July 3, 2018

Malaysia 1MDB: Ex-Prime Minister Najib arrested by anti-corruption officials

Malaysia 1MDB: Ex-Prime Minister Najib arrested by anti-corruption officials Image copyright Reuters Image caption Najib Razak has been accused of pocketing $700m from a state fund Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been arrested by anti-corruption authorities and is due to be charged on Wednesday. Mr Najib, who has long been plagued by allegations of corruption, has been accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from state development fund 1MDB. Billions of dollars are unaccounted for from the fund, set up by Mr Najib. He has been under investigation since his shock election loss in May. Mr Najib denies wrongdoing. According to a statement by the 1MDB special task force, Mr Najib was arrested at 14:35 local time (06:35 GMT) at his house in relation to matters dealing with SRC, a subsidiary of 1MDB. He will be charged at 08:30 on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. Corruption, money and Malaysia's election What is 1MDB? Raids in recent weeks have been carried out ac..
July 3, 2018

Mumbai rail bridge collapse strands thousands of commuters

Mumbai rail bridge collapse strands thousands of commuters Image copyright Prashant Nanaware Image caption The bridge collapse has disrupted train services A railway bridge collapse due to heavy monsoon rains in India's financial capital Mumbai has stranded thousands of commuters in the city. The collapse at Andheri station - one of the busiest of the city's western railway line - has also injured five people who have been sent to hospital. Services on the western line have been partially disrupted with railway stations getting increasingly crowded. Police have arrived at the scene and repair work has begun. BBC Marathi's Janhavi Moole, who is at the scene, said the disruption to the rail service has caused severe congestion on the roads. Image copyright Prashant Nanaware Image caption Traffic infrastructure has been severely affected, causing traffic jams Chandrashekhar Sawant, a train driver who had been pulling into Andheri station in the morning, told BBC Marathi t..
July 3, 2018

Trump administration seeks to block China Mobile in the US

Trump administration seeks to block China Mobile in the US Image copyright Getty Images Image caption State-owned China Mobile is the world's biggest mobile phone operator. It is listed in Hong Kong and New York The Trump administration has said it does not want one of the world's biggest phone carriers, China Mobile, to provide telecom services within the US, citing national security concerns. State-owned China Mobile applied to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a licence to do so in 2011. But the US Department of Commerce has recommended the licence request be denied. The advice comes amid rising trade tensions between the US and China. "After significant engagement with China Mobile, concerns about increased risks to US law enforcement and national security interests were unable to be resolved," said the assistant secretary for communications and information at the Commerce Department, David J Redl. "Therefore, the executive branch of the US government,..
July 3, 2018

HTC to axe about a quarter of its global workforce

HTC to axe about a quarter of its global workforce Image copyright Getty Images Smartphone-maker HTC is to cut 1,500 jobs in Taiwan, about a quarter of its global workforce. The job cuts are part of a "realignment of resources" across the organisation, the company said in a statement. The Taiwanese company has had a tough time competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The job cuts are the latest sign that HTC, once a major player in the smartphone market, is struggling to keep afloat in a competitive industry. "Today's reduction in manufacturing workforce announced by HTC is a decisive step in the realignment of resources across the organization, and will allow more flexible operations management," HTC said in a statement. HTC and Alphabet's Google struck a $1.1 bn deal last year - a move that some took as a sign that HTC needed extra money to keep going. Under the deal, half of HTC's smartphone research and development team - about 2,000 people - would go to Googl..
July 3, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Joy and relief as boys found alive

Thailand cave rescue: Joy and relief as boys found alive Image copyright AFP It's a scene of joy and relief across Thailand after 12 boys and their football coach were found after being trapped for nine days in a flooded cave. Relatives who had for days been gathered outside the cave waiting for news cheered as they heard the group had been found by British rescue divers in the Tham Luang cave complex. Thousands of people have also used social media to celebrate with a hashtag that simply says: "13 Survived". More than 1,000 people were involved in the extensive search operation, which saw naval divers, military officers and rescue workers band together in the region of Chiang Rai. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thailand's General Bancha Duriyaphan spoke to the press confirming that the group had been found alive Image copyright AFP Image caption Relatives were overjoyed as they heard of the rescue "I'm delighted. I don't know how to describe it in word..
July 2, 2018

Thai boys ‘could be in cave for months’

Thai boys 'could be in cave for months' The boys trapped in a Thai cave will have to learn to dive or wait months for flooding to recede, army says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
July 2, 2018

Koala’s genes could halt sex disease

Saving koalas: Gene study promises solution to deadly sex disease Image copyright GREG WOOD Despite being (possibly) the world's cuddliest creature, the super-sweet koala is also one of the unluckiest animals on the planet. Australia's most famous tree hugger has been ravaged by sexually transmitted disease, attacks from dogs, being hit by cars and habitat loss. Chlamydia has spread fast in koalas, causing infertility and blindness. But scientists say decoding the genome should lead to an effective vaccine for the STD. Australia pledges cash to save koalas Australian zoo welcomes rare white koala Koala survives 16km ride on car axle In fact, researchers say they've been amazed by the information that's been hidden in the marsupial's DNA. While they didn't find a gene for cuteness, they've worked out how koalas can survive solely on a diet of eucalyptus - which poisons most other creatures that consume it. Genes that are switched on in the koala&#0..
July 2, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse Image copyright EPA Image caption Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted in May A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the offence. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest in New South Wales. On Tuesday, a magistrate said Wilson was likely to avoid time in jail. He is expected to serve his sentence in home detention, Australian media reported. Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, despite relinquishing his duties in the wake of his conviction. In May, a court found he had failed to report his colleague James Patrick Fletcher's abuse of altar boys to police. Wilson, then a junior priest in the Maitland region, had dismissed young victims in a bid to protect the Church&#..
July 2, 2018

Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo Image copyright EPA Image caption Federer wore Uniqlo during his first match - except for his trainers which are still Nike Tennis legend Roger Federer has signed a deal with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo after ending his decades-long partnership with Nike. The new contract is reportedly worth $300m (£228m) over the next 10 years and was signed after Feder's deal with Nike expired in March. The tennis star donned the Japanese brand at his Wimbledon match on Monday, but for now has kept his Nike shoes. The 36-year-old Swiss player first signed with Nike in 1994. Sports news site ESPN reported the price tag of Federer's new deal, but Uniqlo has not shared the specific terms. Nike shares fly as sales momentum mounts AI used to edit Wimbledon TV highlights Forbes reveals world's richest sports stars "I was excited to wear Uniqlo today," the 20-time Grand Slam winner said after his match on Monday, the Wall Stree..
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