June 2, 2018

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks ‘irresponsible’ US comments

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks 'irresponsible' US comments Image copyright Reuters Image caption A photograph from 2015 shows Chinese vessels around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands China has branded as "irresponsible" US comments that it is intimidating its neighbours with its military deployment in the South China Sea. A top Chinese general said China had the right to deploy troops and weapons "on its own territory". Earlier US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Beijing's actions called into question its broader goals. Six countries have competing claims in the sea, but China has backed its own with island-building and patrols. Gen Mattis had made his critical comments at a security summit in Singapore. Why is the South China Sea contentious? China's 'globalised' military power Speaking at the same conference, China's Lt Gen He Lei said: "Any irresponsible comments from other countries cannot be accepted." Gen He said Beiji..
June 2, 2018

Kashmir unrest as protester run over by police dies

Kashmir unrest as protester run over by police dies Image copyright AFP Anti-India protests have flared in Indian-administered Kashmir after one of two demonstrators run over by police on Friday died in hospital. Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters as hundreds attended the funeral of Kaiser Bhat, crushed by a jeep, in the summer capital Srinagar. The authorities have imposed a curfew in parts of the city and blocked internet services. Kashmir is the subject of a bitter dispute between India and Pakistan. Friday's incident happened during protests against alleged police heavy-handedness in a raid during Ramadan on a city mosque they consider to be a hotbed of militants. Security forces say the police were defending themselves from attack, but some local people say they deliberately drove into the crowd. Graphic images have been circulating on social media of the young man's face as the paramilitary jeep drives over him. Why India and Pakistan dispute Kashmir T..
June 2, 2018

South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’

South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China 'intimidating neighbours' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Beijing has been turning islands into military bases China is deploying missiles in the disputed South China Sea to intimidate and coerce its neighbours, US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. Speaking in Singapore, General Mattis said Beijing's actions called into question its broader goals. He also said the issue of US troops in South Korea was "not on the table" at this month's summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. The US wanted complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, he added. South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo also told the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit that US forces in South Korea was a "separate issue from North Korea's nuclear issue". There are currently about 28,500 US troops based in South Korea. Trump says summit with Kim is back on What does Kim Jong-un really want? The political g..
June 1, 2018

Trump says summit with Kim is back on

Trump says summit with Kim is back on Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the US president says, a week after it was scrapped. Mr Trump made the announcement after talks with a senior North Korean envoy at the White House. He also said that North Korea "wanted to do denuclearisation", although the North did not confirm this. The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. Mr Trump said it was "a very interesting letter and at some point it may be appropriate" to share it. He also said the issue of human rights was not discussed. 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.
June 1, 2018

Vietnamese boy found inside a suitcase at Port of Dover

Vietnamese boy found inside a suitcase at Port of Dover Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy was discovered during checks at the Port of Dover A man has been charged with smuggling after a Vietnamese child was found inside a suitcase at the Port of Dover. The boy, believed to be aged 16, was taken to hospital in a life threatening condition following his discovery by UK Border Force officials at about 20:30 BST on Wednesday. Andrei Iancu, 20, from Buzau in Romania, was charged with attempting to smuggle a person into the UK. He remains in custody and is due to appear before Medway magistrates later. The suitcase was found in the boot of a silver Skoda Octavia stopped at a search area for vehicles arriving in the UK from France. Kent Police said the boy's condition has since improved.
June 1, 2018

Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot

Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot Image copyright RoboSense Chinese retail giant Alibaba has unveiled a new automated vehicle which it says is easy to mass-produce and could serve a number of functions. These could include delivery courier or automated coffee vendor, it said. The Cainiao G Plus can travel at up to nine miles per hour, reports The Verge news site. It was unveiled at a conference where Alibaba founder Jack Ma announced a 100bn yuan (£11.6bn; $15.5bn) investment in smart logistics. This includes devices such as warehouse robots as well as delivery aids. AI expert and author Calum Chace described the G Plus as resembling the "ugly big brother" of a delivery bot developed by UK firm Starship Technologies. "Starship has been working on this project for several years, so the Alibaba project looks to be behind as well as ugly," he said. "But that won't matter. Anything to do with artificial intelligence is a high priority for China, which has set itself the tar..
June 1, 2018

Malaysians crowdfund to help cut national debt

Malaysians crowdfund to help cut national debt Image copyright Getty Images Malaysians have resorted to an unorthodox way of raising money to pay off their country's debt - crowdfunding. Feeling buoyant after the first change in government since independence, Malaysians gave nearly $2m in the 24 hours after authorities announced a fund would be set up to raise cash. Malaysia has a multi-billion-dollar debt pile. It sparked a social media debate about whether other countries should follow. The government initiative came after a 27-year-old Malaysian, who is "very much in love and proud" of her country, set up private fundraising effort that attracted interest. "The rakyat (people) voluntarily want to share their earnings with the government to help ease the burden," said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, as he announced the fund to provide a "systematic and transparent" platform for contribution. He gave bank details where Malaysians can deposit their donations. The fund raised 7m Ma..
June 1, 2018

Baba Ramdev: India guru’s ‘WhatApp killer’ app mocked over flaws

Baba Ramdev: India guru's 'WhatApp killer' app mocked over flaws Image copyright Kimbho A chat app introduced by an Indian yoga guru and dubbed a "WhatsApp killer", has been removed from app stores amid a furore over security flaws. Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Products launched Kimbho on Thursday, calling it a "homegrown" rival to other chat apps. But hours after its "launch", experts pointed out the app was not secure and its user data could be easily accessed. Patanjali told the BBC the app had no flaws and they had introduced it for a day to gauge initial public interest. SK Tijarawala, spokesperson of Patanjali Products said "the Kimbho will show the world that India can be the leader in global technologies". "We released the app just for a day to understand how public would react. The response has been phenomenal. We will properly launch the app in the near future and then I will be happy to answer any security related questions," he said. Image copyright Kimbho ..
June 1, 2018

Air India sale fails to attract buyers

Air India sale fails to attract buyers Image copyright AFP India has said it will "rethink" its strategy after an offer to buy a controlling stake in national carrier Air India failed to attract any buyers. "We were looking forward for better participation," Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey told reporters after a deadline for expressions of interest ended on Thursday. The ministry thought the offer of a 76% stake would be "good enough", he added. But experts say "onerous" government conditions put off potential buyers. Among the terms of sale was the fact that any potential buyer would have had to take on the airline's 27,000 employees. Air India sale: Who'll buy the debt-laden carrier? Air India cleared for privatisation by Delhi The fact that the government would have continued to hold a 24% stake in the airline and expected the buyer to abide by as yet unspecified guidelines to safeguard employee interest was also seen as having turned off potential buyers. The airl..
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