October 8, 2018

Rare white tiger kills zookeper in Japan

Rare white tiger kills zookeper in Japan Image copyright Reuters Image caption It's not clear what triggered the white tiger's attack (file photo) A rare white tiger has mauled a zookeeper to death in its enclosure at a zoo in Japan, officials said. The 40-year old man was found bleeding from the neck in the tiger's cage. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead. Officials believe he was attacked by one of the park's four white tigers, media reports said. The tiger was sedated with a tranquiliser before rescue workers and police arrived at the scene. Zoo attacks and the people who survive them Meet the man who's survived a snake, bear and shark attack Zoo worker killed by tiger in UK 'loved job' The attack took place late on Monday at the Hirakawa Zoological Park in the southern city of Kagoshima. Police are now investigating how the zoo looks after its white tigers, Japan's Kyodo news agency said. In 2017, a British zookeeper was kille..
October 8, 2018

Trump tariffs make world ‘poorer and more dangerous’

Trump tariffs make world 'poorer and more dangerous' Image copyright Getty Images The International Monetary Fund has warned a trade war between the US and China risks making the world a "poorer and more dangerous place" in its latest assessment of the global economy. The IMF has lowered its forecast for global growth this year and next. It said that a full-blown trade war between the US and China would put a significant dent in economic recovery. Its chief economist said further trade barriers would hit households, businesses and the wider economy. "Trade policy reflects politics and politics remain unsettled in several countries, posing further risks," said Maurice Obstfeld. US-China trade war: a tale of two Chinas US-China trade row: The story so far Most recently, China announced new trade tariffs on $60bn of US goods, including products such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to the US President Donald Trump. Image copyright Reuters In a tweet, Mr Trum..
October 8, 2018

Convicted paedophile Douglas Slade sued by alleged Filipino victims

Convicted paedophile Douglas Slade sued by alleged Filipino victims Image copyright PA/Avon and Somerset Police A convicted British paedophile is being sued for damages by five young people who claim they were sexually exploited by him overseas, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind. The five will give evidence to the High Court via video link about abuse they said they suffered while Douglas Slade was living in the Philippines. Slade says the claims against him are a "total fabrication". Slade was jailed for 24 years in 2016 for abusing five boys in the UK. The judge in the case said Slade, who had been extradited to the UK the year before, was "wholly unrepentant" over the offences that he had committed between 1965 and 1980. Slade was a founder member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and actively campaigned for sex between children and paedophiles to be legalised in the 1970s and 1980s. 'People avoid me'Tuesday's case starting in London is belie..
October 8, 2018

#MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and Indian media

#MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and Indian media Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is not the first time alleged harassers have been publicly shamed in India India's #MeToo movement arrived in a cascade of allegations as women took to Twitter to call out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers - in the process, they have sparked a debate about consent and complicity. Unlike its American counterpart, it has not been spurred by investigative journalism. Rather, it has been a spontaneous outpouring in the last few days, amplified by journalists themselves. And it has hit Indian media the hardest. It's difficult to say what sparked the torrent of allegations. But it seems to have started on 4 October when a young female comedian accused Utsav Chakraborty, a 33-year-old comedian, of sending her an unsolicited photo of his penis. More allegations followed as other women replied to her tweet or she shared private messages they sent her (with their ..
October 8, 2018

India mob attack: Nine arrested for beating up schoolgirls

India mob attack: Nine arrested for beating up schoolgirls Image copyright Pacific Press/Getty Image caption Sexual violence against women and girls has been the subject of protests across India in recent years At least nine people have been arrested following a mob attack at a girls school in the north-eastern Indian state of Bihar, police say. Local reports said some 34 schoolgirls were treated in hospital after a crowd of teenage boys, their parents and locals beat them up on Saturday. The girls from the government school in Triveniganj had earlier admonished local boys for sexually harassing them. As of Monday, six boys and three women were in custody, police told media. Reality Check: Is child sex abuse in India rising? The horror story inside an Indian children's home India 'sacred river rape' - two held They suspect another eight to 10 unidentified people were also involved in the mob attack against the girls, believed to be aged between 10 and 16. Police said ..
October 8, 2018

Frosty start to US-China talks on North Korea

Frosty start to US-China talks on North Korea Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Pompeo ( L) told his counterpart Mr Wang (L) that the US and China had fundamental disagreements A meeting of top US and Chinese diplomats in Beijing to discuss North Korean nuclear disarmament has got off to a frosty start. China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, criticised America for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and for accusing Beijing of interfering in US politics. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke of fundamental differences. The US is hoping to get China to support its plan for North Korea's nuclear disarmament. Mr Pompeo said "significant progress" had been made towards denuclearisation. He said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had agreed to allow international inspectors into the Punggye-ri nuclear test site that was dismantled in May. He also said there were plans for a second summit between Mr Kim and Donald Trump, which the US president mentioned again in a tweet: Skip..
October 8, 2018

China moves to boost liquidity amid US trade war

China moves to boost liquidity amid US trade war Image copyright Getty Images China will cut the amount of cash banks must hold in reserve as part of efforts to support its economy, amid an escalating trade war with the US. The move will see 750bn yuan ($109bn; £83bn) in cash injected into the financial system. The US is fighting a trade war with China which threatens the outlook for Chinese manufacturing and exports. It is the fourth time the country's central bank has cut its reserve requirement this year. China's central bank said it would cut reserve requirement ratios by 100 basis points from 15 October. These are currently 15.5% for large commercial lenders and 13.5% for smaller banks. Cutting reserve requirements frees up money for banks to lend to each other and consumers. US-China trade row: What has happened so far? The early victims of Trump's trade war China moves to support economy The People's Bank of China's move will release 1.2 trillion yuan..
October 8, 2018

Sydney Opera House horse race advert ignites furore

Sydney Opera House horse race advert ignites furore Image copyright RACING NSW Image caption The promotion for "The Everest" is to take place on Tuesday A plan to advertise a horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House has prompted a large backlash in Australia. The World Heritage-listed site will show the advert on Tuesday, after an order by the New South Wales premier. Critics say the decision defies Sydney Opera House rules by effectively creating a "billboard" for the racing and gambling industries. But others, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, have defended it as positive for the economy and tourism. Since Friday, more than 150,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the opera house to be "protected". The Sydney Opera House, inaugurated in 1973, is recognised by the UN as a "masterpiece of 20th Century architecture". It was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2007. What prompted the controversy?Last week, the Sydney Opera House board rejected the ..
October 8, 2018

Brexit: Japan ‘would welcome’ UK to TPP says Abe

Brexit: Japan 'would welcome' UK to TPP says Abe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May met Shinzo Abe on an official visit to Japan last year Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with "open arms" after it leaves the EU, Japan's prime minister has said. While the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, it would retain its "global strength", Shinzo Abe told the Financial Times. He also urged the UK and EU to use "wisdom" to avoid a no-deal scenario. The TPP is a trade agreement between 11 countries, including Japan, Canada, Australia and Malaysia. US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement last year, soon after entering the White House. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Could the UK really join TPP? Brexit: All you need to know Mr Abe's comments are likely to be welcomed by Brexit supporters, who argue Britain would be able to strike trade deals more easily outsid..
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