December 5, 2018

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake A 7.5 magnitude quake has struck close to New Caledonia in the Pacific, with a tsunami alert issued for coasts within 1,000km (620 miles). The quake struck at a depth of about 10km at 04:18 GMT, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicentre was recorded as 168km east-south-east of Tadine, a town on one of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands. New Caledonia is part of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", where many earthquakes occur. It is a special collectivity of France with a population of about 270,000. New Zealand's ministry of civil defence and emergency management tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation's coasts. The USGS also recorded a series of aftershocks, two of them at 5.9 magnitude. The Ring of Fire refers to a string of volcanoes, earthquake sites and tectonic plates around the Pacific. It spreads across 40,000km (25,000 miles) from the southern tip of South America all the way to New Zealand. On Saturday, ..
December 4, 2018

Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover

Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover Image copyright Reuters Takeda Pharmaceutical has secured shareholder approval for a £46bn ($59bn) takeover of UK-listed drugmaker Shire, clearing the way for Japan's largest ever corporate acquisition. The takeover would make Takeda one of the world's top 10 drugmakers. The deal, which needs to be approved by Shire's shareholders, will also saddle the Japanese firm with debt. It follows a long-running battle that saw Takeda make multiple offers for Shire. The proposal received majority support at an extraordinary shareholder meeting in Osaka on Wednesday. A day earlier Kazuhisa Takeda, a member of the firm's founding family, spoke out against the deal over concerns with the level of debt it would add to Takeda. The takeover is part of Takeda's strategy to become a global pharmaceutical company. The firm wanted to buy Shire to strengthen its cancer, stomach and brain drug portfolios. But one of its..
December 4, 2018

China-US trade: China vows speedy action on trade commitments

China-US trade: China vows speedy action on trade commitments Image copyright Getty Images Chinese officials have said they are "confident in implementing" trade commitments made to the US "as soon as possible", without giving details. An ongoing trade war has seen both countries impose duties on billions of dollars of one another's goods. Over the weekend, a temporary truce was agreed between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Argentina. But concerns linger over discrepancies in information coming from either side. In a commerce ministry statement, Chinese officials called the talks between the two leaders a "great success". China and the US would push ahead with negotiations over 90 days and China would implement the specific issues it agreed with the US "as soon as possible", the statement said. The US and China paused a trade war after several months, agreeing to halt new tariffs for 90 days. Trade war truce: A win for the US or ..
December 4, 2018

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Lynette Dawson's disappearance has been given wider attention by a popular podcast Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast. Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said. Mr Dawson has denied killing Mrs Dawson. He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group. A popular podcast, The Teacher's Pet, brought global attention to the case this year. Police arrested Mr Dawson in Queensland and said he would be extradited to NSW. Prosecutors have previously said there was insufficient evidence to lay charges against Mr Dawson. Two separate inquests have recommended for murder charges to be laid against a "known person". No trace of the mother of two has ever been found. Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption L..
December 4, 2018

Bulandshahr: Why a policeman was killed over ‘cow slaughter’

Bulandshahr: Why a policeman was killed over 'cow slaughter' Image copyright Courtesy: Sumit Sharma Image caption Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh tried to calm the mob but was killed A police officer in northern India was killed trying to calm a mob angered by reports that cows, regarded by Hindus as holy, had been slaughtered in the area. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava reports from Bulandshahr in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the incident happened. It was sometime after 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT) on Monday when Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh sat in his official vehicle and asked the driver to make the SUV "fly". The driver, Ram Asrey, drove as fast as he could. Mr Singh, 47, was in charge of the police station in Siyana, a village in Bulandshahr. He had received a call that morning asking him to go to a police station in another village, Chigrawati, about 5km (3 miles) away, where an angry mob of villagers had gathered. They alleged that they had found carcasses..
December 4, 2018

Japan’s final pager provider to end its service in 2019

Japan's final pager provider to end its service in 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRetro tech: When the pager was king Japan's last pager provider has announced it will end its service in September 2019 - bringing a national end to telecommunication beepers, 50 years after their introduction. Around 1,500 users remain subscribed to Tokyo Telemessage, which has not made the devices in 20 years. Hospital workers favour them as they do not emit electromagnetic waves, the Japan Times reports. The once-popular devices are able to receive and show wireless messages. Users would then find a phone to call the sender back. My pager: The 'in thing' in the 90s 'It's basic technology but important' Developed in the 1950s and 1960s, they grew in popularity in the 1980s. By 1996, Tokyo Telemessage had 1.2 million subscribers. However, the rise of mobile phones rendered the pager obsolete, and few remain worldwide. Emergency servi..
December 4, 2018

Indonesia attack: Gunmen kill 24 construction workers in Papua

Indonesia attack: Gunmen kill 24 construction workers in Papua Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers brought in coffins as the scale of the attack became clear At least 24 construction workers have been killed by gunmen in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua, officials said. A soldier was also shot dead when a team of police and security forces were sent to investigate Sunday's killings, authorities added. The workers had been building a road and bridges in the remote and mountainous Nduga region. Police have blamed the deaths on separatist fighters. Insurgents calling for independence have been active in Papua for decades. The BBC's Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta says that if the killings are confirmed it will be the deadliest bout of violence in years in the restive province. What do we know happened?Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said the incident started when members of an "armed criminal separatist group" held a ceremony to commemorate what t..
December 4, 2018

Taiwan students DNA-tested in yoghurt thief whodunnit

Taiwan students DNA-tested in yoghurt thief whodunnit Image copyright CTI News Image caption An investigation into who stole a yoghurt drink cost Taiwanese taxpayers more than NT$18,000 (£459; $586) A woman has been charged with theft in Taiwan for stealing a yoghurt drink from her roommate after being identified by a DNA test, it's reported. According to the broadcaster TVBS, the unnamed suspect in Taipei was sharing a student house with five other women who were studying at the city's Chinese Culture University. One of her housemates discovered last month that a NT$59 (£1.50; $1.92) yoghurt drink belonging to her had been consumed without her permission. She fished the bottle out of the bin, and asked the culprit to come forward. When no one owned up, the victim took the packaging to the police and asked them to carry out an official investigation, which they accepted. As the bottle was too wet to obtain fingerprints, the owner of the yoghurt asked officers to carry out..
December 4, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians underwhelms at Chinese box office

Crazy Rich Asians underwhelms at Chinese box office Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Constance Wu plays Crazy Rich Asians' American-born heroine Crazy Rich Asians might have been a big hit at western box offices this year - but Chinese audiences clearly don't feel the same way about the film. The Hollywood blockbuster featuring an all-Asian cast failed to ignite the Chinese box office, limping in at number eight on its debut. It was released four months after its US release, taking just $1.1 million (£857,000) in its first three days. The film has so far made around $238 million (£185.8 million) worldwide. Eyebrows may be raised at the fact Crazy Rich Asians has flopped in the world's largest Asian nation. But it's probably not that much of a surprise. Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office The film burdened with 'crazy' Asian expectations Crazy Rich Asians puts the spotlight on region's inequalities Being released so long after the film came..
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