September 5, 2018

Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

Samsung: Time for folding smartphones Image copyright Getty Images Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device. In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung's consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone. Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half, without a hinge or seam in the middle. However, Samsung told the BBC it did not currently have "anything to share". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Researchers make a rollable tablet DJ Koh told CNBC that the development process for foldable phones was "complicated" but added that the company had "nearly concluded" it. However, he said, a foldable phone would need a clear purpose before the company released one. "Even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet?" he said. "If the un..
September 5, 2018

Afghanistan conflict: Bombers kill 20 at Kabul sports club

Afghanistan conflict: Bombers kill 20 at Kabul sports club Image copyright EPA Image caption A car bomb targeted journalists and emergency services responding to an earlier suicide attack A double suicide bombing at a wrestling club in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 20 people and injured 70, officials say. After a suicide bomber killed four people in the club, a second bomber in a car attacked emergency services responding to the incident. Two journalists from the Tolo news channel were killed and four others injured by the car bomb. The attacks happened in a predominantly Shia Muslim district of the city. In a post on Twitter, Tolo's head, Lotfullah Najafizada, said the outlet had lost two of its best journalists. Skip Twitter post by @LNajafizada Journalist Samim Faramarz (right) and Ramiz Ahmadi lost their lives in today’s Kabul attack and left us, once again, in deep sorrow. pic.twitter.com/BFcxJREGqv — Lotfullah Najafizada (@LNajafizada) September 5, 2018 Repor..
September 5, 2018

Can India work with ‘unpredictable’ Trump?

Can India work with 'unpredictable' Trump? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Narendra Modi, left, and Donald Trump say they want to improve ties US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit India on Thursday to hold strategic talks on military and trade deals. The BBC's Vikas Pandey explains what's at stake. The meetings between the US officials and their counterparts Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj - described as the 2+2 dialogue - are taking place against a backdrop of recent strains between Washington and Delhi. Meetings were first scheduled in April, but had to be rescheduled after US President Donald Trump fired his then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The dialogue was suspended once again in July for what India's foreign ministry described as "unavoidable reasons". Much has changed between the two strategic allies in recent months. New world orderThe US has objected to new defence deals between India and Russi..
September 5, 2018

Sinead McNamara: ‘No foul play’ in Australian Instagrammer death

Sinead McNamara: 'No foul play' in Australian Instagrammer death Image copyright SINEAD MCNAMARA/INSTAGRAM Image caption Conflicting reports about the 20-year-old's death had been circulating since last week There were no signs of foul play in the death of an Australian Instagrammer working on a yacht in Greece, coroners have told Australian media. It is believed Sinead McNamara, 20, took her own life. She was found in a critical condition by other crew members aboard the Mayan Queen IV last week and died while being airlifted to hospital. Her body is now due to be flown home to Australia by her family, who had been on their way to visit her. Greek police have said they do not believe her death was suspicious and have since allowed the boat to leave the island of Kefalonia, where it had been docked. The super-yacht is owned by Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres, who is reported to have left the vessel days before her death. The Greek coroner's office has c..
September 5, 2018

Pompeo in Pakistan for ‘reset’ talks with PM Khan

Pompeo in Pakistan for 'reset' talks with PM Khan Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Pompeo said US military assistance could be restored US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Pakistan for talks with new Prime Minister Imran Khan aimed at resetting ties. Relations have been strained over US allegations Pakistan is providing a safe haven for Afghan Taliban militants, which Pakistan denies. So far this year the Trump administration has suspended more than $1bn (£775m) in security assistance. After his one-day visit to Islamabad, Mr Pompeo will fly to India. Pakistani officials say much of the money withheld by the US was meant as a reimbursement for actions they have already taken in fighting militants. Will Pakistan ever stamp out extremism? Imran Khan mocked for chopper commute Speaking as he boarded his plane, Mr Pompeo said there were a "lot of challenges" in the US-Pakistan relationship but he was hopeful of finding "common ground" with the country's ne..
September 5, 2018

Fukushima nuclear disaster: Japan confirms first worker death from radiation

Fukushima nuclear disaster: Japan confirms first worker death from radiation Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Fukushima nuclear disaster was triggered by a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011 Japan has announced for the first time that a worker at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant died after suffering radiation exposure. The man, who was in his 50s, died from lung cancer that was diagnosed in 2016. Japan's government had previously agreed that radiation caused illness in four workers but this is the first acknowledged death. The Fukushima reactor suffered meltdowns after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami in March 2011. Fukushima worker sues over cancer Fukushima's long road to recovery UN warns Fukushima workers 'risk exploitation' Cooling systems were wrecked at the plant on Japan's north-east coast and radioactive material leaked out. The employee who died had worked at atomic power stations since 1980 and wa..
September 5, 2018

‘All of you are at risk’: Fears for journalism in Myanmar

'All of you are at risk': Fears for journalism in Myanmar Image copyright EPA Image caption The verdict against Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo (R) has been widely condemned The decision to sentence two Reuters reporters to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act has sent shockwaves through the journalism community in Myanmar, the BBC's Nick Beake writes. For the journalists of Yangon this is personal. Many were close friends of the jailed Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. And many now feel one false move and they could be joining them in the notorious Insein prison here in Myanmar's former capital. "Insane" is how the jail is pronounced and for many in the press, it reflects a chaotic legal farce which has played out over the past nine months. One that's culminated in two young journalists being found to have been useful to "enemies of the state" and handed a seven year prison sentence. Reuters journalists jailed over secrets actNot t..
September 5, 2018

Amazon launches Hindi version of website and app

Amazon launches Hindi version of website and app Image copyright Getty Images Amazon has launched a Hindi version of its mobile website and smartphone app in a bid to attract millions of new customers in India. A KPMG-Google study showed the number of Hindi internet users is likely to top English-speaking users by 2021. Amazon's move will boost competition with Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, which is owned by Walmart. The pair are engaged in a battle for customers in the country's $33bn (£26.7bn) e-commerce market. "Amazon.in in Hindi is a critical step to actually address the next 100 million customers," said Manish Tiwary, vice-president of category management at Amazon India, according to Reuters. Many of those customers live in India's small towns and villages, and may not speak English. Amazon's market value tops $1tn Why did Walmart buy Flipkart? The move comes as Amazon faces increased competition in India from Walmart, which recently p..
September 5, 2018

India stepmother arrested for ‘ordering’ gang rape of girl, 9

India stepmother arrested for 'ordering' gang rape of girl, 9 Image copyright AFP Image caption Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown in India since 2012 Police have arrested six people in connection with the gang rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir. Officials said the girl's stepmother told her son, 14, and three others to rape the victim in her presence. They said the girl's body was found on Sunday in a jungle in Baramulla district. She was tortured and her body was burnt with acid, they added. The stepmother was allegedly upset as the girl was her father's favourite. Police told BBC Urdu that the girl had been missing for 10 days before they found her body. "It was found that the stepmother had been nursing a grudge against the second wife of her husband, and her children," the NDTV news website quoted senior police officer Mir Imtiyaz Hussain as saying. Was Delhi gang rape India's #Metoo moment? Viewpoint: Why dea..
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