November 14, 2018

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador Image copyright Reuters A US-owned hotel in Japan has been criticised by Japanese authorities after it denied the Cuban ambassador a room over fears it would violate US sanctions on Cuba. The Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Ambassador Carlos Pereria he could not stay last month because it could not accommodate Cuban government guests. That prompted a Cuban complaint. Japanese officials in the city have since told the hotel it was illegal to refuse rooms based on nationality. The Cuban embassy booked the room through a travel agency, which informed the hotel of the guests' identity, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. However when Mr Pereira arrived in the south-western city on a trip to visit Cubans playing for the city's baseball team he was told he could not stay. What's changed in US-Cuba relations under Trump? Four takeaways from Trump's Cuba policy In its subsequent complaint, the Cuban argued that applying US law in J..
November 14, 2018

Paraplegic athlete ‘forced to urinate in bottle’ on flight

Paraplegic athlete 'forced to urinate in bottle' on flight Image copyright DARREN BELLING Image caption Darren Belling (R), pictured with a friend, says he was left humiliated An Australian paraplegic athlete says he was forced to urinate into a bottle on a flyDubai flight after being told he could not access the toilets. Darren Belling, 52, flew to Finland in October to represent Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships. During a seven-hour flight from Dubai to Helsinki, Mr Belling said he was told by the airline that it had no wheelchair on board. FlyDubai said in a statement they are unable to provide onboard wheelchairs. Mr Belling said he had asked flight attendants for a wheelchair about three hours into the journey. "They said 'we don't carry on-board wheelchairs', and told me just to hold on for the seven-hour flight," he said. Paraplegic man drags himself through airport Four airports failing disabled passengers BBC reporter condemns plan..
November 14, 2018

BTS: K-pop band’s management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat

BTS: K-pop band's management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat Image copyright Reuters Image caption BTS, speaking here at the UN, are the world's biggest K-pop band The management of K-pop stars BTS have apologised after a photo emerged of a band member wearing a hat with a badge resembling Nazi insignia. It comes immediately after a furore over a different band member wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an atomic bomb on it. Bit Hit Entertainment said both incidents were "in no way intentional" and not the fault of the band members. BTS have a huge following online and many fans consider them role models. "We would like to offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone affected by totalitarian regimes in the past... [and] those affected by the use of atomic weapons," said Big Hit Entertainment, the agency representing the band. BTS are arguably the world's most popular K-pop group. Thousands had criticised them for the fashion faux..
November 14, 2018

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: Wait on for Bollywood wedding

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: Wait on for Bollywood wedding Image copyright Getty Images India is counting down the hours until Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tie the knot in a plush Italian resort on Wednesday. The couple's names are trending on Twitter and social media is filled with good wishes ahead of their big day. The actors have starred in three movies together, including blockbusters Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. Forbes Magazine reports that the couple made an estimated $21m (£16m) in combined earnings last year. Padmaavat: Why this Bollywood film is so controversial Bollywood's Ranveer Singh on racy scenes The wedding is happening on the anniversary of the 2013 release of their first film together - Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Although reporters have not been invited for the event, images of the pre-wedding ceremonies have made their way to entertainment magazines and newspapers. Image Copyright @spiceofi @spiceofi Report Imag..
November 13, 2018

Lion Air crash: Victim’s fiancée takes wedding photos alone

Lion Air crash: Victim's fiancée takes wedding photos alone Image copyright Instagram/intansyariii Image caption Intan Syari says she's fulfilling her partner's last wish An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was on a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea has gone ahead with her wedding pictures alone. Intan Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on 11 November. But Mr Pratama died as he was coming home for the wedding, when Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed on 29 October shortly after taking off from Jakarta. Ms Sayari said she wanted to fulfil his last wish, and posed for photos wearing her white gown and wedding ring. "Even though I feel grief that I cannot describe, I still have to smile for you," the young woman wrote on Instagram. "I cannot be sad but should be strong like you always told me to be." She said that before he'd left for the flight, Mr Pratama had joked that should he not return in time she should take the pictures and send them to ..
November 13, 2018

Japan GDP: Natural disasters hit economic growth

Japan GDP: Natural disasters hit economic growth Image copyright Getty Images Japan's economy shrank in the third quarter as natural disasters hit spending and disrupted exports. The economy contracted by an annualised 1.2% between July and September, preliminary figures showed. A devastating earthquake and typhoon were among the disasters to hit Japan this year, and prompted the bigger than expected contraction. The slowdown also comes as the US and China fight a trade war which risks hurting global trade and growth. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a 1% contraction for the three months to September. Exports fell 1.8% from the previous quarter, the fastest decline in more than three years, Reuters said. Japan was hit by several natural disasters over its summer, including one of the country's worst flooding disasters in decades, an earthquake and a deadly typhoon. The disasters disrupted factories and hit domestic spending. Rising trade tensions and protectio..
November 13, 2018

Detective Pikachu: ‘Gross’ furry Pokemon divides fans

Detective Pikachu: 'Gross' furry Pokemon divides fans Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Pikachu has thick fur in Pokemon Detective Pikachu Pikachu has been the approachable face of the Pokemon franchise for more than 20 years, but a new film trailer has left some fans unsettled. The preview for Pokemon Detective Pikachu shows the character covered in thick yellow fur, which some fans have called "grotesque" and "disgusting". While Pikachu has always been described as furry, it is the first time the character has been rendered in "life-like" 3D in an official capacity. Many fans liked the realistic fur. Image copyright The Pokemon Company/4Kids Entertainment Image caption Pikachu in the first video game, in early artwork and in the first appearance in the TV series Image copyright The Pokemon Company/Nintendo Image caption The forthcoming Let's Go Pikachu game shows Pikachu with a fringe Image copyright AFP Image caption Pikachu has been seen with a furry textur..
November 13, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Hosting a global summit in the least likely of locations

Papua New Guinea: Hosting a global summit in the least likely of locations Image copyright EPA Image caption Most locals aren't exactly fans of the summitry Papua New Guinea (PNG) might be the least likely place to spot world leaders shaking hands. But that's exactly what's happening over the next few days. Notoriously dangerous Port Moresby is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit this week, and it's shaping up to be quite an unusual meeting. Among the stranger features of the gathering: some of the thousands of delegates and media will be staying on cruise ships because of a lack of hotels, while a multinational security force has been assembled to keep the city safe. But many locals have expressed frustration over millions of dollars spent on the gathering, including on luxury Maserati cars, at a time when the impoverished country faces many challenges. All things considered there is intense anticipation about whether the Pacific country w..
November 13, 2018

‘Superwoman’ Lilly Singh to take a break from YouTube

'Superwoman' Lilly Singh to take a break from YouTube Image copyright Lilly Singh Image caption Lilly Singh has gone from videos of tying turbans to global stardom on YouTube in a few years YouTuber Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has announced she is taking a break from the video platform. The Canadian-born content creator is stepping away from YouTube after eight years for her mental health. She promised fans she will "be back happier and healthier" after her time off. A prolific and popular YouTuber, Ms Singh has over 14 million subscribers on her channels and is among the platform's highest earning stars. 'Superwoman' Lilly Singh at UN General Assembly The rise and rise of Lilly Singh "I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted," she said in a video posted on Monday night. The comedian and actress said she was struggling with burnout after posting nonstop videos since 2010. Ms Singh said she is not "particularly proud" wi..
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