December 12, 2018

Canada is seeking consular access to ex-diplomat detained in China

Canada is seeking consular access to ex-diplomat detained in China Image copyright International Crisis Group Image caption The International Crisis Group says it is working for Mr Kovrig's release Canada says it is seeking consular access as soon as possible to a former Canadian diplomat who has been detained in China. Michael Kovrig was held on Monday by the Beijing National Security Bureau. His current employers, the International Crisis Group (ICG), say they are concerned for his health and safety. Canadian officials say the reason for his detention remains unclear. They do not know where he is being held. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday the case has been raised directly with Chinese officials. News of Mr Kovrig's detention came days after Canada arrested Chinese telecoms executive Meng Wanzhou. Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, was released in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday on C$10m (£6m; $7.4m) bail. She was arrested on ..
December 12, 2018

‘If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?’

'If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?' Image copyright Nicolas Axelrod Image caption Cambodia's clothing shipments to the EU accounted for 45% of all the country's exports last year Sao Run is worried that if the clothing factory where she works closes down she won't be able to feed herself and her son. A 34-year-old widow, she has spent almost 13 years making coats and jackets at a facility on the outskirts of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. With overtime she can earn up to $250 (£200) a month, but the future of the workshop and others like it in the country is now uncertain due to a continuing political dispute between the European Union (EU) and Cambodia. Cambodia's garments manufacturing sector has boomed in recent years, in no small part due to the EU granting the country's exports tariff-free access to Europe, starting back in 2012. This has led to around 200 international fashion brands now using more than 600 factories in the..
December 12, 2018

Is there really a Canada Goose boycott in China?

Is there really a Canada Goose boycott in China? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apparel brand Canada Goose is known for its luxury down jackets Luxury jacket maker Canada Goose seems to have been caught up in a political dispute between China and Canada. On Monday, Chinese state media said local consumers had begun to boycott Canadian brands, in particular, Canada Goose. The move was reportedly in response to Canada's detention of an executive from Chinese tech company Huawei. But is the backlash against Canada Goose in China as dramatic as it seems? 'I cannot afford it anyway'News of an apparent boycott emerged after Meng Wanzhou - Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the firm's founder - was arrested in Canada last week. Ms Meng could be extradited to the US to face fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran. She was granted bail on Tuesday by a Canadian court. Trump could intervene in Huawei court case Th..
December 12, 2018

Pope demotes two cardinals over sexual abuse scandals

Pope demotes two cardinals over sexual abuse scandals Image copyright AFP Image caption Cardinal Pell faces trial in Australia on sex abuse charges Two cardinals facing allegations linked to sexual abuse have been removed from Pope Francis's inner circle, the Vatican said. Australia's George Pell and Chile's Francisco Javier Errazuriz will no longer sit on the Council of Cardinals, set up by the pope as an international advice body. The pair were absent from the last meeting of the group in September. A spokesperson said the Pope wrote to them both in October to thank them. Cardinal Pell, who remains the Vatican treasurer, faces trial on sexual abuse charges in Australia - accusations the cardinal strenuously denies. His Chilean colleague, Francisco Javier Errazuriz, faces accusations that he covered up alleged child abuse while serving as Archbishop of Santiago, claims he also denies. Cardinal Pell likely to face two trials 'How I escaped the priest who abused..
December 12, 2018

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey answers critics of Myanmar meditation retreat

Twitter's Jack Dorsey answers critics of Myanmar meditation retreat Image copyright Getty Images Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has responded to criticism of his 10-day meditation retreat in Myanmar, saying: "I don't know enough and need to learn more." Last year, Myanmar's military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants attacked police posts. Since then thousands of people have been killed and over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the country. Mr Dorsey said he was "aware of the human rights atrocities" in Myanmar, also known as Burma. But he added that the trip had been "purely personal" and had focused only on his meditation practice. Image copyright Twitter Mr Dorsey said he had been asked by Twitter users to explain what the social media company was doing about the crisis in Myanmar. He tweeted Twitter was a way for people to "bear witness to the plight of the Rohingya and other peoples and communities". "We're actively working to address emergin..
December 12, 2018

Japan picks ‘disaster’ character to define 2018

Japan picks 'disaster' character to define 2018 Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The kanji character, pronounced like the English word "sigh", was chosen to represent the year 2018 Japan has chosen the symbol meaning "disaster" to define the year 2018. Television stations broadcast the announcement live as the master of an ancient temple in Kyoto wrote the winning term on a white panel. In the annual vote, the public nominated this kanji character after experiencing a number of natural disasters. Japan has suffered flooding, typhoons, earthquakes and heatwaves in 2018, leading the economy to shrink. It fell by 1.2% in the third quarter thanks to the damage caused by the events. Japan's 'disaster year' Flood waters swept across the country in July, killing nearly 200 people and causing the evacuation of close to nine million across 23 prefectures. The same month at least 65 people died in a heatwave that saw more than 22,000 people hospitalised Typhoon ..
December 12, 2018

The India girl who took her dad to the police over a toilet

The India girl who took her dad to the police over a toilet Image copyright BBC Tamil Image caption Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had "cheated" her and should be arrested A seven-year-old Indian girl went to the police after her father broke his promise to build her a toilet. Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had "cheated" her and should therefore be arrested. She said that she was "ashamed" to defecate outside. Many Indians do no have access to toilets and nearly 500 million defecate in the open, according to Unicef. Even where toilets have been built, many do not use them. Hanifa who lives with her parents in Ambur, a town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, has never had a toilet in her house. She told BBC Tamil's Krithiika Kannan that a few people in her neighbourhood did have the facility. So she asked her father to build a toilet in their house too. She was in nursery at the time. "I was ashamed to go outside and I fel..
December 12, 2018

Myanmar journalists: Families urge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo release

Myanmar journalists: Families urge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo release Image copyright AFP Image caption Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone have been in prison for one year Family, friends and colleagues of two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar have called for their immediate release one year on from their arrest. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were earlier this week honoured among other persecuted or killed journalists as Time magazine's persons of the year. They were sentenced to seven years in jail for violating a state secrets act while reporting on the Rohingya crisis. The case has been widely seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar. Supporters of the pair planned to gather in downtown Yangon on Wednesday evening while people from around the world posted photos on social media of the "thumbs up" gesture that became a symbol of the pair's court appearances. Content is not available The two journalists had been investigating the murders of 10 Rohingya men by the army in th..
December 12, 2018

India delivery man sacked for eating food sparks sympathy

India delivery man sacked for eating food sparks sympathy Image copyright @Madan_Chikna Image caption The Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food from his delivery bag The sacking of a food delivery man in India after he was filmed eating a client's food and resealing the containers has sparked a conversation about the delivery industry in the country. The BBC finds out more. The video, which was filmed in Madurai in southern India, shows the delivery man, who is wearing a T-shirt from popular Indian food delivery app Zomato, eating food out of boxed orders then resealing them and putting them back into a delivery bag. Initially met with disgust, anger and ridicule, the video was watched thousands of times. Skip Twitter post by @Madan_Chikna This is what happens when you use coupon codes all the time. 😂 Watch till end. — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 10, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @Madan_Chikna Skip Twitter post by @SudIndus Wh..
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