October 4, 2018

British man dies from sea snake bite in Australia

British man dies from sea snake bite in Australia A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake on a fishing trawler in Australia, police have said. The man, 23, had just pulled up a net off the coast of the Northern Territory when he was bitten about 09:00 local time on Thursday (23:00 GMT Wednesday). Emergency crews were called to the boat, near island Groote Eylandt, but were unable to save the man. UK consular officials have been notified, Northern Territory Police said. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to the mainland town of Borroloola. Police said a post-mortem would be conducted. According to research published last year, snakes were responsible for 27 deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2013. Sea snakes are highly venomous, but because of their limited contact with humans, bites are relatively rare.
October 4, 2018

Aid charities ActionAid and Plan to be turfed out of Pakistan

Aid charities ActionAid and Plan to be turfed out of Pakistan Image copyright AFP Image caption ActionAid said Pakistan's "hard-won democracy" was under threat with moves of this kind The Pakistani government has ordered international NGOs to end their operations and leave the country within 60 days. One of the charities affected, ActionAid, said the move was part of a "worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society" in Pakistan. The Pakistani Interior Ministry would not comment on the cases. But in a letter to ActionAid, seen by the BBC, it was told it could "re-apply for registration" in six months time. Eighteen charities have been expelled from the country, ActionAid told the BBC. The move comes amidst increasing concerns by human rights activists and press freedom campaigners about freedom of expression in the country. Pakistan's intelligence services have viewed NGOs with increased suspicion since the discovery in 2011 of a fake vaccination programme in the co..
October 4, 2018

Vietnam’s children and the fear of climate change

Vietnam's children and the fear of climate change Image caption The threat of climate change exercises the minds of even the youngest in Vietnam One little girl draws a nightmarish picture of people calling for rescue as they drown in rising water. Another sketches a huge snake with sharp teeth to show the power and danger of flooding. These disturbing images are the work of children at a primary school in Can Tho province, a region of Vietnam that is regularly swamped. They live in the Mekong Delta, a huge plain of rivers and rice-fields that's popular with tourists but lies only just above the surface of the ocean. The land itself is sinking and, at the same time, the level of the sea is rising, as global warming causes the water to expand and the ice caps to melt. That's why the delta, one of the world's greatest centres for rice production and home to 18 million people, is recognised as especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Image caption Flor..
October 4, 2018

Osaka cuts San Francisco ties over ‘comfort women’ statue

Osaka cuts San Francisco ties over 'comfort women' statue Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The controversial monument represents women forced to work in military brothels Japan's Osaka city has ended its "sister city" ties with San Francisco over the display of a statue depicting women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Osaka mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the "comfort women" monument "destroyed the two sides' relationship of trust". The work depicts three young women - from Korea, China and the Philippines - standing in a circle holding hands. It is estimated that some 200,000 women were kept in these military brothels. The statue on display in San Francisco, which was initially set up privately but officially accepted by the US city last November, is entitled the "Women's Column of Strength". It represents the women who worked in the brothels at the time, including some who were reportedly lured with the offer ..
October 4, 2018

‘China hack attack hits Apple and Amazon’

'China hack attack hits Apple and Amazon' Image copyright AFP Image caption US warships were found to be harbouring the compromised computers, Bloomberg says Apple and Amazon are among US companies and agencies who have had data stolen by Chinese spies, claims Bloomberg. The data had been siphoned off via tiny chips inserted on server circuit boards made by a company called Super Micro Computer, reported the news agency. The servers had been compromised during manufacturing and the chips activated once they were up and running, it said. Apple, Amazon and Super Micro have rejected Bloomberg's claims, calling them "untrue". Bloomberg said a year-long investigation by reporters Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley had uncovered evidence of the wide-ranging attack, which gave Beijing access to 30 large companies and many federal agencies. US warns of supply chain cyber-attacks Pentagon warns on compromised code Trump relaxes rules around cyber-attacks It said the first inform..
October 4, 2018

India under fire as it deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

India under fire as it deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar India has deported seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, despite last-minute appeals that doing so put them at risk. The men had been detained since 2012 for immigration violations. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to step in to stop their deportation. At least 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar in the past year. UN officials have accused Myanmar's military of ethnic cleansing. The army says it has been tackling insurgents. The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar, where the government sees them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship. The seven men deported on Thursday had been interred in a detention centre in India's Assam state. They were handed over at the Moreh border crossing in neighbouring Manipur ..
October 4, 2018

Wales memorial to Japanese WW1 dead

WW1: New memorial for Pembrokeshire's Japanese dead Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHirano Maru victims are being remembered in Pembrokeshire A new memorial is being unveiled in a Pembrokeshire churchyard to the crew and passengers of a Japanese merchant ship sunk by a U-boat in the last weeks of World War One. Over 300 died aboard the Hirano Maru and 10 are recorded as buried at Angle Church. But the original wooden memorial there has rotted away and local people have raised money for a replacement. Japanese officials and families will be at Thursday's ceremony. The Duke of Gloucester will perform the unveiling, 100 years to the day since the sinking, in front of representatives of the Japanese embassy as well as the shipping line and the granddaughter of an officer aboard the Hirano Maru. Image caption Rotted away - the original memorial for 10 of the victims Local historian David James who started the campaign for the new memorial said he felt ..
October 4, 2018

Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib charged with money laundering

Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib charged with money laundering Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Rosmah is known for her love of shopping and branded goods The wife of ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with money laundering and tax evasion, as part of an investigation into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. Rosmah Mansor, who is known for her love of luxury goods and jewellery, pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges. Her husband, Mr Najib, has been accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from state development fund 1MDB. Mr Najib currently faces 32 different charges in relation to 1MDB. Ms Rosmah smiled, wave and blew kisses at the media as she arrived in a Kuala Lumpur court on Thursday. The 66 year old had spent a night in detention following her arrest by anti-corruption officials on Wednesday. Bail for Ms Rosmah was set at 2m ringgit ($483,200; £373,127). Prosecutors had originally sought 10m ringgit in bail. Mr Najib also appeared at another courtroom..
October 4, 2018

Xi Jinping game show: How well do you know China’s leader?

Xi Jinping game show: How well do you know China's leader? Image copyright Hunan TV It's dinnertime in China, the evening news has just aired, and primetime TV-watchers are settling down for the real entertainment of the night. "Let's listen to President Xi's speeches and comprehend his thought," enthusiastically declares the host of a game show called, yes, "Studying Xi in the New Era". The "Xi" - in this instance - is a reference to China's leader Xi Jinping who has steadily tightened his grip over the state. Just one year ago "Xi Jinping thought" - an articulation of his political philosophy - was enshrined in the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party. Nothing like that has happened in a very long time. Now it's moved onto Hunan TV, China's most popular entertainment channel aimed at young people, which means that it's clearly time to ensure China's Generation Z and millennials are on board. Image copyright Hunan TV So is it any f..
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