March 4, 2019

Philippine police find 1,500 duct-taped turtles in luggage

Philippine police find 1,500 duct-taped turtles in luggage Image copyright Bureau of Customs NAIA/Facebook Image caption The turtles were found in abandoned pieces of luggage Police in the Philippines have seized more than 1,500 live turtles found wrapped in duct tape at Manila airport. The turtles, found in four unclaimed pieces of luggage, and could have sold for more than 4.5 million pesos (£60,000; $86,631). Police believe the bags were abandoned after the carrier found out about the harsh penalties for illegal wildlife trafficking. If caught, they could face two years in jail and a fine of up to 200,000 pesos. A total of 1,529 turtles of different species, including Sulcata Tortoises - which are recognised as vulnerable on the IUCN's Red list of Threatened species - were found in four pieces of unclaimed luggage in the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday. Image copyright Bureau of Customs NAIA/Facebook Image caption The turtles had been individually..
March 4, 2019

Trevor Noah apologises over India-Pakistan comments

Trevor Noah apologises over India-Pakistan comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trevor Noah has come under fire for making jokes over tensions between India and Pakistan US comedian Trevor Noah has apologised for making jokes about the rise of tensions between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir. In an episode of The Daily Show, Noah said that a war between the two would be "the most entertaining", adding that "it would also be the longest war of all time - another dance number!" His comments prompted outrage on Twitter, as users called it offensive. The two countries claim all of Kashmir, but each controls only parts of it. Kashmir: Why India and Pakistan fight over it India and Pakistan in 'uncharted waters' After a Twitter user accused him of mocking "war through a Bollywood stereotype", Noah responded with an apology on Sunday. Skip Twitter post by @Trevornoah Actually if you watch my stand up you'll see that I did make jokes after my mother w..
March 3, 2019

How a missing letter made a tech billionaire

How a missing letter helped create a tech billionaire Image copyright Atlassian Image caption Scott Farquhar is estimated to be worth $7bn The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Scott Farquhar, co-founder and co-chief executive of software company Atlassian. Scott Farquhar remembers his life-changing "sliding doors" moment. The Australian entrepreneur won a scholarship to train at a prestigious military institution after he finished high school. But the letter from the Australian Defence Force Academy offering him a place got lost in the post. By the time it arrived at Scott's family home some two months late, he had opted to go to university instead. That missing letter set him, and business partner Mike Cannon-Brookes, on a path to become Australia's first tech billionaires. "If the letter had turned up earlier, history may be slightly different," says Scott, now 39. With a credit card and not..
March 3, 2019

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou sues Canada authorities over arrest

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou sues Canada authorities over arrest Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou's arrest has strained relations between China, and Canada and the US The chief financial officer of China's tech giant Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at Vancouver airport last year at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou was detained in December on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. US authorities are seeking to extradite the Chinese national. But Ms Meng has now filed a civil claim against Canada's government, border agency and police for "serious breaches" of her civil rights. China has attacked her arrest and the extradition process as a "political incident". Ms Meng denies all the charges against her. What does the lawsuit say?The claim - filed in British Columbia's Supreme Court on Friday - seeks damages against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the federal government for..
March 2, 2019

South Korea and US to end large-scale war games

South Korea and US to end large-scale war games Image copyright AFP Image caption Tens of thousands of US military personnel are based in South Korea The US and South Korea have confirmed plans to end large-scale joint military exercises amid efforts to thaw relations. Smaller-scale drills will continue, but major planned war games will now not go ahead. A number of exercises were suspended last year after US President Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong-un. North Korea has always regarded the games as preparation for a military invasion by the two countries. A Pentagon statement said the defence ministers from the two countries had agreed to end the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises in a phone call on Saturday. It is unclear if the suspension is permanent. What are the US-South Korea war games? US troops 'will stay in South Korea' Critics have said cancelling the drills could undermine US and South Korean military defences against the North, but others say thos..
March 2, 2019

Dorji Dema: A female archer taking aim at sexism

Dorji Dema: A female archer taking aim at sexism Image copyright Michelle Jana Chan Traditional Bhutanese archery is for men only - even though the country's women archers have had great success in the modern sport. As Michelle Jana Chan reports, Olympic archer Dorji Dema is assembling a team of women to put this right. I hope I've got the right house… I walk past a potato patch to the front door. There's no knocker, so I call out. Dorji Dema appears at the doorway, a visibly toned and youthful 35-year-old in a tight orange T-shirt. She's an archer, and archery is Bhutan's national sport. Long associated with victories over invading forces, archery has been practised for centuries here. Most villages have at least one range and contests are integral to the numerous religious festivals. As I travelled across Bhutan, inside its monasteries and temples I'd seen statues and paintings of figures holding bamboo bows, often pulled back taut, aimed at their enemie..
March 2, 2019

In pictures: Kim Jong-un’s last day in Vietnam

In pictures: Kim Jong-un's last day in Vietnam North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is spending a final day in Vietnam after the abrupt end to talks with US President Donald Trump. Mr Kim visited a memorial to Vietnamese revolutionary hero Ho Chi Minh after meeting the country's president and prime minister. Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kim is the first North Korean leader to visit the country since 1964, when his grandfather Kim Il-sung journeyed to the nation. Image copyright Reuters Image caption He attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs in Hanoi Image copyright EPA Image caption The leader reportedly bowed his head for a minute to honour Ho Chi Minh, who received aid from North Korea during the Vietnam War Image copyright KCNA/Reuters Image caption The memorial follows the day after Mr Kim met Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The leader is due to set off home to North Korea b..
March 2, 2019

Donald Trump asks China to lift all US agricultural tariffs

Donald Trump asks China to lift all US agricultural tariffs Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Trump now plans a summit with China's Xi Jinping about trade US President Donald Trump has asked China to "immediately" lift all tariffs on US agricultural products. In a tweet, the president said he made the request because "we are moving along nicely with Trade discussions". Mr Trump has delayed tariffs scheduled for 1 March on Chinese goods due to progress in talks. He has long complained about the country's trading practices, and has imposed tariffs totalling more than $250bn (£189bn) on Chinese goods. China has responded in kind, placing tariffs on $110bn of US products and accusing the US of starting "the largest trade war in economic history". Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump I have asked China to immediately remove all Tariffs on our agricultural products (including beef, pork, etc.) based on the fact that we are moving along nicely with Trade discussions.....
March 1, 2019

Saudi Arabia sisters pass Hong Kong deportation deadline

Saudi Arabia sisters pass Hong Kong deportation deadline Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The sisters, 18 and 20, say they fear being returned home Two young women from Saudi Arabia are appealing for help after revealing they have spent six months in legal limbo in Hong Kong after fleeing their family. Rawan and Reem (not their real names) say they escaped while on a family holiday in Sri Lanka in September. They had been trying to get to Australia, but say they were intercepted in Hong Kong. The case comes just weeks after another fleeing teenager was given asylum in Canada. Rawan and Reem claim Saudi officials attempted to seize their travel documents in Hong Kong's airport. They say they then resisted boarding a flight to Dubai, only to find flights to Melbourne they had booked had been cancelled. Their lawyer, Michael Vidler, says they have held the status of "tolerated overstayers" in Hong Kong since and were informed in November that their Saudi passports had bee..
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