November 7, 2018

Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers

Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: How Samsung's flexible phone launch unfolded Samsung has unveiled a folding handset at an event in San Francisco. It described its Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said it intended to start production within months. When unfolded, the device resembles a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet. When closed, a separate smaller "cover display" on the handset's other side comes into use. Samsung has teased the concept for more than five years and had been vying with Huawei to show off a device first. Image copyright Samsung Image caption When closed a single screen is seen, but when open a separate display on the reverse comes into use However, both were upstaged a week ago when little-known start-up Royole unveiled a foldable phone of its own. Royole's bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled Huawei promises foldable phone within a year Sa..
November 7, 2018

Allahabad: The name change that killed my city’s soul

Allahabad: The name change that killed my city's soul Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Allahabad railway station is a major transport hub What is your name? Where are you from? This is how most introductions start in India. And my answer to the second question has always been Allahabad, the city of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. But I won't be able to say that any longer because Allahabad has been renamed Prayagraj. Allahabad is in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The state government has said the decision was taken to restore the city's ancient identity as a major Hindu pilgrimage centre. BJP leaders have taken issue with the fact that the city's 435-year-old name was given by a Muslim ruler. Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Thousands of sadhus (holy men) come to the city during the Kumbh Mela Allahabad was i..
November 7, 2018

Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from prison

Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from prison Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAsia Bibi's escape from Pakistan death row A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer has told the BBC. Saif ul Malook told AFP that Asia Bibi was "on a plane but no one knows where she is landing". Asia Bibi's acquittal sparked violent protests and the government agreed to bar her from leaving the country. Her husband has said they are in great danger in Pakistan and pleaded for asylum in the UK, US or Canada. A prison official told AFP that the order to release her had been sent to the prison in the city of Multan, where she was being held. Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world Asia Noreen - commonly known as Asia Bibi - was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with ne..
November 7, 2018

South Korea apologises for rapes during 1980 Gwangju protest crackdown

South Korea apologises for rapes during 1980 Gwangju protest crackdown Image copyright EPA Image caption South Korean Defence Minister, Jeong Kyeong-doo, bows his head to the nation South Korea has apologised for the rape of women by troops sent to crush an anti-government protest 38 years ago. The defence minister bowed as he described how soldiers inflicted "unspeakable pain" on innocent women in the city of Gwangju in 1980. A recent government investigation confirmed 17 cases of sexual assault, including against teenagers and a pregnant woman. But some victims said an apology was not enough. Kim Sun-ok, who was raped, said "a million apologies" were worthless without the guilty troops being "duly punished". The south-western city of Gwangju was the centre of an uprising against martial law in South Korea, imposed after a military coup in 1979 led by General Chun Doo-hwan. A brutal military crackdown left more than 200 people dead or missing, according to official figures. Although ..
November 7, 2018

Why Australia is worried about upsetting Indonesia

Why Australia is worried about upsetting Indonesia Image copyright EPA Image caption Indonesian President Joko Widodo with former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull last week Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's recent announcement that he is considering recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital took many by surprise, and none more so than Indonesia, perhaps Canberra's most crucial regional ally. Enter some unusual diplomacy to mend ties, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney. He was dumped as prime minister, relinquished his seat and insists he is now just a private citizen. Yet last week Malcolm Turnbull was in Bali, meeting senior Indonesian leaders in an attempt to calm diplomatic tensions created by the man who ousted him, Scott Morrison. Indonesians could be forgiven for feeling confused. Certainly, they are perplexed and angry, following Mr Morrison's announcement last month that Australia is considering moving its embassy to Jerusalem and recognising the contested..
November 7, 2018

‘Vietnamese’ children found in lorry

Eleven children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Border Force staff check lorries and trucks arriving at the UK border as they leave a cross-channel ferry that has just arrived from France Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK. The group, thought to be from Vietnam, was concealed among a load of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. Details of the Border Force operation have only just emerged, but a criminal investigation is under way. A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK. It had earlier been reported 15 children had been found in the lorry, but the figure was later revised by the Home Office. A spokesman said the group included 17 people claiming to be aged between 12 and 17 who "presented themselves as Vietnamese". "A total of 11 were later confirmed to be minors. They..
November 7, 2018

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number?

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number? Image copyright Hindustan Times Airlines have been stepping up their efforts to recruit more female pilots to meet the increasing demand for travel. Spending on travel and tourism has spiked in recent years, with customers keen to spend their money on new experiences. There were nearly 350 million more international tourists in 2017 than in 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization. Which airline employs the most female pilots?Globally, just 5.18% of commercial pilots are women, according to the Air Line Pilots Association International trade union. Indian airlines employ the highest proportion of female pilots at 12.4%. That's according to the latest statistics from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP). Zoom Air, a regional Indian airline, tops the leader board. ISWAP says it employs nine female pilots out of a total of 30. Kathy McCullough, communications chairwoman for ISWAP and a retired fe..
November 7, 2018

Chinese staff forced to drink urine and eat roaches

Chinese staff forced to drink urine and eat roaches Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption If you miss your sales target, bon appétit Managers at a Chinese firm have been jailed for making staff who failed to reach sales targets drink urine and eat cockroaches, local media report. Police took action after videos emerged showing workers being whipped with a belt and drinking a yellow liquid. Social media posts alleged staff were also told to eat cockroaches if they did not meet targets. Three managers were jailed for five and 10 days over the incident, the South China Morning Post reports. A widely shared video posted on Chinese social media site Weibo shows a male employer standing in the middle of a circle, getting whipped with a belt. Image copyright Pearvideo.com Image caption The video quickly went viral on Weibo Other staff, said to be employees of the home renovation company in the city of Guizhou, can be seen drinking yellow liquid from plastic cups while holdi..
November 7, 2018

Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian

Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The durian has been called the world's stinkiest fruit An Indonesian plane was temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell of durian in the cabin. Around two tonnes of durian, the world's stinkiest fruit, was in the cargo hold of the Sriwijaya Air flight, bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu. Passengers demanded that the fruit be removed, with some almost coming to blows with crew members. The airline eventually relented and unloaded sacks of the durian fruit. The flight eventually took off around 11:40am local time (04:40 GMT), an hour later than scheduled. Image copyright Amir Zidane Image caption Facebook user Amir Zidane filmed the fruit being unloaded after the protest Sriwajiya Air later said the airline was well within its rights to carry the stinky fruit in cargo. "It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as i..
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