November 20, 2018

US adviser hints at evicting China from WTO

US adviser hints at evicting China from WTO Image caption Kevin Hassett, chairman of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers One of President Trump's top economic advisers has suggested there could be a case for "evicting China" from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a BBC interview, Kevin Hassett chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers said China had "misbehaved" as a member of the WTO. He also claimed that the US had been failed by the organisation. But Mr Hassett said that what he called the President's hardball strategy on international trade is working. On the WTO, President Trump's administration has taken an approach that many others see as disruptive. It poses a significant challenge to the WTO's ability to settle disputes between member countries about alleged breaches of its rules. A key element in the WTO disputes system is a body which considers appeals against initial rulings by dispute panels. The US has obstruc..
November 20, 2018

India’s man sentenced over anti-Sikh riots in 1984

India's man sentenced over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Relatives of the victims have been staging protests, demanding justice A court in India has sentenced a man to death over a 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left nearly 3,000 people dead. Yashpal Singh was earlier found guilty of killing two Sikh men in Delhi. Another man, Naresh Sherawat, was given life imprisonment. Sikhs were targeted in the capital and elsewhere after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by one of her Sikh bodyguards. Relatives of the victims rejoiced when the judge read out the sentence. The two convicts were also fined by the court in Delhi. The two Sikh men who were killed in November 1984 were Hardev Singh, 24, and Avtar Singh, 26. Image copyright AFP/Getti Images Image caption Indira Ghandi's assassination triggered attacks on Sikhs and their properties across India The anti-Sikh violence lasted three days, with Hindu mobs hunting down Sikhs across..
November 20, 2018

Kabul explosion: Wedding hall blast kills 40

Kabul explosion: Wedding hall blast kills 40 At least 40 people have been killed in an explosion near a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the health ministry says. At least 60 people are reported to have been injured in the explosion in the PD15 district and are being taken to hospital in ambulances. The cause of the explosion is not yet known. However, both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have carried out regular bomb attacks in Afghanistan.
November 20, 2018

Jiang Jinfu: Chinese actor admits domestic violence

Jiang Jinfu: Chinese actor admits domestic violence Image copyright VCG/Getty Images Image caption Actor Jiang Jinfu, who has admitted to abusing his girlfriend Hundreds of thousands of Sina Weibo users have reacted angrily to Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu's admission of domestic violence against his girlfriend. He made the admission in the early hours of Tuesday morning after the Japanese model Zhongpu Youhua posted pictures of her injuries on Instagram. Image Copyright harukanakaura harukanakaura Report "Recently I have worried everyone who cares about me," she wrote, adding that she is "still alive". "Lawyers and relevant personnel have asked that I don't disclose much", she said. Despite Instagram being blocked in China, thousands of Chinese and Japanese speakers reacted angrily to her bilingual post. You might also like: China tycoon Yu Minhong caught up in sexism row Outcry over teen's underwear in rape trial 'I survived the Jonestown cult massacre' Mr Jia..
November 20, 2018

Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested ‘6kg of plastic’

Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Items found inside the whale included drinking cups, plastic bottles, plastic bags and flip-flops A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say. Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops. The carcass of the 9.5m (31ft) mammal was found in waters near Kapota Island in the Wakatobi National Park late on Monday. The discovery has caused consternation among environmentalists. "Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful," said Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation co-ordinator at WWF Indonesia. Plastic pollution: Images of a global problem Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem In this tweet, WWF Indonesia gave the breakdown of what was found insid..
November 20, 2018

China hospital sets up hotel for ICU patient relatives

China hospital sets up hotel for ICU patient relatives Image copyright Pear Video Image caption Capsule hotels have seen rising popularity in recent years in China, as a cheap and safe alternative to a hotel A hospital in central China has set up a capsule hotel so that relatives of intensive care unit patients can stay outside of visiting hours, it's reported. According to the People's Daily newspaper, the Henan University No 1 Hospital in the city of Luoyang, Henan province has introduced a special area with sleeping pods for the family members of overnight patients. Family members at the hospital are allowed to stay for free and can get a key to a room containing 10 capsule pods, after approval from a nurse on duty. Each capsule, which is some two metres long and one metre wide and high, comes equipped with a phone so that visitors can speak to a member of medical staff at any time - even if it's in the early hours. There are also lockable storage cupboards for val..
November 20, 2018

Amitabh Bachchan pays off farmers’ loans worth $500,000

Amitabh Bachchan pays off farmers' loans worth $500,000 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amitabh Bachchan is considered to be India's greatest actor Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has cleared farmers' loans worth more than than 40m rupees ($560,000; £436,000). He wrote on his blog on Tuesday that he had "taken care" of 1,398 farmers by paying off their debt, adding that he felt a "sense of accomplishment". All of the farmers are from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where Bachchan was born. Tens of thousands of Indian farmers struggle with debt. For decades now, the farming industry has been blighted by drought, the depletion of the water table, declining productivity and a lack of modernisation. Farm suicides have been linked to these issues - at least 300,000 farmers have taken their lives since 1995. Bachchan, who is 76, remains one of India's most popular and best-known actors. He cleared loans that were owed to the government-owne..
November 20, 2018

Australian truck dangles off road bridge

Australian truck dangles off road bridge Image copyright VicRoads/Twitter Image caption The driver was said to be conscious when he was taken to hospital A truck transporting poultry products has been left hanging from a road bridge after crashing in the Australian state of Victoria. The accident has resulted in lane closures and major delays on the Calder Freeway north of Melbourne after the vehicle shed its load onto the road below. An operation to clear the debris is under way. The driver is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, media say. Authorities do not know the cause of the crash yet, but said the truck had struck a side barrier and rolled over, sending its trailer over the edge. Skip Twitter post by @9NewsMelb JUST IN: All citybound lanes are closed on the Calder Freeway in Keilor after a truck rollover. The truck's trailer was hanging over Green Gully Road. #9News — Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) November 20, 2018 Report End of T..
November 20, 2018

Singapore otters photobomb UK couple’s marriage proposal

Singapore otters photobomb UK couple's marriage proposal Image copyright Bernard Photojournals Singapore's famous urban otters have delighted two British otter fans by photobombing their marriage proposal. Jordan Doyle and Mary Lister had gone out otter-watching with a wildlife photographer when the animals appeared. "I'd had the ring with me for a while and Mary is a huge fan of otters, so I thought to myself, right, this is the time to propose," 28-year-old Mr Doyle told the BBC. A group of otters then swam over to gatecrash the romantic moment. "When I asked them to pose for a photo, the otters came out of the water and approached the couple," photographer Bernard Seah told the BBC. "I was like, oh my god, I cannot believe this." 'Completely special'The otters are part of a group known as the Bishan 10, one of several otter families thriving in Singapore's urban areas. They have featured in multiple news outlets, a David Attenborough documentary and ..
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