June 4, 2018

New Zealand hire bike found down volcano crater

New Zealand hire bike found down volcano crater Image copyright Alan Collins Image caption Maungawhau, otherwise known as Mount Eden, an unlikely place to leave a bicycle A bicycle belonging to a cycle hire scheme in New Zealand has been found at the bottom of a crater of a dormant volcano. The New Zealand Herald says that the bike, belonging to Auckland's OnzO scheme, was spotted on Mount Eden (or Maungawhau in the Maori language) by a local who was out taking a walk. Mount Eden is Auckland's highest natural point, and last erupted some 28,000 years ago. While there's absolutely no danger from volcanic activity, a photographer from the Herald said that "the area was muddy and slippery and it would have taken a lot of effort to get the bike down there and [to] get back up". OnzO spokesperson Min Kyu Jung was less than impressed with the find, saying "Obviously we discourage people from leaving bikes where they shouldn't be". Image copyright OnzO Image caption The ..
June 4, 2018

Philippine President Duterte condemned for kissing overseas worker

Philippine President Duterte condemned for kissing overseas worker Image copyright Youtube.com/Rappler Image caption The incident was carried on live television Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn criticism for kissing an overseas Filipina worker on the lips during a live event. Mr Duterte was speaking to a crowd in South Korea when he called the woman on stage then convinced her to kiss him. The scene drew cheers from the crowd, mostly made of up other Philippine workers. But it was described as "disgusting theatrics of a misogynist president" by Philippines rights group Gabriela. It is not the first time Mr Duterte has been accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women. Online complaintsThe controversial incident took place when Mr Duterte was speaking to a crowd of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Seoul. Two Philippine women were invited to join the president on stage to receive a free copy of a book, and were visibly star struck standing next to Mr Duterte. He h..
June 3, 2018

Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave reunite for duet

Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave reunite for duet Image copyright Getty Images Kylie Minogue has surprised fans at a London festival by joining Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on stage for a rare live performance of their 1995 duet Where The Wild Roses Grow. The crowd erupted into cheers as Cave introduced his fellow Australian, with the pair embracing before the duet. Where The Wild Roses Grow, a number 11 hit in 1995, remains one of the most leftfield moments of Kylie's career. The singers first sang it together at the Feile Festival in Cork in 1995. They gave another rendition at the T in the Park festival in Scotland that year - but did not appear together on stage for several years before Kylie popped up for the encore of Cave's show at London's Koko club in 2013. It is by far the most successful single for Cave and his band. Written by Cave himself, it originally appeared on their 1996 album Murder Ballads, a collection of songs centred on the subject of killing. After wat..
June 3, 2018

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June 3, 2018

Commonwealth Bank offers to pay record fine in laundering case

Commonwealth Bank offers to pay record fine in laundering case Image copyright EPA Image caption Australia's Commonwealth Bank has faced a series of scandals Australia's Commonwealth Bank has said it will pay a $700m (£400m; $530m) fine for breaching anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing laws. The scandal relates to 53,000 suspect transactions that the bank did not immediately report to authorities. Last year, Australia's financial intelligence agency accused the lender of "serious and systemic" law breaches. If a court approves the fine, it will be the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. The bank, Australia's largest lender, said it would also cover A$2.5m in legal fees accrued by investigators. "While not deliberate, we fully appreciate the seriousness of the mistakes we made," chief executive Matt Comyn said on Monday. Australia's scandal-plagued financial sector is at the centre of a national inquiry into misconduct. Undecla..
June 3, 2018

‘I was looking for my mother but found my twin instead’

'I was looking for my mother but found my twin instead' Image copyright Kiran Gustafsson Image caption Despite a happy childhood, Kiran always felt something was missing in her life "The first time I saw my brother, I just froze. "I couldn't say anything. We sat down on the sofa in his house. There was silence. Then I started to cry. "The first words he said to me were 'don't cry'. Then he took my hand. Everyone who was there cried as well. It was a magical moment." Kiran Gustafsson was 33 when she met her twin for the first time. It was an unexpected twist to an already emotional journey. Kiran had returned to India to search for her biological mother. The last thing she expected to find was a missing twin. Growing up in Sweden with her adoptive family, Kiran says she had warm and loving parents who gave her everything a child could want. Her parents - retired teacher Maria Wernant and businessman Kjell-Ake - had always been open about the fact that ..
June 3, 2018

Syria’s President Assad ‘to visit North Korea’

Syria's President Assad 'to visit North Korea' Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Assad's comment reportedly came as he met the North's new ambassador to Syria Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans to make a state visit to North Korea, the North's state news agency says. It would be the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a head of state since assuming power in 2011. He has undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, meeting China's president in May, and is expected to attend a summit with Donald Trump this month. Syria, an ally of the North, has made no comment on the reported plan. The two countries have been accused of co-operating on chemical weapons. But both nations deny the accusations. What does Kim Jong-un really want? The political gamble of the 21st Century No date for the visit was mentioned by the North Korea's KCNA news agency. It quoted Mr Assad as saying on Wednesday: "I am going to visit [North Kore..
June 3, 2018

China warns US sanctions will void trade talks

China warns US sanctions will void trade talks Image copyright AFP Image caption The US currently buys four times as much from the Chinese as it sells to them China's state news agency Xinhua has warned that all trade talks between Beijing and Washington will be void if the US introduces trade sanctions. After talks between Vice Premier Liu He and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, it said China was ready to boost imports from many countries. Mr Ross's China visit comes days after Washington threatened to impose extra tariffs on $50bn of Chinese goods. Meanwhile, G7 nations are angry at new US steel and aluminium import tariffs. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned a trade war could begin in "a few days". On Saturday President Trump insisted on Twitter that the US had been "ripped off by other countries for years on trade". He says steel tariffs will protect US steelmakers, which he says are vital to national security. Mr Trump has also complained about barriers ..
June 3, 2018

Crafty crayfish removes own claw to escape China hotpot

Crafty crayfish removes own claw to escape China hotpot Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China is one of the world's largest sources of crayfish (stock image) A crayfish desperate to remove itself from the menu sacrificed one of its own claws to escape a boiling pot of spicy soup at a restaurant in China. In footage viewed more than 635,000 times online, the crustacean is seen gripping one of its claws before successfully detaching it and fleeing. The dramatic film was captured by social media user Jiuke, who posted it on the popular Chinese platform Weibo. Jiuke later told users of the site that he had adopted the crayfish as a pet. Skip Facebook post by 加藤軍台灣粉絲團 2.0 Posted by 加藤軍台灣粉絲團 2.0 on Saturday, 26 May 2018 Report End of Facebook post by 加藤軍台灣粉絲團 2.0 Weibo users had left comments in support of the courageous crayfish, urging "let him go" and "don't eat him, seeing how hard he's trying to survive", the Taiwan News website reported. Juike then respon..
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