September 3, 2018

China blocks access to Australian Broadcasting Corp sites

China blocks access to Australian Broadcasting Corp sites Image copyright BBC News Image caption The ABC launched a Chinese-language version of its news site last year. China has blocked access to the website of Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The ABC said users in China were "abruptly" blocked from visiting its site and apps two weeks ago. Chinese regulators told the ABC the site had breached the country's laws, but did not specify any violations. China operates a strict internet censorship regime and often blocks access to foreign sites if they publish content it does not want people to see. The BBC News and the New York Times websites are also unavailable in China at present. The ABC's China-based journalists said they had confirmed the site had been blocked, after making several enquiries about its status. BBC websites blocked in China China holds drill for 'harmful' websites "The ABC's website and apps are..
September 3, 2018

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act Image copyright AFP Reuters Image caption Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone say they were framed by the police A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested last year while carrying official documents which had just been given to them by police. They have maintained their innocence, saying they were set up by police. The case has been widely seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar. "Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and press freedom anywhere," said Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. The story behind the journalists' arrest Blow by blow: How a 'genocide' was investigated Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had been collecting evidence about the execution of 10 men by the army in the village of Inn Din in northern Rak..
September 3, 2018 head Liu briefly held in US for sexual misconduct head Liu briefly held in US for sexual misconduct Image copyright Hennepin County Sheriff's Office The chief executive of China's, Liu Qiangdong, was briefly arrested in the US on accusations of criminal sexual conduct. Mr Liu, one of China's richest people, was arrested in Minneapolis shortly before midnight on Friday and released on Saturday afternoon. said Mr Liu, also known as Richard Liu, was falsely accused. Police say the investigation is open. The Chinese e-commerce firm has alliances with Tencent and Walmart. said in a statement on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that Mr Liu arrest in Minnesota was based on an "unsubstantiated accusation". "The local police quickly determined there was no substance to the claim against Mr Liu and he was subsequently able to resume his business activities as originally planned," it said. Minneapolis police said they were releasing no further information on the case as it remained acti..
September 2, 2018

Sinead McNamara: Australian influencer dies on Greece yacht

Sinead McNamara: Australian influencer dies on Greece yacht Image copyright SINEAD MCNAMARA/INSTAGRAM Image caption Greek authorities are investigating the death of Australian woman Sinead McNamara Friends and family have paid tribute to an Instagram blogger who died in Greece while working on a billionaire's yacht. Sinead McNamara, 20, from Australia was found in a critical condition on the vessel on Thursday, and died while being airlifted to hospital. Greek authorities have launched an investigation into her final hours on the boat, which was docked on the island of Kefalonia. The super-yacht is owned by Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres. Mr Bailleres and his family had left the Mayan Queen IV boat days before the incident, Greek news outlets reported. 'Life with no fear'Ms McNamara, originally from Port Macquarie in New South Wales, regularly posted pictures of her travels to her Instagram account, where she had more than 12,000 followers. In a post last mon..
September 2, 2018

Should Africa be wary of Chinese debt?

Should Africa be wary of Chinese debt? Image copyright AFP African countries have shown a healthy appetite for Chinese loans but some experts now worry that the continent is gorging on debt, and could soon choke. The Entebbe-Kampala Expressway is still something of a tourist attraction for Ugandans, nearly three months after it opened. The 51km (31 mile), four-lane highway that connects the country's capital to the Entebbe International Airport was built by a Chinese company using a $476m (£366m) loan from the China Exim Bank. It has cut what was a torturous two-hour journey through some of Africa's worst traffic into a scenic 45-minute drive into the East Africa nation's capital. Image caption The new expressway was financed with millions of dollars from China Uganda has taken $3bn of Chinese loans as part of a wider trend that Kampala-based economist Ramathan Ggoobi calls its "unrivalled willingness to avail unconditional capital to Africa". "This debt acquired fro..
September 2, 2018

India Assam: ‘I won’t die before I prove my Indian citizenship’

India Assam: 'I won't die before I prove my Indian citizenship' Image caption (L-R) Suchandra Goswami, Chandradhar Das and Ajit Das have all spent time in a detention camp Some 1,000 people have been sent to detention centres in India's north-eastern state of Assam after being declared illegal citizens. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava reports on what life has been like for some of them. Ajit Das, 33, fears he may never recover from the three months he spent in a detention camp in the city of Silchar. He was granted bail a few weeks ago to help his wife care for their four-year-old daughter, who is autistic. During his time in the camp, Mr Das lost his job, his health deteriorated and his wife spent a large portion of their savings to visit him regularly. "I lost 5kg in three months. The food was awful and often half-cooked," he says. Mr Das was sent to the detention camp after he was declared an illegal citizen by a special court set up to identify illegal imm..
September 2, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya: How a ‘genocide’ was investigated

Myanmar Rohingya: How a 'genocide' was investigated Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 725,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar over the past 12 months, many for Bangladesh Indiscriminate killing; villages burned to the ground; children assaulted; women gang-raped - these are the findings of United Nations investigators who allege that "the gravest crimes under international law" were committed in Myanmar last August. Such was their severity, the report said, the army must be investigated for genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine state. The investigators' conclusions came despite them not being granted access to Myanmar by the government there, which has since rejected the report. This is how the investigators came to their conclusions. The build-upOn 24 March 2017, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to form an independent fact-finding mission on Myanmar to look into "alleged recent human rights violations by military and security f..
September 2, 2018

Seoul to check public toilets daily for hidden cameras

Seoul to check public toilets daily for hidden cameras Image copyright AFP Image caption There are teams dedicated to searching public toilets for hidden cameras The South Korean capital, Seoul, has pledged to carry out daily checks in all public toilets for hidden cameras. Secret cameras in toilets and changing rooms are a serious problem in South Korea - with more than 6,000 cases of "spy cam porn" reported last year. The videos are often uploaded online without the knowledge of the victims. Earlier this year, tens of thousands of women protested against hidden cameras, carrying signs with messages like "my life is not your porn". Activists say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge. About 80% of the victims of spy camera porn are women. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been several protests against spy camera porn this year Seoul's public toilets are currently only inspected for hidden cameras about once a mon..
September 2, 2018

Babies’ remains found dumped in Kolkata

Babies' remains found dumped in Kolkata Police in Kolkata (Calcutta) are investigating after the bodies of 14 babies and foetuses were found wrapped in plastic bags during construction work. Local media said the remains were found on Sunday when workers dug up a vacant plot of land in the Haridevpur neighbourhood. A real estate company had bought the land recently, the Hindustan Times said. It is not yet clear what happened. "The 14 bodies, wrapped separately in plastic, were in two bags," Kolkata's mayor Sovan Chatterjee said. "A thorough search of the entire area, including nearby waterbodies, will be conducted to see if there are more bodies. It appears the bodies were soaked in chemicals." Skip Twitter post by @ANI Condition of skeletons can be determined only after postmortem. We'll investigate. We're also checking the CCTV footage in the area. A complete search will be done tomorrow morning: Nilanjan Biswas, DC (Behala) on skeletons of 14 babies found in Ko..
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