb defused in Hong KongIt is believed to have been dug up accidentally with ..
February 2, 2019

Leopard cub found in passenger’s luggage at Indian airport

Leopard cub found in passenger's luggage at Indian airport Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leopard cub was hidden in a plastic grocery basket An air passenger who arrived in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage. Suspicious were raised when officials heard noises coming from his bag, which was found to contain the 2.2lb (1kg) cub hidden in a plastic grocery basket. The man had arrived at Chennai airport on Saturday on a flight from Bangkok. Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is part of an international smuggling ring, officials told AFP. The 45-year-old, who has not yet been officially named, was said to have been "evasive in his replies" when questioned about his luggage by customs officers. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airport officials said the cub looked "weak" "The animal was in a state of shock and was making trill sounds, and appeared to be weak,..
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