January 20, 2019

‘Baby formula ring’ leads to six arrests in Australia

'Baby formula ring' leads to six arrests in Australia Image copyright NSW Police Image caption Australian police have seized thousands of tins of baby formula Australian police say they have arrested six members of an "expansive" criminal gang which has been stealing baby formula for illegal sale in China. Stolen formula valued at more than A$1m (£550,000; $720,000) had been sold in the past 12 months alone, police said. But they said the syndicate had been operating for "a number of years". Australian formula has been nicknamed "white gold" in China because it is perceived to be safer and of better quality than locally produced products. A man, 31, was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Saturday after stepping off a flight from China, New South Wales Police said. Another three men and two women were arrested in recent months. Five of the six arrested had been charged. Australian supermarkets lock up baby milk Why is Asia demanding so much formula? Detective Supt D..
January 19, 2019

Men’s Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism

Men's Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeenu Mahadevan modelling for Givenchy as part of Paris Fashion Week London, Paris, Milan, New York... it has been a frantic January for model Jeenu Mahadevan, as he flies around the world for Men's Fashion Week. "There's no such thing as downtime in Fashion Week, it's just chaos for three weeks straight," he tells the BBC. Since the 20-year old made his international debut in 2017 in Paris, his profile has skyrocketed. He's modelled for fashion powerhouses including Versace, Givenchy Alexander McQueen and Burberry. Not bad for someone who was discovered on a bus home in Oslo in March 2016. "It was weird because this lady was just staring at me for like three stops straight - I had no idea what was going on, and I thought it was a joke to begin with." He says that modelling had never been an option for him - he was planning a career in computer science or astro..
January 19, 2019

Would you share make-up with a stranger?

Would you share make-up with a stranger? Image copyright Pear Video Image caption People in China can pay with their phones to enter make-up rooms, complete with cosmetics A new trend of "shareable make-up rooms" aimed at urban women is igniting debate in China, as companies try new ways to grab a slice of the world's largest market for beauty products. The rooms represent a new frontier in China's vast sharing economy. Some think they are an affordable way to get to use expensive make-up, while others shudder at the thought of sharing a lipstick with a stranger. Although they have been springing up in many Chinese cities since late last year, a recent opening in eastern Wuhan has prompted a flood of discussion online. But how do you use one, and are they likely to take off elsewhere? How do they work?Using their phones, customers scan a Quick Response (QR) code to pay a small fee, and enter a room with a chair and dressing table. An array of beauty products is spread out..
January 19, 2019

What China’s slowdown means for UK

China's slowdown and what it means for the UK Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Exporters and investors will be looking at China's GDP figures closely Monday sees the release of China's GDP figures, and they'll be even more closely watched than usual. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, blamed cautious Chinese consumers in part for his company's failure to sell as many iPhones as he hoped, sending share prices down around the globe. Car sales in the country, meanwhile, have dropped for the first time in two decades. On the back of such evidence, investors and policymakers are becoming increasingly jittery about the state of such a crucial engine of world growth. How concerned should they be?Measuring an economy's output is never easy but China's data comes with a bigger health warning than most. Rather than 6.5%, independent economists say the GDP figure may actually be closer to 5% - or even lower. Xiang Songzuo, a finance professor and forme..
January 19, 2019

Thai Buddhist monks killed in temple shooting

Thai Buddhist monks killed in temple shooting Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Armed police were deployed to the temple in Narathiwat province Two Buddhist monks have been fatally shot and two others wounded inside a temple in southern Thailand. Witnesses described seeing gunmen dressed in black arrive on motorbikes before storming the Rattanaupap temple, shooting the monks at close range. No one has claimed Friday's attack, but it took place in Narathiwat province near the border with Malaysia, which for years has seen rebel violence. Muslim separatists there are fighting the Buddhist-majority Thai state. Some 7,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the insurgency began in 2004. The violence in the region has resulted in the deaths of at least 23 monks, according to the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW). Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thailand's military rulers have said those behind the attack will be "punished" Muslim and Budd..
January 18, 2019

Trump-Kim summit: Second meeting by end of February

Trump-Kim summit: Second meeting by end of February Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Yong-chol, who visited the White House on Friday, is close to the North Korean leader US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House says. The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House. He had been expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump. Little progress has been made on denuclearisation since their historic summit in Singapore last June. No venue has been announced for the new summit. Speculation is mounting that it could be held in Vietnam. North Korea's breakdown of communication Handshake moment explained in pictures Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington is the first sign of movement in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea for months, BBC state department correspondent Barbara Plett Usher reports. Skip Twitter post by @WhiteHouse Pr..
January 18, 2019

Saiga ranger’s death sparks Kazakh call for justice

Saiga ranger's death sparks Kazakh call for justice Image caption Mr Nurgaliev and Mr Nitsyk appeared in a BBC video in May 2018 On 13 January two Kazakh rangers were on their usual patrol when they saw something strange - fresh car tracks. In the remote uninhabited steppe, this could mean only one thing - poachers. Yerlan Nurgaliev and Pyotr Nitsyk quickly gave chase, firing warning shots to stop the cars speeding away. When the cars stopped, armed men got out. The rangers were badly beaten up, trying to arrest the criminals. Mr Nurgaliev died in hospital two days later. This is the first time in the history of Okhotzooprom, the agency that protects Kazakhstan's wildlife, that poachers have killed a state ranger. Mr Nurgaliev's death has caused a huge outcry with many people urging authorities not to let the criminals get away with this murder. The prosecutor-general is personally overseeing the investigation of this case. Deeper issueBut this incident has also e..
January 18, 2019

Trump to meet North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol at White House

Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Yong-chol at White House Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Yong-chol has emerged as North Korea's lead negotiator in talks with the US US President Donald Trump will meet a top North Korean negotiator amid speculation about a possible new summit between the two countries' leaders. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the talks at the White House later with Kim Yong-chol will focus on North Korean de-nuclearisation. He is reportedly carrying a letter from leader Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump. Little progress has been made on de-nuclearisation since their historic summit in Singapore last June. Watch: Inside train used by Kim on China visit North Korea's breakdown of communication Speculation is mounting that a second meeting could be held in Vietnam. Who is Kim Yong-chol?Gen Kim, a former spymaster often referred to as Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, has emerged as North Korea's lead negotiator in recent talks with the US. He is..
January 18, 2019

US citizen arrested for war crimes in Bangladesh ‘was only 13’

US citizen arrested for war crimes in Bangladesh 'was only 13' Image copyright Supplied Image caption Mr Monir's family told the BBC they believe he is being held unjustly A US citizen of Bangladeshi descent has been arrested during a visit to his native country for allegedly committing "war crimes" during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971 - a year when his family say he was only 13. Mohamed Jubair Monir, a New York based businessman, was arrested in a village on 19 December - four weeks after he landed in Bangladesh. His family in the US say he has not yet even been allowed to make a phone call home. Mr Monir will be tried by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) - a court set up by the Bangladeshi government in 2010 to prosecute those accused of committing war crimes in 1971. Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan after a war in which hundreds of thousands were killed and more than 10 million fled their homes. The Bangladeshi government says that three mill..
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