August 22, 2018

Xiaomi’s Poco F1 phone threatens a price war

Xiaomi's Poco F1 phone threatens a price war Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Marketing for the Poco F1 centres on the speed of its processor Xiaomi has unveiled a smartphone with high-end features and a budget price, under a new brand. The Poco F1 features the latest Snapdragon chip, a larger-than-normal 4,000mAh battery and up to eight gigabytes of RAM - matching Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 in those specifications. But it will cost substantially less than flagship models from rival "affordable" brands when sold in India. One expert said the launch may force other firms to rethink their prices. "It's got the best Qualcomm processor you can get right now while in essence costing about half the price of some rivals," said Mike Lowe, reviews editor of the gadget site Pocket-lint, who has tested the device. "It's very powerful with a massive battery, and the consumers it is targeting are not going to worry too much about the fact it's a bit bulky. "This is Xiaom..
August 22, 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese pressure

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese pressure Image copyright AFP Image caption The Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is one of the world's last absolute monarchies eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has chosen to maintain relations with Taiwan after a diplomatic tussle between Taiwan and China. The tiny country is Taiwan's last remaining ally in Africa. China had said it wants eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, to establish diplomatic links with Beijing. However, Taiwan says its relationship with the African nation is "extremely firm". The Chinese government does not allow countries to have official ties with both itself and Taiwan, which Beijing considers its own territory. Officials from eSwatini say there are no plans to switch allegiance. The Kingdom of eSwatini is one of the world's last remaining absolute monarchies. What's the history of eSwatini? eSwatini country profile King Mswati III rules by decree over his million subject..
August 22, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan ‘dodged Singapore national service’

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan 'dodged Singapore national service' Image copyright JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX Image caption Kevin Kwan left Singapore when he was 11 The author whose book Crazy Rich Asians was adapted into a box office hit is wanted by Singapore for failing to report for military service, the Ministry of Defence has said. Kevin Kwan, 44, did not register for national service (NS) in 1990 despite being sent notices, the ministry said. He later applied twice to renounce his citizenship, but was rejected as he had not first served NS. He could face up to three years in jail if he returns to Singapore. All Singaporean men over 18 have to undertake two years of national service (NS). "Mr Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990 despite letters sent to his overseas address," said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) in a statement to the BBC. He also didn't have the right permit for a long term stay overseas. "Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on h..
August 22, 2018

How I caught the ‘black widow’ who killed my brother

How I caught the ‘black widow’ who killed my brother Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lee-Anne Cartier carrying her brother Phil's ashes - with another brother, Andrew, and a nephew When Phil Nisbet died in May 2009, the empty pill packets made it seem like suicide. But his sister, Lee-Anne Cartier, soon began to suspect her brother's wife, and eventually presented the police with evidence they could not ignore. "His biggest fault was that he trusted people too much," says Lee-Anne Cartier. "He didn't see that there were bad people out there or that people would do the wrong thing." Her brother Phil was the oldest of the four siblings, while Lee-Anne was the youngest - there were two other boys, Andrew and Roger, between them. She remembers riding on the back of Phil's motorbike, as he took her to Girl's Brigade, when she was only eight years old. He was the "goody-good" of the family, she says. "He didn't go to a pub until he was 21." That was ..
August 22, 2018

Australian drought: Muslims hold Eid event to pray for rain

Australian drought: Muslims hold Eid event to pray for rain Image copyright Lebanese Muslim Association Image caption Thousands showed up at the Eid event in western Sydney About 30,000 Australian Muslims gathered in Sydney on Tuesday to pray for an end to what's been called the worst drought in living memory. Worshippers from 16 mosques came together "in a show of solidarity and unity" with farmers and others affected by the drought. The event took place to mark Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. A fundraising campaign is also being held for affected farmers. Living with the strain of a devastating drought Australia's drought seen from the air The event was organised by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) at the Lakemba Mosque in western Sydney. "As one Australian family, we all need to do our part and stand in solidarity with those who are in need," said Samier Dandan, the president of the LMA. "It is now our time to be united and extend our hands in..
August 21, 2018

Kerala floods: A million in camps and thousands stranded

Kerala floods: A million in camps and thousands stranded Image copyright AFP Nearly 400 people have died and thousands remained stranded by the worst flooding in the Indian state of Kerala in a century. More than one million people have been displaced, many of them taking shelter in thousands of relief camps across the state. As the monsoon rains begin to ease, efforts are being stepped up to get relief supplies to isolated areas. In other parts, the hard work of cleaning up is under way. Why the Kerala floods proved so deadly Social media push for Kerala flood relief Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Indian army is supplying goods to those stranded in remote areas Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands remain marooned in their houses Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright AFP Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Those who had to leave their homes are now in makeshift shelters Image copyright G..
August 21, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: PM loses ministers in leadership battle

Malcolm Turnbull: PM loses ministers in leadership battle Image copyright AFP Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is fighting to retain leadership of his party Ten government ministers in Australia have offered to resign following a failed bid to oust Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as party leader. Mr Turnbull narrowly survived a vote against a senior government colleague on Tuesday, but is now likely to face a second leadership challenge. He accepted the resignation of only two ministers including his challenger, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. The division has thrown Australian politics into a state of upheaval. Mr Dutton, who resigned his Cabinet post after losing the vote, confirmed on Wednesday that he was still actively campaigning for the leadership and had lobbied other MPs for their support in a second vote. "You don't go into a ballot believing that you can lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me then I would consider my position," he told radio ..
August 21, 2018

Peter Dutton: The ex-policeman who nearly ousted Australia’s PM

Peter Dutton: The ex-policeman who nearly ousted Australia's PM Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Peter Dutton speaks to reporters after his failed challenge on Tuesday Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has narrowly failed to seize the prime ministership from Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Dutton, who lost an internal party vote 35-48, is a polarising figure whose ministerial duties were last year expanded into a super portfolio - giving him considerable power. He is a more hardline conservative than Mr Turnbull and is best known for overseeing Australia's tough and controversial policies on asylum seekers. Mr Dutton alluded to such perceptions in a press briefing after his failed leadership challenge on Tuesday. "It is good to be in front of the cameras where I can smile and maybe show a different side," he said. Rise to leading conservativeBorn in Brisbane, Mr Dutton spent nine years in the police force before being elected to the House of Representatives i..
August 21, 2018

Is India ready to send someone to space?

Is India ready to send someone to space? Image copyright Reuters Image caption India's "monster rocket" carried a huge satellite into space in 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will carry out a manned space flight by 2022. Science writer Pallava Bagla asks whether the country's space agency can pick up the gauntlet. Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) reckon they will need $1.28bn (£1.01bn) to fulfil Mr Modi's challenge - and they think they can launch the flight within 40 months. There are many reasons why they believe it can be done. They hope to use the country's heaviest rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III or GSLV Mk-III - for the space flight. Four reasons India is going big on space Inequality in India can be seen from outer space This 640-tonne, 43-metre tall rocket was launched successfully in 2017. The coverage of the launch was euphoric, and often colourful, with websites compari..
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