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Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

World
The release of a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy has been delayed. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a dispute with her neighbours.The mother-of-three, 47, has always maintained her innocence - but has spent the majority of the past eight years in solitary confinement.Her release was delayed following protests by radical Islamists, who want her publicly hanged, and failed talks between them and the government. Image: Asia Bibi denies the charge but has spent years in solitary confinement A lawyer representing a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against Ms Bibi petitione...
BoA to release new album 'Woman'

BoA to release new album 'Woman'

Entertainment
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- South Korean singer BoA will return with a new album this month. The Korea Herald confirmed the 31-year-old K-pop star will release her ninth studio album, Woman, and a single of the same name Oct. 24. "The veteran singer is getting prepared to return with her LP on Oct. 24," BoA's agency, S.M. Entertainment, said. "A day after the release of the 10-track album via local digital music platforms, the LP will be released in CD format." "Woman" is described as a dance pop song that highlights BoA's powerful vocals. S.M. Entertainment said on Twitter that BoA wrote the song herself. "BoA is coming back with her new full album 'WOMAN'! The album contains 10 tracks including the title track 'Woman,' which the lyrics are written by herself! Please stay tuned," the post reads.BoA...
High hopes as Crazy Rich Asians set for UK release

High hopes as Crazy Rich Asians set for UK release

Entertainment
By Lucy Cotter, entertainment correspondent, and Amy Hitchcock, entertainment producerRom-com Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood blockbuster in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, so expectations were high, higher even than its box office takings of $ 117m in its first 20 days - and the hype has followed it over the pond.  The film has proved polarising among the community it is supposed to represent.Many have expressed disappointment that it presents a very specific and narrow portrayal of Asia - an east Asian, westernised version, accused of being more palatable to Hollywood audiences.Dhanny Joshi, managing director of Big Deal Films, started his company to create roles for his clients who weren't being offered enough opportunities.He told Sky News he thinks Crazy...
May calls for release of jailed journalists in Myanmar

May calls for release of jailed journalists in Myanmar

World
Theresa May has called for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists jailed for carrying police documents, saying the verdict undermines press freedom. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were jailed for seven years after being found guilty of breaking state secrets laws while investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.Mrs May's spokesman criticised the verdict, saying she was "extremely disappointed" by it, and the sentencing. Image: Wa Lone leaves court after his verdict was announced The spokesman said: "As our ambassador to Burma, who attended the hearing, has said, we are extremely disappointed with this verdict and sentencing."We call for the journalists to be released immediately."In any dem...
US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

World
A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday.The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the plans. But eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement, arguing the untraceable guns were a safety risk. US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands. 3D-printed firearms, explained Will 3D printing change my world? "There are...