September 19, 2018

Strawberry needle scare: Australia PM vows crackdown on ‘cowards’

Strawberry needle scare: Australia PM vows crackdown on 'cowards' Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities are investigating more than 100 reports of fruit tampering The Australian government says it will introduce stricter criminal penalties in response to a fruit contamination scare that has alarmed the country. Authorities are investigating more than 100 reports of people finding needles concealed within strawberries and other fruits since last week, officials said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said culprits would face 15-year jail terms. That would make the penalty on par with crimes such as child pornography and financing terrorism, he said. "That's how seriously our government takes it," Mr Morrison said on Wednesday, urging parliament to pass the new laws this week. Currently, the maximum sentence for contaminating food is 10 years. The Labor opposition said it would support the change. Needle scares spread to apple and banana Strawberry contaminations now..
September 19, 2018

China won’t devalue yuan to boost exports, says Premier Li

China won't devalue yuan to boost exports, says Premier Li Image copyright Getty Images China has hit back at accusations that it is using its currency as a tool in the trade war with the US. At a forum in Tianjin, China's Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing will not actively weaken the yuan to boost exports. President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of manipulating its currency to combat US tariffs. Mr Li's comments come amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies. The Chinese premier also said at the World Economic Forum it was essential that the basic principles of "multilateralism and free trade" were upheld. China hits back at Trump with new tariffs US trade: A tale of two Chinas The US has engaged in a protectionist agenda since Mr Trump took office in 2016, challenging the global system of free trade which has prevailed for decades. His accusation that China has manipulated the yuan raised concerns that the currency market ..
September 19, 2018

India man held for ‘inhumane torture’ of sister

India man held for 'inhumane torture' of sister Image copyright Amit Mishra/Twitter Image caption The woman was found in "extremely poor" health A man has been arrested in India's capital Delhi for locking up and torturing his sister for two years. Police and officials from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) broke into his house and rescued her in a dramatic operation on Tuesday. The woman, who has not been identified, had been starved and was so emaciated that she could not walk, talk or even recognise people, officials said. "She is 50 years old, but she looks 90," DCW chief Swati Maliwal said. "When we rescued her from the terrace, she was lying in her excreta. Her starvation is so extreme that she was unable to look after her basic needs." Indonesian woman 'held captive in cave for 15 years' The children accused of witchcraft and murder Does the death penalty actually deter rape? The DCW acted after a neighbour complained. Ms Maliwal said she personally ..
September 19, 2018

Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia

Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia Image copyright LOVE FAMILY Image caption Daniel Love (left) has taken his case to the High Court of Australia An Aboriginal man has launched legal action against Australia over what he argues is an attempt to deport him to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Daniel Love, 39, was born in PNG but has lived in Australia since he was five. He has a PNG mother and Aboriginal Australian father. He does not have Australian citizenship and had his visa cancelled last month after serving a jail term. Immigration officials say they cannot comment publicly on the case. Lawyers for Love argue that he cannot be expelled from Australia because he is an indigenous man whose father is an Australian citizen. "Because Daniel is a member of the Aboriginal race and he is a member of the Australian community, he should not be penalised by laws regarding naturalisation and aliens," law firm Maurice Blackburn said in a statement to the BBC. Love, the father of ..
September 19, 2018

The chef using 60,000-year-old recipes

The chef using 60,000-year-old recipes Image caption Top chef Jock Zonfrillo has collectied ideas and ingredients from indigenous people A Scottish-born chef has won an international culinary prize by using ingredients and cooking techniques learned from indigenous Australian people. Jock Zonfrillo has visited hundreds of remote communities in Australia to understand the origins of ingredients and their cultural significance. The Scottish-Italian cook, who runs the top-rated Orana restaurant in Adelaide, is this year's winner of a prize that recognises culinary projects for their social value - in terms of education, research, health or the environment. The Basque Culinary World Prize, with 100,000 euros (£89,000) for the winner, takes a different interpretation of the idea of a celebrity chef. Mr Zonfrillo's restaurant might have been rated as one of the best in the world, but this unusual gastronomic prize is for his work for the culture and rights of indigenous communitie..
September 18, 2018

North and South Korea: Kim and Moon hail new future

North and South Korea: Kim and Moon hail new future South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong-un have hailed a new future for the two Koreas, signing a wide-ranging agreement in Pyongyang. The two sides have "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," Mr Moon said. North and South Korea also plan to link up railways, allow family reunions and co-operate on health care. The summit results were described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace. "The North agreed to permanently close the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and missile launch facility in the presence of experts from relevant nations," Mr Moon said after the signing. Mr Kim said he had promised his Southern counterpart he would "visit Seoul in the near future". The two countries will also seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. The South's defence minister and the head of the North Korean military also signed a agreement. North Korea has embarked on an unprecedented seri..
September 18, 2018

ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe

ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been widespread allegations of human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims The International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary examination into Myanmar's alleged crimes against its Rohingya Muslim minority. The move could pave the way to a full investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown that has seen thousands killed and over 700,000 displaced. Last month Myanmar rejected a UN report calling for Burmese military figures to be investigated for genocide. The army has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing in the Rohingya crisis. However, that military report was criticised by human rights groups as an attempted "whitewash". The military launched a crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state last year after Rohingya militants carried out deadly attacks on police posts. Hundreds of thousands have since fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. There have been widespread..
September 18, 2018

Qantas mulls plane gyms as prepares for 20-hour flights

Qantas mulls plane gyms as prepares for 20-hour flights Image copyright QANTAS Image caption Qantas already operates non-stop flights between London and Perth Australian airline Qantas has said it is considering putting gyms on the planes making its planned non-stop flights between London and Sydney. A bar, creche, sleeping areas and berths are also being considered for the 20 hour flight, it said. The airline wants to launch the service from 2022, and has asked Boeing and Airbus to suggest planes for the route. Chief executive Alan Joyce told the BBC's Today Programme he was confident there would be demand for the flight. "Business traffic and general leisure customers would rather have the certainty of getting there direct, not having to stop, not having connections gone wrong, the extra speed that that entails is really important," he said. Jet makes history on flight from Australia How UK-Australia travel evolved to one flight It's the world's longest non-stop flig..
September 18, 2018

‘I lost my entire family to a cult’: How one woman escaped Grace Road

'I lost my entire family to a cult': How one woman escaped Grace Road Image copyright Seoyeon Lee Image caption Seoyeon was an ordinary university student until she was "tricked" into moving to Fiji A South Korean church which believes global famine is imminent has set up base in Fiji, where it's gained considerable influence but faced growing allegations of abuse. One woman who fled what she believes is a cult told the BBC's Yvette Tan she lost her family in the process - but has no regrets. Seoyeon Lee had one chance to escape and she took it, running down the road in Fiji in her pyjamas and flip-flops. "I was crying and I looked hysterical," she told the BBC. The then 21-year-old was being pursued by members of Grace Road - including her own mother - who she says had tricked her into going to the Pacific island nation. "I would have killed myself if they'd made me stay," she says. 'I think it's a cult'A year earlier, in 2013, Seoyeon had co..
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