November 25, 2018

Carlos Ghosn denies Nissan misconduct claims

Carlos Ghosn denies Nissan misconduct claims Image copyright AFP Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has denied misconduct allegations, according to media reports in Japan. Mr Ghosn, seen as a titan of the car industry, was detained by police and dismissed by Nissan last week. Claims against the businessman, who led the Renault-Nissan alliance, include falsely reporting his earnings. Public broadcaster NHK, which first disclosed Mr Ghosn's arrest, reported he had told investigators there was no intention to under-report his earnings. He has not spoken publicly. Greg Kelly, a former Nissan executive arrested along with Mr Ghosn, was quoted by NHK as defending his boss's compensation, saying it was discussed with other officials and paid out appropriately. Japanese prosecutors claim the two men conspired to understate Mr Ghosn's remuneration by about half the 10 billion yen ($68m) he earned at Nissan over five years from 2010. The company has also made other allegation..
November 24, 2018

Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal

Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal Image copyright Getty Images The downfall of Carlos Ghosn has sent shockwaves through the global car industry. Last week he was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct and dismissed from his post as chairman of the Japanese car giant Nissan. His detention has thrown into doubt the future of the Alliance - a global carmaking group that includes Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. It has also exposed fractures in the very close relationship between Renault and Nissan 1. The Alliance - three companies acting as a single entityThe Alliance was formed in 1999, when Renault rescued Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy. The French carmaker has a 43% stake in its Japanese partner, while Nissan has a 15% stake in Renault. In 2016, Mitsubishi was added to the mix. Damaged by scandal and struggling financially, it was effectively bailed out by Nissan, which acquired 34% of its shares. Today, although the three companies retain distinct i..
November 24, 2018

Is India’s Ayodhya Hindu-Muslim dispute simmering again?

Is India's Ayodhya Hindu-Muslim dispute simmering again? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some 100,000 people from Hindu right-wing groups are demanding the construction of the Ram Temple The northern city of Ayodhya has been a key point of tension between Hindus and Muslims in India. In the last few months, there have been renewed calls to build a temple on the spot, where a 16th Century mosque was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992. The BBC explains why the holy site is back in the news. Why are people gathering in Ayodhya?Some 100,000 Hindus are expected to descend on Ayodhya on Sunday, demanding that a Hindu temple be built where the 16th Century Babri mosque once stood. Hindus believe the religious site in the state of Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities, Lord Ram. But Muslims say they have worshipped there for generations. Tensions between the two communities came to a violent head in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed the mosque. Nea..
November 24, 2018

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained Image copyright EPA Image caption Police used tear gas to disperse supporters of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi after his arrest Pakistan's authorities have held dozens of supporters of a hard-line Islamic cleric whose party led mass protests last month over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. Officials say they acted to maintain public order after leaders of the Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party refused to call off protests planned for Sunday. The cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, was himself detained on Friday. The woman, Asia Bibi, is now in hiding because of threats to her life. She was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad but was acquitted in October, a ruling that angered many. Pakistan's 'historic' Asia Bibi ruling Why Pakistan's Christians are targeted Blasphemy laws around the world What's the latest on the arrests?They were made mainly in Pakistan's cen..
November 24, 2018

Taiwan’s President Tsai quits as ruling party boss after poll setback

Taiwan's President Tsai quits as ruling party boss after poll setback Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Tsai Ing-wen (centre): "We let down all our supporters" Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says she is quitting as leader of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after mayoral election defeats. "Our efforts weren't enough and we let down all our supporters," she said. Taiwan's media report that the pro-independence DPP is likely to lose nearly half of the 13 cities and counties it won in 2014. Taiwan's relations with China have deteriorated since Ms Tsai came to power in 2016. Beijing has refused to deal with her because she does not recognise an agreement reached between the two sides in 1992 that both sides are part of one China. That has heightened military tension, led to a loss of Taiwan's diplomatic allies and hurt the economy, the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipei says. What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? Taiwan profi..
November 23, 2018

Taiwan same-sex vote: Polls open in elections

Taiwan same-sex vote: Polls open in elections Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWang Tien-ming and Ho Hsiang have been together for 33 years Taiwan is voting on whether to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The vote comes after Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, giving parliament two years to amend existing laws or pass new ones. However, surveys released in the last week suggest the country will vote against the change. The issue is one of 10 voters are being asked to consider, including one which is inflaming tensions with China. Voters are being asked what they want to be called at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Taiwan, or Chinese Taipei. What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? Taiwan profile Currently, Taiwan competes as Chinese Taipei, the name agreed with China in the 1980s. This is because Taiwan's status is sensitive. The island has been self-ruling since 1949 but China regards it as a breakaway provi..
November 23, 2018

Punjab’s drug menace: ‘I wanted my son to die’

Punjab's drug menace: 'I wanted my son to die' Image caption Lakshmi Devi's son died due to a drug overdose The northern Indian state of Punjab has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths this year. BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra investigates why the drug menace has become worse in the state. "He was my only son, but I had started wishing that he would die… And now, I cry the whole night with his photograph in my hand," says 55-year-old Lakshmi Devi. Her son, Ricky Lahoria, recently died of a drug overdose. He was 25. His was one of 60 deaths linked to drug abuse in Punjab between January and June 2018, according to official estimates. In comparison, 30 people died in drug-related incidents in all of 2017. Police officials say that the number is likely to increase when they release data for the second half of 2018. Drugs have been a scourge in Punjab for years now - once a transit point on the drug route, the state has now become a ma..
November 23, 2018

Driver jailed for Thai tourist taxi scam

Paris driver jailed for taxi scam against Thai tourists Image copyright charkrid th/youtube Image caption The passengers' alarm was obvious in a YouTube video they posted after the scam A Paris court has jailed a fake taxi driver for eight months for demanding that a Thai couple pay €247 (£219; $281) for a trip from the airport. The tourists' video of their argument with him went viral on YouTube. A ride from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport to central Paris usually costs €45-55. The couple offered to pay him €200 provided he let them out. Identified only as Enock C, the driver was found guilty of fraud and extortion involving threats. In the video he claimed to be working for a private taxi service - known as VTC in French - called Chauffeur Privé. As he insisted on payment of €247 the Thai couple urged him to unlock the rear doors and let them out at a police station. 'Pay me!'When the Thai man, Charkrid Thanhachartyothin, asked to see his licence the driver s..
November 23, 2018

Afghan army mosque blast leaves many dead

Afghan army mosque blast leaves many dead Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers were caught in the mosque attack during Fridays prayers (file picture) At least 10 people have died after an explosion tore through a mosque in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province. The building was inside an Afghan army base in Mandozai district, where soldiers were offering Friday prayers. A spokesman for the 2nd Regiment of the Afghan National Army said 15 people had been wounded at around 13:30 Kabul time (09:00 GMT). Reuters reports that the dead may number at least 26 and the injured more than 50, citing officials. The blast comes just three days after a suicide attack on religious scholars killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 83 in the Afghan capital. No group has yet said it was behind the latest bloodshed.
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