June 18, 2018

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump has threatened to levy a 10% tariff on $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a tit-for-tat trade row with Beijing. Mr Trump said he asked trade advisers to identify additional Chinese products on which to impose new tariffs. Last week Mr Trump announced the US would impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods. Beijing responded by saying it would hit 659 US goods worth $50bn with a similar tax. The US president released a statement on Monday night saying "these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced". "If China increases its tariffs yet again, we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods. The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable," he said. Earlier on Monday, stock market..
June 18, 2018

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has offered to set up a testing centre to allay fears over the security of its hardware Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sharply criticised Australian government comments about its policies and products. In an open letter, it says the comments were "ill informed and not based on facts". The letter comes as the Australian government is expected to ban Huawei from bidding in a 5G mobile auction. The ban is prompted by fears that China would have de facto control over the network if Huawei successfully bid. Island linkIn its public letter, written by Huawei Australia chairman John Lord and board members John Brumby and Lance Hockridge, the company denies allegations that it is under the control of the Chinese government and says it is a private company owned by its "employees, with no other shareholders". It says it has offered to build an "evaluation and testing" centre in which its 5G equipment ..
June 18, 2018

How a giant python swallowed an Indonesian woman

How a giant python swallowed an Indonesian woman Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reticulated pythons are believed to be able to reach over 10 metres in length An Indonesian woman has been killed and swallowed whole by a 7m (23ft) long python, say local authorities. Though such incidents are incredibly rare, this was the second python death reported in Indonesia in just over a year. What happened to the woman?Wa Tiba, 54, went missing last Thursday while checking on her vegetable garden on Muna island in Sulawesi province. A huge search was mounted by local people. Her sandals and machete were found a day later - a giant python with a bloated belly was lying about 30m away. "Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden," local police chief Hamka told news outlet AFP. "The snake's belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside." Gruesome footage has been circulating on social media in ..
June 18, 2018

‘Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide’

'Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide' Image copyright Getty Images I was just 12 at the time. I remember hearing a scream from the kitchen while something musical was blaring out of the television. Rushing to see what had happened, I found my mother clutching the phone with both hands and crouched on the floor. "Your masi's (Aunty) gone," she said. Tears and the visceral grief that is so familiar to those of Asian heritage followed. My head flooded with questions: Why? how? But what came next was a sickening blow. We quickly learnt that she had taken her own life. I spent the following months and years trying to figure out why she would do such a thing. She must have desperately needed an escape route - a way out of her misery. Mental health 'taboo among BME groups' Is there institutional racism in mental health care? In 2016, 1,457 women in the UK took their own lives but it is not clear how many of them were of South Asian heritage. But what w..
June 18, 2018

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Eurydice Dixon's body was found dumped on a football field in inner-city Melbourne Thousands of people have attended evening vigils in Australia for comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose killing last week prompted widespread anger. Ms Dixon, 22, died as she walked home after performing a gig in Melbourne. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder. The level of public grief has generated a wider debate about safety for women. On Monday, crowds of people clutching candles gathered at the park in inner Melbourne where her body was found. Organisers of the "Reclaim Princes Park vigil" wrote on Facebook: "We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe. "It is not up to us [women] to keep ourselves safe when we know it's up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us." Although not widely known, Ms Dixon has..
June 18, 2018

India man walks 800 miles to ‘remind’ PM Modi of poll promise

India man walks 800 miles to 'remind' PM Modi of poll promise Image caption Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from his home in Orissa state to capital Delhi An Indian man who walked 1,350km (838 miles) by foot to highlight an "unfulfilled promise" by the prime minister has resumed his trek after a brief stay in hospital. Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from the eastern state of Orissa to the capital Delhi in the north. He was hospitalised in Agra, 218km away from his destination. Mr Biswal said he wanted to "remind" the prime minister of his promise to upgrade a hospital in his state. He began his walk on 16 April with the Indian flag in hand, through increasingly worsening summer temperatures. Mr Modi had said in 2015 that the hospital would be converted to a "super speciality facility" similar to the famed All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Mr Biswal told the BBC that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister and ask him to fulfil his promise of upgrading the ..
June 18, 2018

Fatal Dreamworld ride had previous malfunctions, inquest hears

Fatal Dreamworld ride had previous malfunctions, inquest hears Image copyright Facebook Image caption (L-R) Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low were killed in the Dreamworld accident in October 2016 A ride that malfunctioned at Australia's Dreamworld theme park, killing four people, had experienced "a number" of previous incidents, a court has heard. On Monday, the state of Queensland began a long-awaited inquest into the deaths of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low in 2016. The four died instantly when their water ride overturned, crushing them. The ride had broken down at least three times previously, the inquest heard. "It's not an exaggeration to say this [disaster] has been felt Australia-wide," counsel assisting the inquest, Ken Fleming QC, said in his opening remarks. Mr Fleming said that the Thunder River Rapids Ride, a white-water rafting simulation, had malfunctioned two times in the hours before the tragedy. The inquest..
June 18, 2018

Japan earthquake: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured

Japan earthquake: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFatal earthquake hits Japan A strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured more than 200. Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production. The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally. Japan lies in a particularly earthquake-prone region and accounts for around 20% of quakes worldwide of magnitude 6.0 or more. Image copyright AFP Image caption Trains services were suspended for hours Monday's quake in Osaka occurred just before 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Sunday) north of the city, the meteorological agency said. A nine-year old girl killed by a falling wall at her school was one of three confirmed fatalities. An elderly man was also killed by a collapsing wall while anothe..
June 17, 2018

The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’

The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’ Many believe it was a visit to the hidden fifth floor of Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel that resulted in the detention and eventual death of American student Otto Warmbier. US doctor Calvin Sun recalls his night filming there and warns other travellers to stay away. Calvin Sun had been awake for almost 24 hours when North Korean guards boarded the minibus that was due to take him and his friends to Pyongyang International Airport and out of the country. There was an issue, the officials announced. The group would not be allowed to leave until it was resolved. The bus fell silent. Sun thought back to his one-week excursion to the most isolated country in the world, nicknamed the Hermit Kingdom. It had been one of his most memorable trips. "Of all the things we had done in North Korea that week," says Sun, "it never occurred to me that our visit to the fifth floor may have been the problem." It still didn't cross ..
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