August 30, 2018

China officials ‘faked water tests with bottled water’

China officials 'faked water tests with bottled water' Image copyright Getty Creative Image caption The officials reportedly faked the data by using bottled water instead of river water China is sending investigators to Hunan province after local officials were accused of faking data at a water monitoring station, state media report. The officials are alleged to have placed sensors intended to measure the water quality of Lujiang River inside bottles of mineral water instead. The river, in Zhuzhou, is badly polluted by sewage water, reports say. There is widespread suspicion that some local officials and companies in China ignore environmental policies. The environment ministry says it is investigating in Zhuzhou and "will seriously punish" any "violations". One monitoring sensor was even placed in a cup of tea instead of the Lujiang River, Xinhua news agency says. Water monitoring currently takes place at 2,050 sites in the country, China Daily reports. The Chinese govern..
August 30, 2018

Brexit fallout: Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam

Brexit fallout: Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam Image copyright Getty Images Panasonic will move its European headquarters from London to Amsterdam later this year, a decision thought to be related to Brexit. The move is aimed at avoiding potential tax issues linked to Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Ahead of March 2019, several firms have said they are considering or will move jobs out of the UK. There are widespread concerns firms will favour European cities, dependent on the terms of a Brexit deal. Panasonic's decision was driven by a fear that Japan could start considering the UK a tax haven if it cuts corporate tax rates to attract business, Laurent Abadie, CEO of Panasonic Europe told the Nikkei Asia Review. A spokesperson told the BBC the registration of Panasonic's European headquarters would move to Amsterdam from the UK in October. Brexit: Key dates and potential hurdles At-a-glance: The UK's four Brexit options..
August 30, 2018

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi 'should have resigned' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military's violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace prize winner's attempts to excuse it were "deeply regrettable". His comments come after a UN report said Myanmar's military leaders should be prosecuted for possible genocide. Myanmar rejected this, saying it had no tolerance for human rights violations. The army - which has been accused of systematic ethnic cleansing - has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing. The UN report, published on Monday, blamed Ms Suu Kyi, a long-term leader of the pro-democracy movement, for failing to prevent the violence. Will we ever see Myanmar's military leaders ..
August 30, 2018

Trump blames China for N Korea dilemmas

Trump accuses China of stalling progress with North Korea Image copyright AFP Image caption 'It's all China's fault' says Trump US President Donald Trump has lashed out at China for undermining its work with North Korea, as criticism over progress on denuclearisation mounts. In a series of tweets he also said the US should not be spending on war games with South Korea, but if it did restart them they would be "bigger than ever". The US called a halt to the military exercises which routinely infuriate Pyongyang after landmark talks in June. But days ago his own defence secretary said military exercises might continue. The ongoing debate about the war games comes as many observers say North Korea is not moving fast enough to dismantle nuclear or rocket sites following the summit between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump's tweets appear to place the blame for these challenges squarely on China, but he also goes on to praise his personal t..
August 29, 2018

Why Australia’s PM is ‘keeping enemies close’ in government reboot

Why Australia's PM is 'keeping enemies close' in government reboot Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScott Morrison's first speech as PM on Friday - telling of his plans to unite his party Party infighting was behind Malcolm Turnbull's removal as Australia's prime minister last week. The BBC's Hywel Griffith looks at how some of the key players have fared. After the drama of "the spill", new Prime Minister Scott Morrison cast himself as a next-generation leader, anxious to end the plotting of the past. But his newly assembled cast of frontbenchers includes several protagonists from last week's chaos in leading roles. The first to be sworn in was Peter Dutton, the man who initiated the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull, who has returned as Home Affairs Minister. One of Mr Dutton's key supporters was Angus Taylor, who has landed the key position of Energy Minister. Now former prime minister Tony Abbott, who many accuse o..
August 29, 2018

Vodafone in A$15bn Australian merger

Vodafone in A$15bn Australian merger Image copyright Getty Images Vodafone's Australian operations will become part of a new telecoms giant in a A$15bn merger announced on Thursday. Combining Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom will create a mobile, fixed-line and broadband provider with the scale to rival Telstra and Optus. Vodafone Australia, owned by Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison and Vodafone Group, will have a majority 50.1% stake. TPG will hold the remainder of TPG Telecom Limited, which will be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
August 29, 2018

Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats

Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some local residents in Omaui are complaining about the ban and vowing to defy it A small village on the southern coast of New Zealand is planning to implement a radical plan to protect its native wildlife: ban all domestic cats. Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities. After their pet dies, cat lovers in the community will then not be allowed to get any more. "So your cat can live out its natural life at Omaui happily doing what it's doing. But then when it dies, you wouldn't be able to replace it," bio-security operations manager Ali Meade explained. Officials say the measure is justified because cameras have shown roaming cats preying on birds, insects and reptiles in the area. Under the plan, anyone not complying would receive a notice, before officials wou..
August 29, 2018

Chinese hotel group investigates possible leak of millions of guests’ data

Chinese hotel group investigates possible leak of millions of guests' data Image copyright Stanislav Krasilnikov Image caption Huazhu Hotels Group operates the Mercure brand in China A Chinese hotel group is investigating the possible leak of millions of customers' records, which appear to be for sale on the internet. An advert is offering the 140 gigabyte data trove in exchange for Bitcoin on a dark web forum. Security experts believe the firm's database may have been accidentally uploaded to the internet. Huazhu Hotels told the BBC in a statement that it "called the police without any delay". Shanghai Police is investigating the potential breach. Data breaches are nothing new for China, but the scale of customer data involved has led to international press attention for the hotel group. It is one of China's largest hotel chains, operating more than 3,500 properties across 13 brands including Ibis and Mercure. Cyber-security firm Zibao told a local news outlet tha..
August 29, 2018

Julia Banks: Exiting Australia MP decries ‘bullying’ of women

Julia Banks: Exiting Australia MP decries 'bullying' of women Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MP Julia Banks (L) was a supporter of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull An Australian government MP has revealed she will not contest the next election, condemning the parliament's "bullying and intimidation" of women. Julia Banks branded a party coup that ousted Malcolm Turnbull as PM last week as "the final straw" in her decision. In a withering statement, Ms Banks took aim at the "scourge of cultural and gender bias" in politics and society. In recent years, Australian female MPs have accused male counterparts of "misogyny" and "slut-shaming". Amid wide-ranging and chaotic infighting last week, the government faced an allegation that male party figures had "stood over" female MPs in a bid to secure enough signatures to topple Mr Turnbull. Others denied the assertion. Earlier this year, the government launched a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassmen..
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