The five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan, are usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples, and high-spirited water-throwing on the streets. Activists urged people this year to stage symbolic protests from the start of the holiday on Tuesday, including by painting a three-finger salute used by demonstrators on traditional Thingyan pots filled with flowers, which are typically displayed at this time. Ei Thinzar Maung said other planned holiday protests against the junta included the splattering of red paint on sidewalks and the blasting of car horns.
A 32-year-old man who sexually abused two brothers who were abandoned by their father as babies was jailed for 18 years and sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane on Tuesday (13 April).
Jamal Murray went crashing to the floor grabbing his left knee clearly in pain late on Monday night, and had to be helped off the floor.
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada is now COVID-19 free, his son ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada announced today. “We are happy to announce that my dad continues to improve and we expect that he can be transferred to a regular room soon,” Jinggoy said in an online statement. “His repeat RT-PCR (swab test) is now NEGATIVE!” the ... This article, Former President Erap Estrada tests negative for COVID-19, says son, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says, despite concern from neighbouring countries and fierce opposition from local fishing communities.
What has worked for Enjoy Eating House and Bar is in its curation of familiar favourites, elevated and served at affordable price points, in a space that's unfussy and gleefully convivial.
The first men's major of 2021 dominates AFP Sport's golf talking points this week:
The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over the resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear program. Neither Iran nor the U.S. say the incident will crater the negotiations.
A judge on Brazil's Supreme Federal Court on Monday suspended parts of four decrees issued by President Jair Bolsonaro relaxing the country's gun control laws.
China's imports and exports boomed again in March, data showed Tuesday, reaffirming the recovery in the world's number-two economy continues apace and demand picks up in key overseas markets as they emerge from last year's virus crisis.
"Boko Haram was in my house!" three-year-old Aisha said with a frown, sat next to her mother Hadiza in a run-down camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.
Everton have now gone four straight Premier League games without a win, Monday's result coming after a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and back-to-back losses to Burnley and Chelsea. Ancelotti's side are eighth on 48 points, four points behind sixth-placed Liverpool and seven behind fourth-placed West Ham, who have both played a game more. "Of course, the fight is more difficult now, but we're still in the fight," Ancelotti told reporters.
The hillside Jewish cemetery in northern Ethiopia was never supposed to get so big.
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A court in China has upheld a suspended death sentence for a man who abducted a man with Down’s syndrome so his body could be sold and substituted for another body due to be cremated to circumvent a government ban on burials. The convicted man, identified by his surname Huang, sold the murdered man’s body to a wealthy family in 2017 in Lufeng, Guangdong province, who did not want to cremate a deceased relative and offered to buy a corpse to use as a substitute, according to the case verdict from Guangdong Higher People’s Court. The deceased man whose family wanted a traditional burial, also surnamed Huang, died from cancer in February, 2017, and told his family he wished to be buried before dying, according to the verdict.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The victim, a man called Lin Shaoren who was then 36 and had Down syndrome, was picking rubbish along the road on March 1, 2017, near his home in Lufeng when Huang abducted him and made him drink a large volume of liquor. He then placed the unconscious Lin into a coffin prepared in advance and sealed it with four steel nails, Huang told the court. The coffin was carried to a crossroad and swapped with the other Huang’s coffin two days later when the family was due to send it to the funeral home. Lin’s body was sent for cremation, while Huang’s body was secretly taken to a secluded area for a traditional burial. The family paid a total of 107,000 yuan (US$16,345), of which 90,000 yuan went to Huang, the convicted murderer, while the rest went to a middleman surnamed Wen. Lin was listed as a missing person by local police for two years before his family discovered he had been murdered in November, 2019, after police used surveillance footage to solve the crime, Sohu News reported. Cemetery in China forced to bury controversial mortgages-for-graves plan after backlash The case, which gained public attention last week after local media picked up the story, reveals the lengths some Chinese families will go to to get around government efforts to promote cremation and eliminate traditional graveyard burials. Local authorities in China have been pushing for cremation to save land for other uses and because it is seen as more environmentally friendly, but traditional grave burial remains popular amid traditional beliefs this is the only way the dead will be at peace. The most recent figures available for deaths from 2019 show only about 52 per cent of those who died, or over 5 million corpses, were cremated that year, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Huang was given a suspended death sentence by a court in Shanwei in September 2020. He appealed to the Guangdong Higher People’s Court but this was dismissed in December last year. According to the Guangdong province’s regulation on cremation, funeral homes should appoint specific staff to register corpses and double-check their identities before cremation. However, mix-ups with dead bodies are not uncommon at funeral homes in China. A woman in Henan province was shocked to find out that the body of her father, who died in his 50s, was mistaken and cremated as another man in his 70s in September, the Henan Business Daily reported. Searches China Judgements Online reveal more than 200 verdicts since 2012 for cases involving “trading corpses” and “stealing corpses”.This article Murderer kidnapped Chinese man to sell his body for cremation so another family could have a traditional burial first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Daunte Wright’s mother showed her grief as she appeared at a vigil in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 12, to remember her son who was shot by police on Sunday.This footage, filmed by Jared Goyette, shows Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, holding a box of tissue and shedding a silent tear as she listening to a trumpet at the start of the vigil.On Sunday, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering his vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks.Brooklyn Center Police Chief told reporters on Monday it was his “belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet.”Minneapolis Governor Tim Walz issued curfews across multiple locations, including Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota and Anoka counties from 7 pm Monday to 6 am Tuesday following Wright’s death on Sunday. Credit: Jared Goyette via Storyful
GameStop is searching for a new CEO as it pivots from a video game retailer to an e-commerce firm, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.GameStop stock has surged nearly 4,000% from a year ago, thanks to a trading frenzy sparked by amateur investors betting on so-called "meme stocks" featured in Reddit chat groups.Sources say the new shift would be GameStop's biggest shake-up since Ryan Cohen, former CEO of online pet food company Chewy, joined the board in January, laying the groundwork for a shift in company culture and strategy.They added that GameStop's board is working with an executive headhunter on the CEO search.A GameStop spokesman declined to comment.The search is the latest in a string of changes Cohen has spearheaded since joining the company.George Sherman, who had served as GameStop CEO since 2019, has been credited internally with slashing costs and steering the company through the global health crisis, as many other retailers went out of business.But sources say Sherman's 25 years of experience have mainly been with brick-and-mortar retailers like Home Depot, a far cry from the digital transformation Cohen is aiming for.Cohen has pushed for a number of hires from e-commerce giant Amazon as well as Chewy.But many Wall Street analysts are skeptical about the company's ability to reinvent itself.GameStop shares fell roughly 11 percent on Monday.
Walter McCarty denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Evansville student on Monday.
The defense for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was set to start presenting its case Tuesday, following 11 days of a prosecution narrative that combined wrenching video with clinical analysis by medical and use-of-force experts to condemn Derek Chauvin's actions. Once the defense takes over, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is expected to have his own experts testify that it was Floyd's drug use and bad heart, not Chauvin's actions, that killed him. The defense hasn't said whether Chauvin will take the stand.
China’s exports rose 30.6% over a year ago in March as global consumer demand strengthened and traders watched for signs of what President Joe Biden might do about reviving tariff war talks with Beijing. China's exporters have benefited from the relatively early reopening of its economy while some other governments are re-imposing anti-virus curbs that limit business and trade. Exports to the United States jumped 53.6% in March to $38.7 billion despite tariff hikes still in place on Chinese goods in a trade war launched by former President Donald Trump over Beijing’s technology ambitions.