November 6, 2018

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gates used the beaker of faeces to highlight bacteria and sanitation-related disease Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his hands full on-stage in Beijing on Tuesday, showing a jar of human faeces. The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event - a showcase for new toilet technologies. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more than $200m on researching the field across the last seven years. Twenty cutting-edge sanitation products were on display, intended to destroy harmful bacteria and prevent disease. "I have to say, a decade ago I never imagined that I'd know so much about poop," Mr Gates joked at the conference. "And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and faecal sludge at the dinner table." The entrepreneur was helping to launch the three-day event in China - wher..
November 6, 2018

Facebook used to ‘incite offline violence’ in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been called the equivalent of the internet in Myanmar Facebook has said it agrees with a report that found it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar. The independent report, commissioned by Facebook, said the platform had created an "enabling environment" for the proliferation of human rights abuse. It comes after widespread violence against the Rohingya minority which the UN has said may amount to genocide. The report said Facebook would have to "get it right" before 2020 elections. Facebook has more than 18 million users in Myanmar. For many, the social media site is their main or only way of getting and sharing news. The network said it had made progress in tackling its problems in Myanmar but that there was "more to do". The country where Facebook posts whipped up hate Facebook 'still hosts hate ..
November 6, 2018

Tencent to curb children’s online gaming time

Tencent to curb children's online gaming time Image copyright Getty Images Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings is tightening checks on the age of people playing online games, as China tries to tackle gaming addition. Earlier this year, Tencent introduced a registration system for its hugely popular game Honour of Kings. The system, which checks players' identities and ages against a police database, will apply to all Tencent games by 2019, media reports said. It will mean children under 12 will only be able to play for an hour a day. Older children can play for up to two hours, but not during a night time curfew. 'Poison': China's most vilified online gameGaming becomes the latest addictionReal-name registrationChina is the world's largest gaming market, but the authorities are increasingly concerned about addiction and the impact gaming is having on children's eyesight. Under pressure from local regulators, Tencent introduced restrictions in July 2..
November 6, 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets ‘first official portrait’

North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets 'first official portrait' Image copyright KCTV Image caption Cuba's Miguel Díaz-Canel and North Korea's Kim Jong-un North Korea has unveiled what's thought to be the first official painting of Kim Jong-un, lifting the leader to a new level of personality cult. While his predecessors' portraits are all across the country, Kim Jong-un has long been styled as a successor rather than a leader in his own right. His role has seen a gradual change over time though, very much helped by a string of international visits in 2018. The huge new picture was on display during a visit by Cuba's president. There's not been an official portrait before?Nope. If you remember seeing pictures of Mr Kim then those would have been photographs, not paintings, or unofficial fan art. The new larger-than-life artwork shows him smiling, looking slightly to his left, while wearing a Western style suit and tie. Image copyright KCNA Im..
November 6, 2018

Runaway train derailed in Australia after 50 minutes

Runaway train derailed in Australia after 50 minutes Image copyright BHP Image caption The train had been transporting iron ore from a mine in Western Australia A freight train was deliberately derailed after hurtling through Western Australia at high speed for 50 minutes without its driver. The 268-wagon train, owned by mining giant BHP, travelled for 92km (57 miles) with no-one on board in the outback Pilbara region on Monday. The company said it had derailed the train remotely from Perth. It has since suspended its rail operations. BHP said the incident had begun when the driver alighted to inspect a wagon. "While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to run away," the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said in a statement. No-one was injured when the train, carrying iron ore, was derailed at 05:30 local time (18:30 Sunday GMT), the ATSB said. It has begun an investigation. Working in an iron ore mine in Australia Driverless trucks make mining '..
November 5, 2018

Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot Image copyright RACQ CQ Image caption The attack took place in Cid Harbour, in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands An Australian man has died after being attacked by a shark at a popular tourist spot in Queensland. The location - Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands - was also the scene of two non-fatal shark attacks in September. Police said the latest victim, 33, had been swimming with friends when the attack happened on Monday. He was pulled from the water with leg and arm injuries and later died in hospital, authorities said. "He had suffered very serious bites, significant blood loss as well as cardiac arrest," said Ben McCauley from Central Queensland Rescue. Woman and girl bitten in Whitsunday Islands How do you stop sharks attacking? Surf event cancelled after shark incidents In September, a 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in separate attacks at Cid Harbour within a 24-hour perio..
November 5, 2018

Pakistan’s Imran Khan caught in ‘begging’ broadcast error in China

Pakistan's Imran Khan caught in 'begging' broadcast error in China Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Khan was on an official visit to China as Pakistan faces grave economic challenges A Pakistani TV channel has apologised after broadcasting a speech by PM Imran Khan in China with a caption displaying the word "begging" instead of Beijing. The typo appeared during a live address at the Central Party School in Beijing. Mr Khan is in China for official meetings and is seeking billions of dollars in aid to help stave off a financial crisis. The Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) later said it would take "strict action" against those responsible. Pakistan is also seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Following the "typographical error" broadcast at the weekend, PTV posted a short statement on Twitter describing the incident as "regrettable". Can Imran Khan change Pakistan? Video: Khan - five things to know Pakistan country profile However thi..
November 5, 2018

Suicides among Japanese young people hit 30-year high

Suicides among Japanese young people hit 30-year high Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Suicide rates in Japan have lowered, but remain high among students Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than three decades, the country's education ministry says. In the fiscal year 2016/7 up to March, 250 children from elementary to high school age were recorded as having taken their own lives. The number is five more than last year, and the highest it has been since 1986. Concerns the children had reported included family problems, worrying about their futures and bullying. But schools said the reasons behind about 140 of the deaths are unknown as the students did not leave a note. Most of those who took their lives were of high school age, where Japanese students typically study until they are aged 18. A report released by Japan's Cabinet Office in 2015 looked at child suicide data in the country from 1972-2013, which recognised a massive peak at the..
November 5, 2018

Utah Mayor Brent Taylor killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’

Utah Mayor Brent Taylor killed in Afghan 'insider attack' Image copyright Facebook/ North Ogden City Council Image caption The North Ogden City Council honoured their fallen mayor in a Facebook post A US mayor has been killed in an apparent insider attack while serving with the military in Afghanistan. Brent Taylor, 39, died in Kabul on Saturday while serving in the US Army National Guard helping to train members of the Afghan security forces. The mayor of North Ogden, Utah, leaves behind a wife and seven young children. Another service member was wounded during the shooting, the second insider attack against US forces in Afghanistan in the past two weeks. US soldier dies in Kabul 'insider' attack Why Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever The attacker appeared to have been a member of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, according to the Utah National Guard. He was shot by other Afghan forces after opening fire. In a statement from Taylor's fam..
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