July 4, 2018

Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition

Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, argues he is not responsible for content people shared on his site Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost his latest court battle against extradition from New Zealand to the US. New Zealand's Court of Appeal upheld the decision that Mr Dotcom and three others can be extradited to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. The charges are related to Mr Dotcom's now defunct fire-sharing website Megaupload, which allowed millions of people to download digital content. Mr Dotcom and his co-accused have consistently denied the US charges. It is now up to New Zealand's Justice Minister Andrew Little to decide whether extradition should take place. The US claims that Kim Dotcom, Mattias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato were involved in a worldwide criminal organisation that lost copyright holders more than an estimated $500m (£378m). ..
July 4, 2018

Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings?

Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings? Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Indians are first exposed to the internet through low-cost smartphones India's government has asked messaging service WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages" on its platform after a spate of deadly attacks. But will it have any effect, asks the BBC's Ayeshea Perera. What messages are being sent?The statement comes amid a spate of mob lynchings that have killed at least 17 people across India in the last three months. Media reports put the number of dead higher. The violence has been blamed on rumours of child kidnappings, spread over WhatsApp, which have led people to attack strangers. Police say it is proving hard to get people to believe that the messages are false. In one of the most recent lynchings, in the north-eastern state of Tripura, the victim was a man employed by local government officials to go around villages with a loudspeaker, asking lo..
July 4, 2018

Thai cave rescue: What next for the trapped boys?

Thai cave rescue: What next for the trapped boys? The Thai caves where 12 boys and their football coach are trapped is a snaking system of caverns and crevices which pose a range of problems for rescuers. Some stretches of the Tham Luang cave are more than 10 metres high, while others are a tight squeeze for a grown man. Add the fact that part of the cave system is flooded, and water levels could rise, extracting the stranded group becomes an extra tricky task. The group had already spent nine days in the cave with little food or light when they were discovered on Monday. But their rescue could take months as they must either be taught to dive or wait for the water to recede. So how they could get out?Diving Rescue divers with specialist breathing equipment reached the group through a series of water-filled passages. The boys may have to be taken out the same way. The Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said rescuers were now teaching the boys how to swim and dive. Rescuers a..
July 4, 2018

World Cup TV kiss sparks social media debate in China

World Cup TV kiss sparks social media debate in China Image copyright MBN Image caption Jeon Gwang-ryeol being kissed by a jubilant Russian fan during live TV broadcast Social media users in China are debating whether a male South Korean reporter being kissed by female fans during the World Cup is "sexual harassment". The video clip shows Jeon Gwang-ryeol, a MBN (a South Korean TV channel) reporter broadcasting in Russia on 28 June, being kissed on the cheek twice by female Russian fans. The reporter tried to laugh the kisses off but looked embarrassed after the incident which occurred days after other supporters were criticised for trying to kiss a female reporter live on TV. A debate about the incident emerged on Weibo, China's largest social networking site, with Weibo users asking why the actions of some Russian female fans were not being criticised in the same way as their male counterparts. You might also like: Swedes reject racism after group stage win Is football still s..
July 4, 2018

Why there is a ‘win for democracy’ in Delhi

Why there is a 'win for democracy' in Delhi Image copyright AFP Image caption Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called the verdict a "victory for democracy" India's top court has backed Delhi's government in a battle with the central government over who runs the capital. Unlike other states, Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-run local government does not have full administrative powers. It shares them with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-controlled centre, which it has accused of interference. The AAP alleged that the centre was conspiring against them with the help of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor (LG), the constitutional head of the state. The AAP has consistently campaigned for greater autonomy for the state because control of the state's police force, land, and law and order rests with the centre. It approached the Supreme Court in 2016 after the Delhi High Court ruled that the LG was the state's administrative head. Arvind Kejriwal, India&#..
July 4, 2018

Baidu’s self-drive buses enter ‘mass production’

Baidu's self-drive buses enter 'mass production' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Apolong buses are not fitted with a steering wheel One of China's biggest technology companies has declared it has begun mass production of a self-driving bus. Baidu made the announcement after building its 100th Apolong vehicle at its factory in the country's south-eastern Fujian province. It said the vehicles would initially be put to commercial use within Chinese cities but added it was also targeting foreign markets. The company is one of several competing to sell "level-4 autonomy" buses. The classification - set by the transport engineering body SAE International - refers to highly automated driving systems that can cope with most driving conditions, even if a human fails to respond appropriately to a request to intervene. It is one step below the maximum level-5 tier, which extends to all driving scenarios, including dirt roads and unusual weather conditions...
July 4, 2018

HNA group: China conglomerate boss Wang Jian dies in Provence

HNA group: China conglomerate boss Wang Jian dies in Provence Image copyright AFP The co-founder and chairman of giant Chinese conglomerate, HNA Group, has died in a fall in southern France, his company has confirmed. Wang Jian, 57, "accidentally fell" in Provence, while on a business trip to France, a company statement said. He fell from a wall in the village of Bonnieux on Tuesday as he was having his picture taken, police say. Mr Wang helped turn HNA into one of the world's biggest companies, with assets in aviation, tourism and finance. It has major stakes in Deutsche Bank, hotel chain Hilton and skyscrapers in London and employs more than 400,000 people worldwide. HNA is currently in the process of selling down some of its international assets in a bid to reduce its domestic debt built up during a rapid expansion in recent years. Edge of a sharp dropThe company, which turned its website grey in a gesture of mourning, said it had lost an "exceptionally gifted leader and rol..
July 4, 2018

Archbishop to challenge conviction for covering up abuse

Archbishop to challenge conviction for covering up abuse A Catholic archbishop in Australia says he will appeal against his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was found guilty in May of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest in New South Wales. He is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. During his trial, Wilson denied that he knew of the abuse of altar boys by a paedophile priest in the 1970s. He announced his appeal on Wednesday. "I am conscious of calls for me to resign and have taken them very seriously," he said in a statement. "However, at this time, I am entitled to exercise my legal rights and to follow the due process of law." On Tuesday, a court sentenced Wilson to a maximum of 12 months in detention. A magistrate ordered Wilson to be assessed for "home detention" - meaning he will probably avoid jail. This is a breaking news story - more to follow.
July 4, 2018

Putting death on the school timetable

Putting death on the school timetable Image copyright Reuters Image caption Day of the Dead: Doctors in Australia want to end the taboo around talking about death Maths, science, history and death? This could be a school timetable in a state in Australia, if a proposal by the Australian Medical Association Queensland is accepted. They want young people to be made more familiar with talking about the end of life. Doctors say that improvements in medicine and an ageing population mean that there are rising numbers of families facing difficult questions about their elderly relatives and how they will face their last days. But too often young people in the West are not prepared for talking about such difficult decisions. There is a taboo around the subject and most deaths happen out of sight in hospitals. Pupils might have reservations about lessons in death education. Dying daysBut the Australian doctors argue that if the law and ethics around palliative care and euthanasia were taught i..
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