January 22, 2019

How dangerous is Australia for women?

How dangerous is Australia for women? Image copyright Aya Maasarwe / Instagram Image caption Aya Maasarwe was killed after getting off a tram in Melbourne last week In the past week, Australians have been shocked by the killing of a young woman who had been walking home at night in Melbourne. The death of Israeli Arab student Aya Maasarwe, 21, has sparked an outcry and fresh debate about violence against women in Australia. According to her family, Ms Maasarwe's belief that Australia was "safer" than other places was one reason she had opted for a university exchange there. Her killing follows several high-profile murders in Australia in recent times which have caused similar anger. What the statistics sayAlmost one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence, and nearly one in five have endured sexual violence, according to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. The rates are even higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Image..
January 22, 2019

Mutilated Thai bodies on Mekong shore are activist’s aides

Mutilated Thai bodies on Mekong shore are activist's aides Image copyright EPA/Shutterstock Image caption Surachai Sae-Dan has been missing since 12 December The mutilated bodies of two men found last month in north-east Thailand have been identified as aides of Surachai Sae-Dan, a prominent opponent of the Thai monarchy, police have confirmed. The pair were found by the Mekong river, their faces disfigured and their stomachs stuffed with concrete blocks. They and Mr Surachai were members of a group which fled into exile in Laos in 2014 after Thailand's military coup. All three disappeared on 12 December. Mr Surachai's fate is unknown. The campaign group Human Rights Watch says five Thai government critics who had been living in Laos have gone missing in the past two years. Death squad fearsThe bodies were found towards the end of December, one of them apparently floating in the river. Both were wrapped in sacks and fish nets tied up with rope. They were identified aft..
January 22, 2019

2020 Olympics: Japanese chains scrap porn magazines

2020 Olympics: Japanese chains scrap porn magazines Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Adult magazines will disappear from thousands of stores across Japan as it prepares to host a wave of Olympic tourists Two of Japan's biggest convenience store chains have said they will stop selling pornographic magazines ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. 7-Eleven, which runs more than 20,000 shops in Japan, said it wanted "to create a proper shopping environment for all our customers". Its rival, Lawson Inc, with some 14,000 stores, made a similar announcement. Large numbers of tourists are set to visit Japan for both sporting events. Japan debates daylight saving for Olympics No squatting - Japan's 'stress-free' Olympic toilets What is Japan like? Japan's popular 24-hour convenience stores sell everything from hot drinks to frozen meals, or spare work shirts for stressed businesspeople. Sex magazines are usually mi..
January 22, 2019

Taliban militants kill dozens at Afghan intelligence base

Taliban militants kill dozens at Afghan intelligence base Image copyright AFP Image caption Insurgents bombed the military intelligence base in Wardak province Dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul, officials have confirmed. At least 43 people were killed and 54 injured in the attack, the NDS intelligence service told the BBC. Insurgents blew their way into the base using a car bomb before opening fire. Some reports put the toll at over 100. It is one of the deadliest attacks on the secret service and follows a string of battlefield setbacks for the army. Monday's attack on the National Directorate for Security (NDS) base in central Wardak province came hours before the Taliban held another round of peace talks with US diplomats in Qatar. Reports say the base in Maidan Shahr, about 30km (19 miles) south-west of Kabul, is a training centre for pro-government militia members. The militants smashed t..
January 22, 2019

Brexit: New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern says trade deal ‘a priority’

Brexit: New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern says trade deal 'a priority' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Theresa May is a woman of remarkable resilience' New Zealand's prime minister has said she is "ready and willing" to sign a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. Jacinda Ardern said negotiating a free trade agreement would be a "real priority" once the UK had left the EU. She is meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May before heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. New Zealand says it imported £1.41bn in goods and services from the UK in the year to September 2018, sending £1.54bn of trade in the opposite direction. That accounts for about a third of its trade with the EU as a whole. New Zealand is negotiating a free trade agreement with Brussels and Ms Ardern said she would be promoting the talks while visiting Europe. New Zealand happy to forget the UK's 'betrayal' Brexit Basics: Free trade She s..
January 22, 2019

Sex abuse scandal hits South Korea’s elite skating scene

Sex abuse scandal hits South Korea's elite skating scene Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speed skating is one of Korea's most prestigious sports The prized elite world of South Korean speed skating has been mired in scandal following a wave of allegations from female skaters who say that they were were sexually abused by their coaches and that it was covered up. For a country that is a world leader in speed skating, having won 24 Olympic gold medals, this is a serious development. Other sporting federations say they are also now investigating claims of inappropriate behaviour. Many see this as South Korea's #MeToo movement finally being taken seriously, even if only through the prism of elite sport. A pressure group making headlines In the latest development, five unnamed female skaters have come forward accusing their coaches of abuse. One skater alleged that a coach forcibly kissed her and then verbally abused her when she rejected his advances. The women..
January 22, 2019

Lamb industry should not be nervous about New Zealand, Ardern says

Lamb industry should not be nervous about New Zealand, Ardern says Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacinda Ardern (R) met Theresa May (L) in Downing Street on Monday The Welsh lamb industry should not be "nervous" about New Zealand products gaining greater access to the UK market, according the country's prime minister. Jacinda Ardern said that a future free trade deal between the UK and NZ would be of "benefit" to British consumers. She was speaking ahead of a meeting with Theresa May. The Welsh Government has warned that an influx of New Zealand lamb would "destroy the Welsh lamb industry". Meanwhile prime minister Theresa May has said she has met Welsh farmers in favour of a no-deal Brexit - despite farming unions in Wales warning of the consequences if the UK crashes out. Mrs May has already spoken of the potential of a new trading agreement between both countries. The Farmers' Union of Wales has also warned of the possibility of Welsh lamb could be priced of..
January 22, 2019

Ex-Nissan boss faces more time in custody as bail denied

Ex-Nissan boss faces more time in custody as bail denied Image copyright Reuters A Tokyo court has rejected Carlos Ghosn's latest request for bail, despite his promise to wear an electronic tag to secure his release. The former Nissan boss has been in detention since 19 November on allegations of financial misconduct. Lawyers for Mr Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, have said he could remain in custody for months. Though bail is rarely granted in Japan without a confession, the length of his detention has drawn some criticism. Mr Ghosn's lawyers had offered a series of conditions in a bid to secure bail, including a promise to stay in Japan. Carlos Ghosn: The driven 'cost killer' Five charts on the Ghosn scandal Wife criticises 'harsh' detention He offered to hand over his three passports, wear an electronic tagging device and hire guards to monitor him. No decision for the denial was provided, but the court had previously rejected bail on grounds th..
January 21, 2019

Taiwan ‘bikini hiker’ dies on solo climb despite search efforts

Taiwan 'bikini hiker' dies on solo climb despite search efforts Image copyright Facebook/Gigiwu.bgn Image caption The bikini shots from her successful summits had gained her many followers A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say. The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia. She was a popular figures on social media figure and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker. Ms Wu was alone on a multi-day tour of a mountain range in Taiwan's Yushan National Park, the reports say. While she was famous for posting pictures of herself in bikinis from summits, she was an experienced hiker, appearing to use proper equipment and precautions during her expeditions. Image copyright Facebook/GigiWu.bng Image caption Gigi Wu was a long-tim..
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