August 1, 2018

US mulls 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese goods, say reports

US mulls 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese goods, say reports Image copyright Getty Images The US is considering 25% tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods, much higher than the 10% it previously indicated it might impose, reports say. The plan could be announced as early as Wednesday but a higher tariff was not finalised, sources told US media. It would risk further escalating tensions between the US and China which are already mired in a trade war. The US in July published a list of $200bn worth of additional products to be taxed as early as September. The list named more than 6,000 items including food products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags. Six ways China could retaliate in a trade war How a US-China trade war could hurt us all US-China trade row: What has happened so far? The US opened fire in a trade war with 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods, and China retaliated in kind. US threats have escalated since, with US President Donald Trump saying he is ready..
July 31, 2018

Plastic bags: Australia anger over Coles ‘caving in to tantrums’

Plastic bags: Australia anger over Coles 'caving in to tantrums' Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Most plastic enters oceans via the world's major rivers, researchers say It's a question that has prompted a global call to action: how do you best eliminate single-use plastic bags, before they further pollute our oceans? Australia is among places grappling with bans, but it has struck teething pains amid what many have likened to "tantrums" by change-averse customers. Now a major supermarket chain has drawn fury by indefinitely extending its giveaway of new, reusable plastic bags. The grocery giant, Coles, is not having a good day. Skip Twitter post by @GuyMosel Hey @Coles, congrats for being spineless and irresponsible. Never shopping with you again. Keep up the superb work you utter, utter numpties. — Guy Mosel (@GuyMosel) August 1, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @GuyMosel Skip Twitter post by @LuckyLindyMoo Grow a back bone @Coles Rather th..
July 31, 2018

Jalalabad attack: ’15 killed’ in eastern Afghan city

Jalalabad attack: '15 killed' in eastern Afghan city Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan security forces ended the assault At least 15 people have died in a bomb and gun attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, an official says. Gunmen stormed a government building after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate. Afghan security forces had ended the assault and killed two of the gunmen but much of the building was destroyed, a government spokesman said. No militant group has yet said it is behind the attack, although the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed increasing numbers of attacks on civilian targets, amid calls for peace talks between the government and the Taliban. Jalalabad and its surrounding area, which is near the border with Pakistan, has borne the brunt of IS attacks. Other recent attacks in Jalalabad: Deadly Afghan attack targets midwives Suicide blast targets Sikhs in Afghan city..
July 31, 2018

Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Aviation chief quits over failings

Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Aviation chief quits over failings Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives of missing MH370 passengers consoled one another as the official report was released Malaysia's civil aviation chief has quit after a report into the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 found failures by air traffic control. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the official report, released on Monday, highlighted lapses by controllers in relation to emergency procedures. The passenger jet had been missing, the report said, for about 20 minutes before authorities sent an alert. The aircraft mysteriously disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board. It was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur and is believed to have plunged into the southern Indian Ocean. An official search ended in May, although Malaysia's new government has said it might resume the search if more credible evidence emerges. Image copyright EPA Image caption Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said he was resigni..
July 31, 2018

Stranded Russian climber rescued after six-day ordeal in Pakistan

Stranded Russian climber rescued after six-day ordeal in Pakistan Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alexander Gukov (centre) spent the last three days without food Pakistan's helicopter pilots have rescued a Russian climber stranded on a mountain, ending his six-day ordeal in subzero temperatures, the army says. Alexander Gukov was stuck at a height of nearly 6,300m (20,670ft) at Latok 1 in the northern Karakoram range. Previous attempts to airlift him failed because of bad weather. Officials say he is very weak but has no frostbite. His partner Sergey Glazunov fell to his death as the two climbers tried to descend last Wednesday. Image copyright Reuters Image caption A photo showing Alexander Gukov's location near the top of the peak before the rescue Pakistani and Russian officials say Mr Gukov was transported to the nearest hospital in Skardu. "He has no severe frostbite... [He is] very weak and talks with difficulty," said Anna Piunova, the co-ordinator of the rescu..
July 31, 2018

New Zealand sexist road sign changed by seven-year-old girl

New Zealand sexist road sign changed by seven-year-old girl Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand is changing its 'linemen' sign after Zoe Carew spoke out A seven-year-old girl in New Zealand has convinced the country's transport agency to change its road signs to be more inclusive to women. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is set to change signs that say "Linemen" to "Line Crew" after Zoe Carew pointed out that "women can be line workers too". Line workers maintain power, telecommunications and other cabling. Zoe said that the sign was "wrong and unfair" to women who wanted to be line workers. NZTA praised her suggestion, saying "great ideas can come from anywhere". Skip Twitter post by @nzta_news We were happy to take Zoe’s suggestion on board, because great ideas can come from anyone, including seven-year-olds! Good on you, Zoe! https://t.co/CanSuHBNXN — NZTA News (@nzta_news) July 30, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @nzta_news Seven-year-old Zoe w..
July 31, 2018

Will the death penalty deter rape in India?

Will the death penalty deter rape in India? Image copyright AFP Image caption The death penalty is applied only for the "rarest of rare" cases in India India's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Monday that will see the death penalty handed out to anyone convicted of raping a child under 12. The amendment to the Prevention Of Child Sex Offences (Pocso) act was made at the behest of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who said she believed this would deter sexual crimes against children. It came soon after a series of high-profile cases against children, including the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir, and the more recent rape of a young girl in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. India's official crime data show the number of reported rapes of children increased from 8,541 in 2012 to 19,765 in 2016. In 2013, following the outrage over the rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in the cap..
July 31, 2018

Mike Pompeo Indo-pacific strategy: US to spend $113m in Asia

Mike Pompeo Indo-pacific strategy: US to spend $113m in Asia Image copyright Getty Images The US is set to spend $113m on digital economy, energy and infrastructure in Asia, a move seen as an attempt to counter China's growing influence. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the pledge while outlining the "Indo-Pacific" economic strategy in a speech to business leaders in Washington. He said the US believed in "strategic partnerships not strategic dependency". The announcement comes at a time when the US and China are butting heads in a tit-for-tat trade war. The Trump administration strategy to build influence with a regional grouping identified as the "Indo-Pacific", which includes the US west coast, South East Asian nations and India, is seen as a response to China's Belt and Road initiative. That has seen Beijing sink billions into the rebuilding of ports, roads and railways across Asia as part of China's effort to increase its political and strategic influence in..
July 30, 2018

Backpackers attacked with shovel in Australian bush

Backpackers attacked with shovel in Australian bush Image copyright BIBBULMUN TRACK FOUNDATION Image caption A section of the Bibbulmun Track near Perth A man has attacked two Finnish backpackers with a four-wheel-drive and a shovel in a "horrifying" incident on a popular hiking trail in Western Australia, police say. The attacker, a 36-year-old Australian man, has been charged with making an unlawful attempt to kill. Police allege he rammed his vehicle into a male backpacker before attacking him on foot with a shovel. He was subdued by the second victim, a woman, after she grabbed the shovel. A passerby helped restrain the man until police arrived. The Finnish man suffered a head wound during the attack. Both backpackers, 33, were taken to hospital. The incident took place on Saturday near Perth on the Bibbulmun Track, a 1000 km (620 miles) track that bills itself as "world famous". Police allege the attacker at one point "turned his attention" to the woman, before struggling with hi..
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