December 8, 2018

India’s richest family caps year of big fat weddings

India's richest family caps year of big fat weddings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mukesh Ambani (left) is worth more than $40bn. His daughter Isha (third from left) will marry on 12 December India is still recovering from two back-to-back celebrity weddings but it's already time for the next one. This time it's the children of two Indian billionaires, who are all set for what promises to be the next level of big fat Indian weddings. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, the son of another billionaire industrialist on 12 December. Celebrations kick off this weekend in Udaipur, a royal city that is now a coveted wedding destination. The last time a wedding of an Indian businessman's family got this much attention was in 2004. Indian-born but London-based steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal hosted his daughter's wedding at France's historic Palace of Versailles and a grand chateau. The bill, w..
December 7, 2018

NZ murder inquiry into missing backpacker

Grace Millane: New Zealand Police start murder inquiry Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex - described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated" - was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said the evidence told them she was "no longer alive". A 26-year-old man - who was with Miss Millane before she went missing - is being held in Auckland in connection with the murder. "Grace's family have been advised of this development and they are devastated," Det Insp Beard added. The announcement follows a review of CCTV footage, the forensic examination of a hotel where she was last seen on Saturday 1 December, and the discovery of a vehicle. Police confirmed the man being held was with Miss Millane on the Saturday evening..
December 7, 2018

Japan eases immigration rules for workers

Japan eases immigration rules for workers Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan will allow some foreigners to work in construction and other sectors Japan's parliament has approved a controversial new law allowing hundreds of thousands of foreigners into the country to ease labour shortages. From next April foreigners will be allowed to take up jobs in sectors such construction, farming and nursing. Japan has traditionally been wary of immigration but the government says more foreigners are needed because of Japan's ageing population. Opposition parties say the law risks exposing newcomers to exploitation. Under the new system, more than 300,000 foreigners could be allowed to work in sectors facing a labour crunch. The law creates two new visa categories. Workers in the first category will be allowed in for five years if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese. The economic lessons Japan can teach the West Trending in Japan: Restless r..
December 7, 2018

Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts

Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts Image copyright Reuters Huawei is the poster child for China's dynamic tech sector. It has grown phenomenally in recent years, from a small manufacturer of telephone exchange switches, to become a global leader in the tech industry. While the brand is familiar to many from its mobile phone handsets, Huawei has its finger in many other pies - from cloud services to artificial intelligence. And despite increasing controversy around whether using Huawei telecoms equipment poses a security risk, the block on its business deals in some countries, and most recently, the arrest in Canada of one of its executives, the company itself has continued on its steady path of global growth. That growth came against a backdrop of a rising China, on its way to becoming the world's second largest economy, providing the firm with a huge base upon which to build its initial market, as a springboard to international expansion. Most no..
December 7, 2018

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over Iran, court hears

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over Iran, court hears Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is facing fraud charges relating to alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, a Canadian court has heard. Details of the charges were revealed when a publication ban was lifted by a judge in Vancouver. Ms Meng, daughter of Huwei's founder, was arrested in the city on Saturday and faces extradition to the US. The court is deciding whether or not to allow bail. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
December 7, 2018

Chang’e-4: China mission targets Moon’s far side

Chang'e-4: China mission targets Moon's far side Image copyright CNSA Image caption Artwork: The Chang'e-4 rover will explore a huge impact bason on the far side China is about to launch the first mission to land robotic craft on the far side of the Moon. The Chang'e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán crater, located on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth. The payload is set to launch on a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 18:30 GMT. The mission will pave the way for the country to deliver samples of Moon rock and soil to Earth. The landing will not occur until early January, when the probe will descend on thrusters and touch down on the rugged terrain of the lunar far side. Von Kármán crater is of interest to scientists because it is located within the oldest and largest impact feature on the Moon - the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This was probably formed by a giant asteroid impact billions..
December 7, 2018

What’s going on with Huawei?

What's going on with Huawei? Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei is now the second biggest smartphone-maker after Samsung Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been the focus of international scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products. Then on 1 December, the company's chief financial officer was arrested in Canada. A bail hearing is expected to take place on Friday. It has now been reported that Japan's government will stop buying equipment from Huawei, and rival Chinese manufacturer ZTE. What are countries worried about?There are fears that China is using Huawei as a proxy so it can spy on rival nations and scoop up useful information. Huawei has said it is independent and gives nothing to the country's government, apart from relevant taxes. Critics question how free any major Chinese business can be from Beijing's influence. They point out that its media-shy founder, Ren Zhengfei, was a former engineer in the country&..
December 7, 2018

Backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand ‘last seen with man’

Backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand 'last seen with man' Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old was backpacking after graduating from university in September Missing backpacker Grace Millane was last seen at a hotel with a "male companion", police have revealed. The 22-year-old, from Essex, described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated", vanished in New Zealand six days ago. Detectives in Auckland say they have spoken to the man and have identified an apartment at the Citylife Hotel as a location of interest. Det Insp Scott Beard said police "hold grave fears for her safety". Miss Millane's father David told a press conference in Auckland: "Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter. "She's usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself, her two brothers or members of the family on social media." Image copyright Millane Family Miss Millane, who graduated from the University of L..
December 7, 2018

Priyanka Chopra: ‘Racist’ article sees mocking Indians defend star

Priyanka Chopra: 'Racist' article sees mocking Indians defend star Image copyright EPA Image caption Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra (L) and US musician Nick Jonas Indians on social media are rallying behind Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra after an American website article called her a "scam artist". The article in The Cut, which has now been taken down, sparked outrage for suggesting that she had trapped US singer Nick Jonas into marrying her to further her career. Indians, many of whom were earlier disparaging about the wedding, have now jumped to defend her. Many said the article was racist. In a way, the piece has marked a turning point in the entire saga of the couple in India - from feeling very much "over it" when it came to wedding updates, there is now a rush to defend Chopra. Even those who felt that the wedding was "extra" - thanks to features like Chopra's 75ft veil which needed a team of people to carry it- are up in arms. Image Copyright @ivadixit @iva..
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