October 6, 2018

Interpol urges China to clarify status of missing president Meng Hongwei

Interpol urges China to clarify status of missing president Meng Hongwei Image copyright AFP Image caption Meng Hongwei is a senior Communist Party official as well as Interpol president International police agency Interpol has urged China to clarify the status of its president, Meng Hongwei, who has gone missing on a visit to the country. The agency said it was concerned about the well-being of its president. His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon on 25 September. China has made no official comment. The South China Morning Post quotes a source as saying Mr Meng, 64, was "taken away" for questioning in China. It is not clear why he was being investigated by "discipline authorities" or where he was being held, the Hong Kong-based newspaper adds. Chinese official to head InterpolEarlier this week, actress Fan Bingbing, who disappeared in China in July, emerged with a public apology and a fine of 883 million yuan ($129m; £98.9m) for tax ev..
October 6, 2018

Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet

Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption The UK government has demanded an "urgent explanation" of Victor Mallet's visa rejection Hong Kong has refused to renew a work visa for the Asia news editor of the Financial Times, sparking concerns from the UK government. Victor Mallet is also vice-president of the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), which upset local and Chinese authorities by hosting a separatist speaker in August. Hong Kong did not explain its visa decision. China is highly sensitive about the territory's sovereignty. The former British colony was handed back in 1997 on condition it would retain "a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs" for 50 years. China's ire puts Hong Kong activist in spotlightChina operates a "one country, two system" agreement, with freedom of speech and press freedom among the key liberties that set Hong Kong apart from the mainland. ..
October 5, 2018

Tsukiji: Japan’s famed fish market to relocate

Tsukiji: Japan's famed fish market to relocate Image copyright Getty Images Tokyo's famous Tsukiji market is being shut down, marking the end of 83 years of bustle and trade at what became the world's largest fish market. A tourist hotspot, the site attracted streams of bleary-eyed visitors keen to catch the pre-dawn tuna auctions. Its huge variety of fish and seafood was sold to many of the city's top restaurants. The inner market is due to close on Saturday, and traders will move from the ageing facility to a new, more modern site in Toyosu, about 2km away. The relocation of the historic market has long been in the works but faced opposition from some vendors right up until its final days. Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market in the Japanese capital. Tsukiji is within walking distance of the upscale Ginza district, where some of Tokyo's top restaurants a..
October 5, 2018

S-400: India missile defence purchase in US-Russia crosshairs

S-400: India missile defence purchase in US-Russia crosshairs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi signed the deal in Delhi on Friday India has signed a deal with Russia to acquire the S-400 air defence missile system, despite the possibility such a move could trigger US sanctions. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the $5bn (£3.8bn) deal in Delhi on Friday. The S-400 is one of the most sophisticated surface-to-air defence systems in the world. It has a range of 400km (248 miles) and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one. India's neighbour China also has the same system - the two countries fought a war in 1962 and routinely see skirmishes on their border. So for India it was imperative to boost its defence capabilities - especially in view of a possible two-front conflict, with Pakistan and China. Rajiv Nayan, defence..
October 5, 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei vanishes on trip to China

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei vanishes on trip to China Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Hongwei was elected Interpol's head two years ago France has opened an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the international police agency Interpol. His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon for a trip back to China a week ago, police sources say. "He did not disappear in France," a source close to the French inquiry told AFP news agency. Mr Meng is a senior Communist Party official in China. He was elected president of Interpol two years ago. The investigation was opened after Mr Meng's wife went to police to report her husband missing. Before taking over at Interpol, Meng Hongwei was deputy minister in charge of public security in China.
October 5, 2018

Lenovo and ZTE shares hit by spyware row

Lenovo and ZTE shares hit by spyware row Image copyright Getty Images Shares in Chinese tech giants Lenovo and ZTE have fallen sharply after a media report that Beijing had inserted spying devices into US computers. Unnamed US national security officials, quoted by Bloomberg, said microchips were found in gadgets used by US government agencies. Lenovo's shares fell more than 15%, while ZTE lost more than 10%. Lenovo said it did not source parts from Supermicro, the firm at the centre of the allegations. ZTE has declined to comment. According to the report, Supermicro is said to have supplied servers that allegedly contained the malicious hardware. On Thursday, Apple and Amazon denied that their computer systems were among those reportedly containing the devices.
October 5, 2018

Lee Myung-bak, S Korea ex-president, jailed for 15 years

Lee Myung-bak, S Korea ex-president, jailed for 15 years Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Former president Lee Myung-bak arriving at court in Seoul in September Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been jailed for 15 years for corruption. Lee was sentenced in a Seoul court on Friday on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, and ordered to pay a 13 billion won ($11.5m; £8.8m) fine. The former president claims the charges are politically motivated. He becomes the fourth South Korean former leader to be jailed, following his successor's imprisonment in April. Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 33 years in jail after being found guilty of abuse of power and coercion. The poisoned chalice of South Korea's presidency South Korea country profile Lee was not present at the sentencing, blaming poor health. The judge at Seoul Central District Court said "heavy punishment for the accused is inevitable" because of the serious nature of the crimes. The co..
October 5, 2018

Suhaib Ilyasi: India TV crime host acquitted of wife’s murder

Suhaib Ilyasi: India TV crime host acquitted of wife's murder Image copyright Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times Image caption Suhaib Ilyasi was first arrested in March 2000 A court in India's capital Delhi has acquitted the host of a popular TV crime series who had been jailed for murdering his wife in 2000. The Delhi High Court judge said there was no evidence that Suhaib Ilyasi, who fronted India's Most Wanted, had stabbed his wife Anju Ilyasi to death. Mr Ilyasi was jailed for life in 2017 and appealed against his conviction. He argued that his wife killed herself. Her family had accused him of torturing her to extract more dowry money. The 52-year-old was sentenced to life in jail in December last year when a trial court convicted him of stabbing his wife to death. Anju Ilyasi's death was treated as suicide until her mother demanded that Mr Ilyasi be tried for murder. Giving a dowry has been illegal in India since 1961, but the practice still takes place in most ar..
October 5, 2018

China prison break: Public appeal after rare inmate escape

China prison break: Public appeal after rare inmate escape Image copyright China National Radio Image caption Zhang Guilin (L) and Wang Lei (R) have escaped a prison in northeastern Liaoning province In China, prison escapes are few and far between. So the case of two men escaping from a Liaoning prison has turned into a nationwide hunt. In an unusual step, Chinese media are appealing for the public's help in tracking down the escapees and have even publicised a reward for information leading to their capture of 100,000 yuan (£11,185, $14,558). The pair, who are still believed to be in the province, were serving life sentences in northeastern Liaoning province. It is very unusual for an inmate to escape from detention in China, and just as unusual for media to report it. Chinese media usually refrain from publicising incidents that might cause public alarm and usually only carry reports once an incident has been resolved or brought under control. Who escaped?The two prisoners are..
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