September 11, 2018

Didi Chuxing: China carpool service suspended indefinitely

Didi Chuxing: China carpool service suspended indefinitely Image copyright Reuters Image caption Didi apologised for safety lapses in the past China has ordered the indefinite suspension of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing's carpool service after the murder of two people. It will remain in place until better standards are implemented, Chinese state media says. Heightened background checks of drivers for the web-based providers have been ordered while operators must also adopt new technology to curb risks. Didi first suspended its carpool last month and admitted safety lapses. The company has been under intense pressure over the killing of two female customers. The most recent case came in August, when a 20-year-old woman was raped and murdered by the driver. While the driver did not have a criminal record, a previous passenger had filed a complaint against him, according to Didi. The cases had caused an outcry with calls for a boycott of the service. China's Didi 'sor..
September 11, 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM’s wife dies in London

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM's wife dies in London Image copyright AFP Image caption Maryam Sharif (right) said goodbye to her mother in July before leaving to Pakistan, where she was arrested Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan's ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has died in London. She was 68. The three-time first lady was diagnosed with cancer in August 2017, and suffered a heart attack on 14 June. Her husband and daughter, Maryam, are both in jail in Pakistan. They returned to face a corruption conviction ahead of July's election, leaving the ailing Ms Nawaz in London. She was elected as an MP in 2017 after standing in for Nawaz Sharif. But she was not sworn in as she was already abroad for cancer treatment. Kulsoom Nawaz married Nawaz Sharif in 1971 and her husband was prime minister of Pakistan on three occasions - 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
September 11, 2018

India top court hears appeal to save ‘man-eating’ tiger

India top court hears appeal to save 'man-eating' tiger Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India has the largest population of tigers in the world India's Supreme Court will hear an appeal aimed at stopping forest rangers from killing a "man eating" tigress in the western state of Maharashtra. Officials claim the tiger killed five people in recent months and say they will kill it if they cannot capture it. But wildlife activists are questioning whether it is established beyond doubt the animal killed humans. Due to rapid deforestation, tigers often come into conflict with villagers close to their reserves. "Whether the tigress killed these people or not has been determined by looking at various factors like pug marks, DNA tests and the statements of local villagers," forest official Pradip Rahurkar told BBC Marathi. Mr Rahurkar added that officials would first try to tranquilise and capture the tigress, known as T1. "If this is unsuccessful, the animal will ha..
September 11, 2018

India man held for ‘beheading’ wife

India man held for 'beheading' wife Police in the Indian state of Karnataka have arrested a man who they say walked into a police station carrying his wife's severed head in a bag. Officials told the BBC that Satish SG arrived at the station in Chikmagalur district and confessed to killing his wife. He has been charged with murder. He is alleged to have killed her because he suspected she was in an extra-marital relationship, they added. The couple had been married for seven years and have two young children. Police say he will appear in court on Tuesday. Indian woman arrested over 'replacement husband plot' India arrests 16 for beheading woman for 'witchcraft' A senior police official added that the suspect's wife had earlier come to the police for help. "We were aware that the couple were going through some family issues. We even counselled them a few times but we didn't know that he suspected her of having an extra-marital affair," he s..
September 11, 2018

Serena Williams: Cartoonist denies US Open depiction is racist

Serena Williams: Cartoonist denies US Open depiction is racist Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Serena Williams lost to Naomi Osaka at the US Open at the weekend An Australian cartoonist has defended his depiction of Serena Williams at the US Open, after the image went viral and was criticised as racist and sexist. Mark Knight's newspaper cartoon showed Williams jumping above a broken racquet next to a baby's dummy. Critics said it portrayed racist stereotypes. The cartoonist denied it was racist, saying he had intended to depict only the tennis player's "poor behaviour". Some also said Knight had "whitewashed" Japanese player Naomi Osaka. Williams sparked controversy during her loss to Osaka when she accused the umpire of sexism and being a "thief". Knight's drawing, published in the Herald Sun newspaper on Monday, referenced Williams's outburst and showed the umpire asking Osaka: "Can you just let her win?" It has been strongly defended by Kni..
September 10, 2018

Trump receives ‘warm’ letter from Kim about new summit

Trump receives 'warm' letter from Kim about new summit Image copyright Reuters Image caption Time for a sequel to this summer's blockbuster summit? North Korea's Kim Jong-un has written to US President Donald Trump asking for a follow-up to their historic summit, the White House says. The US says it is already looking at scheduling a new meeting. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the "very warm" letter showed Pyongyang's "continued commitment to focus on denuclearisation". Negotiations on the topic appeared to have stalled after the two leaders' historic summit in Singapore in June. "The primary purpose of the letter was to request and look to schedule another meeting with the president, which we are open to and are already in the process of co-ordinating that," Ms Sanders said. She gave no indication of when a second meeting between the two leaders could potentially take place. North Korea's dazzling propaganda show Six months' trai..
September 10, 2018

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand Image copyright Traffic Image caption Among the species for sale were Asiatic black bears and common palm civets More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog. Traffic, which monitors such activity, said many of the species, despite having international protection, were not native to the country, and so trading them was unregulated. The listings were found on 12 Facebook groups during one month in 2016. Facebook said it did not allow the trade of endangered species. Among the 200 different species listed for sale were two non-native species banned from international commercial trade - the Eurasian otter and the black spotted turtle. Some of the animals for sale which are banned from international commercial trade are native to Thailand, such as the helmeted hornbill and Siamese crocodile - which are both critically endangered - and the Asiatic black bear. Although..
September 10, 2018

Fan Bingbing: Vanished Chinese star ‘not socially responsible’

Fan Bingbing: Vanished Chinese star 'not socially responsible' Image copyright WireImage Image caption Fan Bingbing, who got a 0% score in the report, has not been seen in public since 1 July Chinese film star Fan Bingbing has been ranked last in a report judging A-list celebrities on how "socially responsible" they are, fuelling further speculation about the whereabouts of the actress, who has not been seen in public for more than two months. The 2017-2018 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, carried widely by state media outlets, ranks Chinese celebrities according to three criteria: professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity. It praises celebrities who have become "relatively strong role models", but also highlights cases where it says they have had a "negative" social impact. But what is most notable is its 0% rating for Fan Bingbing, one of China's biggest stars, who hasn't been seen in public since 1 July when she visi..
September 10, 2018

Russia launches its biggest war games since Cold War

Russia launches its biggest war games since Cold War Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia has intensified combat drills for its armed forces - despite the expense Russia's biggest military exercise since the Cold War, involving about 300,000 service personnel, is getting under way in eastern Siberia. China is sending 3,200 troops to take part in "Vostok-2018", with many Chinese armoured vehicles and aircraft. Mongolia is also sending some units. The last Russian exercise of similar scale was in 1981, during the Cold War. But Vostok-2018 involves more troops. It comes at a time of heightened Nato-Russia tensions. Relations between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) - a 29-member defence alliance dominated by the US - have worsened since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. What is Nato?Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were justified given "aggressive and unfriendly" attitudes towards Russia. What will happen in the drills?..
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