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Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival

Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has invested $1bn (£693m) in Didi Chuxing, the car-hailing app that has a greater market share than US rival Uber in China. Tim Cook, chief executive, said that the move would help Apple to better understand the Chinese market. Didi Chuxing, previously known as Didi Kuaidi, said it represented the […]

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

What the new photos of North Korea’s leaders say

Image copyright AP North Korea has released a new set of photos of Kim Jong-un and party and military leaders. The BBC spoke to US-based North Korea expert Michael Madden about what the pictures tell us, after the recent and rare party congress. That retouching debate Image copyright AP “Kim Jong-un is putting himself on […]

Singaporeans baffled by OED Singlish entry

Singaporeans baffled by OED Singlish entry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption No, not this helicopter – so what does a ‘Chinese helicopter’ actually mean to Singaporeans? As a native speaker of Singlish, I was proud to hear 19 Singaporean terms have made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. “Ang moh” (local term for a Caucasian), chilli crab (our national dish) and […]

Cambodia PM’s six-word title ‘mandatory’

Cambodia PM’s six-word title ‘mandatory’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hun Sen has been increasing his control over Cambodian media and social media in recent months Media outlets in Cambodia have been told they must begin referring to PM Hun Sen as “Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander”. In a three-hour briefing at the information ministry, reporters were told […]

Australian killed near Baghdad embassy

Australian killed near Baghdad embassy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers on patrol in Baghdad’s so-called Green Zone, where the Australian embassy is located A security contractor has been killed outside the Australian embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop issued a statement identifying the victim as a 34-year-old Australian man. Ms Bishop said […]

India to require licence for map apps

India to require licence for map apps

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bill would require a licence for all existing photographs and maps. India is introducing legislation to ban maps or satellite images of the country unless they are approved by government. The new bill, which would affect digital maps from Google, Apple, and Uber, is facing stiff opposition […]

French open new Tokyo Olympics probe

French open new Tokyo Olympics probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tokyo delegation members celebrate after being confirmed Olympic hosts in 2013 French prosecutors are investigating a $2m (£1.4m) payment allegedly made to the son of the ex-world athletics chief and whether it was linked to Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. Allegations of the sum allegedly paid to […]

Singapore terms join Oxford Dictionary

Singapore terms join Oxford Dictionary

Image copyright AFP Image caption You can get pork for your char siu at the dai pai dong Several Singaporean and Hong Kong English terms, including “wah”, “shiok” and “yum cha”, are now officially recognised as acceptable English. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added 19 Singaporean terms and 13 Hong Kong terms in its latest […]

New global plan to recover stolen assets

New global plan to recover stolen assets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Cameron is hosting the anti-corruption summit in London, with US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) A global plan to help recover stolen assets has been announced. The Global Forum for Asset Recovery will bring together governments and law enforcement agencies to discuss returning assets to Nigeria, Ukraine, […]

French open new probe of Tokyo Olympics

French open new probe of Tokyo Olympics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tokyo delegation members celebrate after being confirmed Olympic hosts in 2013 French prosecutors are investigating a $2m (£1.4m) payment allegedly made to the son of the ex-world athletics chief and whether it was linked to Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. Allegations of the sum allegedly paid to […]