News Round-up

The Activities of Hundreds of Hotel Guests in South Korea Have Been Live-Streamed Over Hidden Cameras


Just days after several K-pop pop stars made headlines for filming women without their knowledge, police announced that videos of approximately 1,600 hotel guests were secretly live-streamed to an unnamed subscription website in South Korea.

Two men have been arrested and two more are being investigated in connection to hidden cameras found in 42 hotel rooms in 30 budget hotels across 10 South Korean cities, according to CNN. The cameras were concealed in television boxes, hairdryer mounts and wall sockets in various properties, which have not been named.

“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said, according to CNN.

The news is the latest development in the “spy-cam” epidemic which has caused outrage in the country. More than 30,000 cases of “surreptitious filming” have been reported to the police since 2013, according to the New York Times. Secret cameras, mostly targeting women, have been found in public restrooms, on public transport, and in gyms among other places.

Read More: What to Know About the K-Pop Superstar Facing Charges in a Prostitution Case

Even celebrities have been caught up in the scandal. Just last week, the Korean singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young reportedly admitted to filming himself having sex with multiple women and sharing the footage with other K-pop stars via text message.

Last July, tens of thousands of protestors marched in Seoul to urge the authorities do more to protect women from being filmed without their knowledge. Some women carried signs that read “my life is not your porn.”

In response, the government has hired thousands of workers to conduct daily checks in public bathrooms for hidden cameras.

Thursday briefing: May's Brexit broadside

PM to voters: ‘You want this over and done with – I agree’ … New Zealand bans assault rifles and semi-automatics … and what ‘kiss my chuddies’ means

Good morning, it’s Warren Murray breaking the news fast (works on two levels right?).

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Highlights of Morocco: readers’ travel tips

Serene hotels, exquisite Islamic gardens and mountain hikes are just a few of the country’s stars, say our tipsters

This is a recently renovated garden on Rue Mouassine, dating back to the 16th century. It’s a perfect place to escape busy Marrakech, with an exotic range of plants and an ingenious water system created in the 11th century, fed by an aquifer. The Islamic garden is split into four sections, laid out to geometric rules established as early as the sixth century BC in the Persian gardens of Cyrus the Great. A perfect relaxing place to spend a few hours. The entrance fee is about £4 and there is small extra fee of about £2 to climb the wonderful old tower.
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Foreign students who stay to work in UK pay £3.2bn in taxes – study

Report finds highly qualified, non-British graduates do not take jobs from local residents

International students who stay and work in the UK after graduation contribute £3.2bn in extra tax revenues, research has revealed.

The first major report into the boost overseas students give the economy found non-UK graduates do not take jobs from local residents, because they largely obtain work in highly qualified areas such as economics or science, or in sectors that suffer acute shortages, such as teaching and nursing.

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A Moon for My Father review – a poetic meditation on body and beauty

Mania Akbari reaches for the sublime with a dreamlike film that tries to join the dots between past and present

This is a deeply intimate, personal and moving work from the Iranian film-maker Mania Akbari, whose movies have often been meditations on beauty and body image. (As an actor, she is also known for starring in Abbas Kiarostami’s film Ten.) Akbari has made this in collaboration with her partner, the artist and sculptor Douglas White, and the result is a form of digressive-poetic cinema, connecting images and ideas in a dream-associative logic.

It is loosely structured around the idea of letters written between Akbari and White, alternating voiceovers as they muse on how what is happening to them to now relates to their family and childhood. Akbari speaks in (subtitled) Farsi on these occasions, but in English to everyone else. The film opens with material shot about five years ago: a very candid scene of Akbari being photographed in a hospital suite after a double mastectomy; as the months and years go by, she will prepare not merely for reconstructive surgery but for her ovaries to be removed to pre-empt a recurrence of cancer, and also to have IVF treatment.

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The really empty space: do you need actors to make theatre?

From Enda Walsh’s disembodied voices to a Royal Court escape room, experimental theatre is being made without performers

‘I don’t know if it is theatre,” Enda Walsh says of his new show. In his upcoming piece, Rooms, recorded voices bounce off the walls of five different spaces including a child’s bedroom, cluttered with toys, and a cheap, chintzy hotel room with floor-to-ceiling florals. Through each floats a disembodied voice. It is, in a way, theatre without actors; a play, but with no performers present. “I wouldn’t classify it as theatre,” the playwright demurs, “but I don’t know exactly what it is.”

It’s 50 years since Peter Brook laid down a definition that, for a long time, served theatre well. “I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage,” he wrote. “A man walks across this empty space while someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.” Somebody watching someone else stepping into a space.

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How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

What happens when a forklift goes through your Picasso? By Andrew Dickson

Early one morning last summer, I stood inside a museum in Antwerp and watched as a painting was hung on the wall. When I walked in, the gallery was empty. To one side, there was a crate about a metre square. Royal blue, it was unmarked apart from a code number and a yellow stencilled sign reading “Lato da Aprire / Open this Side”. Although its home is nominally Florence, the painting inside was a seasoned traveller: it had arrived the night before from Sicily, by road and under armed guard. The box looked entirely unremarkable. That was the point, I was told.

Abruptly, there was a commotion: the curator of the exhibition, a visiting curator, a translator, an expert in Renaissance art, plus a clutch of hangers-on, burst through the doors. Two art handlers wearing gloves and sober expressions strode over to a table; on it, pliers, tape measures, and an electric screwdriver had been placed with a precision that would not have been out of place in an operating theatre.

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‘They did it out of desperation’ – David Owen on the Independent Group, May’s failure and why he stands by Brexit

The leave-supporting veteran politician and SDP founder is as outspoken about the prime minister as he is about the EU, Cameron and Corbyn. But he also harbours surprising hopes for Labour, the party he deserted

David Owen’s claim to be a visionary is lodged even before he opens his front door. He lives in Limehouse – in the same house where he and his fellow Labour rebels formed the breakaway Social Democratic party (SDP) in 1981, issuing the Limehouse declaration, which would change the course of British politics. It is in a part of east London that was derelict when Owen bought a burnt-out old cafe and the rooms above it for £3,000 in 1965. He was a young doctor at St Thomas’s hospital back then and this corner of Docklands was ready for the bulldozers.

But Owen saw the potential and, my word, was he right. Now the house is all but a London landmark – the day we meet, I spot a tour guide stopping to point it out – with Ian McKellen living next door and stunning views directly on to the river Thames, the water no more than a yard away from the windows.

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The depressing truth about female creativity and the pram in the hallway | Fiona Sturges

Sweeping the subject of working mothers under the carpet only implies there isn’t a problem

There are times in every parent’s life when, however much they try to avoid it, the professional and the domestic messily collide. It happened to me a few years ago when, during a teachers’ training day, I took my seven-year-old with me to interview Joan Collins over lunch. Collins was delighted at her presence and ordered her a giant bowl of ice-cream. However, halfway through the conversation, she suddenly looked startled, fumbled under the table for a bit, and then pulled out a sticky, pink-spattered Chanel shoe. “I do believe dear Lily has dropped ice-cream in my shoe,” she announced, looking a little pained.

Related: It is a scandal that working mothers are 40% more stressed than other people | Chitra Ramaswamy

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UN Libya envoy hopes reconciliation talks will bring stability

Ghassan Salamé warns conference failure will bring more violence to divided country

The United Nations will stage a long-awaited national reconciliation conference in the Libyan town of Ghadames on 14-16 April, but there are growing signs that the military strongman Khalifa Haftar is capable of taking control of the country by force, including the capital, Tripoli.

The UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé said that all Libya’s political groups had been invited to the the conference, which he described as the “beginning of a new road for the country”.

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Oxford English Dictionary adds new entries: chuddies, jibbons and fantoosh

An Indian English word for underpants joins a host of Scottish insults after the dictionary crowdsourced regional terms

English speakers from around the world have flocked to help the Oxford English Dictionary expand its coverage of regional vocabulary, with a new update including suggestions such as jibbons, chuddies and sitooterie.

The dictionary launched its Words Where You Are appeal to the public last year to mark the 90th anniversary of the completion of its first edition. The regional vocabulary suggestions which have poured in from readers ever since span the globe, from the Welsh English term for spring onions, “jibbons”, to the name for the regional dialect heard in New Orleans, “Yat”, which is derived from the greeting: “Where y’at?”

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We’re working like it’s 1975, but the jobs boom isn’t all it seems. Here’s why | Larry Elliott

Unemployment figures are at a historic low but there are also bleaker parallels with the 1970s

Britain’s recent jobs record has been remarkable. The economy is chugging along but the last time the unemployment rate was as low as it is today was in the winter of 1974-75. Harold Wilson was prime minister, Derby County were on course to win the old first division, David Bowie was about to release Young Americans.

Back then things were about to take a turn for the worse. Prices were rising fast, and later in 1975 inflation would hit a postwar peak of more than 25%. Unemployment also rose, leading to the coining of a new term – stagflation. In 1976, there was the mother and father of a sterling crisis that ended with spending cuts being imposed by the International Monetary Fund.

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