November 21, 2018

The farmer in Thailand who became friends with a buffalo

The farmer in Thailand who became friends with a buffalo Image copyright Facebook/สุรัตน์ แผ้วเกตุ Image caption Whoever said only dogs could be man's best friend? It's not every day that you come across a man and his BFF - buffalo friend forever. Thai farmer Surat Paewkate was never expecting to form a bond with buffalo Thong Kham when he first became his caretaker. The 34-year-old was paid to take care of the buffalo - but it slowly developed into a friendship. "Thong Kham is so sweet and canny," he told BBC Thailand. "He loves to walk in my paddy field with me on his back." So it was only natural that he started to post selfies of himself with his beloved buffalo. His photos quickly went viral, turning him and Thong Kham into instant internet celebrities in Thailand. But the story took another turn when Mr Surat revealed that Thong Kham would soon be sold to another owner. Image copyright Facebook/สุรัตน์ แผ้วเกตุ Image caption Thong Kham appeared to put on a smile-lik..
November 21, 2018

Sri Lanka mass graves: 230 skeletons found at country’s largest site

Sri Lanka mass graves: 230 skeletons found at country's largest site Image caption Who the victims are or which side killed them remains unknown Sri Lankan experts say a mass grave found earlier this year in the north-western town of Mannar has turned out to be the country's biggest such site. More than 230 skeletons have now been found at the grave in the former war zone, up from about 90 in August. Human rights groups say at least 20,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka's long civil war which ended in 2009. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site - a former co-operative depot near the main bus terminus - after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year. It is still not clear who the victims were or how they died. "We have excavated more than 230 skeletons so far," said Professor Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeolog..
November 21, 2018

Indian groom gets shot on wedding day and still marries

Indian groom gets shot on wedding day and still marries Image copyright MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Image caption Indian wedding processions like this one often involve horse-drawn carriages and brass bands An Indian groom made his vows despite being shot on the way to his wedding in Delhi, police said on Wednesday. After a few hours of surgery, the 25-year-old returned to his bride-to-be and completed the ceremony with a bullet still lodged in his shoulder. Police are now looking for two suspects who opened fire on the groom's wedding procession on Monday evening. This is not the first instance of shots fired at an Indian wedding. Grooms were killed in April this year, and in 2016. Witnesses say the gunmen in Monday's attack arrived on a motorbike prior to the attack at about 21:00 local time (15:30 GMT) and fled in the ensuing chaos. Why attending an Indian wedding can be dangerous Newlyweds die in air crash leaving wedding Groom killed after wedding gift explodes Police said..
November 21, 2018

Tory slap Chinese TV reporter case dropped

Tory slap Chinese TV reporter case dropped Image copyright CCTV-13 Image caption Ms Kong is a London-based reporter for China's state broadcaster A Chinese TV reporter charged with slapping a delegate at the Tory party conference has had the case against her dropped. Linlin Kong, 48, was arrested at the Conservatives' annual gathering in Birmingham in September. She reportedly slapped the man at a discussion about political freedoms in Hong Kong, and was due to appear in court on a common assault charge. However, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to convict her. Ms Kong, a London-based correspondent for official state broadcaster CCTV, had been due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: "This case was originally charged by the police. "The CPS subsequently reviewed the available evidence and determined it was insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and therefore discontinued the case...
November 21, 2018

US man ‘killed in India by endangered Andamans tribe’

US man 'killed in India by endangered Andamans tribe' Image copyright Indian coastguard/Survival International Image caption The Sentinelese have always resisted outside contact An American national has allegedly been killed by an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands. Seven fishermen, who illegally ferried the man to North Sentinel island, home to the isolated Sentinelese tribe, have been arrested, police say. Access to the island is heavily restricted and contact with the tribes is not allowed. The Sentinelese, numbering fewer than 50 in all, have always attacked those approaching the islands. Local media have reported that the US national was a missionary who wanted to meet the tribe to preach Christianity to them. He has been identified as John Allen Chau. "Police said Chau had previously visited the North Sentinel island about four or five times with the help of local fishermen," senior journalist Subir Bhowmik told BBC Hindi. "The number of peop..
November 21, 2018

Why Brits are loving foreign language tunes

K-pop and Latin: Why the time is now for foreign language hits Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters Image caption Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Cardi B and BTS have all had bilingual UK chart hits At a time of Brexit and divisive world politics, something has happened with the UK chart. While other European countries and America have traditionally been more open to music in languages other than their own, the British charts have been fairly resistant to anything not in English. Until now. Following the 2017 global success of Despacito there seems to have been - with a little help from Justin Bieber - a sea change. Since then Little Mix, Cardi B and DJ Snake are just some of the acts to have charted with music either partially, or entirely, in Spanish. Image Copyright DJSnakeVEVO DJSnakeVEVO Report And it's not only Latin stars, but K-pop artists who are jumping in on the act too - with boyband BTS sweeping awards shows, achieving two number one albums on the US Billboard chart, and se..
November 21, 2018

Renae Lawrence: ‘Bali Nine’ drug smuggler released from jail

Renae Lawrence: 'Bali Nine' drug smuggler released from jail Image copyright AFP Image caption Renae Lawrence was jailed in 2006 for attempting to traffic heroin to Australia An Australian woman has become the first member of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling ring to be released from jail in Indonesia. The high-profile case began in 2005 when Indonesia caught nine Australians trying to smuggle heroin out of Bali. Renae Lawrence, 41, was freed on Wednesday after spending almost 13 years in prison. She may be the only Bali Nine member ever to be released. The two ringleaders were executed in 2015, sparking a row with Australia. Lawrence's initial life sentence was cut to 20 years on appeal, then later reduced further in small increments. She left Bali's Bangli prison on Wednesday afternoon to a media throng. She was expected to be taken directly from to board a plane home. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lawrence was met by a media crowd as she left the prison La..
November 21, 2018

Cyclone Gaja: India girl segregated during period dies

Cyclone Gaja: India girl segregated during period dies Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyclone Gaja has killed at least 46 people so far in the coastal state Villagers in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu are grieving the death of a 14-year-old girl who died in a cyclone after being forced to sleep separately because she was menstruating. Her family told BBC Tamil that she was trapped in the hut on 16 November when the cyclone made landfall. Some villagers said this was a "wake up call" as it was common practice to segregate menstruating girls. Cyclone Gaja is known to have killed at least 46 people in the coastal state. Menstruation is taboo in large parts of rural India. Women are traditionally believed to be impure during their periods. The family of the girl, S Vijayalakshmi, lives in a house next to the hut but they survived the storm. Her grandmother, S Visalakshi, said they couldn't rescue her as a coconut tree had fallen on the hut, which made it impossib..
November 21, 2018

Carlos Ghosn: Custody ‘extended by 10 days’

Carlos Ghosn: Custody 'extended by 10 days' Image copyright Getty Images Japanese authorities have extended Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's detention by 10 days, according to local media reports. It follows his arrest on Monday after allegations of financial misconduct. Prosecutors had 48 hours after the arrest to press charges, release him or extend his custody. Mr Ghosn is alleged to have used company assets for personal use and under-reported his salary by about five billion yen ($44.5m). In addition to his Nissan post, Mr Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive of Renault and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. Following an emergency board meeting on Tuesday, Renault said Mr Ghosn would remain as its chairman and chief executive. It appointed a temporary deputy chief executive to take over the running of the French car firm. Nissan and Mitsubishi are both preparing to remove him from his posts.
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