June 29, 2018

Mexican and South Korean celebrations sourced by racist gestures

Mexican and South Korean celebrations sourced by racist gestures Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea's win helped Mexico move forward in the competition Two hosts on US Spanish-language network Telemundo have been suspended after making racist gestures while celebrating South Korea's win over Germany. The win meant that Mexico was cleared to advance in the tournament. During a celebratory dance on set, the two presenters were seen pulling their eyes to look slanted. The same gesture was posted by several Mexican fans on Twitter in an attempt to thank South Korea. Social media users condemned the instances as racist and many Mexicans have since apologised. Skip Twitter post by @Techivist Dear @Telemundo @TelemundoSports & @TLMDPR , whoever this guy is on the left needs to get fired ASAP for being a racist on air. If someone were to say or make racist gestures about Latinx folks we'd ALL be up in arms & this is no different #SayNoToRacism #Telemundo..
June 29, 2018

‘Come home’: Thailand clings to hope for boys trapped in cave

'Come home': Thailand clings to hope for boys trapped in cave Image copyright Twitter/@namwoon_ccw Image caption Thailand is waiting with baited breath for the missing boys to return Twelve young footballers and their coach have been trapped inside a cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province for nearly a week. They went missing after apparently setting out to explore the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, accompanied by their 25-year-old coach. The huge search for the missing group - thought to have been cut off by rising floodwater - has gripped the country. Now Thais are turning to social media in an outpouring of support and hope. A hashtag, which translates to "the strangers we want to meet the most" is being used to convey the nation's concern for the group of boys, aged between 11 and 16. Skip Twitter post by @PunchSomboonsri Please come home #คนแปลกหน้าที่อยากเจอมากที่สุด pic.twitter.com/aQwibrsqv0 — Punch Somboonsri (@PunchSomboonsri) June 26, 2018 Report End of Twit..
June 28, 2018

BAE wins multi-billion pound Australian warship contract

BAE wins multi-billion pound Australian warship contract Image copyright BAE Systems British defence giant BAE Systems has won a multi-billion pound contract from the Australian government to build nine new warships, marking a significant victory for British military exports. BAE beat Italian and Spanish rivals to win a large slice of the £20bn spending programme. The ships will be built in Australia, but are based on the Type 26 design BAE is building for the Royal Navy. Theresa May said the deal was "an enormous boost" for the UK economy. It is the first export of a British design for new-build frigates since the 1970s, the government said. The prime minister said the deal reflected the government's strategy to "build on our close relationships with allies like Australia" as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Australian jobsThe "Hunter class" ships, which are anti-submarine warfare frigates, will be built in Adelaide by government-owned ASC Shipbuilding, creating up to 4,000 jobs..
June 28, 2018

Terrace House: Japan’s nice, calm Love Island alternative

Terrace House: Japan's nice, calm Love Island alternative Image copyright Netflix/Fuji TV/East Entertainment Image caption The cast of Terrace House are nothing like your average reality TV contestants A bunch of beautiful singletons. One huge villa. Gorgeous sprawling views. And a quest to find love. But this isn't Love island - the tempestuous show that has the UK hooked - it's Terrace House, the reality show which has taken over Japan. In Terrace House, six strangers - three men and three women from different walks of life - live under the same roof while getting to know and date each other. The concept might sound familiar but there's one significant difference - it's almost entirely drama-free. The contestants are polite to each other, apologise when they run into conflict and form romances at snail's pace. So what is it about this seemingly dull show that keeps people tuning in? No 'grafting'Terrace House, produced by Japanese televisi..
June 28, 2018

Banning the Uluru climb: ‘This rock means everything to us’

Banning the Uluru climb: 'This rock means everything to us' Image caption Traditional owner Pamela Taylor says Uluru holds many stories For decades the Anangu people in central Australia have asked tourists not to climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, because of its sacred value. From next year, scaling the giant monolith will be banned. The BBC's Rebecca Henschke reports on why the rock is so significant, and discovers her own personal link along the way. "When tourists come they just see this one big beautiful rock in the centre of Australia. But this rock means everything to us Anangu." Pamela Taylor stares up at the mighty rock. She is one of the traditional owners of Uluru and a holder of the ancient sacred stories that are enshrined within it. "The rock has got a lot of stories," she says as we sit down in the red sand. "Some of them I can't tell you. [They are] too sacred or we will be in trouble - I will be in trouble. Some I tell so people like you ca..
June 28, 2018

Shujhaat Bukhari: Pakistan militants blamed for journalist death

Shujhaat Bukhari: Pakistan militants blamed for journalist death Image copyright Shujaat Bukhari/Twitter Leading Indian newspaper journalist and editor Shujaat Bukhari was killed by a Pakistan-based militant outfit, police have said. Bukhari was shot dead in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, on 14 June while leaving his office. "Orders to kill Shujaat came from Pakistan," a policeman said, adding they had identified four suspects from the Lashkar-e-Taiba group (LeT). The LeT has denied involvement and no other group has claimed the killing. The LeT is one of the most feared groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir and is blamed for several deadly attacks on Indian soil. Police said one of the suspects escaped from police custody in January 2018, while two of them are Indian nationals who had joined the Pakistan-based group. A senior official told BBC Urdu's Riyaz Masroor that India and Pakistan would share evidence related to the murder as a part of a l..
June 28, 2018

China caps film stars’ pay over ‘money worship and tax evasion’

China caps film stars' pay over 'money worship and tax evasion' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Forbes ranked Fan Bingbing as the world's fifth highest-paid actress in 2016 China's authorities say they are capping the pay of actors as part of a move to crack down on tax evasion and "money worship" in the industry. Actors in Chinese films and TV programmes will have their pay capped at 40% of total production costs. Meanwhile, lead actors cannot be paid more than 70% of total cast pay, the government says. It comes after a debate on celebrity pay, and allegations of tax evasion in the film industry. Why is this happening now?The official announcement comes from a joint statement (in Chinese) from five government agencies, including the propaganda department, ministry of culture and tourism, and radio, TV and film regulators late on Wednesday. It does not specify why the government is cracking down on celebrity pay now - but says it is needed to deal with..
June 28, 2018

China hits back at US investment rules

China hits back at US investment rules Image copyright Getty Images The Chinese government has criticised a US move to expand the powers of its foreign investment watchdog. The government is worried that the move means the US will use national security concerns unfairly in order to restrict Chinese investments. The new investment rules will target Chinese companies investing in technology industries in the US. It comes as the US and China both prepare to slap tariffs on $34bn worth of each others' goods. What is the US government proposing? US President Donald Trump has said he supports legislation that would expand the powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is an inter-agency body which scrutinizes the national security implications of business deals that would result in foreign ownership of US companies. It can make recommendations to the president, who can stop a deal from going though, although in practice a negative CFIUS find..
June 28, 2018

Australia passes foreign interference laws amid China tension

Australia passes foreign interference laws amid China tension Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Malcolm Turnbull says the laws are not aimed at one country Australia's parliament has passed a package of new laws aimed at preventing foreign interference in the country. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the crackdown last December. Although he denied it was aimed specifically at China, the move has added to diplomatic tensions with Beijing in recent months. The wide-ranging laws, approved in the Senate on Thursday, target foreign interference in politics and other domestic affairs, as well as espionage. Among key provisions, they will require lobbyists for foreign governments to identify themselves on a pubic register. In December, Mr Turnbull said the crackdown followed warnings by intelligence agencies that were "necessarily classified". "Foreign powers are making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process, both here ..
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