January 8, 2019

Virat Kohli: A giant stride towards cricketing greatness

Virat Kohli: A giant stride towards cricketing greatness Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kohli has become the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia Virat Kohli has changed the culture of the Indian cricket team. The last captain to do so, Tiger Pataudi, infused self-confidence into a team of talented but diffident individuals. That self-respect movement endorsed the cliché: India as a team of magical spinners and risk-taking batsmen. In their first series win in Australia under Kohli, India showed themselves to be a team of good fast bowlers and in Cheteshwar Pujara had a batsman willing to grind it out. Kohli, obsessed about winning abroad, and conscious of the weakness of a legacy without significant victories in the "SENA" countries - South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia - has converted the self-confidence into aggression, even arrogance. For generations, looking pretty and playing pretty was the Indian way. Kohli has changed that. To use a phra..
January 8, 2019

CBI: India’s top court reinstates police agency chief

CBI: India's top court reinstates police agency chief Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alok Verma (r) and his deputy Rakesh Asthana accused each other of corruption India's top court has reinstated the chief of a federal investigation agency who was suspended by the government. The Supreme Court said there was no "provision" for the government to "divest the powers" of Alok Verma of the Central Bureau of Investigation. Mr Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana had accused each other of corruption last year. They were both relieved of their duties pending an inquiry. Mr Verma had challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. The court, however, said that Mr Verma could not take "major policy decisions" until the completion of investigation of corruption cases against him. The corruption scandal marring India's CBIThe ruling is being seen as a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP-led government. Opposition parties have welcomed the court's d..
January 8, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR ‘grateful’ Saudi woman not deported

Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR 'grateful' Saudi woman not deported Image copyright EPA/THAI IMMIGRATION BUREAU Image caption Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, pictured at Bangkok airport, says she "wants to be free" away from Saudi Arabia The UN's refugee agency has said it is "very grateful" that officials in Thailand did not deport an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and had barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. She said she feared her family would kill her as she had renounced Islam. Renunciation, known as apostasy, is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Ms Mohammed al-Qunun left Bangkok airport "under the care" of the UNHCR. Thai immigration officials had said that she should return to Kuwait, where her family is. The UNHCR said that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun's asylum claim would take "several days" to assess. Saudi Arabia's embassy in Thailand has denied th..
January 7, 2019

CES 2019: Samsung adds rival Apple’s iTunes to smart TVs

CES 2019: Samsung adds rival Apple's iTunes to smart TVs Image copyright Samsung Image caption Arch-rivals Samsung and Apple have snuggled up together in Samsung's new Smart TVs Samsung has said that from spring 2019 its new smart TVs will include iTunes - software made by rival tech firm Apple. The move was "a true first", senior Samsung executive Dave Das told the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The service will offer sales and rentals of films and TV shows but not music. One analyst said the strategic move would benefit both companies. The deal comes ahead of Apple's expected launch of a rival to Netflix. Besides access to iTunes, the smart TVs will also feature AirPlay 2 support - allowing users to stream videos, photos and music from Apple devices. Samsung's previous generation of smart TVs will also gain the features via a firmware update. LG had earlier announced its new TVs would get AirPlay, but not iTunes. The BBC has contacted Apple to ask whether the iPho..
January 7, 2019

Carlos Ghosn makes his first court appearance since arrest

Carlos Ghosn makes his first court appearance since arrest Image copyright Getty Images Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has made his first appearance in court in Japan since his arrest last year. He was detained on allegations of financial misconduct in November, and re-arrested in December on a further claim of understating his pay. In a statement released before the hearing, Mr Ghosn said he has been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained". His lengthy detention has drawn some criticism outside Japan. Mr Ghosn has been accused of "significant acts of misconduct", including under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets. His defence team say the accusations against him are invalid because they do not relate to his salary, but to future payments that he was expected to receive after retirement. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Members of Carlos Ghosn's legal team ahead of his appearance at the Tokyo District court Mr Ghosn is expected to tell t..
January 7, 2019

Samsung warns of profit drop as chip demand slows

Samsung warns of profit drop as chip demand slows Image copyright Getty Images Samsung Electronics expects to post a 29% drop in quarterly operating profit as demand for smartphones and memory chips slows. The firm forecasts operating earnings of 10.8 trillion Korean won ($9.7bn; £7.6bn) for the last three months of 2018. It marks the first quarterly profit drop in two years as strong demand for chips had boosted earnings at the firm. Samsung also faces fierce competition from Apple and Chinese rivals. In a statement on Tuesday, the firm cited lacklustre demand and rising competition for its darkening outlook. "We expect earnings to remain subdued in the first quarter of 2019 due to difficult conditions for the memory business," the South Korean tech giant said in a statement. Samsung's folding smartphone revealedIt forecasts revenue will decline 11% to 59 trillion won. Samsung will provide detailed earnings later this month. The firm had seen earnings surge in recent years..
January 7, 2019

A girl’s murder in Peking and a literary feud

A girl's murder in Peking and a literary feud Image copyright WERNER On a cold January evening in 1937, the 19-year-old adopted daughter of a former British diplomat in China left her friends, got on her bike and rode to her death. Her murder sent shockwaves through Beijing - then known as Peking - but arguments about the gruesome, unsolved crime echo to this day. WARNING: Readers may find some of the descriptions of violence in this story distressing. There was every reason for the killing of Pamela Werner to simply fade into history until a book introduced the case to a modern audience in 2011. But Paul French's best-seller Midnight in Peking also dug up old ghosts and animosities which ran much deeper than the writer could have envisaged. A retired British policeman, Graeme Sheppard, has now written a rival book challenging French's version of events. The result: a literary stand-off revolving around family pride, bizarre events now lost in the past and a grisly mur..
January 7, 2019

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un visits China’s Xi Jinping

North Korea's Kim Jong-un visits China's Xi Jinping Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kim is visiting China with his wife Ri Sol-ju, state media report North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korea's state media has confirmed. The news follows speculation earlier on Monday that Mr Kim was possibly on his way to China by train. Mr Kim will be in the country 7-10 January with his wife Ri Sol-ju, North Korean news agency KCNA said. It comes amid reports of negotiations for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump. The two met last June in what was the first such meeting for a sitting US president. Video: Inside train used by Kim on China visit North Korea's breakdown of communication Mr Kim's trip to China this week, on board his armoured train and accompanied by several other leading North Korean officials, will be his fourth visit to the country in less than a year. China..
January 7, 2019

How the life of China’s #IceBoy has changed one year on

How the life of China's #IceBoy has changed one year on Image copyright People's Daily Image caption Pictures of Wang were shared tens of thousands of times Pictures of a young pupil arriving at school with frozen hair and swollen hands renewed discussion of child poverty in China when they were posted by his teacher in January 2018. Dubbed "Ice Boy" by social media users, Wang, then eight years old, walked 4.5 km (2.8 miles) to get to school in southwest China's Yunnan province - often in freezing temperatures. His determination to get to school in such difficult conditions, and excellent performance in class, prompted a wave of sympathy and support online. Now nine, a lot has changed for Wang in the last 12 months - and he no longer has to trek miles to school in the snow, according to the People's Daily. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wang, pictured in Beijing in January 2018, hopes to become a police officer Wang and his family have moved out of the..
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