December 9, 2018

Roger the kangaroo: Enormous roo dies aged 12

Roger the kangaroo: Enormous roo dies aged 12 Image copyright Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs Roger, a kangaroo who won global fame for his enormous size and impressive physique, has died at the age of 12. The roo was rescued as a joey after his mother was killed in a car accident, and grew up at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs in Australia. And he grew up a lot - ending up more than 2m (6ft 5) tall and weighing 89kg (196lbs). The sanctuary announced his death from old age at the weekend, saying they had lost their "beautiful boy". Skip Facebook post by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs Farewell our darling Roger ❤️ Sadly Roger has passed away of old age. He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world. We will always love you and miss you Roger ❤️ Posted by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs on Saturday, 8 December 2018 Report End of Facebook post by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs Chris "Brolga" Barns, who said he had set up the sanctuary ..
December 9, 2018

Why women in South Korea are cutting ‘the corset’

Why women in South Korea are cutting 'the corset' Image caption Lina Bae received death threats when she started going make-up free South Korean YouTube star Lina Bae expected some negative comments when she switched from posting make-up tutorials to stripping her face bare. What she didn't expect were death threats. The 21-year-old thought hard about her decision. She was worried that it would be duplicitous for someone who usually gives beauty tips to upload a video promoting the idea of going without it. But her overwhelming thought was that it was time to take a stand. "I think lot of Korean women are wearing an 'appearance-corset'," she told the BBC. "They have this immense fear of the face they show to others. I heard that women feel especially shameful when they hear that they are ugly. I was like that as well." Image caption Bae is part of a growing movement of young women who are challenging existing beauty ideals Over five million people have viewe..
December 9, 2018

Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker’s murder

Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old arrived in New Zealand in mid-November for the second part of her round-the-world trip A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December - police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named, is due back in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at the Citylife Hotel on Queen Street in central Auckland, which is where Miss Millane was last seen. The judge acknowledged Miss Millane's family's grief "must be desperate". Documents also showed police believe the University of Lincoln graduate - who was 22 and from Essex - was killed between 1 December and 2 December. Police find body in backpacker search Backpacker 'last seen with man ..
December 9, 2018

Ayodhya: Thousands rally in Delhi over disputed religious site

Ayodhya: Thousands rally in Delhi over disputed religious site Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hindus believe the disputed religious site is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities Tens of thousands of Hindus have marched in the Indian capital, Delhi, to call for a temple to be built on a hotly contested religious site. Organisers say they will not relent until a grand temple is constructed in the northern city of Ayodhya. The area has been a longstanding point of tension between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus believe the religious site is the birthplace of their revered deity Lord Ram, but Muslims say they have worshipped there for generations. It was home to a medieval mosque for more than 450 years until Hindu mobs tore it down in 1992, provoking widespread riots that left thousands dead. Q&A: The Ayodhya dispute Timeline: Ayodhya holy site crisis More than 50,000 people filled a large parade ground on Sunday to watch speakers from a hardline Hindu nationalist organis..
December 9, 2018

Top Afghan football official suspended

Afghan Football Federation president Keramuddin Keram is suspended while allegations of sexual abuse of members of the women's national team are investigated.
December 9, 2018

Japan’s Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health

Japan's Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Masako, pictured with Prince Naruhito and their pet dog, said: "I will strive to do my very best" Japan's Crown Princess Masako says she feels "insecure" about becoming empress in April, but will do her best to serve the people of Japan. Masako Owada will become empress when her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, succeeds his father Emperor Akihito. Emperor Akihito, 84, is abdicating next year because of his age and health. The princess, who has suffered from a stress-related disorder for many years, says she is slowly recovering and will try to perform more royal duties. Princess Masako was educated at Harvard and Oxford, and had a promising career as a diplomat before her marriage in 1993, the BBC's Asia analyst Michael Bristow reports. However, she has struggled to cope with royal life and Japan's notoriously conservative imperial household, our correspondent..
December 9, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for ‘tone deaf’ Myanmar tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for 'tone deaf' Myanmar tweets Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jack Dorsey said he had travelled to Myanmar for a meditation retreat last month Twitter's chief executive has been criticised for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Jack Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar last month for a meditation retreat. "The people are full of joy and the food is amazing," he said, before encouraging his 4m followers to visit. But some accused him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority. Last year, Myanmar's military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts. Thousands of people have been killed, and human rights organisations say the army has burned land and committed arbitrary killings and rape. What you need to know about the crisis How a 'genocide&..
December 9, 2018

NZ police find body in backpacker search

Grace Millane: Police find body in backpacker murder investigation Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards Police in New Zealand investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane have found a body on the outskirts of Auckland. Det Insp Scott Beard said the body was "believed to be Grace" but was yet to be formally identified. A 26-year-old man currently being held by police has been charged with killing Miss Millane, 22, from Essex. Det Insp Beard said the body was found "about 10 metres" off Scenic Drive, a countryside road outside the city. He added it was an "unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them". Murder charge over missing British backpacker Backpacker 'last seen with man at hotel' Miss Millane, who graduated from the University of Lincoln in September, had been travelling alone in New Zealand for two weeks, following a six-w..
December 8, 2018

Acquitted of blasphemy and living in fear in Pakistan

Acquitted of blasphemy and living in fear in Pakistan Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Christians Shama (L) and Shehzad (R) were accused of desecrating the Koran and killed by a mob in 2014 Saima - not her real name- still hasn't recovered from her four years in solitary confinement in a small Pakistani prison cell. "Even now I feel like I am in jail. You can see the scars on my legs from when I was chained." Saima was sentenced to life imprisonment for having committed blasphemy, before her conviction was eventually overturned. She says her jailers at times wouldn't give her food because she was Christian. "They would say, 'You disgraced our religion,'" she told the BBC. She was accused of defiling the Koran and using it to perform exorcisms. But Saima says her Muslim neighbours launched the case against her, following a petty fight between their children. Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world Human rights groups..
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