March 26, 2019

North Korea’s Madrid embassy intruder contacted FBI, judge says

North Korea's Madrid embassy intruder contacted FBI, judge says Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police were alerted after a woman jumped from an embassy window and screamed for help The leader of 10 intruders who raided North Korea's embassy in Madrid last month contacted the FBI days later, a Spanish high court judge says. Adrian Hong Chang, a Mexican citizen who lives in the US, contacted the US agency after fleeing to the US via Lisbon, Judge José de la Mata said. The assailants interrogated an embassy official and tried to persuade him - unsuccessfully - to defect, he added. The group shackled, beat up and interrogated several staff inside. According to the judge's edict, lifting the shroud of secrecy over the incident, Mr Hong Chang "contacted the FBI in New York five days after the assault, to give them his version of what happened there". It remains unclear why the embassy attack took place or why Mr Hong Chang contacted the FBI and not authorities in Spai..
March 26, 2019

Joshua Boyle: Canadian ex-hostage in court on assault charges

Joshua Boyle: Canadian ex-hostage in court on assault charges Image copyright Reuters Image caption Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle was arrested months after arriving back in Canada A Canadian man held hostage for five years in Afghanistan has gone on trial accused of sexual assault, unlawful confinement and other offences. Joshua Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty to all 19 charges against him. A court-ordered publication ban was lifted on Monday to reveal that one of the alleged victims is his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman. Pakistani soldiers rescued Mr Boyle, Ms Coleman, and their three children in October 2017. Mr Boyle appeared in the Ontario court on Monday accompanied by his father. Ms Coleman, who is American, did not attend the hearing but is due to begin giving testimony on Wednesday, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported. The charges Mr Boyle faces include assault, sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering death threats and criminal harassment. The story behind the ..
March 25, 2019

How a Chinese firm fell victim to intellectual property theft

How a Chinese firm fell victim to intellectual property theft Image caption Frank Liu says his company Intco was the victim of intellectual property theft There was no break in, no hold up. No glass was smashed. But the factory on the outskirts of Shanghai was the scene of a very modern crime. Someone stole a hoard of intellectual property. "A couple of years ago one of my IT managers copied ten thousand pages of my entire company's profile," Frank Liu told me. His company Intco has been around for 25 years. He told me the stolen download included "our technology information, our customer list, our purchasing and supply information. Everything." Intco is a business that makes medical devices, skirting boards and photo frames. I visited its offices at a business park in Shanghai, and a factory that sits either side of a tree-lined road south of the city. The company recycles polystyrene waste sent to China from all over the world. Then, using heat moulding and imprinting technique..
March 25, 2019

AirAsia apologises for ‘Get off in Thailand’ advert

AirAsia apologises for 'Get off in Thailand' advert Image copyright SOPA Images Image caption The advert was promoting a new direct route from Brisbane to Bangkok AirAsia has apologised after its advertising campaign was labelled "harmful" in Australia. The advert containing the phrase "Get off in Thailand" was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline's direct route to Bangkok. Collective Shout, a grassroots campaign movement against the objectification of women claimed that the advert was promoting sex tourism in Thailand. Thailand has over 123,530 sex workers, according to a 2014 UNAids report. Melinda Liszewski, a campaigner at Collective Shout spotted the adverts on a Brisbane bus and posted the image to social media. She accused the airline of "promoting sex tourism." Skip Twitter post by @MelTankardReist @ncose can you believe this? @AirAsia #sextrade #sexualtourism #sexualexploitation — Melinda TankardReist (@MelTa..
March 25, 2019

Saudi Arabia sisters given humanitarian visa and leave Hong Kong

Saudi Arabia sisters given humanitarian visa and leave Hong Kong Image copyright Reuters Image caption The sisters say they spent six months hiding in Hong Kong Two young sisters from Saudi Arabia who spent six months hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing their family have left for a third country after being given humanitarian visas, their lawyer says. Rawan and Reem (not their real names) said they did not want to return home because they feared punishment. The women said they were stopped by Saudi officials at Hong Kong's airport en route for Australia in September. No details about where they are and how they left have been released. "We are thrilled that our story has a happy ending and that we have found our way to safety to re-start our lives free of violence and oppression," the sisters said in a statement released by their lawyer. "We wish for our story to offer hope to others who face similar situations. We want to say loud and clear to the Saudi authorities and other regi..
March 25, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits Image copyright 20th Century Fox/New Regency Image caption Bohemian Rhapsody has been released in China with references to homosexuality edited out Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China on Friday, but references to the Queen singer's sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored. Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word "gay". There has been significant reaction to the film's release online. More than 50,000 users have posted reviews on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like micro-blogging platform. Though some users complained of "half watching and half guessing" as a result of the deleted scenes, others were pleased the film had been released at all. What was removed?In the Chinese version of the film, several scenes have been amended or deleted. Explicit and implicit references to Mercury's sexuality were edited ou..
March 25, 2019

The woman bringing Mandarin to Uganda

The woman bringing Mandarin to Uganda Image caption Wang Li Hong Sooma in a class in Kampala, Uganda Wang Li Hong Sooma, who moved to East Africa from China more than two decades ago, is determined to teach Ugandans how to speak Mandarin. She and her Ugandan husband, Ayub Sooma, are organising nine-month intensive courses for secondary school teachers to learn China's dominant language. The first 30 teachers have now completed their training and have started holding Mandarin classes in schools across the country. The couple, who own their own secondary school on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, can be seen as the perfect symbol of blossoming China-Uganda relations. Together they can chat in a mixture of English, Mandarin and some of the local language Luganda. Image copyright Wang Li Hong Sooma Image caption Wang Li Hong Sooma (R) and Ayub Sooma (L) faced opposition at first to their union They met 26 years ago in Beijing, when Mr Sooma was studying at Tsinghua University...
March 25, 2019

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jet Airways is India's oldest private airline The founder of cash-strapped Indian airline Jet Airways has stepped down as chairman of the company. Naresh Goyal's resignation will likely pave the way for potential investors to save India's oldest private carrier. They were held back by Mr Goyal's reluctance to give up control of the company, reports say. Jet's debt exceeds $1bn (£750m) and the airline has grounded some flights as it is struggling to pay employees, suppliers and leasing companies. Within minutes of Monday's announcement, the company's stock jumped 12%. In a stock market filing which also announced the resignation, the company said that banks would lend around $210m to keep it afloat until it starts to sell shares to new investors. Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India's oldest private airlineIn recent weeks, it had grou..
March 25, 2019

Christchurch attack: New Zealand’s Ardern orders top-level inquiry

Christchurch attack: New Zealand's Ardern orders top-level inquiry Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The prime minister said the inquiry would look at the role social media played in the attacks New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered a top-level inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks that left 50 people dead. She said a royal commission would examine whether police and intelligence services could have done more to prevent the 15 March shootings. A royal commission is the highest level of independent inquiry available under New Zealand law. Ms Ardern said it would produce a "comprehensive" report. "It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it," she told reporters in Wellington on Monday. "One question we need to answer is whether or not we could or should have known more," she added. The child, the father, the aspiring footballer Video: 'The attacker killed my..
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