December 5, 2018

Huawei executive arrested in Canada

Huawei executive arrested in Canada Image copyright Getty Images Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei's chief financial officer at the request of US law enforcement. Wanzhou Meng, the deputy chair of the Chinese telecommunications giant, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, a spokesman for Canada's Department of Justice said. She is being sought for extradition by the United States, he said. He declined to say more about the case, citing a publication ban requested by Ms Meng and ordered by the courts. Ms Meng is the daughter of Huawei's founder. She will face a bail hearing on Friday, the spokesman, Ian McLeod, said. Huawei could not immediately be reached for comment. US media have reported that the US is investigating Huawei for potential violations of US sanctions against Iran. US lawmakers have also repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government. The..
December 5, 2018

Rescue mission in Japan after ‘mishap’ involving two Marine aircraft

Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft. The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, US media quoted officials as saying. The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday). US media say the two planes crashed during midair refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed. There is no official word on where the incident took place. The Marine Corps said the planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred". Some media reports said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which is near Hiroshima in the south-west of the country and that the incident happened off the coast. Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident. The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-..
December 5, 2018

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra unveils 75-ft long wedding veil

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra unveils 75-ft long wedding veil Image copyright Priyanka Chopra's Instagram Image caption The 75ft long veil stole the show What's white, sheer and 75ft long? Priyanka Chopra's wedding veil. The Bollywood star, who married US singer Nick Jonas in Rajasthan state over the weekend, unveiled her intricately detailed wedding dress in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The Ralph Lauren-designed dress had more than two million mother-of-pearl sequins sewed into it, but it was the veil that stole the show. Jonas and Chopra got engaged in the summer after a whirlwind romance. Image Copyright priyankachopra priyankachopra Report Naturally, the internet had a lot to say about her veil, which was so large it needed a small team of men to carry it. Skip Twitter post by @foutted priyanka chopra's veil is bigger and brighter than my future pic.twitter.com/7UhoGBz92T — b.🎄❄️ (@foutted) December 4, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @foutted Skip Twi..
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..
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