September 19, 2018

Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane

Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane Image copyright Cathay Pacific Image caption The Hong Kong-based airline joked "Oops this special livery won't last long" after the error was pointed out An airline has had to send a new plane back to the paint shop after the company's name was spelled incorrectly on it. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific painted its name as "Cathay Paciic" on the side of the jet. Eagle-eyed travellers spotted the mistake at Hong Kong International Airport and contacted the airline. "Oops this special livery won't last long! She's going back to the shop!" the company joked on Twitter. Image Copyright @cathaypacific @cathaypacific Report Image Copyright @cathaypacific @cathaypacific Report The airline said it was a genuine mistake, although some in the industry said it was inexplicable. "The spacing is too on-point for a mishap," an engineer for Haeco, a sister company of the airline, told the South China Morning Post. "There should be..
September 19, 2018

Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan court orders ex-PM’s release

Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan court orders ex-PM's release Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif was jailed alongside his daughter in July A Pakistani court has ordered the release of ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, two months after he began a 10-year jail sentence over corruption. The court suspended the sentences of Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam who were convicted in July, shortly before the country held general elections. The decision came during their appeal. They have denied wrongdoing. The ruling comes just a week after Mr Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, died from cancer in London. They were briefly allowed out of prison to attend her funeral, but were later returned. They are expected to be released later on Wednesday. Mr Sharif was charged with corrupt practices in July related to ownership of four luxury properties in central London linked to his family. He says the charges are political motivated. His daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, received seven years ..
September 19, 2018

Strawberry needle scare: Australia PM vows crackdown on ‘cowards’

Strawberry needle scare: Australia PM vows crackdown on 'cowards' Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities are investigating more than 100 reports of fruit tampering The Australian government says it will introduce stricter criminal penalties in response to a fruit contamination scare that has alarmed the country. Authorities are investigating more than 100 reports of people finding needles concealed within strawberries and other fruits since last week, officials said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said culprits would face 15-year jail terms. That would make the penalty on par with crimes such as child pornography and financing terrorism, he said. "That's how seriously our government takes it," Mr Morrison said on Wednesday, urging parliament to pass the new laws this week. Currently, the maximum sentence for contaminating food is 10 years. The Labor opposition said it would support the change. Needle scares spread to apple and banana Strawberry contaminations now..
September 19, 2018

China won’t devalue yuan to boost exports, says Premier Li

China won't devalue yuan to boost exports, says Premier Li Image copyright Getty Images China has hit back at accusations that it is using its currency as a tool in the trade war with the US. At a forum in Tianjin, China's Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing will not actively weaken the yuan to boost exports. President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of manipulating its currency to combat US tariffs. Mr Li's comments come amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies. The Chinese premier also said at the World Economic Forum it was essential that the basic principles of "multilateralism and free trade" were upheld. China hits back at Trump with new tariffs US trade: A tale of two Chinas The US has engaged in a protectionist agenda since Mr Trump took office in 2016, challenging the global system of free trade which has prevailed for decades. His accusation that China has manipulated the yuan raised concerns that the currency market ..
September 19, 2018

India man held for ‘inhumane torture’ of sister

India man held for 'inhumane torture' of sister Image copyright Amit Mishra/Twitter Image caption The woman was found in "extremely poor" health A man has been arrested in India's capital Delhi for locking up and torturing his sister for two years. Police and officials from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) broke into his house and rescued her in a dramatic operation on Tuesday. The woman, who has not been identified, had been starved and was so emaciated that she could not walk, talk or even recognise people, officials said. "She is 50 years old, but she looks 90," DCW chief Swati Maliwal said. "When we rescued her from the terrace, she was lying in her excreta. Her starvation is so extreme that she was unable to look after her basic needs." Indonesian woman 'held captive in cave for 15 years' The children accused of witchcraft and murder Does the death penalty actually deter rape? The DCW acted after a neighbour complained. Ms Maliwal said she personally ..
September 19, 2018

Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia

Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia Image copyright LOVE FAMILY Image caption Daniel Love (left) has taken his case to the High Court of Australia An Aboriginal man has launched legal action against Australia over what he argues is an attempt to deport him to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Daniel Love, 39, was born in PNG but has lived in Australia since he was five. He has a PNG mother and Aboriginal Australian father. He does not have Australian citizenship and had his visa cancelled last month after serving a jail term. Immigration officials say they cannot comment publicly on the case. Lawyers for Love argue that he cannot be expelled from Australia because he is an indigenous man whose father is an Australian citizen. "Because Daniel is a member of the Aboriginal race and he is a member of the Australian community, he should not be penalised by laws regarding naturalisation and aliens," law firm Maurice Blackburn said in a statement to the BBC. Love, the father of ..
September 19, 2018

The chef using 60,000-year-old recipes

The chef using 60,000-year-old recipes Image caption Top chef Jock Zonfrillo has collectied ideas and ingredients from indigenous people A Scottish-born chef has won an international culinary prize by using ingredients and cooking techniques learned from indigenous Australian people. Jock Zonfrillo has visited hundreds of remote communities in Australia to understand the origins of ingredients and their cultural significance. The Scottish-Italian cook, who runs the top-rated Orana restaurant in Adelaide, is this year's winner of a prize that recognises culinary projects for their social value - in terms of education, research, health or the environment. The Basque Culinary World Prize, with 100,000 euros (£89,000) for the winner, takes a different interpretation of the idea of a celebrity chef. Mr Zonfrillo's restaurant might have been rated as one of the best in the world, but this unusual gastronomic prize is for his work for the culture and rights of indigenous communitie..
September 18, 2018

North and South Korea: Kim and Moon hail new future

North and South Korea: Kim and Moon hail new future South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong-un have hailed a new future for the two Koreas, signing a wide-ranging agreement in Pyongyang. The two sides have "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," Mr Moon said. North and South Korea also plan to link up railways, allow family reunions and co-operate on health care. The summit results were described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace. "The North agreed to permanently close the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and missile launch facility in the presence of experts from relevant nations," Mr Moon said after the signing. Mr Kim said he had promised his Southern counterpart he would "visit Seoul in the near future". The two countries will also seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. The South's defence minister and the head of the North Korean military also signed a agreement. North Korea has embarked on an unprecedented seri..
September 18, 2018

ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe

ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been widespread allegations of human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims The International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary examination into Myanmar's alleged crimes against its Rohingya Muslim minority. The move could pave the way to a full investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown that has seen thousands killed and over 700,000 displaced. Last month Myanmar rejected a UN report calling for Burmese military figures to be investigated for genocide. The army has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing in the Rohingya crisis. However, that military report was criticised by human rights groups as an attempted "whitewash". The military launched a crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state last year after Rohingya militants carried out deadly attacks on police posts. Hundreds of thousands have since fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. There have been widespread..
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