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..
November 13, 2018

Asia Bibi: British imams join calls for UK to give asylum

Asia Bibi: British imams join calls for UK to give asylum Image copyright Handout Three British imams have joined calls for the UK to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy. It comes after former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and other politicians, urged the government to help her. Ms Bibi was freed last week after eight years on death row, sparking violent protests in Pakistan from Islamists. Her husband has said the family is in danger and has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada. Prominent British Muslims, including three imams - Qari Asim, Mamadou Bocoum and Dr Usama Hasan - have written a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him "to make a clear and proactive statement that Britain would welcome a request for sanctuary here". Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling What are Pakistan's blasphemy laws? Why are Pakistan's Christians targeted? The letter, also signed by MPs from across the po..
November 13, 2018

Thais mourn boxer Anucha Kochana, 13, killed in fight

Thais mourn boxer Anucha Kochana, 13, killed in fight Image copyright Facebook Image caption Anucha had fought in 170 bouts and entered the ring aged eight The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out in a Thai kickboxing match has led to renewed pressure on Thailand to ban children from boxing bouts. Anucha Kochana was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage two days after he fought in the charity match. He had taken part in 170 fights since the age of eight to help raise money for his family, reports say. The Thai parliament is reviewing legislation that would ban children under 12 from boxing matches. Thai boxing, or Muay Thai as it is also called, is hugely popular in the country, where thousands of young fighters and their families see it as a way of earning money. But there are few rules governing the sport and some people oppose proposed laws to protect young fighters, saying they are part of the country's boxing tradition. Image copyright AFP Image caption Many yo..
November 13, 2018

Flipkart boss resigns after misconduct investigation

Flipkart boss resigns after misconduct investigation Image copyright Getty Images Binny Bansal, chief executive of India's biggest online retailer, Flipkart, has resigned following an investigation into personal misconduct. Flipkart and its owner, Walmart, launched the investigation after a complaint of "serious personal misconduct" was made against Mr Bansal. The inquiry did not find evidence to back up the allegation, but did "reveal other lapses in judgement". Walmart paid $16bn (£12.3bn) earlier this year to take control of Flipkart. Mr Bansal had "strongly denied" the allegation made against him, but the companies did not give any further details about what the allegation was. However, in a combined statement, they said that Mr Bansal had shown "a lack of transparency" in his response to the situation. Mr Bansal co-founded Flipkart in 2007 with Sachin Bansal who, despite sharing the same surname, is not related. Sachin Bansal left the company shortly after the deal with Walm..
November 13, 2018

Sri Lanka crisis: Supreme Court suspends dissolution of parliament

Sri Lanka crisis: Supreme Court suspends dissolution of parliament Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters of ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament, as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday. The dramatic decision came two weeks after Mr Sirisena fired his prime minister and replaced him with the country's former leader. But his actions have been called unconstitutional. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the ousted PM, had refused to give way to his named successor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and had called for MPs to vote on who they believed was the rightful premier. Correspondents said the president and Mr Rajapaksa decided to called the snap election because they did not have enough support in parliament for their new government. Mr Wic..
November 13, 2018

Softbank IPO: A guide to the Japanese tech giant

Softbank IPO: A guide to the Japanese tech giant Image copyright Getty Images Image caption SoftBank developed a robot call Pepper which the company says can read human emotions Japan's Softbank plans to list its mobile unit in Tokyo next month in what could be one of the world's largest stock offerings. The 2.4 trillion yen ($21bn) float is part of Softbank's broader move away from telecoms towards tech investing. If demand triggers an additional offering, the IPO could rival Alibaba's record $25bn listing. Led by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, the firm has built up a high-profile portfolio of tech investments. "Over the last several years, Softbank has gradually been transforming away from telecommunication to more of a venture capital company," Marc Einstein, analyst at ITR Corporation in Tokyo said. "What we are seeing now is a step in that direction," he said. What does Softbank do?Softbank began as a Japanese telecoms company but has since become a t..
November 13, 2018

China postpones lifting ban on rhino and tiger parts after outcry

China postpones lifting ban on rhino and tiger parts after outcry Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild China has said it is postponing its easing of a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, following a wave of protests from environmental groups. Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China had prohibited their trade in 1993. But in late October, it announced it would permit the animal parts to be used for scientific, medical and cultural purposes. Officials have now said the move was "postponed after study". Tiger and rhino parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, though any benefits have not been proven. The "detailed regulations for implementation" of the change had been "postponed after study", said State Council Executive Deputy Secretary-General Ding Xuedong in a statement. Mr Din..
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