November 21, 2018

Russia loses Interpol presidency vote

Russia loses Interpol presidency vote Image copyright Interpol Image caption Kim Jong-yang had been acting president since Meng Hongwei's disappearance Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body's arrest warrant system. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, who had been widely tipped to win. But there was growing concern that Mr Prokopchuk would use the role to target critics of Russia's President Putin. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian Alexander Prokopchuk was widely considered the frontrunner for the post The election follows the disappearance of Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei, who vanished on a trip to China in September. Beijing has since confirmed he has been detained and is being investigated for allegedly tak..
November 20, 2018

US says China has ‘not altered’ unfair trade practices

US says China has 'not altered' unfair trade practices Image copyright Getty Images The Trump administration has accused China of not changing its "unfair" practices, inflaming a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. In an update to a March report, the US said China had failed to alter its "unreasonable" practices. The US has, along with other countries, long criticised Beijing over its trade policies. The move raises tensions ahead of a high-stakes leaders meeting this month. US hints at evicting China from WTOUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. Their meeting will be closely watched for any progress on resolving the bitter trade dispute. But the latest comments from the US could make negotiations more difficult. 'Strengthened monitoring'"China has not fundamentally altered its unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices," US Trade Represe..
November 20, 2018

‘I hire a man to pretend to be my daughter’s dad – and she doesn’t know’

'I hire a man to pretend to be my daughter’s dad - and she doesn't know' Megumi was a baby when her parents separated and her father disappeared from her life. But years later her mother told her he wanted to reconnect. Megumi began to see Yamada regularly. She thinks he is her father, and that Yamada is his real name - but this is a lie. "Ever since she was little she'd ask me where he was," says Megumi's mother, Asako. "All she knew was that he had gone soon after she was born, so she blamed herself." For years it didn't appear to be a problem. But when Megumi was about 10, Asako noticed a change in her daughter's behaviour. "She didn't talk to me and became very quiet and withdrawn," Asako says. "It took a long while to find out about the bullying." Asako discovered that Megumi wasn't only blaming herself for her parents' breakup. Her classmates were also ostracising her because she didn't have a dad - children of single paren..
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..
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