December 11, 2018

US Marines: Five missing after Japan crash declared dead

US Marines: Five missing after Japan crash declared dead Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the two planes involved in the incident was a KC-130 refuelling tanker (like the one seen in this archive picture) Five missing Marines have been declared dead by the US military, nearly a week after two aircraft collided and crashed into the sea off Japan. A massive search and rescue operation was mounted after the 6 December incident, involving a F/A-18 fighter and a KC-130 refuelling tanker carrying seven crew in total. One crew member survived, and Tuesday's announcement brings the final death toll to six The exact cause remains unclear. The crash is said to have occurred during a refuelling exercise but the US military has not confirmed this. "Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search," said US Marine Corps Lt ..
December 11, 2018

Thailand election date set and campaign ban lifted

Thailand election date set and campaign ban lifted Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-democracy campaigners have grown frustrated by delays in setting an election date Thailand's military government has said political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24 February. The announcement ends a ban on political campaigning brought in when the military ousted the elected government in a coup four years ago. The military has always insisted it intends to restore democracy in Thailand. But the election date has been pushed back repeatedly. The military took power in Thailand in 2014, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the hugely popular Pheu Thai party. Military leaders said at the time they were restoring order after months of political unrest which had at times turned violent. They later drew up a new constitution and changes to the electoral system, which were approved by the public in a referend..
December 11, 2018

Grace Millane: Solo backpacking didn’t kill her, say bloggers

Grace Millane: Solo backpacking didn't kill her, say bloggers Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Grace Millane had arrived in New Zealand in mid-November after a group trip in South America The search for British backpacker Grace Millane ended on Sunday when a body was found on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. Grief, anger and messages of support for her family have dominated social media since news of her killing emerged. A man has appeared in court charged with her murder. But among those voices are some who have been repeating the same question: why had she been travelling alone? It shouldn't matter, suggest these bloggers - all women who travel solo across the world. 'Travelling alone had nothing to do with it' Image copyright Claire Sturzaker Image caption Claire Sturzaker urged solo travellers to "follow your gut" "It's absolutely awful what happened to Grace - but travelling alone had nothing to do with it," says Claire Sturzaker, ..
December 11, 2018

Refugee footballer fights extradition to Bahrain

Refugee footballer fights extradition to Bahrain Image copyright Mark Avellino Photography Image caption Hakeem Al-Araibi fears he will be tortured in Bahrain A Bahraini footballer is facing extradition from Thailand, despite international calls for his release. Hakeem Al-Araibi, 25, who holds refugee status in Australia, was detained in Bangkok last month on an Interpol warrant put out by Bahrain. He was sentenced in Bahrain for vandalism but denies the charges. Australia, football's governing body Fifa and rights groups have condemned his arrest as there are fears for his safety if he is sent back to Bahrain. Mr Al-Araibi claims he will be tortured if extradited. The footballer fled to Australia in 2014 where he was granted political asylum last year and plays for Melbourne football club Pascoe Vale. He was on a holiday in Thailand when authorities detained him at a Bangkok airport on 27 November. On Tuesday he appeared at a Bangkok court where his detention was extended for ..
December 11, 2018

India election results show Narendra Modi’s BJP trailing in key states

India election results show Narendra Modi's BJP trailing in key states Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India will hold general elections in 2019 Early state election results show India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing in three key states where they were in power. The main opposition Congress is leading in all three states - Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Correspondents say losses in these polls are a factor of anti-incumbency in the states and are not a major cause for worry for the BJP. India will hold nation-wide parliamentary elections early in 2019. Election results are also being declared for the southern state of Telangana and the northeastern state of Mizoram. Regional parties - the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Mizo National Front (MNF) - are leading in these states. Why India's Narendra Modi remains star BJP vote-catcher Is Narendra Modi losing his mojo? The Congress was widely expected to win in the northern ..
December 11, 2018

Indian rupee suffers after RBI chief’s shock resignation

Indian rupee suffers after RBI chief's shock resignation Image copyright Getty Images India's currency slumped one day after the abrupt resignation of the country's central bank governor. The Indian rupee fell 1.3% against the US dollar and stocks were also lower as investors reacted to his departure. On Monday, Urjit Patel resigned from his post midway through his three-year term, citing "personal reasons". His departure comes amid reports of a rift between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government. Stock markets were also in the red, having fallen on Monday after exit polls in state elections showed the ruling party struggling. Analysts expected Mr Patel's resignation would weigh on sentiment and the economy as India prepares for a general election next year. Its timing has also raised some concerns about central bank independence in India. "Patel's resignation seems like a protest to the government's interference," said Priyanka Kishore, hea..
December 10, 2018

Apple denies iPhone import ban in China

Apple denies iPhone import ban in China Image copyright Getty Images US chip-maker Qualcomm claims it has won an injunction against Apple that effectively bans the import of a number of iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X. The preliminary order, issued by a Chinese court, is the latest in step a continuing feud between the two tech giants over intellectual property. However, Apple says all of its iPhone models remain on sale in the country. The disputed patents relate to software rather than hardware. The injunction affects devices running older versions of Apple's iOS operating system and not those running the latest version, iOS 12. The court found Apple had violated two of Qualcomm's patents - one regarding photograph resizing and the other related to how apps are managed on a touch screen. "Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us," said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm. However, Apple respo..
December 10, 2018

Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmaury Dehecq: "Knowing ice-flow speed allows us to better estimate glacier melt" The glaciers that flank the Himalayas and other high mountains in Asia are moving slower over time. Scientists have analysed nearly 20 years of satellite images to come to this conclusion. They show that the ice streams which have decelerated the most are the ones that have also thinned the most. The research has implications for the 800 million people in the region for whom the predictable meltwater from these glaciers is a key resource. The study is being presented at this week's American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington DC - the world's largest annual gathering of Earth and space scientists. How was the research done?Led by the US space agency (Nasa), the assessment draws on one million pairs of pictures acquired by the Landsat-7 spacecraft between 2000 and 2017. Au..
December 10, 2018

Meng Wanzhou: Tech boss in middle of US-China dispute

Meng Wanzhou: Tech boss in middle of US-China dispute Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December A high-flying Chinese executive has been caught in the centre of a growing geo-political dispute between two of the world's largest economies. Meng Wanzhou is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the elder daughter of the telecom giant's founder. She was arrested in Canada last week for allegedly breaking US sanctions on Iran and faces extradition to the US. China and Huawei insist that she has not broken any laws but she could be jailed for up to 30 years if found guilty. So who is she?Ms Meng, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, has risen up the ranks of Huawei, China's largest private company. The 46-year-old started her career as a receptionist in 1993, and after graduating with a master's degree in accountancy from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1999, she joined Huawei's finance ..
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