Protesters have taken to the streets of the Bangladeshi capital following the death of a writer in a high-security prison on February 25. Mushtaq Ahmed was arrested 10 months ago under Bangladesh's Digital Security Act (DSA), which allows security forces to carry out arrests without a warrant of anyone criticizing the government online. Ahmed was arrested for comments he posted on Facebook criticizing the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic in May. His bail petition was rejected six times. He was sitting in pretrial detention when he died. Although the circumstances behind the sudden death of Ahmed are not yet clear, protesters are demanding justice, as well as the release of other prisoners who have been arrested under the DSA. They also want the government to repeal the act. Shocked by the news of Ahmed's death, Bärbel Kofler, Germany's federal human rights commissioner, called on Bangladesh's government to conduct "an independent inquiry" into the … [Read more...] about How is Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act muzzling free speech?
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Emmerdale viewers were concerned for Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) in Wednesday's episode when she revealed her plans for a rather unconventional wedding dress. Mandy revealed to Lydia Dingle that she planned to wear a leopard print wedding dress at her upcoming wedding to Paul Ashle. The feisty character is known for her love of animal print, but some fans thought wearing it down the aisle might be a step too far. One tweeted: "Did she say a leopard print wedding dress # Emmerdale ," alongside a grimacing face emoji. "Only Mandy would want a leopard print wedding dress # Emmerdale ," giggled another, as a third wrote: "Of course Mandy wants a leopard print wedding dress.." A fourth remarked: "Mandy will look like a cross between kat slater & bet lynch in the leopard skin wedding dress # emmerdale ". But Lydia was more concerned about the impending nuptials, reminding Mandy that not long ago she had been telling Paul to leave due to his gambling addiction … [Read more...] about Emmerdale viewers horrified by Mandy Dingle’s bizarre wedding dress plans
Alice Evans launched into a foul-mouthed rant at her soon-to-be ex-husband Ioan Gruffudd after he filed for divorce. The actress called Ioan a "s**t" and said her daughter Elsie, seven, had been left devastated by the divorce. Ioan reportedly filed the legal papers to get a divorce from his wife at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to The Blast . Taking to her Instagram account on Wednesday afternoon, Alice said: "I can't sleep. Not a wink. I am terrified for what tomorrow will bring. Oh don’t worry, I'm fully aware of how pathetic that sounds. I’ll make it worse. Do you what I’m mostly scared of?" She then suggested that Ioan has moved on from their marriage with someone else. Alice continued: "It's who the girl is. I know! Why? Why would it even matter? I'm scared that my little girls will be disappointed by their Dad's behaviour and model that in their future relations with the opposite sex "I did not find out my father was a s**t until I was about 32 years and … [Read more...] about Alice Evans brands Ioan Gruffudd a ‘s**t’ in foul-mouthed tirade after he files for divorce
Amazon will open its first physical store outside the US today - but the shopping experience will be a bit different. Amazon Fresh is in Ealing, London, and it is much smaller than a supermarket. It will sell prepared meals, some groceries, and Amazon devices, as well as having a counter for collecting and returning online orders. Shoppers will scan a smartphone QR code to open the store's gates and their purchases will be tallied using ceiling cameras and shelf weight sensors. The technology can also register when someone has put an item back on the shelf, if they change their mind, for instance. Advertisement The shopper's on-file credit card is billed after they leave the shop and a receipt is emailed, meaning they can walk out of the store without waiting to pay. Amazon said the Just Walk Out technology uses "computer vision, deep learning algorithms, and sensor fusion". More from Amazon Streaming inquiry: Spotify, Apple and … [Read more...] about Amazon opens till-free grocery store in London – the online retailer’s first physical store outside the US
Alex Jones has revealed lockdown ruined Matt Baker's plans to move forward in his career after quitting The One Show last year. The pair were the regular presenters of the BBC series until Matt , 43, walked away from the role in 2020, admitting he wanted to put his family first. Alex has now opened up about how her former co-star has been getting on, admitting lockdown put a damper on all his plans for life after The One Show. She told OK! magazine : "He’s really happy as well, doing his own thing. "It's been an odd year, obviously. No one could have predicted this [the pandemic] was going to happen, so I think he hasn't been able to get on with as many projects as he was hoping to." Matt was replaced by stars including Ronan Keating, Jermaine Jenas and Chris Ramsey, who have been presenting the show alongside Alex since he left. Alex said of her new colleagues: "What I’ve loved is that they’ve all brought their own kinds of flavour to the show. "Ronan, he's … [Read more...] about Alex Jones says lockdown ruined Matt Baker’s work plans after he quit The One Show