Monday, 26 August 2019

BBC

Austrian leader loses no-confidence vote

SYDNEY: Austria’s parliament has voted to remove Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his government from office in a special parliamentary session. His previous coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), backed the motions brought by the opposition Social Democrats (SPÖ).The FPÖ had become embroiled in a political scandal caused by a ...

Read More »

Harvey makes deal to pay $44m in compensation

LONDON: Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accuse him of sexual misconduct, US media report. Lawyers said the settlement to resolve civil lawsuits and compensate alleged victims was worth about $44m (£34.7m). Mr Weinstein denies sexually harassing ...

Read More »

I realized it’s not enough to be an actress: Mehwish Hayat

LOLLYWOOD: Pakistan’s glam girl Mehwish Hayat opened up about the debacle after becoming talk of the town and meeting a number of trolls online over receiving the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz award. The actor from Load Wedding spoke to the BBC Asian Network and opened up in Bollywood about her work and ethics. ...

Read More »

Thousands protest against China extradition law

CHINA: Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong over a proposed law change that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Officials say they need to amend the law before July so that they can extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan. Demonstrators – some marching with ...

Read More »

Sri Lanka bans face coverings in public

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has banned face coverings in public, following a spate of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds. President Maithripala Sirisena said he was using an emergency law to impose the restriction from Monday. Any face garment which “hinders identification” will ...

Read More »

New Zealand PM calls for global anti-racism fight

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week’s deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch. In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in ...

Read More »

Paris street to ‘shut out Instagrammers’

PARIS: A pretty cobbled street in Paris has become a huge hit on Instagram, with thousands of pictures and “likes”. But residents of Rue Cremieux have now had enough and are calling on the city council to restrict access at certain times. One has even launched an Instagram account logging ...

Read More »

North Korea rebuilding Sohae rocket launch site

PYONGYANG: New satellite images of North Korea suggest it is restoring a rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle, say analysts. The images were taken two days after talks between the leaders of the US and North Korea ended without them reaching a deal on denuclearisation. The Tongchang-ri site ...

Read More »

Japan spacecraft touches down on asteroid

Artist concept by JAXA JAPAN: A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on an asteroid in an attempt to collect a sample of rock from the surface. The Hayabusa-2 probe was trying to grab the sample from a pre-chosen site on the asteroid Ryugu just before 23:00 GMT on 21 February. ...

Read More »