June 19, 2018

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks Image copyright EPA Image caption Poor weather is hampering the rescue effort on Lake Toba Indonesian rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a ferry sank on a lake in Sumatra. Eighteen survivors have been pulled from rough waters on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination and one of the deepest lakes in the world. The ferry was licensed to carry 60 people but officials say about 130 were on board when it went down on Monday. Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia where safety standards are lax, correspondents say. Rescue workers are battling rain and high winds to try to reach any remaining survivors from Monday's accident. "Many people have reported their relatives missing," a local rescue official named as Budiawan told Reuters news agency. Lake Toba fills the 450m-deep (1,500ft) depression left by an ancient volcano eruption. Ferries run between a scenic island in the middle and towns on the shore..
June 19, 2018

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia Image copyright ALEX ASHBURY/ PERTH ZOO Image caption Puan, 62, was given to Perth Zoo in 1968 The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the "grand old lady" of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest of her species in 2016. A critically endangered species, Sumatran orangutans rarely reach age 50 in the wild, the zoo said. Believed to have been born in a jungle in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1956, Puan left an "incredible legacy" of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants across the US, Europe and elsewhere, the zoo said. "Her genetics count for just under 10% of the global zoological population," primate supervisor Holly Thompson said. A battle to save Indonesia's orangutans '100,000 oranguta..
June 19, 2018

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The PDP's decision to ally with the BJP was seen as controversial The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition government with her party. The BJP said the three-year alliance with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had become "untenable" in the wake of increasing violence. The PDP's decision to ally with the BJP was seen as controversial at the time. Its time in power was marked by rising violence in the Kashmir valley. Most recently, influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari was killed by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving his office in Srinagar last week. Mr Bukhari's death was cited as one of the reasons for the BJP pulling out of the alliance. The decision also comes days after the United Nations's human rights office called for an in..
June 19, 2018

The Indian Dalits attacked for ‘wearing shoes’

The Indian Dalits attacked for 'wearing shoes' Image copyright Getty Images Over the last month, Dalits (formerly untouchables) across India have been threatened, beaten and killed for seemingly mundane reasons, highlighting again, how vulnerable the community is. Here are five reasons why Dalits have been attacked and threatened in the last month alone. Killed for sitting cross-legged Two Dalit men in the southern state of Tamil Nadu were killed by upper-caste Hindus after one Dalit man sat cross-legged in front of them during a temple ritual. The attackers, some 15 of them, called it a "dishonourable and insulting" gesture before ambushing the neighbourhood where the Dalits lived. Six men were critically injured and houses were damaged, according to police. "The men who suffered injuries had deep cuts on their bodies made with sickles," a senior police officer is quoted as saying in the Indian Express newspaper. Beaten for wearing 'royal' shoesMahesh Rathod, a 1..
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 ..
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