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China expands global ambitions with a new phase of Xi’s signature program

China expands global ambitions with a new phase of Xi’s signature program

Finance
A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of red flags at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 2, 2015.Tomohiro Ohsumi | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesChinese President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative is now about far more than just infrastructure.The program began roughly six years ago with a focus on building out rail and maritime trade routes connecting China with central Asia, Europe and Africa. While critics have charged that the initiative is simply a branding exercise for Beijing to spread its global influence through lending — and the associated debt — for projects like ports and bridges, Xi has now made it clear he's aiming even further.That is, the second Belt and Road Forum that wrapped up this weekend in Beijing demonstrated that the Chi
Satellite plane-tracking goes global

Satellite plane-tracking goes global

Science
Tracking aeroplanes anywhere in the world just got a lot easier.The US firm Aireon says its new satellite surveillance network is now fully live and being trialled over the North Atlantic.The system employs a constellation of 66 spacecraft, which monitor the situational messages pumped out by aircraft transponders.These report a plane's position, altitude, direction and speed every eight seconds.The two big navigation management companies that marshal plane movements across the North Atlantic - UK Nats and Nav Canada - intend to use Aireon to transform their operations.The more detailed information they now have about the behaviour of aeroplanes means more efficient routing can be introduced. This ought to reduce costs for airlin...
Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week's deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch.In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in immigration was fuelling racism.Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in Friday's gun attacks.The first funerals, of a father and son from Syria, took place on Wednesday.Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship targeted.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Fifty people died in the attack.What did Ardern say?Asked about the...
Facebook back up after massive global outage

Facebook back up after massive global outage

Technology
Facebook services have completely returned after a massive global outage left certain users unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for almost 24 hours.Users across the world including the US, Japan, New Zealand and parts of Europe were affected by the outage and faced difficulties accessing the social network giant and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram for several hours. "Anddddd... we're back," Instagram tweeted on Friday morning with a GIF of Oprah Winfrey screaming in delight.In a statement to Sky News on Thursday evening,a Facebook spokesperson said: "Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues."As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recover...
Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

World
Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 MAX 8s and 9s following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia. In a statement, the company said "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety" it had decided to temporarily suspend its entire fleet of 371 MAX aircraft. Boeing said it had taken the decision after consulting the US Federal Aviation Administration and the National Safety Board.The statement said: "We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes and it always will be."There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with...