July 24, 2018

Facebook plans office in China

Facebook plans office in China Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has secured a licence to set up an office in China in an apparent attempt to break into the lucrative market where its website is blocked. The firm said it would be an "innovation hub to support Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups". If the office opens, it would be the firm's first formal presence in China. However, the office's registration has since been removed from the Chinese government website, suggesting possible complications, the New York Times says. China is the world's biggest social media market, but access to websites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is blocked in the country. Instead, Chinese users can only access domestic social media sites such as Weibo, Renren and YouKu, which the government can monitor. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has already made several attempts to charm Chinese officials, even going so far as to learn Mandarin. The Facebook subsidiary has been re..
July 24, 2018

Pakistan’s Imran Khan vies for power as country goes to polls

Pakistan's Imran Khan vies for power as country goes to polls Image copyright Reuters Image caption Campaigning came to an end on Monday Pakistanis are preparing to vote after a campaign overshadowed by concerns of attempted manipulation and violence. Nearly 106 million people are registered to vote for members of the lower house of parliament and four provincial assemblies. The PTI party of former star cricketer Imran Khan is hoping to beat ex-leader Nawaz Sharif's PML-N. But the Human Rights Commission says there have been "blatant" attempts to manipulate the polls. Hundreds of thousands of troops will be deployed to secure the ballot, which opens at 08:00 (03:00 GMT). Votes will be cast for 272 National Assembly seats that are directly contestable. Another 70, reserved for women and minorities, are distributed between parties that win at least 5% of the vote. Voter turnout in the 2013 elections - won by the PML-N but without an outright majority - was 55%. What's th..
July 24, 2018

China fossil tells new supercontinent story

China fossil tells new supercontinent story Image copyright Zhang Zongda Image caption Artist's impression: Lingwulong shenqi means the "amazing dragon" of Lingwu A newly discovered dinosaur may be re-writing China's geological history, according to recent findings. The latest addition to the family of giant, long-necked dinosaurs known as sauropods, Lingwulong shenqi lived in the north of the country about 174 million years ago. At this time, East Asia was thought to have split from the supercontinent Pangaea. But Lingwulong may be evidence that that was not the case. Fossil of 'first giant' discovered Does Jurassic Park make scientific sense? Ancient sea reptile one of the largest animals ever Part of a subgroup called the neosauropods, which included brontosaurus, diplodocus and brachiosaurus, Lingwulong appeared exactly where it shouldn't - in northern China, 15 million years earlier than any other known dinosaurs from this group. Dr Philip Mannion from ..
July 24, 2018

Photographer hammered over India ‘poverty porn’ images

Photographer hammered over India 'poverty porn' images Image copyright World Press Photo/Instagram Image caption Photographer Alessio Mamo's series is called Dreaming Food An Italian photographer's series on hunger in India has triggered massive backlash online, with many calling the images exploitative and "poverty porn". Alessio Mamo posed poor Indians in front of a table with "fake food" on it and made them cover their eyes. They were shot in two Indian states which have high rates of malnutrition. The photos, part of a series titled Dreaming Food, were taken in 2011. They went viral after the World Press Photo Foundation shared them on Instagram. India's enduring problem with malnutrition India food law: The hungry republic In the caption to his series, Mr Mamo wrote that he "told people to dream about some food that they would like to find on their table". He described it as a "conceptual project about hunger issue in India". Image Copyright worldpressp..
July 24, 2018

Kuwaiti influencer defends controversial remarks on Filipino workers

Kuwaiti influencer defends controversial remarks on Filipino workers Image copyright Instagram/Sondos Alqattan Image caption Ms Alqattan is known for her beauty tutorials on Instagram A Kuwaiti social-media influencer who was criticised over comments she made about Filipino domestic workers has defended her remarks. Sondos Alqattan had posted an Instagram video condemning new laws that give Filipino workers a day off per week and the right to keep their passports. However, she has said that the outcry she received was "unjustified", though she has since deleted the video. Known for her make-up tutorials, Ms Alqattan has 2.3m Instagram followers. "I have not [in] any circumstances in present or past... degraded or in any way mistreated an employee of mine," she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. "I consider all employees as equal human being [sic]." Image Copyright sondos_aq sondos_aq Report Several beauty companies who previously had ties with Ms Alqattan have moved to distance ..
July 24, 2018

Dingo attack at Australian outback mine injures woman

Dingo attack at Australian outback mine injures woman Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Dingoes are native to Australia and do not often attack humans An Australian woman says she feared for her life while being attacked by two dingoes at an Outback mine. Deb Rundle, 54, suffered wounds to her legs and other injuries during the mauling in Western Australia last week. The mine worker had been on a lunch break when a dingo took her phone, prompting her to follow the animal. Ms Rundle told local broadcaster Seven News that was attacked after stumbling upon other dingoes, leaving "blood everywhere on the ground". "I looked down and I thought, 'oh my, am I going to die? Are they going to get me down?'" she said. Ms Rundle said it took 10 minutes before co-workers came to her aid, and she was taken to hospital. Dingo attacks are relatively rare in Australia. The animals are not typically aggressive but can pose a danger to humans, particularly around food and water. ..
July 24, 2018

‘Hundreds missing’ after Laos dam collapse

'Hundreds missing' after Laos dam collapse Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a dam collapsed in south-east Laos, state media reported. The collapse at the hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province late on Monday sent flash floods through six villages, Laos News Agency said. "Several human lives" were lost and "several hundreds of people [are] missing", it added. More than 6,600 people have been made homeless by the floods, reports said. 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 24, 2018

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The public are being advised to take every precaution to avoid the extreme heat Japan's weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past two weeks. An agency spokesman warned that "unprecedented levels of heat" were being seen in some areas. More than 22,000 people have been admitted to hospital with heat stroke, nearly half of them elderly, emergency officials say. The heatwave shows no sign of abating, forecasters say. On Monday, the city of Kumagaya reported a temperature of 41.1C (106F), the highest ever recorded in Japan. In central Tokyo, temperatures over 40C were also registered for the first time. Five places that have just broken heat recordsThe Japan Meteorological Agency warned that temperatures of 35C or higher would continue until early August. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption..
July 24, 2018

Australia eyeliner warning over lead-poisoned children

Australia eyeliner warning over lead-poisoned children Image copyright NSW GOVERNMENT Image caption Health authorities found high concentrations of lead in the eyeliner products Three children in Australia are suspected to have fallen ill from using eyeliner contaminated with lead, authorities say. The New South Wales state government issued a public health alert over the Pakistan-made Hashmi brand products. The kohl cosmetics were found to contain 84% lead, as well as other dangerous metals. The products were legally imported but contained dangerously misleading packaging, the government said. Doctors had raised concerns when they found lead in the blood of the children, all of whom were related. "An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners," said Matt Kean, the state minister overseeing regulation. Other nations have previously issued health warnings about Hashmi brand eyeliners. The products are banned for sal..
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