December 11, 2018

China to ‘cut US car tariff to 15%’

China to 'cut US car tariff to 15%' Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption US President Donald Trump says he has a good relationship with President Xi Jinping China has reportedly proposed cutting tariffs on US-made cars to 15%, the same tax levied on car imports from other countries. Bloomberg reported that China's cabinet will review the plans, which would undo the 40% import duty China imposed on US cars this summer. The proposal, the timing of which remains uncertain, comes as the two countries restart trade talks. President Donald Trump said earlier this month China would cut the tariffs. However the claim has not yet been confirmed by Chinese officials, sowing confusion. US-China trade war: Deal agreed to suspend new trade tariffs The Trump and Xi deal: A temporary truce Tuesday's reports in US media, which were based on anonymous sources including a car executive briefed on the proposal, said China outlined the plan on a recent telephone call between top t..
December 11, 2018

Grace Millane: Police in search for long-handled shovel

Grace Millane: Police in search for long-handled shovel Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The University of Lincoln graduate arrived in New Zealand in mid-November Police investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane are looking for a shovel believed to be connected to the inquiry. The 22-year-old disappeared in Auckland on 1 December. Police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. Det Insp Scott Beard said the body was found "intact". A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with Miss Millane's murder. Det Insp Beard said he believed the long-handled shovel could be "anywhere between the Scenic Drive and central Auckland areas." "Someone may have come across it, picked it up and taken it home. "We need to speak to that person or anyone who has seen it," he said. 'Solo backpacking didn't kill Grace' Police find body in backpacker search Backpacker murder accused in cour..
December 11, 2018

Michael Kovrig: Canadian ex-diplomat ‘held in China’

Michael Kovrig: Canadian ex-diplomat 'held in China' Image copyright International Crisis Group Image caption The International Crisis Group says it is working for Mr Kovrig's release A former Canadian diplomat has reportedly been detained in China and his current employer says it is working for his "prompt and safe release". The International Crisis Group said it was "aware of reports" of Michael Kovrig's detention. Details are not yet clear. The news comes days after Canadian authorities arrested a top executive of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Vancouver. It is not known if there is a link between the two cases. Tensions between Canada and China have been high over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of its founder, on Saturday 1 December. Mr Kovrig had previously worked as a diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the UN in New York. Canada's ministry of foreign affairs has not confirmed the report by Reute..
December 11, 2018

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 honours journalists

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 honours journalists Image copyright Time Killed and imprisoned journalists - "The Guardians'" - have been named 2018's "Person of the Year" by Time. Four different Time covers feature journalists from around the world. Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey earlier this year, appears alone in one, while staff from the Capital Gazette, the US newspaper where five people were killed this year, feature in another. Pictures of Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo appear on the final two. Ms Ressa is the editor of Rappler, a Philippine news website critical of the country's leadership, while Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were imprisoned in Myanmar for investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims. According to Time, they were chosen "for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out". Image copyright Time Last ..
December 11, 2018

Truck drivers face prison in Singapore for $1 bribes

Truck drivers face prison in Singapore for $1 bribes Image copyright AFP Image caption The forklift truck drivers could face up to five years in jail Singapore has charged two Chinese migrant workers with soliciting one-dollar bribes from lorry drivers. The forklift truck drivers allegedly took S$1 bribes (£0.58; $0.73) multiple times, in return for not delaying the loading and unloading of vehicles. If convicted, Chen Ziliang, 47, and Zhao Yucun, 43, face up to five years in prison and a S$100,000 fine. Singapore takes pride in its reputation as one of the world's least corrupt countries. Inside Singapore's megachurch scandal Singapore profile Both drivers allegedly committed the offence while working at the Cogent Container Depot. Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a statement that employees are expected to work "fairly". "Even if the bribe amount is as low as $1, they can be taken to task," the agency said. "Bribes of any amount or any kind w..
December 11, 2018

Delivery driver sacked for eating orders

Zomato driver sacked after eating customer's takeaway Image copyright @Madan_Chikna Image caption The Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food from his delivery bag Takeaway delivery firm Zomato has apologised after one of its drivers was filmed eating a client's food and resealing the containers in India. The video, which was filmed in Madurai in southern India, shows a man wearing a Zomato shirt sitting on a moped eating food out of boxed orders then resealing them and putting them back into a delivery bag. The video has been viewed thousands of times on social media. Zomato said it has a "zero tolerance policy" towards food tampering and has sacked the delivery man in question. Image Copyright @Madan_Chikna @Madan_Chikna Report Image Copyright @Madan_Chikna @Madan_Chikna Report In a statement Zomato acknowledged that the video suggests the man was eating food meant for customers. The company said: "We have spoken to him at length and while we understand that thi..
December 11, 2018

US Marines: Five missing after Japan crash declared dead

US Marines: Five missing after Japan crash declared dead Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the two planes involved in the incident was a KC-130 refuelling tanker (like the one seen in this archive picture) Five missing Marines have been declared dead by the US military, nearly a week after two aircraft collided and crashed into the sea off Japan. A massive search and rescue operation was mounted after the 6 December incident, involving a F/A-18 fighter and a KC-130 refuelling tanker carrying seven crew in total. One crew member survived, and Tuesday's announcement brings the final death toll to six The exact cause remains unclear. The crash is said to have occurred during a refuelling exercise but the US military has not confirmed this. "Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search," said US Marine Corps Lt ..
December 11, 2018

Thailand election date set and campaign ban lifted

Thailand election date set and campaign ban lifted Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-democracy campaigners have grown frustrated by delays in setting an election date Thailand's military government has said political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24 February. The announcement ends a ban on political campaigning brought in when the military ousted the elected government in a coup four years ago. The military has always insisted it intends to restore democracy in Thailand. But the election date has been pushed back repeatedly. The military took power in Thailand in 2014, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the hugely popular Pheu Thai party. Military leaders said at the time they were restoring order after months of political unrest which had at times turned violent. They later drew up a new constitution and changes to the electoral system, which were approved by the public in a referend..
December 11, 2018

Grace Millane: Solo backpacking didn’t kill her, say bloggers

Grace Millane: Solo backpacking didn't kill her, say bloggers Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Grace Millane had arrived in New Zealand in mid-November after a group trip in South America The search for British backpacker Grace Millane ended on Sunday when a body was found on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. Grief, anger and messages of support for her family have dominated social media since news of her killing emerged. A man has appeared in court charged with her murder. But among those voices are some who have been repeating the same question: why had she been travelling alone? It shouldn't matter, suggest these bloggers - all women who travel solo across the world. 'Travelling alone had nothing to do with it' Image copyright Claire Sturzaker Image caption Claire Sturzaker urged solo travellers to "follow your gut" "It's absolutely awful what happened to Grace - but travelling alone had nothing to do with it," says Claire Sturzaker, ..
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