The student daring to challenge Thailand’s monarchy

Image copyright BBC News Thai Image caption Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul delivers a 10-point manifesto on stage in August “There was fear lurking inside me, deep fear of the consequences,” says Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul. In August, the 21-year-old nervously stepped onto a stage in Thailand and delivered an open challenge to the monarchy. To the cheering of thousands of students of one of Thailand’s top universities, she read out a now-famous 10-point manifesto, calling for reform of the monarchy. It was a shocking move. Thais are taught from birth to revere and love…

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‘For me whale meat is my childhood, my memories’

Image caption Whale meat has seen a increase in sales this year in Norway As coronavirus devastates the travel industry, whalers in Norway are reaping the rewards of a national staycation. “For me whale meat is my childhood, my memories,” says Frode Revke, as he sorts through a pile of white Norwegian cheese. “Even my mother’s spaghetti bolognese was whale meat. The first time I went to Italy I was so disappointed, it tasted of nothing!” Frode runs Ost & Sant, a deli selling traditional food in the heart of…

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Coronavirus: ‘I cut a carrot for the first time, aged 41’

Alia Akkam is a food and design writer from New York who now lives in Budapest. Diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 39, she says the pandemic forced her to confront one of her greatest fears and loves – cooking. image copyrightAlia Akkam While others fawned over sourdough to alleviate their pandemic stress, I was grateful that the mandatory time indoors had forced me, aged 41, to cut-up a carrot for the first time. Restaurants had always fascinated me. When I lived in New York, I went out night…

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Environment activists: ‘I got death and rape threats’

Last year, 212 environmental activists around the world were killed. It’s the worst year on record since the charity Global Witness started tracking deaths in 2012. Women and ingenious activists are particularly under threat. BBC Minute’s Olivia Le Poidevin speaks to environmental activists from the Philippines and Colombia who say they have received death and rape threats. Reporter: Olivia Le Poidevin Producer: Hannah Simpson Source link

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Senator Rubio Urges Trump To Scrap TikTok-Oracle Deal If ByteDance Ties Remain

WASHINGTON: Marco Rubio and five other Republican senators called on the Trump administration to reject a proposed deal for Oracle Corp to become a “trusted technology provider” for popular social media platform TikTok’s U.S. operations, if ties to Chinese owner ByteDance remain. Rubio, the first senator to call on the administration to investigate TikTok over censorship concerns, said in the letter to President Donald Trump that “serious questions” remained about Oracle’s role, the technology it would provide to ByteDance, and the future of the application’s algorithm. “We remain…

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Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK ‘respect’ for Good Friday Agreement

Image copyright Reuters Joe Biden has said he will not allow peace in Northern Ireland to become a “casualty of Brexit” if he is elected US President in November. The Democratic candidate said any UK-US trade deal had to be “contingent” on respect for the Good Friday Agreement. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been trying to reassure US politicians about the latest Brexit developments during a trip to Washington. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he trusted the UK to “get this right”. But US Speaker Nancy Pelosi said…

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Boris Johnson admits U.K. Does not have enough COVID-19 testing capacity : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 76%. (I’m a bot) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that the U.K. does not have enough testing capacity but said that the government was hoping that capacity will be up to 500,000 tests per day by the end of October. At the moment, the U.K. has a testing capacity of around 300,000-a-day but many have reported being unable to be tested, with some turning to private clinics. Johnson said he understood people’s frustrations with the testing system,…

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Uganda jail break: More than 200 prisoners escape Moroto facility

image copyrightGoogle image captionThe prisoners are believed to have fled into the Mount Moroto foothills More than 200 prisoners have escaped from a jail in north-east Uganda, officials say, bringing the local town to a standstill while security forces try to track them down. The inmates reportedly killed a soldier after they broke out of the facility in Moroto before heading for the hills. The army and prison officials are pursuing the escapees, who reportedly made off with 15 guns and ammunition. An army spokesperson said two inmates had been…

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