November 2, 2018

China stocks gain on trade war hopes

China stocks gain on trade war hopes Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets in China gained on Friday after US President Donald Trump said trade talks with Beijing were "moving along nicely". Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 3.9%, Shanghai Composite rose 2.4% and the yuan firmed. The moves also follow media reports that pointed to progress on the US-China trade dispute. It comes ahead of a key meeting between Mr Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit this month. The event will be closely watched for any progress in the resolution of the bitter trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. On Thursday, comments made by Mr Trump appeared to be an attempt to ease tensions. "Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade," the US president tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi J..
November 2, 2018

Australian who encouraged wife’s suicide jailed in landmark case

Australian who encouraged wife's suicide jailed in landmark case Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Jennifer Morant died in 2014 An Australian man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for encouraging his wife's suicide, in a case believed to have set a global precedent. Graham Morant, 68, was convicted last month of counselling and aiding his wife, Jennifer Morant, to take her own life in 2014. He had been motivated by a desire to access Mrs Morant's life insurance benefits, a judge ruled. As sole beneficiary, Morant had stood to receive A$1.4m (£770,000; $1m). "You counselled your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the A$1.4m," Justice Peter Davis said in the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday. Mrs Morant had suffered from chronic pain, depression and anxiety, but was not terminally ill. Justice Davis said it appeared to be the first time globally that a person had been sentenced for counselling someone to die by suicide. 'Took adv..
November 2, 2018

Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger

Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger Image copyright Reuters Security footage from a bus which crashed into a river in China has revealed that the driver was fighting with a passenger moments earlier. The bus plunged 50m (164ft) off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Chongqing on Sunday - at least 13 people died and two more are missing. Early reports said the bus had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. But the new footage shows the driver was being hit by a passenger at the time and struck back, losing control. Police have said the fight was the cause of the crash, state newspaper China Daily reports. Passengers can be heard screaming in the disturbing footage, shared by Chinese state media. Image copyright Other Image caption A woman, off camera, is seen hitting the driver and he strikes her back Image copyright other Image caption The bus then swerves across the road, and the footage cuts out Image copyright other Image caption Dashcam footage fro..
November 1, 2018

Leicester City helicopter crash: Funeral arrangements made in Thailand

Leicester City helicopter crash: Funeral arrangements made in Thailand Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester City in 2010 The funeral of the Leicester City owner who died in a helicopter crash is to begin in Thailand on Saturday. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the aircraft came down in a car park moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium. Details announced in Thailand said the ceremony would begin in the evening with Buddhist bathing rituals. Crash investigations are still taking place at the football ground. Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died in the crash on Saturday. Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook/Instagram Image caption Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when the aircraft spiralled out of control and crashed i..
November 1, 2018

Usain Bolt leaves Australia’s Central Coast Mariners football club

Usain Bolt leaves Australia's Central Coast Mariners football club Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Bolt trains for first time with A-League club Usain Bolt's trial with Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has come to an end. The Jamaican eight-time Olympic sprint champion, 31, joined the A-League side for an "indefinite training period" in August. He scored two goals in his first effort for the Mariners in a friendly, but did not play matches when the season began. Efforts to secure a "commercial solution" to keep Bolt at the club had failed, the Mariners said on Friday. Last month, the Mariners said they had made a contract proposal broken down into "football" and "commercial" terms. However, it hinged on a contribution from a "third party". Despite meetings with "several promising potential partners" no deal could be reached, the club said. 'Bolt has a touch like a trampoline' Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth thanked ..
November 1, 2018

Lamar Patterson: Basketball star’s dog seized from hand luggage

Lamar Patterson: Basketball star's dog seized from hand luggage Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lamar Patterson signed with the Brisbane Bullets this week Australian authorities have seized a French bulldog from a US basketball player after he flew into the country with the pet in his hand luggage. Former NBA player Lamar Patterson, 27, was stopped at Brisbane Airport on Thursday after his dog, Kobe, was discovered by border officials. The dog was taken into quarantine and is to be deported to the US on Friday, authorities said. Australia has strict animal quarantine laws to prevent importing infections. Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard famously fell afoul of Australian quarantine laws in 2015 when they smuggled their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into the country. Depp's dogs saga grips Australia Australia minister mocks Depp apology Drunk Japanese pilot arrested at Heathrow Patterson, who signed with Australian team the Brisbane Bullets this week, had spent "most of t..
November 1, 2018

Meghan and Harry: Lots of flowers, cheering and baby gifts

Meghan and Harry: Lots of flowers, cheering and baby gifts Image copyright Reuters There were lots of flowers. There was lots of cheering. There were lots of gifts for the expected baby, the announcement of which kicked off the tour. There were welcomes from men in grass skirts and from men with their tongues sticking out. Image copyright Reuters Image caption There were plenty of excited greetings for Harry and Meghan, from handshakes... Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ...to the touching of noses and foreheads - a traditional Maori greeting Image copyright Getty Images Image caption And the couple were treated to a formal powhiri welcome in Rotorua, New Zealand There were lots of women and young(er) people ­causes that the couple want to push. And there were speeches and unveilings and cakes (one baked by Meghan), meetings with prime ministers, wreath laying and war memorials. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe prince opened his speech in Auckl..
November 1, 2018

Drunk Japanese pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport

Drunk Japanese pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport Image copyright Getty Images A Japanese pilot who was arrested at Heathrow Airport for being drunk has admitted being more than nine times the legal alcohol limit. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, who works for Japan Airlines, was arrested on 28 October after failing a breath test. He was found to have 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system - the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg. The first officer pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday. Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that police were alerted by the driver of a crew bus who smelled alcohol on the pilot. He had been due to be part of a crew flying a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight JL44 to Tokyo but failed a breath test 50 minutes before the departure time. The Boeing 777 aircraft took off after a 69-minute delay. JAL issued an apology and pledged to "implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence", adding that "safet..
November 1, 2018

Ex-Goldman bankers face 1MDB charges

Ex-Goldman bankers face 1MDB charges Image copyright EPA Image caption Raids on properties linked to Mr Najib uncovered luxury goods worth millions of dollars US authorities have brought criminal charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers and Malaysian financier Jho Low. The Department of Justice charges stem from the long-running scandal at Malaysia's state development fund, 1MDB. One Goldman banker admitted to conspiring to launder money and violate a US anti-bribery law, it said. The other banker has been arrested, while Mr Low remains at large. These are reportedly the first US criminal charges to surface in the scandal, in which authorities say public officials stole billions from the state fund to buy art, property and other items. The claims of corruption played a role in the election defeat earlier this year of Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak. He has since been charged with corruption in Malaysia, claims that he has denied. US authorities have a..
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