Over 100,000 sign petition to free British geologist facing death penalty in Iraq for taking pottery shards
Over 100,000 petitioners are urging the U.K. government to help save a retired British geologist currently facing the death penalty in Iraq.
Jim Fitton, 66, has been accused of trying to smuggle historic artifacts out of the Middle Eastern country and has been detained there for five weeks.
- A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of racially aggravated assault for attacking a South Asian woman outside a railway station in south London in December 2021.
- The boy allegedly attacked the 31-year-old victim after getting off a Route 119 bus outside the East Croydon railway station. He allegedly punched her in the back of her head and ripped hair from her scalp.
- The teen remains in custody while authorities investigate the incident.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested for racially aggravated assault after pulling a woman’s hair and punching her head outside a railway station in London last year.
The victim, a 31-year-old South Asian woman, was reportedly attacked by the teen after getting off a Route 119 bus outside the East Croydon railway station, south London, on Dec. 18, Daily Mail reported.
An increase in online abuse towards Asian people during the pandemic has been reported worldwide, with a new study showing the number jumping 1,662% in 2020 from 2019.
Anti-Asian hate: Anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label and Brandwatch, a digital consumer intelligence company, found 5.5 million instances of anti-Asian sentiment and hate speech online since 2019.
A gay couple sustained injuries after being subjected to a violent homophobic attack outside a bar in Birmingham in the U.K. early Sunday morning.
Unprovoked attack: The victims, identified by their first names Rob and Patrick, had just left the Missing Bar in the city’s Gay Village around 4 a.m. when a group of four men yelled abusive verbal comments and threw bottles at them, reported the BBC.
The United Kingdom is opening its doors to Hong Kong citizens in the wake of the new national security law that China imposed on the city.
A Chinese NHS IT department worker won a £30,000 ($37,500) lawsuit against his colleague who repeatedly made “kung fu noises” at him while putting on an accent and talking about the Chinese beer Tsing Tao.
Sandy Sheun, who worked in the IT department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years, claimed his colleague Stephen Baldwin made the gestures while they were at work, according to Daily Mail.
“Plague Inc.,” developed by U.K.-based gaming studio Ndemic Creations, saw a massive increase in sales amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, but its creator advised the public not to rely on the game as a learning tool.
James Vaughn, the creator of the game, said he and the studio have been receiving messages from people asking them about the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China and is already spreading to other countries, according to GameSpot.
Vietnamese Girls Trafficked to Brothels, Nail Salons While on Student Visas in the UK, Report Claims
Nearly a dozen Vietnamese children have gone missing in the United Kingdom due to trafficking in the last few years, a recent report claims.
The minors — most of whom are girls, some as young as 15 — reportedly enter the country through legitimate visas sponsored by private schools.
‘I’m dying because I can’t breathe… Mom, I’m so sorry’: Woman Suspected Dead in U.K. Smuggling Van Texts
With hopes of finding a better life, 39 migrants from Asia risked and lost their lives trying to reach the United Kingdom.
Composed of eight women and 31 men, the victims’ bodies were discovered naked or with minimal clothing inside a truck found in Grays, Essex. The container reportedly crisscrossed the Channel via refugee hotspots. The bodies have been moved to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where they are being formally identified.
A museum exhibition, which features cadavers of real humans, is currently the subject of controversy in the United Kingdom amid concerns that the bodies belonged to murdered Chinese political prisoners.
Showcased at the Birmingham NEC, “Real Bodies: The Exhibition” displays skinless preserved bodies from China.
A British tourist who lashed out at an immigration officer has been detained in Indonesia and is facing criminal charges, according to the Directorate General of Immigration.
Auj-e Taqaddas, 42, arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali only to be told that she would need to pay $4,000 after overstaying her visa, which expired on Feb. 18, 2018, the Daily Mirror reported.
An Asian woman was awarded €8,000 ($9,200) in compensation after a male colleague asked if she enjoyed chomping on cat and dog meat.
The incident occurred on July 27 of last year, just a month after the woman started working for an accounting firm in Ireland.