June 21, 2018

Why you can’t talk about John Oliver in China

Why you can't talk about John Oliver in China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Oliver is the latest target to be hit by Chinese censors If you're looking to post something about John Oliver on Chinese social media this week, chances are you can't. The British television host been censored on China's biggest social media site, just days after he criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping on his popular US show Last Week Tonight. In the show's latest episode, Mr Oliver highlights the political, human rights and economic issues China is currently facing, and delivers some striking criticisms of the Chinese government. Attempts by the BBC to post a status on Weibo - China's biggest social media platform - with the term "John Oliver" were blocked. Image copyright Screenshot/Weibo Image caption A pop-up message comes up when you try to key in the phrase "John Oliver" Instead an error message pops up, informing you that the post violates "relevant ..
June 21, 2018

US-China trade row: What has happened so far?

US-China trade row: What has happened so far? Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump campaigned for election on a promise to make trade fairer for the US, and his push to do so has him fighting with some of America's oldest trading partners. He has already imposed - or threatened to impose - taxes on imports from China, Mexico, Canada and the EU, to encourage consumers to buy American products. Those countries have all promised to retaliate, sparking fears of an all-out trade war. Mr Trump's hard line on trade, which saw him withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact (TPP) last year, marks a striking change from the free trade policies that have governed the exchange of goods for decades. Here's what's gone on so far. Trump takes on ChinaIn January, the US slapped controversial tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels, which was seen as Trump's most significant trade move since his decision to pull the US out of the TPP and renegoti..
June 21, 2018

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl Image copyright @jacindaardern Image caption New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new baby New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb). This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office. Ms Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date. The 37 year old will take six weeks of maternity leave, and has now passed on her duties to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. However, she said she would remain in charge by continuing to read cabinet papers during her time away. Ms Ardern broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital in Auckland. In a statement, she also said: "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go th..
June 20, 2018

Daimler expects lower 2018 earnings due to new tariffs

Daimler expects lower 2018 earnings due to new tariffs Image copyright Getty Images Carmaker Daimler has said it expects lower earnings this year amid a growing trade spat between the US and China. It foresees lower-than-expected sales of Mercedes-Benz SUVs due to a tax on the import of US vehicles into China. The US plans to tax at least $50bn (£38bn) of Chinese imports in response to China's alleged intellectual copyright theft. China said it would collect levies on billions of dollars worth of US goods, including cars, from 6 July in return. The Trump administration has threatened further tariffs on another up to $400bn worth of Chinese goods if China continues to retaliate. What is a trade war and why should I worry? EU to launch tariffs against US on Friday Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, said earnings from car sales were expected to be "slightly below the previous year". "From today's perspective, the decisive factor is that, at Mercedes-Benz Cars, fewer than expe..
June 20, 2018

Eighty tonnes in a single scoop: Mega-mining iron ore

Eighty tonnes in a single scoop: Mega-mining iron ore Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia is the world's largest producer of iron ore It is the rock that has fortified Australia's recession-defying economy. Iron ore has helped to raise living standards in the country, supercharge pension funds, and bankroll governments. It is the key ingredient of steel, and is Australia's most lucrative export. Last year, the trade, mostly to China, as well as South Korea and Japan, was worth 63bn Australian dollars ($45bn; £35bn). Over the past decade booming export volumes have soared by more than 200%. It is without doubt an economic colossus, and Australia is the world's largest exporter of iron ore. But given that global iron ore prices have fallen sharply over the past decade, should Australia try to move away from the sector? The heart of iron ore extraction in Australia lies in the red, dry dirt of the Pilbara, a sparsely populated region in the north of W..
June 20, 2018

World Cup 2018: The Indian who cycled to Russia to meet Messi

World Cup 2018: The Indian who cycled to Russia to meet Messi Image copyright Clifin Francis Clifin Francis was sitting at home in southern India when a friend asked if he was going to the World Cup. "Of course," he replied. "I might even travel to Russia to watch the extravaganza." That was in August - but he had no idea how he would afford the air tickets from Kerala where he lives. Mr Francis is a freelance maths teacher and earns $40 (£30) a day. "I realised I wouldn't have enough money to travel to Russia and stay for a month. Then I asked myself - what could be the cheapest way of travelling? Bicycle was the answer." Friends didn't believe him, but by then he'd made up his mind. On 23 February, he started on an epic journey that took him by air to Dubai, and then ferry to Iran. From there the Russian capital is still more than 4,200km (2,600 miles) away by bike. The prize at the end - a chance to see his hero, Argentina's Lionel Messi, arguably the best foo..
June 20, 2018

Bithumb: Hackers ‘rob crypto-exchange of $32m’

Bithumb: Hackers 'rob crypto-exchange of $32m' Image copyright EPA Image caption Local reports describe Bithumb as South Korea's biggest crypto-currency exchange A leading crypto-coin exchange has halted trade after declaring that hackers had stolen some of the digital currencies it stored. Seoul-based Bithumb said that 35bn won (£24m; $31.6m) worth of cyber-cash had been "seized" overnight, adding that it would fully compensate affected customers. The values of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple all fell on the news. It is the second time in less than a year that Bithumb has been breached. Last July, it acknowledged an employee's PC had been hacked - exposing users' personal details. South Korea's spy agency later accused North Korea of being responsible after the stolen information was used to carry out scams. Cold walletBithumb notified a local regulator - the Korea Internet and Security Agency - of the latest attack, shortly before alerting the public via s..
June 20, 2018

Irrfan Khan: Bollywood actor flooded with support after cancer letter

Irrfan Khan: Bollywood actor flooded with support after cancer letter Image copyright NBCUniversal Image caption Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has been flooded with online support from fans after writing in an open letter about his cancer treatment in London. Khan posted on Twitter in March to say that he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. In letter published by the Times of India on Tuesday, the 51-year-old reflected on the "intensity" of his pain and the "uncertainty" of life. His fans shared the letter on Twitter with wishes for a speedy recovery. Skip Twitter post by @baradwajrangan This is so sad, and yet so beautiful You are one of the good guys, Irrfan Khan. Fight on. "I trust, I’ve surrendered, irrespective of the outcome" https://t.co/XTVJVx4IHi — Baradwaj Rangan (@baradwajrangan) June 19, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @baradwajrangan Skip Twitter post by @chitraparmar Get well soon! Our prayers and love wit..
June 20, 2018

Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 180 reported missing

Lake Toba ferry: Search goes on with 180 reported missing Image copyright AFP Image caption Devastated friends and families have been waiting for news on the shore More than 180 passengers are now believed to be missing after Monday's ferry disaster on Lake Toba, Indonesia. The number, revised up from 130, is three times the number of passengers the ferry was licensed to carry. The vast volcanic lake in Sumatra was busy with tourists celebrating the annual Eid holiday when the ferry went down. The lake had been hit by bad weather - many victims are thought to have been trapped inside the vessel. Indonesia's national search and rescue agency said only 18 survivors had been found, all within hours of the tragedy. Image copyright Reuters Image caption There is little hope of finding more survivors Desperate families have spent the past days desperately waiting for news and hoping that the search and rescue boats returning to shore might bring any news. "This is a test from G..
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