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Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Business
Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the UK public relations trade body for its work on a controversial contract in South Africa.It is the first time that the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has ejected a PR firm as prominent as Bell Pottinger.PRCA director-general Francis Ingham said it was "highly questionable" whether the firm would survive.Bell Pottinger said it "accepts that there are lessons need to be learned".The PR firm's work on a campaign for Oakbay Capital, a South African company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, had "incited racial hatred" and was "absolutely unthinkable", Mr Ingham said.He expected more clients to abandon Bell Pottinger following the sanction.South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance complained to the PRCA, accusing Bell Pottinge...
Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

World
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have combined to become a full humanitarian crisis -- with more than 16 million people affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday."This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods," Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said."Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters."Another relief organization, Save the Children, said the situation in South Asia is "e...
Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

World
Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in is refuting claims the president challenged the United States in a speech he delivered on the 72nd anniversary of Korean independence on Tuesday.South Korean newspaper Asia Business reported Wednesday the presidential Blue House disagrees with news reports suggesting Moon was warning the United States, and particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, on the anniversary marking Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule."War must never break out again on the Korean peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula," the president said, while making no mention of the United States.Following his remarks, newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported...
South Korea defense ministry: THAAD won't hurt environment

South Korea defense ministry: THAAD won't hurt environment

World
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Ministry of Defense said Saturday the advanced U.S. missile defense system deployed in a southern town won't cause any adverse effects to the local environment.Earlier in the day, the defense and environment ministries conducted their joint environmental survey of electromagnetic radiation and noise from the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in Seongju, southeast of Seoul.Two rocket launchers and a powerful X-band radar are operational at the new U.S. Forces Korea base, formerly a private golf course.The defense ministry said the radiation level at a spot 100 meters from the radar was measured at 0.01659 watt per square meter on average during a six-minute test. From 500 meters away, it was 0.004136 W/㎡. At 700 meters from the radar, the radiation level was 0.
England win over South Africa does not 'paper over cracks'

England win over South Africa does not 'paper over cracks'

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day fourEngland 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69England won by 177 runs; win series 3-1ScorecardEngland coach Trevor Bayliss says the series win over South Africa does not "paper over the cracks" in his team. They ended a run of three series without a win, but have not established batsmen to fill positions of opener, number three and number five. "It's no secret that we're still looking for guys to put their hands up," said Bayliss after the 3-1 win. "There are spots that haven't been cemented and it's up to guys to prove their worth at this level." Match report: England beat Sou...