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Man sentenced to 10 years hard labour over death of Scarlett Keeling | World news

British teenager’s body was found on a beach in Goa after a Valentine’s Day party in 2008A man has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment, following the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, who was found dead on a beach in Goa more than 10 years ago.Scarlett’s mother, Fiona MacKeown, welcomed the verdict. “I was hoping for something along those lines. The rigorous imprisonment was definitely what we wanted. I didn’t want him to have it easy in there.”Her family were happy it was...

Bangladesh prepares to move Rohingya to island at risk of floods and cyclones | Global development

Foreign minister defends controversial proposal as ‘only solution’ despite misgivings of human rights campaignersThe first Rohingya refugees could be relocated to an island in the next few months under controversial plans drawn up by the Bangladesh government, the country’s foreign minister has said.Some of the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar and are now living in camps in Cox’s Bazar will be relocated to the silt island of Bhasan Char in the estuary o...

India’s ‘dosa king’ restauranteur dies one week into life term for murder | World news

P Rajagopal, founder of popular Saravana Bhavan restaurant chain, dies of cardiac failureIndia’s “dosa king”, the founder of a global restaurant chain, has died days after losing a last-ditch attempt to avoid a life sentence for murder.P Rajagopal, 71, who rose from humble beginnings to run one of the world’s largest chains of vegetarian restaurants, had been convicted of killing the husband of a woman he wanted to make his third wife. Continue reading...

Australian motorcycle gangs expanding into south-east Asia to get slice of drug market | Australia news

UN report says outlawed gangs expanding presence because of increased law enforcement attention in AustraliaAustralian outlaw motorcycle gangs have expanded into south-east Asia to take advantage of a booming, multibillion-dollar methamphetamine export market in the region, a landmark report from the United Nations has warned.Where once China and Hong Kong were the dominant suppliers for illicit methamphetamines into Australia, a new report by the UN office of drugs and crime released on Thursda...

Man convicted of 2008 killing of Scarlett Keeling in Goa | World news

Samson d’Souza faces decades in prison for culpable homicide of British teenagerA man has been convicted in relation to the death of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, more than 10 years after she was found dead on a beach in Goa.Fiona MacKeown, Scarlett’s mother, who described the past 11 years as an absolute nightmare, said she was shocked but delighted. Continue reading...

Pakistan arrests alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks | World news

Arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes days before Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, visits WashingtonAuthorities in Pakistan have arrested Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terror finance charges, a spokesman for the chief minister of Punjab province said.The arrest came days before a visit to Washington by the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, who has vowed to crack down on militant groups operating in Pakistan. Continue re...

Babies in Nepal get quarter of calories from junk food, study finds | Science

Diets heavy on snack foods linked to undernutrition and stunting, say researchersChildren under the age of two in Nepal are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food, according to groundbreaking research that warns their diet is linked to stunting and undernutrition.Biscuits, crisps, instant noodles and sugary drinks appear to be displacing foods with the vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients babies need to grow well, say the researchers. The work, published in the Journal of Nut...

Lunar eclipse 2019: from Australia to the UK, stargazers enjoy bright side of the moon | Science

Photographers from Sydney to Brasilia capture July’s stunning partial lunar eclipseStargazers around the world have enjoyed a view of a global lunar eclipse, delighting people from Dehli to Dublin.The partial eclipse was visible in nearly every part of the world except for North America and the polar climes of Greenland and northern Russia. Continue reading...

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar's military leaders over Rohingya abuses | World news

Steps are the strongest the country has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingya in 2017Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has announced sanctions on the Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders over extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States.The steps, which also covered Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two other senior commanders and their families, are the strongest the United States ha...

Death toll from floods in south Asia rises to more than 100 | Environment

More than four million displaced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Assam and Bihar among the worst-hit regionsFloods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters acro...

India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission called off minutes before launch | World news

Nation’s first attempt at a landing on the moon put on hold due to ‘technical snag’India’s moon mission, destined for the uncharted south pole, has been put on hold less than an hour before take off, following a technical glitch.The mission, which was scheduled to launch at 02:51 local time from Sriharikota space centre, north of Chennai, is India’s most ambitious to date. Continue reading...

'Edge of catastrophe': report warns firms and governments off Turkmenistan | World news

Citizens of gas-rich, isolated state subject to food shortages and human rights abusesInvestors and governments should stop cosying up to gas-rich Turkmenistan, according to a new report that describes the central Asian hermit state as “a country teetering on the edge of catastrophe”.Turkmenistan, second only to North Korea in the scale of its isolation and leadership cult, has long been courted by western governments eager to tap into its gas reserves and associated wealth. The country is thoug...

At least 47 people killed in Nepal floods | World news

Large areas have been submerged by heavy monsoon rain in recent days, with many rivers still above flood levelThe death toll in Nepal from flash floods and landslides in the past three days rose to 47 on Sunday, with dozens more missing and injured, the Nepalese government said.Incessant monsoon rains have pounded many areas in the mountainous country since Thursday, submerging large areas of land, inundating homes and destroying bridges and roads across the country. Continue reading...

India’s ‘dosa king’ to begin life sentence for murder of love rival | World news

Restaurant tycoon P Rajagopal turns himself in after losing last-ditch attempt to avoid jailThe trailblazing Indian founder of a global restaurant chain has surrendered to a court after losing a last-ditch attempt to avoid a life sentence for murdering a love rival.P Rajagopal rose from rags to riches to create the Saravana Bhavan chain, which has more than 80 restaurants in India and around the world, including London, New York, Singapore, Sydney and Stockholm. Continue reading...

Nepal jails Canadian former UN official for sexually abusing boys | World news

Peter Dalglish, 62, an aid worker awarded Order of Canada in 2016, convicted of abusing two boys, aged 12 and 14A former UN official has been jailed for sexually abusing children in Nepal after a trial that underscored the country’s growing appeal for foreign paedophiles.Peter John Dalglish, 62, from Canada, a high-profile humanitarian worker, was sentenced on Monday to two separate terms of nine years and seven years after being convicted last month. Continue reading...