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..
October 4, 2018

Samsung sees record third quarter profit on chip demand

Samsung sees record third quarter profit on chip demand Image copyright Getty Images Samsung Electronics expects to post record operating profit in the third quarter, helped by strong demand for its memory chips. The South Korean electronics giant is forecasting operating profits of around 17.5 trillion won ($15.5bn; £11.9 bn), up 20.4% from a year ago. The guidance is above analyst estimates for the period, boosted by its thriving chip business. Samsung overtook Intel to become the biggest chipmaker last year. The firm expects consolidated sales will reach around 65 trillion won in the three months to September, up 4.8% on last year. Shares were steady following the guidance update. The South Korean firm has seen earnings surge in recent years largely due to demand for memory chips in mobile devices, but falling prices for some electronic components could hit further earnings growth. Chips account for nearly 80% of its operating profit, according to Reuters. It has also confront..
October 4, 2018

British man dies from sea snake bite in Australia

British man dies from sea snake bite in Australia A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake on a fishing trawler in Australia, police have said. The man, 23, had just pulled up a net off the coast of the Northern Territory when he was bitten about 09:00 local time on Thursday (23:00 GMT Wednesday). Emergency crews were called to the boat, near island Groote Eylandt, but were unable to save the man. UK consular officials have been notified, Northern Territory Police said. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to the mainland town of Borroloola. Police said a post-mortem would be conducted. According to research published last year, snakes were responsible for 27 deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2013. Sea snakes are highly venomous, but because of their limited contact with humans, bites are relatively rare.
October 4, 2018

Aid charities ActionAid and Plan to be turfed out of Pakistan

Aid charities ActionAid and Plan to be turfed out of Pakistan Image copyright AFP Image caption ActionAid said Pakistan's "hard-won democracy" was under threat with moves of this kind The Pakistani government has ordered international NGOs to end their operations and leave the country within 60 days. One of the charities affected, ActionAid, said the move was part of a "worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society" in Pakistan. The Pakistani Interior Ministry would not comment on the cases. But in a letter to ActionAid, seen by the BBC, it was told it could "re-apply for registration" in six months time. Eighteen charities have been expelled from the country, ActionAid told the BBC. The move comes amidst increasing concerns by human rights activists and press freedom campaigners about freedom of expression in the country. Pakistan's intelligence services have viewed NGOs with increased suspicion since the discovery in 2011 of a fake vaccination programme in the co..
October 4, 2018

Vietnam’s children and the fear of climate change

Vietnam's children and the fear of climate change Image caption The threat of climate change exercises the minds of even the youngest in Vietnam One little girl draws a nightmarish picture of people calling for rescue as they drown in rising water. Another sketches a huge snake with sharp teeth to show the power and danger of flooding. These disturbing images are the work of children at a primary school in Can Tho province, a region of Vietnam that is regularly swamped. They live in the Mekong Delta, a huge plain of rivers and rice-fields that's popular with tourists but lies only just above the surface of the ocean. The land itself is sinking and, at the same time, the level of the sea is rising, as global warming causes the water to expand and the ice caps to melt. That's why the delta, one of the world's greatest centres for rice production and home to 18 million people, is recognised as especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Image caption Flor..
October 4, 2018

Osaka cuts San Francisco ties over ‘comfort women’ statue

Osaka cuts San Francisco ties over 'comfort women' statue Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The controversial monument represents women forced to work in military brothels Japan's Osaka city has ended its "sister city" ties with San Francisco over the display of a statue depicting women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Osaka mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the "comfort women" monument "destroyed the two sides' relationship of trust". The work depicts three young women - from Korea, China and the Philippines - standing in a circle holding hands. It is estimated that some 200,000 women were kept in these military brothels. The statue on display in San Francisco, which was initially set up privately but officially accepted by the US city last November, is entitled the "Women's Column of Strength". It represents the women who worked in the brothels at the time, including some who were reportedly lured with the offer ..
October 4, 2018

‘China hack attack hits Apple and Amazon’

'China hack attack hits Apple and Amazon' Image copyright AFP Image caption US warships were found to be harbouring the compromised computers, Bloomberg says Apple and Amazon are among US companies and agencies who have had data stolen by Chinese spies, claims Bloomberg. The data had been siphoned off via tiny chips inserted on server circuit boards made by a company called Super Micro Computer, reported the news agency. The servers had been compromised during manufacturing and the chips activated once they were up and running, it said. Apple, Amazon and Super Micro have rejected Bloomberg's claims, calling them "untrue". Bloomberg said a year-long investigation by reporters Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley had uncovered evidence of the wide-ranging attack, which gave Beijing access to 30 large companies and many federal agencies. US warns of supply chain cyber-attacks Pentagon warns on compromised code Trump relaxes rules around cyber-attacks It said the first inform..
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