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Celebrity doctor calls out British Curry Awards for lack of Asian representation

  • Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh, 43, called out this year's British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.
  • “When the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90% white, are we really representing our community fairly?” Singh pointed out in a tweet on Monday.
  • “And to top it off we have a racist joke on stage, and are auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill, whose relationship with India (and Bengali people specifically) is problematic?” he continued.
  • In another tweet, Singh shared a paraphrased version of the guest presenter’s racist joke, writing, “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”
  • Singh did not give further details about who delivered the joke at the event, but he clarified that it was not Hugh Dennis, the event's host.

Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh has called out this year’s British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.

Singh, 43, attended the prestigious award show, also known as the “Curry Oscars,” in London as a guest on Monday night.

‘British people shouldn’t live in Singapore’: Tiktoker describes screaming during encounter with night jogger

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  • TikTok user @ilibabyyyy, a 22-year-old woman who moved from the U.K. to Singapore, was fighting tears of laughter in a recent video she uploaded to her account.
  • In the video titled “British people shouldn’t live in Singapore !!,” ilibabyyyy shares how she screamed instinctively when she saw a man approaching her late at night.
  • “I’m so used to the thought of: oh my god. It’s 11 o’clock at night. If I see a shadow someone is mugging me,” ilibabyyyy explains as a woman who used to live in the UK.
  • Although the man “didn’t even bat an eyelid,” she made sure to apologize to the jogger for her sudden reaction.
  • Despite this, TikTok commenters jokingly empathized with the jogger, but Singaporean users explained that ghosts are more to fear than humans.

A TikToker shared her experience as a U.K. woman in Singapore, explaining an encounter with a night jogger she mistook for a mugger through fits of laughter.

TikTok user @ilibabyyyy, a 22-year-old woman who moved from the U.K. to Singapore, was fighting tears of laughter in a recent video she uploaded to her account on Tuesday. Titled “British people shouldn’t live in Singapore !!,” ilibabyyyy shares how she screamed instinctively when she saw a man approaching her late at night. 

‘Rashi Sanook’: Biden botches name of UK’s new prime minister at Diwali celebration

  • President Joe Biden has come under fire on social media for mispronouncing the name of the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, Rishi Sunak.
  • Sunak, who is of Indian descent, took office on Tuesday after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the Conservative Party election that sought to replace former Prime Minister Liz Truss.
  • Biden made the blunder on Monday at the White House’s biggest Diwali celebration ever, referring to the new prime minister as “Rashi Sanook.”
  • The gaffe led to criticism and mocking on social media, with some accusing the U.S. president of racism.

President Joe Biden is making headlines following his awkward mispronunciation of the United Kingdom’s new prime minister’s name at the White House’s Diwali celebration earlier this week.

Rishi Sunak, 42, took office on Tuesday after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the Conservative Party election. The race sought to replace former Prime Minister Liz Truss, who resigned after a botched tax-cutting budget that has placed Britain on the brink of an economic collapse.

‘Expel China!’: UK protesters rally against China after assault of Hongkonger in Manchester consulate

  • Hundreds in the U.K. gathered in separate local protests on Sunday to denounce China and demand freedom for Hong Kong.
  • The protests came a week after a Hong Kong national was assaulted at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, during a pro-democracy demonstration.
  • Sunday’s protesters in Manchester reportedly carried signs with phrases such as “Expel China,” “Free Hong Kong” and even “Hang Xi Jinping.”
  • Meanwhile, demonstrators in London braved a rainstorm to get to the city's Chinese embassy.
  • Investigation into the Manchester consulate incident continues.

A week after a Hong Kong national was assaulted at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, hundreds in the U.K. gathered in separate local protests to denounce China and demand freedom for Hong Kong.

The Manchester protest, called “Say No to China,” took place at St. Peter’s Square at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Manchester Evening News reported. The event began with the playing of “God Save the King” outside Central Library, followed by “Glory to Hong Kong.”

Videos emerge of Hong Kong protester dragged into Chinese consulate in UK and beaten

  • A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester, only identified as Bob, was beaten up at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday afternoon.
  • In videos of the incident that have recently surfaced online, the victim, who was protesting outside the consulate, can be seen being dragged into its grounds by a group of masked men.
  • Bob was one of several members of the pro-democracy group called Hong Kong Indigenous Defence Force who were speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party congress in Beijing.
  • Manchester’s Chinese consulate has stated that the protestors displayed a satirical portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to reports.
  • Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the recent incident. As of this writing, they have yet to make any arrests.

A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester was beaten up at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday afternoon.

In videos of the incident that have recently surfaced online, the victim, who was protesting outside the consulate, can be seen being dragged into its grounds by a group of masked men.

UK seeks to hire Taiwanese teachers amid plan to phase out controversial Confucius Institutes

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  • A group of cross-party Members of Parliament, including Alicia Kearns, a Conservative MP, is currently in talks to hire new teachers from Taiwan as the U.K. government seeks to phase out Beijing-backed Chinese language known as Confucius Institutes.
  • The recent decision came after Kearns asked Taiwan to play a more significant role in teaching Mandarin in the U.K. as distrust over the Chinese Communist Party continues to grow.
  • Kearns, a member of the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, proposed a Higher Education Bill amendment in June. The amendment would allow British officials to close down Confucius Institute schools over concerns about academic freedom.
  • Speaking to Channel News Asia, Kearns explained that Confucius Institutes are under the CCP’s control and that they “do not teach accurate history,” a practice that "needs to end."

The United Kingdom is now looking to hire Taiwanese teachers as part of proposed plans to phase out its Beijing-backed Chinese language schools known as Confucius Institutes.

A group of cross-party Members of Parliament (MPs), including Conservative MP Alicia Kearns, is currently in talks to hire new teachers from Taiwan and replace Confucius Institutes in the U.K., according to The Observer.

Korean restaurant chef in London kills co-worker over food prep skills

  • Li Hunan, a 60-year-old chef, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at a Korean restaurant in London on Aug. 15.
  • The two men were reportedly arguing about food preparations as Hunan questioned his coworker’s skills as a chef before the altercation turned physical.
  • Sung suffered two fatal stab wounds to the chest and slash wounds on his body.
  • Hunan was remanded in custody. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 4 for a plea hearing.

A chef at a Korean restaurant in London allegedly murdered his colleague due to his poor food preparation skills.

Li Hunan, 60, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at the Airang Korean restaurant in Poland Street, Soho, on Aug. 15.

Iraqi court frees British tourist accused of stealing from archaeological site

  • Jim Fitton, a retired 66-year-old British geologist sentenced to 15 years in jail, is set to be freed after Iraq’s Court of Cassation overturned his case, according to his family’s lawyer, Thaer Saoud.
  • Fitton was arrested while trying to leave Baghdad International Airport on March 20 with 12 stones and shards of broken pottery, which he reportedly acquired during an organized geology and archaeology tour in the Sumerian site of Eridu in southern Iraq.
  • Before his sentencing, Fitton explained that he did not know it was illegal to take the antiquities since their tour guide, Geoff Hann, purportedly encouraged them to take the antique stones and shards during the tour.
  • Fitton, who lives in Malaysia with his wife Sarijah, was found guilty under a 2002 Saddam Hussein-era law made to prevent the looting of Iraq’s cultural heritage, which carries a maximum penalty of death.
  • However, some law experts reportedly argued that this law should not have been applied to Fitton’s case.

An Iraqi court has overturned the case of a British tourist sentenced to 15 years in jail after he was accused of stealing antiquities from an archaeological site in southern Iraq in March.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Jim Fitton’s lawyer Thaer Saoud announced that Iraq’s Court of Cassation overturned the man’s case, adding that he “will soon be free” after spending several weeks in Baghdad’s Rusafa prison.

Three men who targeted Asian family, threatened to kill newborn in Wrexham home robbery are sentenced

  • Three men who targeted the home of Berinder Dhaliwal for a robbery in September 2020 in Wrexham, United Kingdom, have been sentenced in court.
  • One of the robbers brandished a screwdriver and threatened to kill her newborn baby if Dhaliwal did not tell them where her gold was hidden. The mother pointed the robbers to a jewelry box before they stole its contents and fled the scene.
  • The mother said she felt “persistent anxiety and insomnia” after the robbery in an April 2022 victim impact statement.
  • The suspects were identified as 22-year-old John Price, 23-year-old Scott Powell and 19-year-old Patrick Flynn. They all admitted to the charge of conspiring to commit robbery.
  • Price was sentenced to jail for seven and a half years, and Flynn was given six years and two months. Powell was sentenced for a year and nine months.

Three men were sentenced to jail for the robbery of a family’s home in Wrexham, United Kingdom.

The burglars entered the home of Berinder Dhaliwal by smashing through the glass patio doors just before 2:30 p.m. in September 2020. The men snatched Dhaliwal’s baby from her hands and stole the jewelry she was wearing, including her wedding ring.

Mystery vase that sat in UK family’s kitchen turns out to be Qing-dynasty treasure worth $1.5 million

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  • A U.K. family discovered that the decorative vase in their home is actually a rare Chinese relic from the 1700s.
  • The vase, which features symbols of the Qianlong Emperor's Daoist beliefs, was left unmoved in the kitchen for decades.
  • An antiques specialist chanced upon the item during a house visit and informed the family of its background and true worth.
  • On May 18, U.K. auctioneer Dreweatts sold the vase for over £1.2 million (approximately $1.5 million).

A U.K. family recently discovered that a decorative vase in their kitchen is actually a rare Chinese artifact now worth more than a million dollars.

On May 18, the 2-foot-tall vase was sold by U.K. auctioneer Dreweatts for £1.2 million (approximately $1.5 million). 

16-year-old arrested for ripping woman’s hair from her scalp in racially motivated attack in London

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  • 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.