December 3, 2018

Indian policeman killed amid ‘cow slaughter’ protest

Indian policeman killed amid 'cow slaughter' protest Image copyright Courtesy: Sumit Sharma Image caption Police officer Subodh Kumar Singh died in clashes over alleged cow slaughter A police officer has been killed in mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Members of right-wing Hindu groups clashed with police when the protest turned violent on Monday. The police retaliated with a baton charge after the mob allegedly set fire to the police station and several vehicles parked outside. An 18-year-old protester was killed and another policeman was injured. Police in Bulandshahr district, where the clashes occurred, have deployed additional personnel. A night patrol with India's cow protection vigilantes How WhatsApp helped turn an Indian village into a lynch mob Cows are considered holy by India's majority Hindu population. Many states have actively started enforcing bans on cow slaughter after the Hindu nationalist ..
December 3, 2018

Australian defence lawyer named as police informant

Australian defence lawyer named as police informant Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lawyer represented high-profile organised crime figures, such as Tony Mokbel (pictured) The convictions of some of Australia's most high-profile criminals have been cast into doubt after a lawyer was revealed to be a police informant. The defence barrister, who represented notorious organised crime figures, gave information to Victoria Police between 2005-2009, court documents show. The state government have announced a public inquiry to determine how many convictions were directly affected. The case came to light when court injunctions were lifted on Monday. It was the culmination of a two-year court battle in which the police tried to prevent the disclosure of the lawyer's identity to her clients, but the High Court ruled against them. In a scathing judgement, the court said the Victoria Police department was guilty of "reprehensible conduct" by encouraging the lawyer to prov..
December 3, 2018

India woman en route to police set on fire by ‘molesters’

India woman en route to police set on fire by 'molesters' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has increased in recent years A woman in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh is in critical condition after she was set on fire by two men who had allegedly molested her days earlier. She was reportedly on her way to lodge a complaint with the police on Saturday when the attack occurred. The woman is alleged to have been previously turned away by police. Both the accused have been arrested and three policemen have been suspended, a police official told BBC Hindi. The woman has sustained serious burns. Activists say harassment of rape victims by police is not uncommon. And many cases of sexual molestation and assault in India go unreported because of police apathy as well as the stigma attached to rape. India rape: A victim's two-year wait for justice Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating The attack on the..
December 3, 2018

Sonali Bendre: Bollywood star’s cancer posts inspires India fans

Sonali Bendre: Bollywood star's cancer posts inspires India fans Image copyright Sonali Bendre's Instagram Image caption Bollywood star Sonali Bendre has been documenting her cancer battle for months on social media Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre has returned to India after undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of cancer in New York. Social media users are full of praise for the 43-year-old actress, who has been candidly documenting her cancer journey for months. The star's husband Goldie Behl told local media that she was "recovering" but would need regular check-ups. Some cancer patients have said the star's openness has been "encouraging". Renuka Prasad, a breast cancer survivor who works at the Indian Cancer Society, told the BBC that seeing celebrities open up about "taboo topics" like cancer is a "welcome change". "Many patients don't always get to hear stories about the individuals behind the disease, so when they see people like Sonali Bendre ce..
December 3, 2018

China cracks down on wedding extravaganza and extreme pranks

China cracks down on wedding extravaganza and extreme pranks Image copyright China Photos Image caption Chinese weddings can feature lavish feasts with hundreds of guests China is trying to put the brakes on a trend towards increasingly lavish weddings and pre-wedding pranks which can often become violent or sexualised. Authorities have said modern weddings are both too extravagant and against Chinese and socialist values. The traditional "hazing" rituals couples are put through have also often been getting out of control. Beijing's suggested answer is to try to standardise ceremonies to a more traditional and simple format. Stop pulling all stopsPeople in China, as in many countries, have increasingly found themselves competing with neighbours and friends over weddings, and caught up spiralling spending as bigger weddings become the fashion. That means expensive receptions, elaborate outfits and overseas wedding photo shoots, pulling out all the stops no matter the cost. Guest..
December 3, 2018

‘Kiwi’ nickname not discriminatory, Australian tribunal finds

'Kiwi' nickname not discriminatory, Australian tribunal finds Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The term "Kiwi" is derived from the name of a New Zealand bird A New Zealand woman has unsuccessfully argued that she was a victim of racial discrimination after being labelled a "Kiwi" by her colleagues in Australia. Julie Savage said she was disrespected when her boss and co-workers referred to her as "Kiwi" instead of her name. However an Australian tribunal ruled that she had not suffered unfair treatment or discrimination at work. A judge noted that the term was commonly used by New Zealanders themselves. "Calling a New Zealander a 'Kiwi' is not of itself offensive. 'Kiwi' is not an insult," said Judge Leonie Farrell. She added that the word was often viewed as a "term of endearment". It is derived from the name of a flightless bird native to the country. You might also be interested in: Sacked vegan claims discrimination 'Kwaussie' name..
December 3, 2018

Angela Merkel’s ‘PM cheat sheet’ amuses Australia

Angela Merkel's 'PM cheat sheet' amuses Australia Image copyright EPA Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Australian PM Scott Morrison at the G20 Summit As Australia's fifth prime minister since 2013, Scott Morrison could probably forgive German Chancellor Angela Merkel for doing some quick study before their first meeting. As the pair sat down together at the G20 summit, cameras captured Mrs Merkel reading an apparent briefing note about Mr Morrison. It also carried his image. Many watching on from afar were amused, not least people in Australia. Its government denied that the incident was embarrassing for either nation. "Angela Merkel's department, no doubt... was simply ensuring that the chancellor was properly briefed," Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Monday. Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel's notes featured a picture of Mr Morrison Mr Birmingham said it was common for such briefing notes to feature a pic..
December 2, 2018

Asia markets rise after US and China agree to trade truce

Asia markets rise after US and China agree to trade truce Image copyright Getty Images Asian markets rose after the presidents of China and the US reached a temporary truce in their trade war. At the G20 summit, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks. An escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies has weighed on markets generally. The US and China have imposed billions of dollars of tariffs on one another's goods, posing risks to global trade and the world economy. In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index and Shanghai Composite were up more than 2% in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei 225 rose more than 1%. "I do not think market consensus is looking for very significant progress, this is a temporary truce," Masamichi Adachi senior economist at JP Morgan in Japan said. "Many people suspected that there may be a more disastrous outcome, this is definitely a relief." The US and China have been e..
December 2, 2018

Key Afghanistan Taliban commander killed in US air strike

Key Afghanistan Taliban commander killed in US air strike Image copyright EPA Image caption Security has been stepped up in the aftermath of the killing of Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund One of the Taliban's most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was the Taliban's "governor" and military chief for the southern Helmand province. He was killed in the Nawzad district of Helmand on Saturday night, provincial officials said. The Taliban said his death was a "major loss" but it would not deter them in their efforts to take back control of Afghanistan. But Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told the AFP news agency his death was a major blow to the Taliban and would "lower the moral" of its fighters in southern Afghanistan. What's life like under the Taliban? Militants 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban? Helmand is where British troops were based for eight years before ground troops we..
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