June 19, 2018

Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The North Korean leader is expected to brief China's leadership on his talks with Mr Trump North Korea's Kim Jong-un is making a two-day visit to China, a week after meeting US President Donald Trump. It is expected he will discuss sanctions and the commitment he made at the summit, in general terms, to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. Beijing, North Korea's only economic ally, has already suggested sanctions against North Korea could be eased. Meanwhile, the US and South Korea have confirmed they have suspended planning for their next joint military drills. That follows a pledge made by Mr Trump at the Singapore summit. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US and South Korean troops regularly take part in the massive war games The visit to China is Mr Kim's third since March, when his first trip abroad since taking office was to meet President Xi Jinping. His latest..
June 18, 2018

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia Image copyright AFP Image caption Customers were refused phone repairs in breach of Australian law An Australian court has fined Apple A$9m (£5m;$6.5m) for refusing to fix iPhones and iPads that had been serviced by third parties. The nation's consumer watchdog took the tech giant to court last year following complaints from users about faulty devices. Apple admitted that it misled 275 people about their rights to remedies such as repairs and replacements. The Federal Court of Australia found those actions breached consumer law. The investigation followed complaints about Apple's so-called "error 53". The fault rendered iPhones and iPads inoperable, after users downloaded a software update. But when customers sought repairs, Apple denied some of them assistance because their devices had previously been fixed by a third party, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said. Apple to close iPhone security loop..
June 18, 2018

A battle to save Indonesia’s orang-utans

A battle to save Indonesia's orang-utans A deep peatland forest in Indonesian Borneo is home to one of the world's largest remaining populations of endangered orang-utans, but as BBC Indonesian editor Rebecca Henschke reports, the habitat is under threat despite changes in law designed to protect it. Borneo is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet and has some of the world's oldest forests. In Ketapang, in West Kalimantan province, the light dances through the thick canopy. It's hard to see more than a few metres through the tangle of vines and branches. But from the air, a canal 9km long can be seen cutting a scar into the thick green carpet of the forest. It's the first part of a project by the Indonesian company PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa (MPK), which wants to develop the land as a logging plantation. "We have attracted investors from Canada and China. They are building timber industries around this plantation such as pile wood, flooring ..
June 18, 2018

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China

Trump threatens additional $200bn in tariffs on China Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump has threatened to levy a 10% tariff on $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a tit-for-tat trade row with Beijing. Mr Trump said he asked trade advisers to identify additional Chinese products on which to impose new tariffs. Last week Mr Trump announced the US would impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods. Beijing responded by saying it would hit 659 US goods worth $50bn with a similar tax. The US president released a statement on Monday night saying "these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced". "If China increases its tariffs yet again, we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods. The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable," he said. Earlier on Monday, stock market..
June 18, 2018

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has offered to set up a testing centre to allay fears over the security of its hardware Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sharply criticised Australian government comments about its policies and products. In an open letter, it says the comments were "ill informed and not based on facts". The letter comes as the Australian government is expected to ban Huawei from bidding in a 5G mobile auction. The ban is prompted by fears that China would have de facto control over the network if Huawei successfully bid. Island linkIn its public letter, written by Huawei Australia chairman John Lord and board members John Brumby and Lance Hockridge, the company denies allegations that it is under the control of the Chinese government and says it is a private company owned by its "employees, with no other shareholders". It says it has offered to build an "evaluation and testing" centre in which its 5G equipment ..
June 18, 2018

How a giant python swallowed an Indonesian woman

How a giant python swallowed an Indonesian woman Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reticulated pythons are believed to be able to reach over 10 metres in length An Indonesian woman has been killed and swallowed whole by a 7m (23ft) long python, say local authorities. Though such incidents are incredibly rare, this was the second python death reported in Indonesia in just over a year. What happened to the woman?Wa Tiba, 54, went missing last Thursday while checking on her vegetable garden on Muna island in Sulawesi province. A huge search was mounted by local people. Her sandals and machete were found a day later - a giant python with a bloated belly was lying about 30m away. "Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden," local police chief Hamka told news outlet AFP. "The snake's belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside." Gruesome footage has been circulating on social media in ..
June 18, 2018

‘Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide’

'Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide' Image copyright Getty Images I was just 12 at the time. I remember hearing a scream from the kitchen while something musical was blaring out of the television. Rushing to see what had happened, I found my mother clutching the phone with both hands and crouched on the floor. "Your masi's (Aunty) gone," she said. Tears and the visceral grief that is so familiar to those of Asian heritage followed. My head flooded with questions: Why? how? But what came next was a sickening blow. We quickly learnt that she had taken her own life. I spent the following months and years trying to figure out why she would do such a thing. She must have desperately needed an escape route - a way out of her misery. Mental health 'taboo among BME groups' Is there institutional racism in mental health care? In 2016, 1,457 women in the UK took their own lives but it is not clear how many of them were of South Asian heritage. But what w..
June 18, 2018

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian

Eurydice Dixon: Thousands attend vigils for slain comedian Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Eurydice Dixon's body was found dumped on a football field in inner-city Melbourne Thousands of people have attended evening vigils in Australia for comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose killing last week prompted widespread anger. Ms Dixon, 22, died as she walked home after performing a gig in Melbourne. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder. The level of public grief has generated a wider debate about safety for women. On Monday, crowds of people clutching candles gathered at the park in inner Melbourne where her body was found. Organisers of the "Reclaim Princes Park vigil" wrote on Facebook: "We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe. "It is not up to us [women] to keep ourselves safe when we know it's up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us." Although not widely known, Ms Dixon has..
June 18, 2018

India man walks 800 miles to ‘remind’ PM Modi of poll promise

India man walks 800 miles to 'remind' PM Modi of poll promise Image caption Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from his home in Orissa state to capital Delhi An Indian man who walked 1,350km (838 miles) by foot to highlight an "unfulfilled promise" by the prime minister has resumed his trek after a brief stay in hospital. Muktikant Biswal set out to walk from the eastern state of Orissa to the capital Delhi in the north. He was hospitalised in Agra, 218km away from his destination. Mr Biswal said he wanted to "remind" the prime minister of his promise to upgrade a hospital in his state. He began his walk on 16 April with the Indian flag in hand, through increasingly worsening summer temperatures. Mr Modi had said in 2015 that the hospital would be converted to a "super speciality facility" similar to the famed All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Mr Biswal told the BBC that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister and ask him to fulfil his promise of upgrading the ..
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