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Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

Foreign secretarys unscripted recital of colonial-era poem was so humiliating the UK ambassador was required to stop him The foreign secretary has actually been implicated of “unbelievable insensitivity” after it emerged he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of regional dignitaries while on a main check out to Myanmar in January. Boris Johnson was inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most spiritual Buddhist website in the capital Yangon, when he began saying the opening verse to The Road to Mandalay, consisting of the line: “The temple bells they state/ Come you back you English soldier.” Kipling’s poem catches the fond memories of a retired serviceman reflecting on his colonial service and a Burmese lady he kissed. Britain colonised Myanmar from 1824 to 1948 and battled 3 wars in the 19th century, reducing extensive resistance. Johnson’s unscripted recital was so humiliating that the UK ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew... Readmore

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27 Sep
South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have actually been required from their houses and 18,000 schools closed down throughout the area Heavy monsoon rains have actually brought Mumbai to a stop for a 2nd day as the... Readmore

17 Sep
Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

. Now, quiet on the predicament of the Rohingya, she is complicit in criminal offenses versus mankind, composes the Guardian writer George Monbiot F# SEEEE ew people anticipate much from politicians: to do otherwise is to welcome anguish. To Aung... Readmore

02 Sep
In 1939, I didnt hear war coming. Now its thundering approach cant be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith

In 1939, I didnt hear war coming. Now its thundering approach cant be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith

Author Harry Leslie Smith keeps in mind the start to the 2nd world war and there are fretting echoes now A chill of remembrance has actually come by me throughout this August month. It feels as if the 2017 summer... Readmore

14 Aug
Flags and parades in India and Pakistan for 70th anniversary celebrations

Flags and parades in India and Pakistan for 70th anniversary celebrations

Tensions in India over patriotic oath for kids and order for Islamic schools to movie self-reliance day events National flags are being hawked at traffic signal, the Indian parliament has actually been brightened, and monkey traps have actually been set... Readmore

09 Aug
UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

Landmark move marks very first time UNs human rights group has actually intervened in a private case, yet advocates state Nepals federal government is not likely to act The UN person rights committee has actually advised Nepal to examine the... Readmore

05 Aug
Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect

Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect

More than a million were killed and many millions more displaced by Indian partition. Authors consider its bloody legacy and the crises now facing their countries Pankaj Mishra Pankaj Mishra. Photograph: Windham-Campbell Prize To think about partition on its 70th... Readmore

17 Jul
Rohingya crisis: UN warns 80,000 children ‘wasting’ from hunger in Myanmar

Rohingya crisis: UN warns 80,000 children ‘wasting’ from hunger in Myanmar

Some 75,000 stateless Muslim Rohingya individuals who ran away a bloody army crackdown reside in western Rakhine state and are reeling from a food crisis More than 80,000 kids under the age of 5 living in majority-Muslim locations of western... Readmore

13 Jul
Swimming trunk: elephant rescued from ocean 10 miles off Sri Lanka coast

Swimming trunk: elephant rescued from ocean 10 miles off Sri Lanka coast

Sri Lankan navy drag animal back to coast after it got captured in a present off the coast near the town of Kokkilai An elephant has actually been saved from the ocean around 10 miles (16km) off Sri Lankas northeast... Readmore

06 Jul
Robot allowed into US for competition, but no visa for Afghan girls who made it

Robot allowed into US for competition, but no visa for Afghan girls who made it

All-girl group of robotics trainees should enjoy device complete at worldwide contest in Washington through video link after entry allows declined Two Afghan ladies declined visas to the United States for a robot-building competitors have actually stated they were dumbfounded... Readmore

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