February 5, 2019

Australia floods: Two found dead as waters grip Townsville

Australia floods: Two found dead as waters grip Townsville Image copyright EPA Image caption Low-lying suburbs in Townsville have been inundated Two men have died in floodwaters that have forced large-scale evacuations in the Australian city of Townsville. The pair's bodies were found near a park on Tuesday, following what has been described as a "once in a century" flood in the northern Queensland city. Police did not confirm whether the victims were two men, aged 21 and 23, whose disappearances on Monday had led to the discovery of the bodies. Thousands of houses may have been flooded, officials said on Tuesday. Townsville has received more than a metre (3.3ft) of rain in the past 10 days - the equivalent of the region's total annual rainfall. Police did not give further details about the two deaths, other than to say their relatives had been notified. At least 19 people found trapped in floodwaters have been rescued since Sunday, according to state officials. Media play..
February 5, 2019

Ben Barba: Australia’s NRL bans player over alleged assault

Ben Barba: Australia's NRL bans player over alleged assault Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ben Barba was the leading try-scorer in the Super League last year Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) has banned player Ben Barba from the competition after viewing footage of him in an alleged "physical altercation" with his partner. Barba, 29, was sacked by his new club, North Queensland Cowboys, last Friday over allegations that he had struck his partner at a casino in January. The alleged incident is also being investigated by Queensland police. Barba has not made any comment on the allegations. NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said it was "time for Ben Barba to find a new vocation". "Where we see violence against women we'll act in the strongest terms," he said. The Rugby Football League has previously said that Barba would not be allowed to play in Super League if was banned by the NRL. Barba faces Super League banThe former St Helens full-back was the lea..
February 4, 2019

China banks on lending to ease slowdown

China banks on lending to ease slowdown Image copyright Getty Images Build stuff or buy stuff? China has long been a believer in the former to deal with a slowdown in its economy. Now it's trying to shift the emphasis to the latter. This year will be a big test of how far it's come in the transition from state-backed investment to domestic consumption as the main driver of growth. China's President Xi Jinping has warned of a "struggle" as his country faces an economic slowdown, the likes of which it hasn't seen for almost 30 years. A series of stimulus measures have been unveiled by the government not to boost the economy, but to manage the slowdown. "China's goal is not growth, it's stability," says economist Andy Xie. "The option for stimulated growth again, that is not on the table. The debt level is simply too high, not like in 2008." 'Less room to manoeuvre'China's debt has doubled in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 10 y..
February 4, 2019

Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers

Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers Image copyright Getty Images Climate change poses a growing threat to the glaciers found in the Hindu Kush and Himalayan mountain ranges, according to a new report. The study found that if CO2 emissions are not cut rapidly, two thirds of these giant ice fields could disappear. Even if the world limits the temperature rise to 1.5C this century, at least one third of the ice would go. The glaciers are a critical water source for 250 million people living across eight different countries. A Himalayan home for Buddhist nuns East Antarctica's glaciers are stirring Last four years are 'world's hottest' The towering peaks of K2 and Mount Everest are part of the frozen Hindu Kush and Himalayan ranges that contain more ice that anywhere else on Earth, apart from the polar regions. But these ice fields could turn to bare rocks in less than a century because of rising temperatures, say scientists. Over the next few d..
February 4, 2019

UK approves Vijay Mallya extradition to India

UK approves Vijay Mallya extradition to India Image copyright AFP/Getty UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved the extradition of Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who faces fraud charges back home. The move comes two months after a London court ruled that he should be sent back for trial. Mr Mallya, whose business empire once included Kingfisher beer, left India in March 2016 after defaulting on debts of more than $1bn (£785m). He now has 14 days to appeal against the decision. He denies "fleeing" from India and says he made an "unconditional" offer to pay back the sum in full in July last year. High-profile figureMr Mallya built his fortune from Kingfisher beer before branching out into Indian cricket and Formula 1 racing. He set up the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2005. He faces a raft of charges relating to financial irregularities at Kingfisher Airlines. His monetary affairs are being investigated by India's Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement D..
February 4, 2019

Denmark expels two Huawei staff after inspecting permits

Denmark expels two Huawei staff after inspecting permits Image copyright Getty Images Denmark has deported two Huawei workers after finding they had flouted work and residence permit rules. Police said it was part of a policy of regular checks on companies with large numbers of foreign workers. They said the inspection had nothing to do with the recent controversy surrounding the Chinese telecoms giant. Huawei has been at the centre of controversy, due to growing scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government. The firm, one of the world's biggest producers of telecoms equipment, has faced resistance from foreign governments over the risk that its technology could be used for espionage. Huawei has denied claims it poses a spying risk. The company has so far failed to respond to requests for comment. A Huawei spokeswoman told Bloomberg: "These visa checks are routine, and we are co-operating with the authorities." Separately, Norway's intelligence service PST has issued a..
February 4, 2019

Bahraini footballer pleads in court against deportation

Bahraini footballer pleads in court against deportation Image copyright EPA Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has urged a court in Bangkok not to extradite him to his home country. Al-Araibi, who had been playing in Australia after being granted asylum there, was arrested in Thailand when he arrived with his wife on honeymoon. He is wanted in Bahrain, where he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail for vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi says he is innocent and that he was tortured in Bahrain for his political opposition. The Bangkok court extended his detention by 60 days, during which he can file an objection against the extradition request. Wife seeks refugee footballer's releaseBahraini footballer case 'an emergency'The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok said Al-Araibi arrived at court in leg shackles, shouting: "Please don't send me to Bahrain". He told the court he rejected the extradition request, saying he was detained and tortured for opp..
February 4, 2019

Nepal woman suffocates in banned ‘menstruation hut’

Nepal woman suffocates in banned 'menstruation hut' Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Women in Nepal are traditionally sent to sleep in outdoor huts during their periods - though the practice was banned in recent years (file picture) A 21-year-old Nepali woman died of suffocation in a windowless "menstruation hut" after she lit a fire to keep warm, say police. Parwati Bogati was found when her mother-in-law went to check on her. "She was excited about the next day as her menstruation would end. Poor child closed her eyes forever," Laxmi Bogati told the Kathmandu Post. The incident in Nepal's Doti district comes just weeks after a mother and her two sons died in a similar shed. Local police officer Lal Bahadur Dhami told AFP of the latest case: "We suspect she died due to smoke inhalation and suffocation because she closed the door of the windowless hut and lit a fire on the floor for warmth during the night." Long read: Banished for bleeding Cyclone kills..
February 3, 2019

Nissan chooses Japan over UK to build new X-Trail car

Nissan chooses Japan over UK to build new X-Trail car Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Sunderland plant opened in 1986 Nissan has confirmed that the new X-Trail originally planned for its Sunderland plant will instead be made in Japan. In a letter to workers, it said continued Brexit uncertainty is not helping firms to "plan for the future". In 2016, the carmaker said it would build the new model in the UK after "assurances" from the government. Unions described the news as "disappointing" and said they were "seriously concerned". The government said Nissan's decision was "a blow to the sector" but that no jobs would go as a result. Nissan has made cars at Sunderland since 1986 and employs almost 7,000 people. Changing environment Commenting on its decision, Nissan also said that since 2016 "the environment for the car industry in Europe has changed dramatically", including "changing emissions regulations". In the UK, diesel cars that fail to meet the latest emissi..
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