a Orchestra closed after fat-shaming singers
A Toronto orchestra has shut down after "fat-shaming" volunteer singers who wore body-hugging dresses, BBC report. The Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras asked women who were not "fit & slim" to use loose dresses that hide their "dietary indulgences". Many singers who had performed with the symphony expressed disgust at the email. The management has since apologised and resigned, telling..
a France bans thin models
A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect, BBC report. Models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height. The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of..
a From porter to top restaurant’s owner, as inspiring story
A kitchen porter has been made a co-owner of the four-time winner of the world's best restaurant, according to BBC. Ali Sonko, 62, is now a partner at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant where he has been working since it opened. Mr Sonko, from the Gambia, was unveiled as one of three new partners, alongside two of its managers. The two-Michelin starred restaurant closed its doors after 14..
a Brazil’s former richest man sent to prison
Former Brazilian oil and mining tycoon Eike Batista has been transferred to a high security prison in Rio de Janeiro after being arrested on arrival from New York, BBC report. Once Brazil's richest man, he has been accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to secure contracts with Rio's state government. Mr Batista has denied any wrongdoing. He has promised to help the authorities in..
a Stars and fans pay tribute to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher
The film industry and fans around the world have been paying tribute to the US actress and author Carrie Fisher, who has died aged 60 after a cardiac arrest, BBC report. She was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. Stars Wars' creator George Lucas said: "She was our great and powerful princess. She will be missed by all." "Thank you Carrie Fisher for all that..
a Michael Jordan wins trademark case in China
China's supreme court has ruled in favour of US basketball legend Michael Jordan in a trademark dispute, BBC report. The People's Supreme Court ruled a Chinese sportswear company must stop using the characters for Jordan's name, read as Qiaodan in Chinese. Qiaodan Sports registered the name more than a decade ago but Jordan's lawyers said it built its business around his Chinese name without..
a Tata Group : Ratan Tata replaced by new chairman
The board of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, has unexpectedly replaced Cyrus Mistry as chairman according to BBC. Ratan Tata has been named as interim chairman while a selection committee finds a permanent replacement. Mr Mistry has led the company, which owns Tata Steel, since late December 2012. He was the first chairman to be appointed from outside the family for 70..
a Billionaire landowner and philanthropist Westminster died aged 64
Billionaire landowner and philanthropist the Duke of Westminster has died aged 64, BBC report. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire on Tuesday after suddenly becoming ill on his Abbeystead Estate. The duke's fortune was estimated at $10.8bn (£8.3bn) by Forbes magazine, making him the world's 68th richest person and the UK's third. A friend of the..
a Cinema complext attacker shot dead in Germany
A masked man who reportedly fired shots in a cinema complex in western Germany has been shot dead by police, the state's interior minister has said, reports BBC. Peter Beuth told the state of Hessen's parliament that police stormed the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim, near Frankfurt, after shots were reported. "The police thought that the gunman was holding hostages and because of that he was..
a Mitsubishi market falls after scandal
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors has said domestic orders for its vehicles have halved since it revealed last week that it had been rigging fuel efficiency tests according to BBC. Company president Tetsuro Aikawa said the situation was "very serious" but said he had no plans to resign immediately. He said he did not know if sales abroad had been affected yet. Shares in the company have..
a Billionaire Iranian businessman Babak sentenced to death
Billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption according to BBC. He was arrested in December 2013 after accusations that he withheld billions in oil revenue channelled through his companies. He denies the allegations. Zanjani, 42, was convicted of fraud and economic crimes, a judiciary spokesperson said at a press briefing. One of Iran's richest..
ming Chinese billionaire announces huge investment in Nepal
Biswa Raj Samekham In a game-changing announcement to a packed house on Day 2 of the ‘MAKE NEPAL GREEN’ seminar, Chinese Billionaire entrepreneur and Laureate of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, Huang Ming, disclosed special solar projects planned for Nepal. Responding to a question put to him by Mr. Jalan Kumar Sharma, CEO of Nepal’s Sana Kisan Vikas Bank, Mr. Huang Ming,..
T Russian ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky may seek UK asylum
Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says he is considering applying for political asylum in the UK and feels safe in London. He was speaking in a BBC interview after a Russian court declared him "under arrest in absentia" over the 1990s murder of a Siberian mayor. "Definitely I'm considering asking for asylum in the UK," he said. Mr..
OB-VZ565_jackma_E_20130115115710 Alibaba continues spending spree with Youku Tudou buyout
Alibaba has finalised its plans to acquire the remaining shares of China's popular online video site, Youku Tudou, in an all-cash transaction estimated to be worth some US$3.7 billion. The deal would see Youku shareholders receive US$27.6 per American Depositary Share, which was higher than its initial offer in October of US$26.6 per share. The company's share closed at US$26.14 end of trading..
_82295330_bef78d6a-0c1b-4a3f-a553-23d6a967a5dd US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery
The US has expressed concern after Russia lifted a ban on supplying Iran with the sophisticated S-300 air defence missile system. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the matter in a phone call with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the White House said. Russia said the embargo was no longer necessary after an interim deal was reached on Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran and six..
_82295449_derelict_ap624bundapani Marooned in an overgrown tea garden
Two years ago, Bijiita Ekka, was a young teenager enjoying school and playing with other children on the sprawling Bundapani Tea Garden in West Bengal, in the foothills of the Himalayas The vast, 3,000-acre (1,214-hectare) property had its own hospital, schools and shops and more than 1,000 families were involved in the growing and processing of tea. Then, in July 2013, the tea garden was..
_82295520_026730854-1 Le Pen family drama: Curtains for Jean Marie?
When Jean-Marie Le Pen confirmed this morning that he was withdrawing his candidacy for December's regional elections, he gave the most concrete sign yet of his waning influence in the party he founded. Since she took over four years ago, his daughter Marine Le Pen has tried to move the National Front party away from the image it had under its founder - shedding its racist undertones and..
_82242236_simon Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?
Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why. Forty-four is a fairly unremarkable age to reach for most, but for me, it was a birthday that always had special significance. It was the age my father took his own life 25 years ago, for reasons I'm still unclear about. As a result, I..
_82295680_boots_women US exhibit shows women as objects and adverts
The way Americans depict race and gender has been a constant theme in photographer Hank Willis Thomas' work. In 2008, as Obama was mounting a campaign to be the country's first black president, Willis produced an exhibition tracking black identity through adverts. This year, days before Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run for president, he unveiled a new project - this one..
_82293894_82293893 Marco Rubio launches 2016 White House run
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has urged Americans to look to the future as he launched his 2016 White House campaign. Mr Rubio, 43, said in a Miami speech he would "lead the way toward a new American century". He presented the presidential election as "a generational choice" and warned against going back to "the leaders and ideas of the past". He is the third Republican to officially..