May 9, 2019

Trade war: China-US talks to resume amid threat of new tariffs

Trade war: China-US talks to resume amid threat of new tariffs Image copyright AFP Image caption The tensions over trade have had an impact on global markets Chinese and US negotiators are set to resume trade talks amid the threat of fresh tariffs and warnings over the impact on the global economy. President Trump says he will raise tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods on Friday with his officials accusing China of reneging on promises. China has said it will respond with "necessary countermeasures". The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the row poses a "threat to the global economy". The US-China trade war in charts The next US-China battleground Trump threatens to hike China tariffs "As we have said before, everybody loses in a protracted trade conflict," the body which aims to ensure global financial stability said in a statement, calling for a "speedy resolution". The two sides had appeared to be making progress until recently but uncertainty now surrounds whether the..
May 9, 2019

Rare Asiatic Black Bear spotted in Demilitarised Zone

Rare Asiatic Black Bear spotted in Demilitarised Zone Image copyright Ministry of Environment Image caption The animal was captured on video by cameras placed inside the DMZ A rare Asiatic black bear has been spotted in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), South Korea's government says. It was captured on video in the eastern part of the zone that divides North and South Korea. The Asiatic black bear is classified as endangered by the World Wildlife Fund. The DMZ has become a haven for plants and wildlife with South Korea's government predicting there are over 100 endangered species that call the area home. A ministry official told Yonhap news: "It is believed that the photographed bear, about eight to nine months old and weighing about 25 to 35 kilograms, is a descendant of the Asiatic black bears who inhabited the DMZ region for quite a long time." South Korean soldiers had reported seeing bears in the past however there was not any photographic evidence. The cameras were in..
May 9, 2019

Singapore fake news law polices chats and online platforms

Singapore fake news law polices chats and online platforms Image copyright Neo Chee Wei/Getty Images Image caption The law forbids false statements from being transmitted to users in Singapore Singapore has passed a controversial anti-fake news law that gives authorities sweeping powers to police online platforms and even private chat groups. The government can now order platforms to remove what it deems to be false statements that are "against the public interest", and to post corrections. Authorities say the bill protects citizens from fake news. But critics say it poses a serious threat to civil liberties. It is also unclear how it could be enforced in some instances, such as policing content in encrypted apps. Concern over Singapore's anti-fake news lawThe Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill was passed by lawmakers on Wednesday and will come into force in the next few weeks. The government has emphasised that the law would not be used to target opinions,..
May 9, 2019

North Korea fires ‘unidentified projectiles’

North Korea fires 'unidentified projectiles' Image copyright EPA/KCNA Image caption North Korea's Leader Kim Jong-un supervised last week's firings North Korea has fired unidentified projectiles, the South Korean military says, less than a week after it tested several short-range missiles. The projectiles were fired from the Sino-ri location north of the capital, Pyongyang, toward the east, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. On Saturday, the country launched a number of projectiles from its east coast into the sea. A US envoy has visited Seoul for talks on how to break the nuclear deadlock. In February, a meeting in Vietnam between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President Donald Trump, ended without agreement. President Trump walked away from what he described as a bad deal offered by Mr Kim. North Korea's missile and nuclear programme Everything about North Korea in nine charts The projectile was fired at about 16:30 local ..
May 9, 2019

Australia’s A$50 note misspells responsibility

Australia's A$50 note misspells responsibility Image copyright Reserve Bank of Australia Image caption A reminder to always check the small print Australia's latest A$50 note comes with a big blunder hidden in the small print - a somewhat embarrassing typo. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) spelled "responsibility" as "responsibilty" on millions of the new yellow notes. The RBA confirmed the typo on Thursday and said the error would be fixed in future print runs. But for now, around 46 million of the new notes are in use across the country. The bills were released late last year and feature Edith Cowan, the first female member of an Australian parliament. What looks like a lawn in the background of Ms Cowan's portrait is in fact rows of text - a quotation from her first speech to parliament. Image Copyright mmmhotbreakfast mmmhotbreakfast Report "It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other w..
May 8, 2019

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive to seek stay of extradition proceedings

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive to seek stay of extradition proceedings Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou leaves for court on Wednesday Lawyers for a senior Huawei executive say they intend to apply for a stay of proceedings in a high-profile extradition case. Meng Wanzhou, 47, was arrested in Canada in December at the request of the US. The US wants the tech executive extradited to stand trial on charges including fraud linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on Iran. The case has soured relations between China, Canada and the US. Ms Meng appeared on Wednesday in a Canadian court for a pre-extradition hearing, during which her lawyers argued that the case against her is flawed. They said her arrest was an abuse of process and that her rights were violated when she was detained late last year, and that US President Donald Trump's "corrosive" comments were evidence that the case was politically motivated. The president has twice suggested ..
May 8, 2019

Trade war: US-China trade battle in five charts

Trade war: US-China trade battle in five charts Image copyright Getty Images The trade war between the US and China - which seemed to be nearing an end - has suddenly escalated with the threat of new tariffs. US President Donald Trump vowed to more than double tariffs on $200bn (£153bn) of Chinese goods on Friday and to introduce fresh ones "shortly". Despite this, the Chinese are starting two days of negotiations with the US. The US president's threat to raise tariffs comes amid claims Beijing is trying to row back on a trade deal. The world's two largest economies have already imposed duties on billions of dollars worth of one another's goods. A further escalation in the trade dispute would create renewed uncertainty for businesses and consumers, hurting the world economy. Trump threatens to hike China tariffs The next US-China battleground US-China trade war in 300 words Here are five charts that help explain the US-China trade war: 1) How has the US trade deficit..
May 8, 2019


By TONY KWAME ANSAH, JR. 4/30/2019 The African Digital Asset Framework (ADAF) has released the first Pan-African blockchain standard of guidelines for entrepreneurs, consumers, & policymakers […]
May 8, 2019

What are Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

What are Pakistan's blasphemy laws? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters call for the death penalty against Asia Bibi to be upheld Pakistan's blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam. Critics say they have been used to persecute minority faiths and unfairly target minorities. When do the laws date from?The offences relating to religion were first codified by India's British rulers in 1860, and were expanded in 1927. Pakistan inherited these laws when it came into existence after the partition of India in 1947. Between 1980 and 1986, a number of clauses were added to the laws by the military government of General Zia-ul Haq. He wanted to "Islamicise" them and also legally to separate the Ahmadi community, declared non-Muslim in 1973, from the main body of Pakistan's overwhelmingly Muslim population. What do the laws say?The law enacted by the British made it a crime to disturb a religious assembly, trespass on buri..
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