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..
December 4, 2018

Australia government sorry for parliament ‘arm outrage’

Australia government sorry for parliament 'arm outrage' Image copyright @PatsKarvelas Image caption Patricia Karvelas tweeted this image of the outfit she was wearing A female journalist who was thrown out of Australia's parliament for allegedly breaching the dress code has received an apology from the government. Patricia Karvelas, a presenter for ABC News, said she was asked to leave a parliamentary session on Monday because she was showing "too much skin". It prompted a social media backlash, with many people pointing to MPs who have worn similar outfits in the past. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne expressed regret over the incident. "I would like to apologise on behalf of this side of the House to Ms Karvelas for being ejected yesterday from the press gallery," he said in parliament on Tuesday. Why this arm caused outrage in AustraliaSpeaker Tony Smith said the journalist was wearing "professional business attire" and explained that he had ordered a review of the ..
December 4, 2018

China cracks down on $4.3m worth of illegal and fake beauty products

China cracks down on $4.3m worth of illegal and fake beauty products Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Beauty procedures like injecting botox are big business in China Police in China have cracked down on a supply network of unlicensed and counterfeit beauty products, state media said. About 30m yuan ($4.3m, £3.4m) worth of fake Botox and vitamin C injections, as well as illegally imported hyaluronic acid were sold by the network in a six month period, said Xinhua news agency. Authorities have charged five people in connection with the case. No details were given on people these products may have been administered to. Authorities first found the products in September last year after a snap inspection of a beauty parlour in Changde city. The products being sold at the salon were traced back to a supplier in Jilin province - identified only as Zuo - who was selling them via messaging app WeChat. Police raided Zuo's warehouse and found over 2,300 bottles of hyalur..
December 4, 2018

Arrests over India policeman killed by ‘cow slaughter’ mob

Arrests over India policeman killed by 'cow slaughter' mob Image copyright Courtesy: Sumit Sharma Image caption Police officer Subodh Kumar Singh died in clashes over alleged cow slaughter Two people have been held in connection with the killing of a police officer in mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in India's Uttar Pradesh state. Police are looking for 24 others suspected to be involved in the murder in Bulandshahr district on Monday. Subodh Kumar Singh died when right-wing Hindu groups clashed with police over their alleged inability to stop cow slaughter. The mob also set fire to a police station in the district. An 18-year-old protester was killed and another policeman was injured in the violence. The police have also registered cases of rioting, attempt to murder and destruction of property against 50 unnamed people. Shops and schools in the area are shut and more than a thousand policemen have been deployed, says BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava in Bulan..
December 3, 2018

Arsalan Khawaja: Australia cricket star’s brother ‘framed’ terror suspect

Arsalan Khawaja: Australia cricket star's brother 'framed' terror suspect Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Arsalan Khawaja (l) is the brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja has been arrested for allegedly framing another man over a fake terror plot. Police in Australia will charge Arsalan Khawaja, 39, with forgery and an attempt to pervert justice. In August, police charged a Sri Lankan student in Sydney over an alleged plan in a notebook about killing Australian politicians. Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen was detained for a month before being released. The 25-year-old PhD student had claimed that that he was framed by a rival at his workplace, the University of New South Wales. On Tuesday, police alleged Mr Nizamdeen had been "set up in a planned and calculated manner" by Mr Khawaja. Mr Khawaja, who worked in the same department as Mr Nizamdeen, had been partly motivated by a "personal grievance" over a woman, ..
December 3, 2018

PewDiePie in battle with T-Series to keep top YouTube spot

PewDiePie in battle with T-Series to keep top YouTube spot Image copyright Pewdiepie Image caption PewDiePie posts vlogs and video game commentaries. YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers. One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. Both channels have more than 73 million subscribers, with PewDiePie currently in the lead by about 300,000. T-Series shares Bollywood film trailers and music videos, while PewDiePie posts video game commentaries and vlogs. The anonymous printer hacker, going by the name Hacker Giraffe, said they had identified 800,000 printers with open security settings and selected 50,000 to print out support for PewDiePie. Skip Twitter post by @maddybenavente1 Why are local printers being hacked for this — madison. (@maddybenavente1) November 29, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @madd..
December 3, 2018

Tencent Music: Chinese firm to raise $1.2bn in New York listing

Tencent Music: Chinese firm to raise $1.2bn in New York listing Image copyright Getty Images China's Tencent Music has revived its plans to list in the US and raise up to $1.2bn (£940m). It would be one of the largest listings by a Chinese company on the New York Stock Exchange this year. The initial public offering, originally mooted in October, had been delayed by the turmoil sparked by the Chinese-US trade war. The listing of the music arm of China's technology company Tencent Holdings is expected to value it at up to $25bn. Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, was listed in the US in April with a $26bn valuation.. Its shares have had a rollercoaster ride since then and is now worth only $24.3bn. While Tencent appears to have scaled back the amount it wants to raise, it has resumed its plans after markets rallied following talks between China and the US at the G20 summit over their trade dispute. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a temporary truce..
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