October 30, 2018

US targets Chinese firm over national security fears

US targets Chinese firm over national security fears Image copyright Getty Images The US has restricted American firms from selling parts to a Chinese company over national security concerns. The US Commerce Department said there was a "significant risk" that Fujian Jinhua could get involved in activities that may hurt US national security. The move is the latest escalation in the Trump administration's efforts to stop alleged intellectual property theft. Other countries have also put limits on Chinese firms on security grounds. The US Commerce Department said it would restrict the export of software and technology goods from American firms to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua. "When a foreign company engages in activity contrary to our national security interests, we will take strong action to protect our national security," US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. He said that the restrictions on Fujian Jinhua - which makes memory chips and devices - would "limit ..
October 30, 2018

Geoffrey Rush: Actress ‘frightened’ by alleged touching, court told

Geoffrey Rush: Actress 'frightened' by alleged touching, court told Image copyright EPA Image caption Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for defamation An actress at the centre of a defamation case involving actor Geoffrey Rush says he "deliberately" touched her breast on stage, leaving her feeling "frightened". Eryn Jean Norvill told an Australian court that Mr Rush had also made groping gestures towards her during the production of King Lear in 2015. Mr Rush strongly denies the claims. He is suing a Sydney newspaper over stories published in 2017 which he says depicted him as a pervert. The Daily Telegraph's original report carried the headline "King Leer" and reported that Mr Rush, 67, had been the subject of a complaint about his behaviour during the Sydney Theatre Company production. On Tuesday Ms Norvill, who played Cordelia in the play, testified in Sydney's Federal Court as a witness for the newspaper's publisher, Nationwide News. She accused th..
October 30, 2018

Meghan shows off welly-wanging skills in New Zealand

Meghan shows off welly-wanging skills in New Zealand Image copyright AFP The Duchess of Sussex showed off her welly-wanging - boot throwing - skills on the latest stop of her 16-day tour with Prince Harry. The pair indulged in some rubber boot tossing in Revdale, north of the New Zealand city of Auckland. The couple were on competing teams, and Meghan emerged victorious after her welly was thrown a metre closer to the target than Prince Harry's. The royal couple have also been to Australia, Tonga and Fiji on the tour. The couple arrived in New Zealand on Sunday. Nelson Poll, 11, was one of the young people who taught Prince Harry and Meghan welly-wanging. Image copyright Getty Images He said: "I think Harry's technique was better, it was straight forward instead of going at an angle." On their first day in New Zealand the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Both Meghan and Prince Harry performed a hongi - a Maori greeting involving nose-touching - ..
October 30, 2018

Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts

Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts Image copyright CARL DE SOUZA Image caption Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine Animal conservationists are alarmed over China's decision to partially reverse a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn. Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China prohibited their trade in 1993. But on Monday it said parts from captive animals would be authorised for scientific, medical and cultural use. Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them. Rhino and tiger parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, thought any benefits have not been proven. The unlikely figures behind a secret trade Would a legal market deter poachers? Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand 'Devastating consequences'In a statemen..
October 30, 2018

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones used in Indonesian search

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones used in Indonesian search Image copyright Reuters Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for a Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday. Flight JT 610 went down after taking off from Jakarta with 189 passengers and crew on board. There has been no sign of survivors but debris and personal belongings have been collected from the water. There is no indication yet of what caused the plane to go down 13 minutes after taking off. Officials say the pilot of the Boeing 737 had asked to return to Soekarno-Hatta airport shortly before losing contact with air traffic control, just 13 minutes into the flight. A technical log obtained by the BBC showed the plane had encountered technical problems while flying from Bali to Jakarta the previous day. The log showed one instrument was "unreliable" and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer. Lion Air's chief executive Edward Sirait said on Tuesday tha..
October 29, 2018

Leicester City helicopter crash: Owner’s wife and son visit stadium

Leicester City helicopter crash: Owner's wife and son visit stadium Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeicester City owner's family lay a wreath at the King Power Stadium The wife and son of Leicester City's owner have laid a wreath at the club's stadium after he was killed alongside four others in a helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of staff, the pilot and a passenger, all died after the aircraft spiralled out of control outside the ground. The club's first team and youth squad were also at the King Power Stadium. A team investigating Saturday night's crash has recovered the aircraft's digital flight data recorder. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeicester City's first team squad, including striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, paid their respects Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Manager Claude Puel has been outside the stadium Leicestershire Police ..
October 29, 2018

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 ‘had prior instrument error’

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 'had prior instrument error' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDebris found from Lion Air crash in sea The Indonesian jet which crashed shortly after take-off had suffered instrument problems the day before, according to a technical log obtained by the BBC. A technical log from a flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday said an instrument was "unreliable" and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer. The Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the sea with 189 people on board. It went down after taking off from Jakarta. There is no sign of survivors. The BBC has so far been unable to reach Lion Air, the low-cost airline which owns the plane, for comment. Flight JT 610 was headed for the western city of Pangkal Pinang on Monday when it came down. Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes. Families are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead. How could a brand new plane crash..
October 29, 2018

Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a ‘bloodbath’ in power struggle

Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a 'bloodbath' in power struggle Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Sirisena's move to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM has shocked many in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's unfolding political crisis threatens to turn into a "bloodbath" unless order is restored, the speaker of parliament has warned. It comes after President Maithripala Sirisena last week sacked the cabinet and suspended parliament. Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says a power vacuum now exists in the country. One person was killed at the weekend when the bodyguard of the sacked oil minister fired at a crowd of protesters outside his office. On Monday, police arrested the minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, a 54-year-old former national cricket team captain and an ally of Mr Wickremesinghe, after he was accused of ordering the shooting. His bodyguard has also been arrested and an investigation is under way. Profile: Mahinda Rajapaksa Read more about Sri Lanka President Sirisena&..
October 29, 2018

Lion Air crash: Who were the victims?

Lion Air crash: Who were the victims? Image copyright AFP Image caption Families all over Indonesia have been left distraught by the plane crash An early-morning Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang crashed just 13 minutes after taking off. On board were 189 people including the flight crew. Authorities say there is little chance of any survivors - this is what we know about who was on board. According to Lion Air the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child passenger and two baby passengers. In addition to the two pilots, there were also six cabin crew. Experienced pilotsLion Air named Captain Bhavye Suneja as pilot of the plane. The Indian national's death was confirmed by the Indian Embassy in Jakarta. Mr Suneja was 31 years old and from Delhi, Indian media report. He joined Lion Air in 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. The co-pilot was named as Harvino. Image Copyright @IndianEmbJkt @IndianEmbJkt Report Image Copyright @IndianEmbJkt @IndianEmbJk..
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