July 30, 2018

Chinese ex-online tsar Lu Wei charged with bribery

Chinese ex-online tsar Lu Wei charged with bribery Image copyright Visual China Group Image caption Lu Wei was once believed to be one of President Xi Jinping's inner circle but was detained in November China's former chief of internet regulation, Lu Wei, has been charged with taking bribes. He is accused of taking advantage of his position to reap monetary and property gain, the official Xinhua News Agency reports. Mr Lu was once one of China's most senior officials, overseeing the department of online media regulation. His role as China's "internet tsar" meant he was once listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Mr Lu has been prosecuted for "taking advantage of his own positions and using other officials to seek profits for others as well as accepting a huge amount of money and property", Xinhua said. 'Arbitrary and tyrannical'Lu Wei was once touted as a key ally of President Xi Jinping, with media noting that he rose quickly ..
July 30, 2018

Why it’s so bad to say your Chinese wife is Japanese

Why Jeremy Hunt's 'Japanese' wife gaffe is a bad mistake Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt gaffe: 'My wife is Japanese' The UK's new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is on an official visit to China - but an embarrassing gaffe is stealing the headlines instead. Mr Hunt tried to get into his host's good books by mentioning that his wife is Chinese - but called her "Japanese" instead. He quickly corrected himself and those at the meeting laughed it off. But the gaffe is making headlines and, as Mr Hunt himself says, it's a "terrible mistake to make". Lucia Guo was born in Xian in central China. She and Mr Hunt met in 2008, when she was working at Warwick University. They have three children. What exactly did he say? Mr Hunt was at a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, when he said, in English: "My wife is Japanese - my wife is Chinese. That's a terrible mistake to make." Mr Hunt added: "My wife is C..
July 30, 2018

Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman over abortion tweets

Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman over abortion tweets Image copyright ANGELA WILLIAMSON Image caption Angela Williamson has criticised Tasmania over its lack of access to abortions A former Cricket Australia (CA) employee says she was sacked for publicly criticising lawmakers over the state of abortion services in Tasmania. Angela Williamson, 39, had been a government relations manager at affiliate Cricket Tasmania until June. Ms Williamson said she was sacked after writing tweets critical of the state government. CA said only that it would not tolerate "offensive comments". The recent closure of Tasmania's only abortion clinic has been controversial. Its closure, due to lack of demand, has forced Ms Williamson and other women to travel to mainland Australia to seek an abortion. Ms Williamson has launched legal action against CA over her dismissal. 'Right to political opinion'In June, Ms Williamson used her Twitter account to express frustration about healthc..
July 30, 2018

Karunanidhi health: Tamil Nadu former chief minister in hospital

Karunanidhi health: Tamil Nadu former chief minister in hospital Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A previous photo of Mr Karunanidhi in his Chennai residence Massive crowds have gathered outside a hospital in southern India's Tamil Nadu state where a politician who has served as chief minister five times was admitted on Saturday. Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, is being closely "monitored and treated" in the intensive care unit. Doctors say he has made some improvement after an apparent urinary tract infection. But police are struggling to contain emotional crowds desperate for news. Image copyright AFP Image caption Massive crowds have gathered around Mr Karunanidhi's hospital in Chennai Image copyright AFP Image caption The 94-year-old is revered as a huge political figure in India After 50 years as the leader of India's DMK party, he has amassed a huge following in India, and enjoys a god-like status among his supporters. The 94-year-old politician was first a..
July 30, 2018

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship

Assam: Millions risk losing India citizenship Image caption Hasitun Nissa's family is one of millions who expects to be stripped of their Indian citizenship The final draft of a bill which will determine who has the right to be called Indian in the north-eastern state of Assam will be published hours from now. The entire process has sparked fears of a witch hunt against the state's ethnic minorities, reports the BBC's Joe Miller. Hasitun Nissa has never known a home outside the floodplains of Assam. It's where the 47-year-old schoolteacher spent her childhood, where she studied, where she got married and where she had her four children. But on Monday, she expects to be stripped of her Indian citizenship, and fears her land rights, voting rights and freedom are in peril. She's not alone. Millions of Bengalis - a linguistic minority in Assam - may have fallen foul of a long, bureaucratic process known as the National Register of Citizens, or NRC. The government ..
July 29, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndonesia earthquake: 'Massive damage' in Lombok village More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes. Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain. At least 14 people have died, and more than 160 were injured in the quake. Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless and substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island. A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed. Authorities say more than 500 people, mostly foreign tourists, have already come down from the mountain but 266 are still trapped up th..
July 29, 2018

‘Panicked’ kangaroo smashes way into Australian home

'Panicked' kangaroo smashes way into Australian home Image copyright MANFRED ZABINSKAS Image caption The "highly stressed" kangaroo suffered cuts and lost blood, a rescuer said An Australian family has been startled awake after a kangaroo crashed its way through a window in their home. The residents managed to trap the marsupial in a bathroom after it "ran amok" in the house in Melbourne early on Sunday, a wildlife rescuer said. The family was unharmed, but the distressed kangaroo suffered blood loss and cuts to its paws and legs. Rescuer Manfred Zabinskas said the incident could partly be attributed to homes competing with kangaroo habitats. After being called to the home, Mr Zabinskas found the kangaroo "fairly exhausted" in the bathroom, and administered a sedative to remove it safely. "The family was quite concerned about him because of the amount of blood everywhere," he said. Image copyright MANFRED ZABINSKAS Image caption The family managed to lock the kangaroo in a ..
July 29, 2018

Cambodia election: Ruling party claims landslide in vote with no main opposition

Cambodia election: Ruling party claims landslide in vote with no main opposition Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hun Sen - seen here casting his vote - says he wants to rule for at least a decade longer The party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985, says it has won a landslide victory in a general election that lacked any serious challengers. The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said it had won 80% of the vote, giving it at least 100 of 125 seats. Election staff say turnout was 82.71%. Critics have called the vote a sham as the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which narrowly lost the last election, has been dissolved. The US and EU were also among those questioning the credibility of the vote, but the CPP said 19 other parties had stood. In a statement on his Facebook page, former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, who is living in exile abroad, said "a victory without a contest is a hollow one". "The result of this false election conducted in a c..
July 29, 2018

Indonesia earthquake: 10 dead on tourist island Lombok

Indonesia earthquake: 10 dead on tourist island Lombok Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials say the earthquake has damaged many buildings A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 10 people. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central Indonesian island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. The island attracts tourists from around the world and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali. Many buildings have been damaged and some of the injured are being treated in hospital, officials say. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok. History of deadly earthquakes Are earthquake warnings effective? "People are gathering on the streets and empty fields to avoid collapsing buildings," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's disaster agency, posted on Twitter [in Indonesian]. "The main focus now is e..
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