February 20, 2019

Dhaka fire: Blaze kills dozens in building

Dhaka fire: Blaze kills dozens in building A fire in the old town of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has killed at least 50 people. The blaze broke out Wednesday evening in a residential building partly used as a chemical warehouse. According to local media, the fire also spread to nearby buildings. "So far, 56 bodies have been recovered. The number could rise further as searching is still continuing," Julfikar Rahman of the Fire Service and Civil Defence told Reuters. The fire might have originated from a gas cylinder before quickly spreading through a building where chemicals were stored, the country's fire service chief Ali Ahmed told AFP. The blaze raced through four adjoining buildings, which were also used as chemical warehouses, he said. People were trapped in the buildings, according to reports, unable to escape the flames.
February 20, 2019

Greater Bay Area: China’s ambitious but vague economic plan

Greater Bay Area: China's ambitious but vague economic plan Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China's Greater Bay Area plan aims to boost growth in the world's second largest economy China's ambitious plan to develop the so-called Greater Bay Area is designed to spur the economy, but analysts question whether its lofty goals can be achieved, as the BBC's Ana Nicolaci da Costa explains. The Greater Bay Area plan, unveiled this week, would link Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China. The project aims to foster growth in the world's second largest economy by developing technology and innovation, boosting infrastructure and increasing financial links between the cities. Some say China is trying to create an innovation cluster to rival the likes of Silicon Valley. The Greater Bay Area region is already very important to China. It is home to about 70 million people, produces 37% of the country's exports and 12% of its gross ..
February 20, 2019

Samsung unveils foldable smartphone

Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at the Galaxy Fold and S10 models Samsung has unveiled a foldable smartphone - the Galaxy Fold - alongside a 5G Galaxy S10 handset and three other Galaxy S10 mobiles. The Fold will go on sale in just over two months time, earlier than many expected. The Galaxy S10 5G features the firm's biggest-ever non-folding phone display and promises faster data speeds when networks become available. The S10 line-up also includes the introduction of a lower-cost model. Samsung had previously acknowledged that the cost of its S9 range had contributed to "lower-than-expected sales". Open-up screenSamsung said the Galaxy Fold would open up to create a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and would be able to run up to three apps at once. A demo showed off "app continuity" features by which the device transferred from one mode to another much more smoothly than had been the case with ..
February 20, 2019

India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’

India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’ Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Oswald Gracias told the BBC it pained him to hear accusations that he had neglected victims of alleged abuse One of the Catholic Church's most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him. Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this week. We found two separate cases where the cardinal, who is tipped by some to possibly become the next Pope, is claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer support to the victims. Victims and those who supported them allege that Cardinal Gracias did not take allegations of abuse seriously when they were reported to him. India's Catholics say there is a culture of fear and silence in the Catholic Church about sexual abuse by priests. Those who have dared to speak out say it has been an or..
February 20, 2019

Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes alliance?

Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes alliance? Image copyright Reuters In the shiny, optimistic vision of the future we will all be living in "smart cities" in which self-driving cars will check the best routes after being charged up on intelligent, connected power grids. Public services and safety will be carefully managed though data, while devices in our homes will talk to each other and the wider world as part of the "internet-of-things". Many of these services will be delivered over what is called 5G. It will be much more than just faster data on our phones, but potentially transformational for our lives - if you believe the hype. But there is a darker fear as well. What if it is also transformational for our security if we end up reliant on a Chinese company to deliver this future? That question risks causing a major divide in the Five Eyes - the intelligence alliance between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The US is campaigning hard among allies to exclude the ..
February 20, 2019

Uighur Australian’s plea to ‘save’ his family in China

Uighur Australian's plea to 'save' his family in China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has been accused of imprisoning Uighurs on a mass scale An ethnically Uighur Australian has called on his government to help "save" his wife and baby son, saying they are at risk of being detained in China. The man says he was separated from his wife, a Chinese national, in 2017 - when she was banned from leaving China. He has since obtained Australian citizenship for his 18-month-old son, whom he has never met. Australia says it is providing consular help. Rights groups have accused China of persecuting its Muslim minorities. Last year, the UN heard that up to one million Uighur Muslims could be being held in camps in China's Xinjiang region, where they're said to be undergoing "re-education" programmes. Beijing has previously denied the existence of such camps. China's Muslim 'crackdown' explained China legalises Uighur 're-education..
February 20, 2019

Fang Fenghui: China’s ex-top general jailed for life

Fang Fenghui: China's ex-top general jailed for life Image copyright AFP Image caption Fang Fenghui with President Xi Jinping in 2017 A former high-ranking Chinese general has been sentenced to life in jail for corruption, state media reports. Fang Fenghui, ex-chief of joint staff of the People's Liberation Army, was found guilty of bribery and having huge wealth that he had been unable to account for, according to Xinhua. The 67-year-old accompanied President Xi Jinping in his first meeting with US President Donald Trump in 2017. Many officials have been jailed in what Mr Xi says is an anti-corruption drive. The efforts have had a particular focus on the country's military, which is the world's largest and is undergoing a modernisation campaign. China's anti-corruption super agency Charting China's 'great purge' under Xi The country that locks up its lawyers Fang Fenghui lost his post with no explanation in 2017 and disappeared from public view..
February 20, 2019

Billionaire Ambani risks jail over missed Ericsson payments

Billionaire Ambani risks jail over missed Ericsson payments Image copyright Getty Images Indian billionaire businessman Anil Ambani is facing a prison sentence after a deal between his cash-strapped firm Reliance Communications (RCom) and telecoms giant Ericsson collapsed. Ericsson is owed 5.5bn rupees (£59.3m) by RCom under the terms of an agreement to manage and operate its network. RCom failed to comply with India's Supreme Court's order to pay the money by 15 December last year. Now the court says Mr Ambani will be jailed for three months unless he pays. It found him guilty of contempt, giving him another four weeks to pay or else go to prison. Both sides have said they respect the ruling. Ericsson signed the deal in 2014 and began proceedings against RCom last year. The court also found Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the orders. But all three can avoid punishment if the money is paid with interest, it sai..
February 19, 2019

Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

Emoji number plates launched in Queensland Image copyright Facebook/PersonalisedPlatesQueensland If a personalised number plate simply isn't enough to express your complex personality, worry not - soon you will be able to add an emoji to the mix. Ok, you'll have to move to Queensland, Australia - but once that's sorted, you can get your own little smiley starting next month. The emojis will cost you some extra of course, and are only for decoration. Oh, and only a few positive faces are allowed, so you'd better be a chirpy driver or else things won't match up. Your choice will be limited to laughing out loud, a winking face emoji, the cool sunglasses, the heart eyes, and the good old standard smiley face. Why emojis mean different things in different cultures Could an emoji save your life? The symbols won't be part of the sequence to identify your car, though; that will still be down to the letters and numbers on the plate. Image copyright Facebook/..
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