September 9, 2018

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests Image copyright Sayan Hazra Image caption Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a hunter A tribe in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland gave up their ancient tradition of hunting to protect wildlife. Photographer Sayan Hazra chronicles life in the village years after it banished the practice. At one time, 76-year-old Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a skilled hunter. But he stopped hunting in 2001. The Khonoma tribe gave up what was an important source of livelihood some 20 years ago in order to create a more stable ecosystem for future generations. For centuries, many in the remote, hilly village spent the majority of their time hunting. They killed animals for sustenance but also because it was a tradition and a way of life. Image copyright Sayan Hazra It all began in 1993 when some tribespeople began a campaign to stop hunting. They were spurred to act after they discovered that the grey-bellied Tragopans, a type of pheasant, was an endangere..
September 9, 2018

‘Children jailed as adults’ seek justice from Australia

'Children jailed as adults' seek justice from Australia Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbdul says he was a child when he was jailed by Australia for people smuggling More than 120 Indonesians who say Australia wrongly jailed them as adults - when in fact they were children - have launched a bid for compensation. The BBC's Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke visited remote Rote Island to hear how they became caught up in human trafficking. Siti Rudy's eyes fill with tears when she recalls the long months in 2009 when, with no news, she assumed her son Abdul was dead. "I cried and cried because as the youngest he was the one who looked after me," she says, sitting on the cement floor of her home, a one-bedroom house in Oelaba village on Rote, the Indonesian island closest to Australia. "After a long time he called me and told me he was in jail in Australia. That was a very hard thing to hear." Image caption Siti Rudy (right) thought she had l..
September 9, 2018

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kylie and Jason reunited to perform their Christmas hit from 1988 Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have reunited at last... performing Especially For You on stage in London. Kylie, who was headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, teased the audience by starting the duet on her own, with a gospel choir singing Donovan's lines. "I need a dance partner," she sighed after the second chorus, at which point Donovan emerged from the wings. He picked her up and spun her around the stage before joining in for the song's finale. Skip Twitter post by @BBCRadio2 Wait! What... Kylie? JASON? KYLIE AND JASON? KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE! JASON! — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) September 9,..
September 9, 2018

Australian police find ‘up to’ five bodies in a house in Bedford

Australian police find 'up to' five bodies in a house in Bedford Up to five bodies have been found in a house in suburb of Perth, according to police in Western Australia. The dead include women and children. Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was "tragic" but that there were no ongoing safety concerns. He said officers made the discovery on Coode Street in Bedford after a man attended a regional police station. The man, who is in his 20s, is in custody. It is not yet known if the victims were related. Skip Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Huge police presence in Bedford this afternoon. Both Coode and Moore streets cordoned off and major crime scene set up. Details at 6 on @9NewsPerth — Grace Fitzgibbon (@gracefitz8) September 9, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Mr Steele called the discovery "heartbreaking" and said the tragedy would send send a ripple through the wider community. He said forensic teams were on the s..
September 9, 2018

Naomi Osaka’s US Open win wows Japan

Naomi Osaka's US Open win wows Japan Image copyright ALLSPORT/GETTY Image caption Ms Osaka beat Ms Williams 6-2 6-4 Japan is celebrating its first ever Grand Slam tennis win after Naomi Osaka's US Open win over Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows. Ms Osaka stayed calm as Ms Williams went into meltdown after the umpire imposed a series of penalties. She was later in tears waiting to be given her trophy as the partisan crowd booed the match officials. The 20-year-old was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father but was raised in the US. Williams accuses final umpire of sexismPrime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Ms Osaka on Twitter, thanking her for "giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship" - an apparent reference to last week's Hokkaido earthquake in northern Japan that killed more than 20 people. Skip Twitter post by @AbeShinzo 大坂なおみ選手、全米オープンの優勝、おめでとうございます。四大大会で日本選手初のチャンピオン。この困難な時にあって、日本中に、元気と感動をありがとう。
September 8, 2018

North Korea to stage military parade and mass games

North Korea to stage military parade and mass games Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Human pixels creating a huge mosaic picture at the 2012 games North Korea is preparing to stage a military parade this weekend along with its first mass games in five years to mark its 70th anniversary. The parade will be closely watched for clues about North Korea's weapons arsenal and professed commitment to denuclearisation. A large display of ballistic missiles would be widely seen as provocative. The Arirang Mass Games, meanwhile, are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays. Korean reunions: Families divided by war meet in North Why North Korea is in no hurry to please the US N Korea 'making missiles' despite US thaw Image copyright Reuters Image caption Which way is Pyongyang marching? Relations between North Korea and the US have been under strain since the landmark June meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader K..
September 8, 2018

Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit

Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Image copyright AFP Image caption Saturday's demonstrations started in Sydney harbour Environmentalists have held protests around the world demanding stepped up measures against climate change, ahead of a summit in California next week. Politicians, business leaders and celebrities will attend the Global Climate Action Summit, whose sponsors include the UN, Facebook and Google. On Friday Pacific island nations declared climate change to be the "single biggest threat" they face. The demonstrations have been organised by New York-based group The Paris climate deal explained What could disappear on 'Hothouse Earth' What is climate change? They began on Saturday with tall ships sailing into Sydney Harbour in Australia. Australia remains heavily reliant on coal to generate electricity, but activists say the country must join an international push towards renewable energy. Image copyright AFP Image caption D..
September 7, 2018

Alibaba’s Jack Ma ‘to step down and focus on philanthropy’

Alibaba's Jack Ma 'to step down and focus on philanthropy' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jack Ma has a net personal wealth of $40bn One of China's richest men, Jack Ma, is to step down as executive chairman of the Alibaba e-commerce empire on Monday, the New York Times reported. He will remain on Alibaba's board of directors but focus on philanthropy in education, the newspaper said. Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has seen it become one of the world's biggest internet companies. With a market value of more than $400bn (£309bn), it includes online selling, film production and cloud computing. In an interview with the Times, former English teacher Mr Ma said retirement would not be the end of an era but "the beginning of an era", adding: "I love education". Alibaba's sales surge continuesMr Ma, who will be 54 on Monday, has a net personal wealth of $40bn, making him the third richest person in China, according to the 2017 Forbes' Chi..
September 7, 2018

The Indian activist jailed for being gay

The Indian activist jailed for being gay Image caption Arif Jafar spent 47 days in jail for being gay In a historic ruling, India's Supreme Court struck down parts of a colonial-era law that criminalised homosexuality. Jayshree Bajoria spoke to Arif Jafar, an LGBT activist who was arrested under section 377 and spent 47 days in prison. "It was very traumatic," recalls Arif Jafar, 47, outside the Supreme Court, where Thursday's landmark ruling was delivered. A short, bespectacled man, he wears a shiny pink button on his shirt supporting the cause dearest to his heart. "Being denied drinking water... being beaten up every day just because of my sexual orientation was a really horrible experience. It took me almost 17 years to even talk about it," he said. Mr Jafar is one of a clutch of petitioners who approached the top court, asking them to reconsider a 2013 ruling which upheld the colonial-era law, under which homosexuality was a crime. What it means to be gay in rural I..
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