January 12, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Skip Twitter post by @OrmistonOnline Rahaf Mohammed Saudi teenager arrives Toronto as@Canada grants asylum. Minister Freeland accompanies her . Rahaf doesnt comment at this time. ⁦@CBCNews⁩ ⁦@CBCTheNational⁩ pic.twitter.com/Dc3CfxH1kc — Susan Ormiston (@OrmistonOnline) January 12, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @Ormi..
January 11, 2019

China powers up electric car market

China powers up electric car market Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rules to cut pollution are expected to boost sales for electric carmakers such as BYD Outside China, few drivers have heard of brands such asHit BYD or Beijing Automobile Works. But they're two of the largest players in the world's biggest market for electric cars. For a decade, the Chinese government has coaxed buyers and manufacturers into the electric vehicle market through subsidies and other incentives. The numbers suggest the strategy worked: the International Energy Agency says China buys more than half of the world's new electric cars. Now, the government is set to push the burden onto manufacturers, through a new "cap and trade" system and rules that make it harder to set up a factory to make combustion-engine cars. The rules were believed to have come into force on 1 January this year. Small but growing rapidlyChina is both the biggest manufacturer and the biggest market for car..
January 11, 2019

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen Image copyright @bella_juan mao Tou Image caption These sisters say their dream is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace Thousands of users on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo are discussing a video message sent from the British Ambassador to two little girls. Dame Barbara Woodward, the British ambassador to China, has said she wants to help make their dream come true. You might also like: How #IceBoy's life has changed one year on Peppa Pig blocked from China's Douyin video platform 'I was happier before Banksy came' It comes after the girls Mi Ni and Mi Ai made a video on 31 December sharing their new year's wishes. They said that after watching an episode of Peppa Pig where the animals visit the Queen that they too now wanted to meet her. The girls added that their mother said she would take them to meet the Queen if they worked hard and practised piano. The video, posted by their mother on Sina Weibo ..
January 11, 2019

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist’s murder

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist's murder Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in 2017 for raping two female followers. He will be sentenced for the murder on 17 January. Newspaper editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot dead after exposing abuse at Dera's headquarters in the north-western city of Sirsa. Three other men were also convicted of Chhatrapati's murder - Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security was stepped up in the wake of his 2017 conviction The self-styled holy man appeared at the court in Panchkula in Haryana state through a video link from his prison. During the trial, security was stepped up across the state and in pa..
January 11, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid

Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok's main airport is now flying to Canada to seek asylum, Thai officials say. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. The UN's refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee. Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention. Refugee status is n..
January 11, 2019

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief ‘investigated in French corruption probe’

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief 'investigated in French corruption probe' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tsunekazu Takeda shown celebrating in 2013 with the award of the Games to Tokyo The head of Japan's Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, a French judicial source has said. Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m ($2.3m; £1.8m) payment allegedly made by Japan's bidding committee. Tsunekazu Takeda said he had not been indicted, was co-operating and that there was nothing new in the case. Tokyo was awarded the Games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul. Olympics 2020: Tokyo wins race to host GamesThe Japanese government has always insisted its Tokyo bid is clean. The judicial source, quoted by various news agencies and Le Monde, said that Mr Takeda had been "mis en examen" by investigative judges in Paris last month. Mis en examen is the formal start of a crimin..
January 11, 2019

Chang’e-4: First panoramic images from China moon lander

Chang'e-4: First panoramic images from China moon lander Image copyright CLEP Image caption Cylinder projection of Von Kármán crater from one of the lander's cameras The Chinese space agency has released its first panoramic image of the lunar location where it landed spacecraft this month. The picture shows parts of the static lander and the robotic rover, which is now exploring the landing site at Von Kármán crater on the Moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission was the first such attempt to touch down on the side of the Moon that we don't see. The rover has just awoken from a period on "standby". Controllers placed it in this mode shortly after the touchdown as a precaution against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its highest point over the landing site. Image copyright CLEP Image caption Azimuth projection of the landing site from one of the cameras on Chang'e-4's lander Those temperatures were expected to reach around 200C. But the Chinese Lun..
January 11, 2019

‘Chinese, Polish nationals’ arrested in Poland for ‘spying’

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei has repeatedly been accused of being a proxy for the Chinese government, a claim it denies Polish security services have arrested a Chinese national and Polish national for spying, according to local press. Poland's public TV channel TVP reports that the Chinese national is a sales director at Chinese telecoms firm Huawei's Polish branch. Huawei told the BBC it had no immediate comment. The tech company has been a focal point of international scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products. TVP reports that the Polish national, "Piotr D" was a former high-ranking member of Poland's internal security agency (AWB). The news outlet says "Piotr D" left the AWB following allegations of corruption, but was never formally charged. The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting a spokesperson for..
January 11, 2019

Myanmar rejects Reuters journalists’ appeals

Myanmar rejects Reuters journalists' appeals Image copyright AFP Image caption Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone have been in prison for one year A Myanmar court has rejected an appeal by two Reuters reporters convicted of breaking a state secrets act in September. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison in a case widely condemned by other countries and human rights groups. But in a ruling, Judge Aung Naing called their terms "a suitable punishment". The defence did not provide enough evidence they were innocent, he said. Both were arrested carrying official documents handed to them by police officers. They maintain their innocence, saying the authorities set them up. When arrested the two were investigating a mass execution of Rohingyas, hundreds of thousands of whom have been forced to flee destruction and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar. Reporters held 'for investigating killings' Seeing through the official story in M..
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