June 14, 2018

IMF: US tariffs could undermine global trade

IMF: US tariffs could undermine global trade Image copyright EPA Image caption IMF head Christine Lagarde has already warned that the US and China trade row threatens global confidence and investment The Trump administration's trade policies are likely to hurt the US economy and undermine the world's trade system, the IMF has warned. IMF Director Christine Lagarde said a trade war would lead to "losers on both sides" and could have "serious" impact. The caution came as the US prepares to levy new tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese imports. New duties on foreign steel and aluminium, announced in March, have already gone into effect. Those tariffs have already prompted Europe, Mexico, Canada and China to introduce or announce plans for counter-measures in retaliation. The rise of the global mega-firms - why the IMF is worriedWhile the IMF expects the dispute to have relatively minor economic impact - slowing GDP by a fraction of a percentage point - Ms Lagarde said she is conce..
June 14, 2018

Mix-ups and fanfare: What no-one else saw at the Trump-Kim summit

June 14, 2018

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinigar Image copyright Shujaat Bukhari/Twitter A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead in Srinigar. Bukhari, a frequent contributor to the BBC News website, was attacked near the office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, which he edited. He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. One of his guards was also killed in the attack and another is critically injured, police told the BBC. No group has claimed the killings but police say suspected militants carried out the attack. Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News. "Threats to life, intimidation, assault, arrest and censorship have been part of the life of a typical local journalist," he wrote. He was well-known in Kashmir and was previously a correspondent for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He was in his early 50s and is survived by his wife, son, daughter and par..
June 14, 2018

India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support

India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support Image caption Lalit Salve after the sex change surgery An Indian policeman who underwent sex change surgery has been allowed to rejoin the force after a minister backed him in a rare show of support. Lalit Salve, 29, joined the force as a female constable in 2009 in the western state of Maharashtra. He had surgery on 25 May, two years after deciding to transition to a male. Mr Salve said his employers initially did not support him. But the state's chief minister intervened after he petitioned Mumbai's high court. "The last few years have been very stressful. But when I woke up after the surgery, I could breathe freely," he told BBC Marathi's Janhavee Moole. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to live or die. It was a horrible time. I had felt suffocated. I struggled to overcome this and now I feel I have won." The clinic helping India's transgender people India's first complete transgender couple ..
June 14, 2018

Sri Lanka hardline monk Gnanasara jailed for intimidation

Sri Lanka hardline monk Gnanasara jailed for intimidation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero leads a Buddhist nationalist group accused of violence A court in Sri Lanka has sentenced a hardline Buddhist monk to six months in prison for threatening the wife of a missing cartoonist. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was found guilty of criminally intimidating Sanya Eknaligoda at a court in 2016. Sri Lanka rarely convicts Buddhist monks. This is the first time Gnanasara has been jailed, although he has previously been accused of hate crimes and anti-Muslim violence. The monk, who leads the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", had interrupted a court hearing in which military intelligence officials were accused of abducting Sanya Eknaligoda's husband. The darker side of Buddhism Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims? Prageeth Eknaligoda, a critic of the then government, went missing in 2010. His wife has led a campaign to trace his where..
June 14, 2018

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A thick blanket of dust has added to the woes of the city Residents of India's capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city. People have been complaining about breathing problems, with many saying the city has become unliveable. The state government has responded by banning all construction and deploying the fire brigade to sprinkle water across the city. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. "In this case, dust has become a carrier of toxic pollutants. Pollution levels are 8-9 times higher than normal. And when we breathe, we are taking in toxic substances, which can have serious health repercussions," Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of the Centre For Science and Environment, told BBC Hindi. Delhi's air pollution is triggering a health crisis India cities dominate world a..
June 14, 2018

Using tech to stop phone-wielding drivers

June 14, 2018

England v Australia: Moeen Ali & Eoin Morgan impress as hosts edge win

England open their five-match one-day series against Australia with a three-wicket win at The Oval.
June 13, 2018

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle ‘unacceptable’, PM says

Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle 'unacceptable', PM says Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia's conduct in Afghanistan is under scrutiny Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned a photo showing an Australian army vehicle flying a swastika flag in Afghanistan. The "completely and utterly unacceptable" incident took place during a mission in 2007, he said. Mr Turnbull said commanding officers had taken "immediate action" to take down the symbol of Nazism at the time, before disciplining those responsible. It follows intense recent scrutiny of Australia's conduct in Afghanistan. The photo of the 2007 incident caused anger after it was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday. "It was wrong - absolutely wrong - and the commanders took action at the time," Mr Turnbull told reporters. In a statement, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said it rejected "as abhorrent everything this flag represents". Elite s..
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