December 16, 2018

Three-year-old assaulted on Delhi bus rape anniversary

Three-year-old assaulted on Delhi bus rape anniversary Image copyright AFP A three-year-old Indian girl is in critical condition after she was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the capital Delhi. The accused, a 40-year-old security guard who worked in the building the child lived in, has been arrested. Police found the girl unconscious and rushed her to hospital where she is undergoing surgery. The incident occurred on Sunday, which was the sixth anniversary of the brutal gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus. Delhi Women's Commissioner Swati Maliwal said the incident "let down" the bus rape victim, whose attack saw country-wide protests and a tightening of rape laws. Skip Twitter post by @SwatiJaiHind Today a 3 year old girl has been brutally raped in Bindapur, Delhi. She is bleeding profusely & is v critical. Am on my way to meet her. How more can this city let down Nirbhaya that even on her 6th death anniversary children are raped! @narendramodi ji, for nth time, pl help! ..
December 16, 2018

Laura Ashley shuts UK stores to focus on China

Laura Ashley to close 40 UK stores amid a push into China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Originally based in Wales, Laura Ashley grew from a small factory in Carno Fashion and home furnishings retailer Laura Ashley will close some 40 stores in the UK as it plans to expand its presence in China. Laura Ashley, which is owned by Malayan United Industries (MUI), has already closed some 40 UK stores since 2015. Retailers in the UK have had a difficult year as consumer confidence wanes and fewer shoppers visit stores. A recent report has shown that some 14 shops are closing every day in the UK amid the tough trading climate. Andrew Khoo Boo Yeow, MUI's newly appointed executive chairman, told reporters in Malaysia earlier this month that he expected the business to see some tough headwinds across the next two years. He also said MUI would be restructuring some arms of its business and rationalising assets. Mr Khoo said that he wanted to see fewer Laura Ashley stores, but ..
December 16, 2018

What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand's economy was forced to diversify after the UK joined the European Economic Community Brexit is, to put it mildly, an unusual event. But there are precedents for some aspects of it. New Zealand provides one example. The country faced a sudden, adverse change in access to a key export market when the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC), as it was then, in 1973. When countries have changed their trade arrangements through negotiation in recent decades it has usually been to reduce barriers to cross-border commerce. We don't know exactly what Brexit will bring, but it certainly could - or perhaps we should say probably will - mean more barriers to trade between the UK and EU. And it could all happen very quickly, especially if the UK does leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in March next year. There aren't many precedents for that. What happened to N..
December 16, 2018

Narendra Modi: Is hardline Hindu politics failing India’s PM?

Narendra Modi: Is hardline Hindu politics failing India's PM? Image copyright Getty Images Last week's electoral losses in five states for India's ruling party has led to speculation that its agenda of promoting hardline Hindu politics has backfired. The BBC's Priyanka Pathak reports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost to the main opposition Congress party in the Hindi-speaking heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, all of which they previously governed. Local parties swept up the other two states - Telangana and Mizoram - putting the BJP in a tough place ahead of general elections next year. It appears that after winning no less than 13 state elections since coming to power in 2014, the BJP's seemingly invincible electoral juggernaut is losing steam. There is a great deal of introspection within and outside the party. And the main question is: has the BJP's recent pursuit of a hardline Hindu age..
December 16, 2018

North Korea condemns latest US sanctions

North Korea condemns latest US sanctions Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tension on the DMZ has eased but US-North Korea talks appear stalled North Korea has denounced the latest US sanctions, saying they could "block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever". Washington said it put the sanctions on three top officials, after a report threw up a raft of human rights abuses. A historic summit between the nations' leaders this summer appeared to point the path towards better relations. The period since then has seen North Korea engage both in angry exchanges and actions that have reduced tension. North Korea crisis in 300 wordsThere have been suggestions of a second leaders' summit. Although President Donald Trump has indicated he is open to the idea he said this week that he was in no hurry. What has North Korea said?In a statement, the North Korean administration expressed "shock and indignation" at the new US sanctions. The statement carried b..
December 16, 2018

Japan explosion: 20 reported injured at Sapporo restaurant

Japan explosion: 20 reported injured at Sapporo restaurant A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. Initial reports on Japanese media suggested at least 20 people were injured, with some rushed to hospital in ambulances. The cause of the explosion in the Toyohira district is not yet known. Images on social media initially showed flames rising from the area with debris all around, and later firefighters tackling several collapsed buildings. Police have sealed off the area amid fears of more explosions. Skip Twitter post by @shotacamera 平岸三条八丁目でガス爆発による火災。火の勢い物凄く、消防車や救急車多数。 pic.twitter.com/OIRN0FiTmF — しょうた (@shotacamera) December 16, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @shotacamera The emergency services were first alerted to the explosion at about 20:30 on Sunday (11:30 GMT). Japanese broadcaster NHK said the area affected had both residential and dining establishments and was about 3km south-east of the city centre. The Japan Times carr..
December 16, 2018

Cambodia makes record breaking ivory haul at port

Cambodia makes record breaking ivory haul at port Image copyright Getty Images Cambodia has seized more than 3.2 tonnes of African ivory hidden in a storage container from Mozambique, a customs official has said. The discovery of 1,026 tusks at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port on Thursday followed a tip off from the US embassy. The shipment arrived in the country last year and its unknown recipient did not arrive at the port to pick it up. Demand from China and Vietnam has meant Cambodia has become a key transit point for the illicit wildlife trade. "The elephant tusks were hidden among marble in a container that was abandoned," Sun Chhay, director of the Customs and Excise Office at the port, told the AFP news agency. Sun Chhay said he did not know whether the shipment was intended for other countries. 'Buy a trinket, condemn an elephant' Meet an ivory trafficker's 'worst nightmare' Why is banning ivory such a big deal Cambodia has made a number of high-pr..
December 16, 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe: Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe: Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ranil Wickremesinghe always maintained he was the rightful prime minister Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn into office again, two months after being removed by the president. Mr Wickremesinghe's supporters set off fire crackers as the ceremony took place behind closed doors. His surprise sacking by President Maithripala Sirisena plunged Sri Lanka into a political crisis. Mr Wickremesinghe was replaced by a former president and ally of Mr Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa. But Mr Rajapaksa was unable to command a parliamentary majority and resigned on Saturday. Journalists were not allowed to attend Sunday's swearing-in ceremony in President Sirisena's office but a picture was tweeted by MP Harsha de Silva. Skip Twitter post by @HarshadeSilvaMP @RW_UNP sworn is as PM of #SriLanka by President @MaithripalaS just now pic.twitter.com/uc..
December 15, 2018

How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’

How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’ Indonesia, the nation with the world's largest Muslim population, is home to a rapidly growing middle class. As Rebecca Henschke reports from Jakarta, this has given rise to a striking phenomenon - the so-called "Crazy Rich" Indonesians. The colourful invitation on our cluttered fridge had said it would be a dog-themed birthday party. "That's cute," I thought - and different. Traditionally in this country dogs are not well-liked or looked after. But that wasn't the only surprise. To celebrate their little girl turning six, her family had turned an empty piece of land in Menteng, the most expensive part of Jakarta, into a park for the day. Security guards escorted us off the street into another world. Real grass - an incredibly rare thing in this concrete jungle - had been rolled out. There were also fully grown trees and an obstacle course for dogs. In one corner, a groomer was giving appreciative canines - which had also been s..
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