April 8, 2019

Indonesia 2019 elections: All you need to know

Indonesia 2019 elections: All you need to know Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indonesians will soon cast their ballots Some 192 million people in Indonesia will be eligible to cast their votes on 17 April, in what has been called one of the most complicated single-day elections in history. The election will see two familiar faces square up: the incumbent Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, and his long-time rival Prabowo Subianto. Here's what you need to know: What's going to happen on 17 April?Indonesia's presidential, parliamentary and regional elections will all be taking place simultaneously. Some 245,000 candidates will be running for more than 20,000 national and local legislative seats across Indonesia. India - with a population of five times as many people - votes in rolling elections that take place over two months. Indonesian voters will have one day, making it "one of the most complicated single-day elections in global history," according to the Lowy..
April 8, 2019

A really simple guide to India’s general election

A really simple guide to India’s general election Image copyright Getty Images Click or tap on an underlined word for a short definition or explanation It is an election like no other. Those eligible to vote in India’s upcoming polls represent more than 10% of the world’s population and they will take part in the largest democratic exercise in history. Skip largest democratic exercise India held its first elections in 1951-2 after the country gained independence from the UK in 1947. This year there are more than 900 million eligible voters – nearly four times as many as the United States – the next largest democracy. End of largest democratic exercise Voters will choose representatives for the Indian parliament, and in turn decide if Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi will run the country for another five years. What is at stake? Whoever wins these elections and forms a government will control the destiny of the world's largest democracy. While they are in charge,..
April 8, 2019

Huawei wi-fi modules were pulled from Pakistan CCTV system

Huawei wi-fi modules were pulled from Pakistan CCTV system Image caption The surveillance system was built to monitor Lahore's streets following a series of terrorist attacks Huawei removed wi-fi transmitting cards from a Pakistan-based surveillance system's CCTV cabinets after they were discovered by the project's staff. Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) told BBC Panorama it had told the firm to remove the modules in 2017 "due to [a] potential of misuse". The authority said that the Chinese firm had previously made mention of the cards in its bidding documents. But a source involved in the project suggested the reference was obscure. A spokesman for Huawei said there had been a "misunderstanding". He added that the cards had been installed to provide diagnostic information, but said he was unable to discuss the matter further. The PSCA confirmed that the explanation it had been given was that wi-fi connectivity could have made it easier for engineers to troubleshoot pr..
April 8, 2019

Bomb kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

Bomb kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack happened near Bagram air base (file image) Three US service members and one contractor have been killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Three other service members were injured, a statement from the military says. The device exploded close to Bagram air base, 50km (31 miles) from the capital, Kabul. Earlier three people were killed in twin explosions in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
April 8, 2019

Do celebrities deserve private time?

Do celebrities deserve private time? Image copyright Youku Image caption Hong Kong rapper Jackson Wang crying on talent show Chuang! What would you be prepared to sacrifice for a life in the spotlight? Hong Kong rapper Jackson Wang has sparked a debate on social media after admitting that he does not have time to see his mum and dad. Speaking on the talent show Chuang!, Wang burst into tears as he explained that he had drifted apart from his ageing father. Wang, who has multiple commitments as both a TV presenter, solo artist and is also a member of K-Pop group Got7, said: "I don't think I have any time to spend with my father." Social media users in China are now discussing whether high-profile figures are entitled to a personal life or whether a lack of free time is simply the price of fame. Some people have little sympathy for the 25-year-old's situation, telling him not to be emotional. "You sometimes have to lose something to gain something, you can't have the ..
April 8, 2019

Vegan protests: ‘Un-Australian’ activists arrested, PM Morrison says

Vegan protests: 'Un-Australian' activists arrested, PM Morrison says Image copyright EPA Image caption Police forcibly removed some protesters from a busy intersection in Melbourne Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticised animal rights activists as "shameful and un-Australian" after dozens were arrested in nationwide protests. On Monday, activists broke into abattoirs and chained themselves up to protest against the meat industry. More than 100 protesters also blocked one of Melbourne's main intersections, before many were forcibly removed. Mr Morrison said the activism was damaging to farmers' livelihoods. "This is just another form of activism that I think runs against the national interest, and the national interest is [farmers] being able to farm their own land," he told radio station 2GB. He later called on state authorities to bring "the full force of the law... against these green-collared criminals". Australia is second only to the US for mea..
April 8, 2019

Carlos Ghosn: Nissan ousts former boss from its board

Carlos Ghosn: Nissan ousts former boss from its board Image copyright Getty Images Nissan shareholders have voted to oust the company's former boss Carlos Ghosn from its board. The decision to sever ties with Mr Ghosn was made at a an extraordinary shareholders meeting held on Monday. Mr Ghosn was re-arrested in Tokyo last week while out on bail pending trial over claims of financial misconduct. Shareholders also voted to remove Mr Ghosn's former right-hand man Greg Kelly, and to appoint Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard as a director. Mr Ghosn's fall from grace and lengthy detention has attracted global attention. The Japanese carmaker sacked Mr Ghosn as chairman shortly after he was first detained in November. 'Outrageous'Mr Ghosn was the architect of the alliance between Nissan and French carmaker Renault, and brought Mitsubishi on board in 2016. He is credited with turning around the fortunes of Nissan and Renault over several years. He was first det..
April 8, 2019

Cho Yang-ho: Korean Air chairman and ‘nut rage’ father dies at 70

Cho Yang-ho: Korean Air chairman and 'nut rage' father dies at 70 Image copyright Getty Images The chairman of Korean Air, one of Asia's biggest airlines, has passed away in the US, the company said. Korean Air said in a statement that Cho Yang-ho, 70, died at a hospital in Los Angeles on 7 April, without providing further details. His leadership was overshadowed by several family scandals, including the infamous "nut rage" incident. Mr Cho, who was on trial for corruption, was ousted from the company board in March. His son Cho Won-tae, Korean Air's president, is expected to succeed him as chairman, the Financial Times said. 'Nut rage' family's Korean Air HQ raided Korean Air 'nut rage' sisters step down 'Nut rage' flight attendant gets $18,000 The Cho family made international headlines after a "nut rage" incident in 2014 involving Cho Hyun-ah, the eldest daughter of Cho Yang-ho. Ms Cho ordered a plane to turn back on the runway..
April 7, 2019

Fears over Hong Kong-China extradition plans

Fears over Hong Kong-China extradition plans Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hong Kong is part of China but has its own judicial system The Hong Kong government has proposed changes to extradition laws that could allow transferring suspects to mainland China for trial. The move has further fuelled fears of erosion of the city's judicial independence amid Beijing's increasing influence. The Hong Kong government will also consider extradition requests from Taiwan and Macau after the new changes. Officials say the change is needed so that a murder suspect can be extradited to Taiwan for trial, and that mainland China and Macau must be included in the change to close a "systematic loophole". Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has pushed for the amendments to be passed before July. What are the changes?The changes will allow for extradition requests from authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau for suspects accused of criminal wrongdoings, such as murder and rape...
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