August 27, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Australian ex-PM ‘to quit parliament’

Malcolm Turnbull: Australian ex-PM 'to quit parliament' Image copyright EPA Image caption Malcolm Turnbull with granddaughter Alice at his final press briefing as PM on Friday Malcolm Turnbull has said he will quit Australia's parliament on Friday following his ouster as prime minister by party rivals, local media report. Mr Turnbull was replaced by Scott Morrison last week in a bid to end infighting that had crippled the centre-right government. The ousted leader said Australians would be "appalled" by recent events. His departure will trigger a by-election and place Mr Morrison's parliamentary majority at risk. In explaining his decision, Mr Turnbull again took a thinly veiled swipe at his predecessor, Tony Abbott - who had been accused of undermining the government. "Former prime ministers are best out of parliament not in it, and I think recent events best underline the value of that observation," Mr Turnbull told party members on Monday, in a speech reported ..
August 27, 2018

Children ‘ready to flee’ violence at Greek refugee camp

Children 'ready to flee’ violence at Greek refugee camp Image caption Sara Khan says her family is constantly fearful that fights will break out At Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, there is deadly violence, overcrowding, appalling sanitary conditions and now a charity says children as young as 10 are attempting suicide. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has been given rare access inside. "We are always ready to escape, 24 hours a day we have our children ready," says Sara Khan, originally from Afghanistan. "The violence means our little ones don't get to sleep." Sara explains that her family spend all day queuing for food at the camp and all night ready to run - in fear of the fights that break out constantly. Conditions are so appalling that charities have actually left in protest. The place smells of raw sewage, and there are around 70 people per toilet, according to medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Some people live in mobile cabins, but rammed in..
August 27, 2018

Toyota to invest $500m in Uber to build self-driving cars

Toyota to invest $500m in Uber to build self-driving cars Image copyright Getty Images Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars. The firm said this would involve the "mass-production" of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber's ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in the competitive driverless car market. The deal also values Uber at some $72bn, despite its mounting losses. That is up 15% since its last investment in May but matches a previous valuation in February. According to a press release issued by the firms, self-driving technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles. Uber halts self-driving tests after death Uber settles with Waymo on self-driving The fleet will be based on Toyota's Sienna Minivan model with pilot trials beginning in 2021. Shigeki Tomoyama, executive vice president of To..
August 27, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya: What will happen next after damning UN report?

Myanmar Rohingya: What will happen next after damning UN report? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rohingya women and children waiting for medical help in Cox's Bazar camp in Bangladesh After the United Nations released a damning report into the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, we asked BBC South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head and Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes what could happen next. Does this report change anything?Jonathan Head: The report is unusually strong; the authors do not mince their words, describing the Myanmar military in the most damning terms. They say there is a strong case for a genocide prosecution, and emphasise that accountability for the military inside Myanmar is impossible, and must therefore be pursued by the international community. Expect more energetic diplomacy at the UN, both in the Security Council and the General Assembly, to find a way to do this. The Myanmar government has rejected previous international reports d..
August 27, 2018

Australia: Crocodile swamp search a ‘people smuggling’ case

Australia: Crocodile swamp search a 'people smuggling' case Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian authorities say the boat landed in a crocodile habitat A boat found abandoned in crocodile-infested waters in Australia is believed to be a "people smuggling venture", the nation's government says. Authorities have detained 15 people and think more are hiding in mangroves north of Cairns, say police. The boat, believed to be from Vietnam, is the first people smuggling vessel to make it to Australia "in more than 1,400 days", according to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. Authorities are continuing a search. They did not say how many people were aboard when the boat ran aground near Daintree on Sunday, nor if any have plans to appeal for asylum. Local mayor Julia Leu told ABC that they were "putting themselves at risk in known crocodile habitat". Australia strictly monitors vessels that enter its waters, meaning irregular arrivals are usually intercepted well before..
August 27, 2018

UK wife killer to be repatriated to India

UK wife killer to be repatriated to India Image copyright PA Image caption Harpreet Aulakh (left) was sentenced to 28 years prison in 2009 for killing Geeta Aulakh (right). An Indian man currently serving a jail term in the UK for murdering his wife will be repatriated to India, a top prison official has told BBC Punjabi. Harpreet Aulakh was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years in a UK prison in December 2010 for ordering the murder of Geeta Aulakh. Mother-of-two Ms Aulakh, 28, had her hand severed with a machete during the attack in Greenford, London, in 2009. Aulakh ordered the murder after she asked for a divorce. IPS Sahota, a top prison official in the northern Indian state of Punjab, told BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra that Aulakh would arrive in India on Tuesday and would be sent to a prison in Amritsar district. "All arrangements are in place. According to the plan, the UK authorities will bring him to Delhi from where a team of Punjab police officers will bring him to Amri..
August 27, 2018

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges, says UN

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges, says UN Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in the past year - rights groups say thousands more have died A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya. The army's tactics are "consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats", it says. It names six senior military figures it believes should go on trial. It is also fiercely critical of Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to intervene to stop the violence. The report calls for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court of Justice. Image caption The Rakhine crackdown has led to allegations of brutality against Rohingya and destruction of entir..
August 26, 2018

North Korea grants humanitarian release to Japanese tourist

North Korea grants humanitarian release to Japanese tourist Image copyright AFP Image caption Tourists visiting North Korea are closely monitored at all times North Korea has said it is freeing a detained Japanese tourist on humanitarian grounds. There is very little information available on Tomoyuki Sugimoto, but he was known to have been arrested earlier this month. North Korea has not said why he was arrested, only that he was breaking the law. Japanese media said he could have been filming a military facility. Tourists visiting North Korea are strictly monitored at all times. The secretive country has often jailed tourists before - sometimes for arbitrary reasons - and used them as bargaining tools in its negotiations with their home states. Among the most noted recent detainees was Otto Warmbier, a US student who was jailed for stealing a hotel sign. He was also released on humanitarian grounds, but arrived home critically ill and died a few days later. Will we ever know wha..
August 26, 2018

Myanmar Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo await verdict

Myanmar Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo await verdict Image copyright Reuters Two Reuters journalists who documented a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are due to hear whether they will be jailed for violating a state secrets act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December while carrying secret official documents they had just been given by police officers. The men face up to 14 years in jail if found guilty. They deny the charges. Their lawyer said they would be freed "if the judiciary is free and fair". Wa Lone has said their work followed all media ethics. "We tried to tell the truth based on the real situation," he said previously. The verdict comes a year after the long-running crisis in Rakhine state came to a head when a previously unknown Rohingya militant group staged deadly attacks on police posts. Myanmar's 'drastic' arrest of journalists Is refugee crisis 'textbook ethnic cleansing'? The military responded with a large-..
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