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China, Taiwan and a bakery: How a coffee sparked a diplomatic row

Image copyright facebook.com/tsai.shihying A bakery in the US has found itself at the centre of a geopolitical storm by giving a coffee to Taiwan’s president. The LA branch of Taiwanese-owned 85C Bakery Cafe gave the coffee, along with an enthusiastic welcome, to Tsai Ing-wen when she dropped in last Sunday. But many Chinese customers – who visit the chain’s branches in mainland China – were furious, calling for a boycott.

US ex-security chiefs back John Brennan in Donald Trump war on words

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Brennan briefed Mr Trump prior to his inauguration on accusations of Russian meddling A dozen former US intelligence leaders have backed ex-CIA chief John Brennan after his security clearance was revoked by President Donald Trump. The former CIA and national intelligence bosses called Mr Trump’s move “an attempt to stifle free speech” in a joint statement on Thursday. Mr Trump is keen to strip

Imran Khan to be confirmed as Pakistan prime minister

Image copyright EPA Image caption National Assembly members, including Mr Khan, voted for other key positions earlier this week. Former cricket star Imran Khan is expected to be elected the next prime minister of Pakistan shortly in a vote at the National Assembly. His PTI party won the most seats in July’s elections – setting up Mr Khan to become PM with the help of small parties, more than two

‘Save trees when roasting Eid sheep’ in Niger

Image copyright Anadolu/Getty Images Image caption Rams are particularly prized as sacrifices during Eid al-Adha People in Niger are being urged to curb their use of firewood at next week’s Eid al-Adha Muslim festival. It is an occasion when families often sacrifice sheep before roasting and eating them. The capital, Niamey, is expected to burn around a fifth of the amount of the wood normally used in a whole year.

Alicia, Beyonce and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alicia Keys and Beyonce paid tribute to Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin’s influence on music was profound during her lifetime, and since her death, pop stars have been opening up about the way the Queen of Soul shaped them as performers. On Thursday, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande both performed renditions of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman during radio and TV interviews.

Apple files stored by teen in ‘hacky hack hack’ folder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy hacked Apple because he was a fan of the firm, reports from the court case say A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple’s network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne,

Artist’s Aboriginal portraits back in Tasmania after 170 years

Image copyright BRITISH MUSEUM Image caption A portrait by Thomas Bock of Aboriginal woman Wortabowigee A collection of 19th Century paintings of Aboriginal Tasmanians has gone on display in Australia for the first time. English convict artist Thomas Bock painted the portraits of indigenous leaders in Tasmania in the 1830s – a time of infamous frontier conflicts. The artworks have been kept in Britain, mostly in storage, since the 1840s.

Why Chinese tech stocks are getting hammered

The country’s major players — Baidu (BIDU), Alibaba (BABA) and Tencent (TCEHY) — have lost hundreds of billions of dollars in market value in the past few months. And the slump is wider than just those three. While US tech stocks have generally been on the rise — the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index is up more than 25% this year — their Chinese counterparts have headed in the opposite

This is how China controls its currency

China’s currency has declined around 9% versus the US dollar since April and is trading near its lowest level in more than a year. The fall has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who has previously accused China of keeping the value of its currency artificially low to boost its huge export industry. The yuan is “dropping like a rock,” he said last month. How much control does Beijing

China ‘training for strikes’ on US targets

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Chinese Liberation Army is being reformed China’s military “is likely training for strikes” against US and allied targets in the Pacific, a Pentagon report warns. The annual report to Congress says China is increasing its ability to send bomber planes further afield. The report highlights its increasing military capability, including defence spending estimated at $190bn (£150bn) – a third that of the US. China