January 17, 2019

Oxford University suspends Huawei donations and sponsorships

Oxford University suspends Huawei donations and sponsorships Image copyright Getty Images The University of Oxford has suspended donations and sponsorships from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The firm is facing accusations from the US and other countries that its equipment could be used for espionage. Huawei has denied those claims, saying it doesn't pose a spying risk. The US is also reportedly investigating Huawei for "stealing trade secrets" from US businesses, and has accused it of contravening sanctions by lying about its business in Iran. Oxford University said it would provide more details shortly.
January 17, 2019

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru jailed for life over journalist’s murder

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru jailed for life over journalist's murder Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a journalist who exposed sexual abuse of women at his sect. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 51-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two female followers. Newspaper editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati was killed after revealing the cases at Dera's headquarters in the north-western city of Sirsa. Three other men were also sentenced. The self-styled holy man appeared at the court in Panchkula in Haryana state through a video link from his prison. Close aides Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal were also given life sentences. Who is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh?The court, which had convicted them last week, also imposed a fine of 50,000 rupees (£545; $703) on each one of them. Image copyr..
January 17, 2019

North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol on way to Washington

North Korea's Kim Yong-chol on way to Washington Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Yong-chol was seen in Beijing before he departed for Washington One of North Korea's top negotiators is on his way to Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. South Korean reports say that Kim Yong-chol, flying from Beijing, is carrying another letter from Mr Kim to Mr Trump. He is expected to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said. Speculation is mounting that the second summit could be held in Vietnam. The North Korean leader is scheduled to travel to the communist-run country for an "official state visit" sometime in February, Reuters news agency is reporting, citing unnamed sources. Little progress has been made on North Korean de-nuclearisation since a historic meeting in Singapore last June between Mr Kim and Mr Trump. But there has recently been a flu..
January 17, 2019

Zhao Ziyang: A reformer China’s Communist Party wants to forget

Zhao Ziyang: A reformer China's Communist Party wants to forget Image copyright Getty Images In a small, central Beijing courtyard, family and friends are gathering to pay tribute to Zhao Ziyang - the most powerful man in China to oppose the decision to send tanks into Tiananmen Square nearly 30 years ago. He was subsequently erased from Chinese history for what party officials deemed his "serious mistakes" that day. To reach his traditional courtyard home, mourners and journalists alike must run a gauntlet through a twisted alleyway, with groups of police and plain-clothed guards on every corner, waiting to interrogate and prevent would-be visitors. Today, on a cold, January day, on the anniversary of Zhao's death from a stroke in 2005, numerous police vehicles flank every entrance. Parked outside the gate is an unmarked security car; the occupants monitoring arrivals and muttering into radios. "What a miracle you all showed up here," Zhao's daughter, Wang Yannan, tel..
January 17, 2019

Aiia Maasarwe: Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister

Aiia Maasarwe: Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking with her sister on the phone, police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near LaTrobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on Wednesday after a comedy show. Her sister "heard the sound of the phone falling to the ground and heard some voices", officer Andrew Stamper said. Police are searching for the killer. They have not ruled out the possibility that Ms Maasarwe was sexually assaulted, Melbourne's Age newspaper says, with known sex offenders "an active line of inquiry". "Our presumption at this stage is that this was a random attack and opportunistic." Detective Inspector Stamper told reporters. Ms Maasarwe's sister, worried about Aiia, is r..
January 17, 2019

Wylfa Newydd: Hitachi to halt work on UK nuclear plant

Wylfa Newydd: Hitachi to halt work on UK nuclear plant Image copyright Horizon Nuclear Hitachi has announced it will suspend work on a multi-billion pound nuclear plant in the UK. The decision follows speculation that it would scrap the £20bn Horizon nuclear facility because of concerns over rising construction costs. The Japanese firm had been in talks with the UK government about funding since June. The decision puts thousands of jobs at risk if the Wylfa Newydd plant in Anglesey, north Wales, is scrapped. About 9,000 workers had been expected to be involved in building two nuclear reactors, which were due to be operational by the mid-2020s. Hitachi said the decision would cost it an estimated 300bn yen (£2.1bn) in expenses, plus another 300bn yen as "extraordinary losses". It said it was suspending the project "from the viewpoint of its economic rationality as a private enterprise". Policy questionsDuncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Hitachi's Horizon subsidiary, said the An..
January 17, 2019

Divers find India mine worker body

Divers find India mine worker body Image copyright Reuters Image caption The miners have been trapped since mid-December Indian navy divers have found the body of a worker who was trapped with 14 others inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men had entered the illegal pit, known as a "rat hole", on 13 December, and were trapped when floodwater from a nearby river poured in. An underwater vehicle first detected the body at a depth of 160ft (48 m), the navy said. The fate of the other trapped miners is unclear. The navy added that the body would be brought out from the mine under the supervision of doctors. The Indian Navy gave some details of the operation in a series of tweets early on Thursday. Skip Twitter post by @indiannavy #MeghalayaMineTragedy #Flash One body detected by Indian Navy Divers using Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @nsitharaman @PMOIndia pic.twitter.c..
January 17, 2019

Indonesian woman mauled to death by giant pet crocodile

Indonesian woman mauled to death by giant pet crocodile Image copyright AFP Image caption The animal was being kept illegally at the farm in Minahasa in North Sulawesi An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in Sulawesi after she fell into its enclosure. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally. The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen. The reptile has been relocated to a conservation site while authorities look for its owner. Image copyright AFP Image caption The crocodile was sedated to be removed from its enclosure and taken to a conservation centre Ms Tuwo was head of the laboratory at the pearl farm and was feeding Merry on 10 January when she fell into the crocodile's enclosure. Her colleagues discovered her body the next morning. Hendriks Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Con..
January 16, 2019

Why are the Chinese buying fewer cars?

Why are the Chinese buying fewer cars? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fact that President Trump's limousine is a Cadillac is said to have helped the US carmaker's sales in China If you're selling Cadillacs in China, it helps that the US president is driven around in one. Cao Chenyi, the boss of a Cadillac dealership near Shanghai, told me that customers know that Donald Trump's presidential limousine is made by the US carmaker. He says they like the prestige. But Mr Cao's had a bad year. Demand dropped 30% in 2018. He's had to shut five of the 11 dealerships his family business owned. Almost half, gone. "The sales on every new vehicle is causing us to lose money. Basically the more we sell the more we lose," he says. Loss leaders are painful. Mr Cao has been forced to shift excess stock, and quickly. The red Cadillac he drove me around in is currently on sale at half price. Image caption Cao Chenyi's family have had to close five of ..
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