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..
January 7, 2019

India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession

India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession Image caption Allahabad saw a landmark religious procession led by transgender people The northern Indian city of Allahabad witnessed a historic procession on Sunday led by a Hindu congregation of transgender people. Photojournalist Ankit Srinivas reports. Thousands thronged the streets of Allahabad to seek blessings from transgender sadhus (holy people), ahead of the Kumbh Mela festival, which is set to begin in the city on 15 January and will continue until 4 March. It is one of Hinduism's holiest events and billed as the world's largest religious gathering. It has been taking place every few years over centuries. Four different northern cities, all along the banks of a holy river, take turns hosting it. Hindus believe that taking a dip in these rivers during the Kumbh will wash away their sins and help them attain salvation. So, tens of millions gather at the festival to do just that. India court legalises gay sex i..
January 7, 2019

Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US

Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk and Shanghai's Mayor Ying Yong attend the Tesla Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in the city. Tesla boss Elon Musk has broken ground at a new factory in Shanghai, the electric carmaker's first manufacturing plant outside the US. The facility will produce Model 3 and Model Y cars as it pushes to grow its presence in the world's largest car market. The American automaker faces rising competition from local rivals in China. But the new factory would help Tesla avoid US tariffs on car imports into the country. In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr Musk said plant would build "affordable versions" of the Tesla Model 3 - the carmaker's mass market vehicle - and its proposed Model Y for the Greater China region. Skip Twitter post by @vincent13031925 Tesla CEO @elonmusk with Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong at Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory ground breaking ceremony. $TSLA #Te..
January 7, 2019

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet Image copyright AFP Image caption Yusaku Maezawa pledged to share nearly $1m between 100 people who shared the tweet A Japanese billionaire has ousted a chicken nugget-seeking US teenager to become tweeter of the most retweeted tweet of all time. Yusaku Maezawa's tweet dated 5 January has now been shared more than four million times. That's half a million more than Carter Wilkinson's 2017 request for help to secure himself a year of free chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy's. But Mr Maezawa was offering some incentive to people to share his post. Skip Twitter post by @yousuck2020 ZOZOTOWN新春セールが史上最速で取扱高100億円を先ほど突破!!日頃の感謝を込め、僕個人から100名様に100万円【総額1億円のお年玉】を現金でプレゼントします。応募方法は、僕をフォローいただいた上、このツイートをRTするだけ。受付は1/7まで。当選者には僕から直接DMします! #月に行くならお年玉 pic.twitter.com/cKQfPPbOI3 — Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @yousuck2020 The founder of Japanese online clot..
January 7, 2019

Sandra Oh celebrates ‘a moment of change’ for diversity at Golden Globes

Sandra Oh celebrates 'a moment of change' for diversity at Golden Globes Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sandra Oh's win is being called momentous for Asian representation Sandra Oh has hailed the diversity at this year's Golden Globe Awards, after she won for Best Actress in a TV Drama, the first Asian woman to do so in almost 40 years. In a heartfelt speech, she praised the "faces of change" she saw in Hollywood, saying the "moment is real". She also thanked her parents in her native Korean, bowing to them. Asians celebrated her win on social media as a landmark moment for Asian representation in Hollywood. Skip Twitter post by @yoomsters I can't really tell you how incredible it was to hear Sandra Oh thank her parents, in front of the world, in Korean. I'm literally crying. Every time I see Sandra succeed in western media, I feel liberated, I feel seen, I feel like i have a future. Thank you Ms. Oh. #GoldenGlobes — Yoomi Park (@yoomsters) J..
January 7, 2019

India scientists dismiss Einstein theories

India scientists dismiss Einstein theories Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Indian scientist has said Einstein's theories were "misleading" Indian scientists have hit out at speakers at a major science conference for making irrational claims. Some academics at the annual Indian Science Congress, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had dismissed the discoveries of Issac Newton and Albert Einstein. They had also said ancient Hindus had invented stem cell research. Hindu mythology and religion based theories have increasingly become part of the Indian Science Congress agenda. But academics said remarks at this year's ongoing summit were even more astounding than usual. The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago. Cows to planes: Indian ministers who rewrote scientific historyWhat you may not know about EinsteinG Nageshwar Rao, vice chancellor of Andhra U..
January 6, 2019

US-China officials to begin trade war talks in Beijing

US-China officials to begin trade war talks in Beijing Image copyright Getty Images US and Chinese officials will begin talks on Monday aimed at resolving their damaging trade dispute. Last year, both countries imposed billions of dollars of tariffs on one another's goods. The two-day talks mark the first formal meeting since the pair agreed to refrain from any further tariffs for 90 days. The meeting comes amid rising concern about the impact of trade tensions on the global economy. The US delegation will be led by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. Ahead of the meeting in Beijing, US President Donald Trump said negotiations between the two sides were going "very well". "I think China wants to get it resolved. Their economy's not doing very well," he told reporters on Sunday. "I think that gives them a great incentive to negotiate." Trade war truce: A win for the US or China? How worrying is China's slowdown? US and China agree to suspend new tariffs..
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