December 3, 2018

Angela Merkel’s ‘PM cheat sheet’ amuses Australia

Angela Merkel's 'PM cheat sheet' amuses Australia Image copyright EPA Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Australian PM Scott Morrison at the G20 Summit As Australia's fifth prime minister since 2013, Scott Morrison could probably forgive German Chancellor Angela Merkel for doing some quick study before their first meeting. As the pair sat down together at the G20 summit, cameras captured Mrs Merkel reading an apparent briefing note about Mr Morrison. It also carried his image. Many watching on from afar were amused, not least people in Australia. Its government denied that the incident was embarrassing for either nation. "Angela Merkel's department, no doubt... was simply ensuring that the chancellor was properly briefed," Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Monday. Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel's notes featured a picture of Mr Morrison Mr Birmingham said it was common for such briefing notes to feature a pic..
December 2, 2018

Asia markets rise after US and China agree to trade truce

Asia markets rise after US and China agree to trade truce Image copyright Getty Images Asian markets rose after the presidents of China and the US reached a temporary truce in their trade war. At the G20 summit, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks. An escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies has weighed on markets generally. The US and China have imposed billions of dollars of tariffs on one another's goods, posing risks to global trade and the world economy. In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index and Shanghai Composite were up more than 2% in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei 225 rose more than 1%. "I do not think market consensus is looking for very significant progress, this is a temporary truce," Masamichi Adachi senior economist at JP Morgan in Japan said. "Many people suspected that there may be a more disastrous outcome, this is definitely a relief." The US and China have been e..
December 2, 2018

Key Afghanistan Taliban commander killed in US air strike

Key Afghanistan Taliban commander killed in US air strike Image copyright EPA Image caption Security has been stepped up in the aftermath of the killing of Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund One of the Taliban's most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was the Taliban's "governor" and military chief for the southern Helmand province. He was killed in the Nawzad district of Helmand on Saturday night, provincial officials said. The Taliban said his death was a "major loss" but it would not deter them in their efforts to take back control of Afghanistan. But Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told the AFP news agency his death was a major blow to the Taliban and would "lower the moral" of its fighters in southern Afghanistan. What's life like under the Taliban? Militants 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban? Helmand is where British troops were based for eight years before ground troops we..
December 2, 2018

Newly-wed Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have Hindu ceremony

Newly-wed Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have Hindu ceremony Image copyright AFP/Raindrop Media Image caption Priyanka Chopra shows Jonas her hands decorated with henna Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and US singer Nick Jonas are marrying in a Hindu ceremony, a day after exchanging vows according to Christian tradition. The couple are celebrating their nuptials with friends and family at the lavish Umaid Bhavan Palace in the Rajasthani city of Jodhpur. Jonas and Chopra got engaged in the summer after a whirlwind romance. On social media, they said their wedding was an "amalgamation" of their families, faiths and culture. They shared pictures of the traditional mehendi ceremony, in which Chopra had her hands and feet decorated with henna by the women of both families. There was also a cricket match between Team Priyanka and Team Nick ahead of the wedding. Image Copyright priyankachopra priyankachopra Report People magazine said Saturday's Christian ceremony was officiated by Jonas&..
December 1, 2018

What are private security companies doing in Afghanistan?

What are private security companies doing in Afghanistan? Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Staff at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital treated the wounded The Taliban has said it carried out an attack in Afghanistan on the base of the British security firm G4S. A British man was among five employees killed when gunmen stormed their compound. G4S, one of the world's largest security groups, helps guard the area around the British embassy in Kabul. The US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 contributed to a boom in the private security business. In recent years, the presence of contractors has decreased, mirroring the withdrawal of foreign troops. However, insecurity in Afghanistan remains widespread, there are still thousands of Nato troops and the demand for armed security at foreign embassies, military bases, and for NGOs is still high. So how many private security firms are operating in Afghanistan?The Afghan interior ministry says the government-run Afghan Public P..
December 1, 2018

G20: Talks between Trump and Xi ‘go well’ amid trade tensions

G20: Talks between Trump and Xi 'go well' amid trade tensions Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump (front right) last met Mr Xi (front left) last year Donald Trump has met China's President Xi Jinping for nearly two and a half hours in their first talks since a trade war erupted earlier this year. Trump adviser Larry Kudlow said the meeting, a working dinner after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, had gone "very well" without giving details. A Chinese journalist quoted by Reuters said the talks had apparently gone well and "consensus was reached". At the summit earlier on Saturday, the G20 leaders agreed a joint declaration. The document notes divisions over trade but does not criticise protectionist activity. During the working dinner the Chinese leader said co-operation was the best choice for their nations, state news agency Xinhua reports. Mr Trump had earlier said the pair shared a "very special" relationship. "I think that's going to be a very primary..
December 1, 2018

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India Image Copyright priyankachopra priyankachopra Report Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have married in a Christian ceremony at a royal palace in India. The Bollywood superstar and the Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, wed before family and friends in Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace. People magazine said the ceremony was officiated by Jonas's father Paul Kevin Jonas. The couple will have a traditional Hindu ceremony on Sunday. The couple became engaged four months ago after a whirlwind romance. They both confirmed the wedding had taken place on their respective Instagram accounts. Skip Twitter post by @nickjonas One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. — Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) December 1, 2018 Report End of Twitte..
November 30, 2018

Growing up Afghan: ‘My parents were told to swap me for a boy’

Growing up Afghan: 'My parents were told to swap me for a boy' Image copyright Nargis Taraki Image caption Nargis now campaigns for women's education in her home country When Nargis Taraki became the fifth girl born to her parents in Afghanistan, her parents were told they should swap her with another baby in the village. Now 21, she has made it her life ambition to prove they were right to keep her. Nargis now campaigns for women's education and empowerment in her home country, and is one of the BBC's 2018 100 Women. In 1997 I opened my eyes to the world as my parents' fifth child, and their fifth girl. My father's sister, and other relatives, immediately put pressure on my mum to agree to my father taking a second wife. Taking a second or even third wife is not uncommon in Afghanistan, and is sometimes done because they believe a new wife could mean a new chance to have a male child. When she refused, they suggested that my father swap me for a bo..
November 30, 2018

Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968 Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey will help launch the world's first super-high definition 8K television channel on Saturday. Japanese broadcaster NHK said it had asked Warner Bros to scan the original film negatives in 8K for its new channel. Super-high definition 8K pictures offer 16 times the resolution of HD TV. However, few people currently have the necessary television or equipment to receive the broadcasts. Super hi-visionNHK says it has been developing 8K, which it calls super-hi vision, since 1995. As well as improved picture resolution, broadcasts can include 24 channels of audio for immersive surround sound experiences. It is hoping to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games using the new format. Television manufacturers including Samsung and LG have announced 8K-capable television sets, but they are still pr..
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