Uber admits slow Singapore recall response

Uber admits slow Singapore recall response

Image copyright Getty Images Uber has said it could have done more to pull unsafe cars off the road in Singapore, amid allegations it rented out faulty vehicles to drivers. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Uber was aware of a Honda Vezel recall when it purchased more than 1,000 Vezels that were […]

Australia terror probe: Plane suspects ‘made two plots’

Australia terror probe: Plane suspects ‘made two plots’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian police have stepped up their presence at the nation’s airports Two men accused of a terror plot to bring down a plane with a bomb were also trying to build a device that could release toxic gas, Australian police allege. The first plot involved placing an improvised explosive […]

RoboMaster armies go to battle in China

Teams of robots are being pitted against each other in the finals of the RoboMaster competition. The event has been organised by the Chinese drone-maker DJI and will culminate in Shenzhen on Sunday. The aim is to shine the spotlight on young engineering talent – and to entertain the crowds. RoboMaster armies go to battle […]

North Korea missile ‘as close as 100km’ to Air France flight

North Korea missile ‘as close as 100km’ to Air France flight

Image copyright AFP Image caption The North Korean missile landed in the Sea of Japan, only minutes before the flight from Tokyo to Paris crossed its trajectory An Air France plane carrying more than 330 passengers may have come as close as 100km (62 miles) to a intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea, officials […]

Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast

Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security forces in Kabul have in recent weeks been forced to deal with a spate of militant attacks A suicide bomber has attacked a military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing a Nato soldier and wounding several others, officials say. Five soldiers and an interpreter were injured, a Nato […]

Vietnam ‘kidnap victim’ Trinh Xuan Thanh appears on TV

Vietnam ‘kidnap victim’ Trinh Xuan Thanh appears on TV

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Trinh Xuan Thanh’s confession on Vietnamese TV was forced, his lawyer says A former oil executive who Germany accuses Vietnam of kidnapping after he applied for asylum in Berlin has appeared on Vietnamese state TV. Trinh Xuan Thanh said he had turned himself in to the Vietnamese authorities after returning […]

Chinese chatbots shut down after anti-government posts

Chinese chatbots shut down after anti-government posts

Image copyright TENCENT QQ Image caption Tencent QQ users could choose between the bot Baby Q (L) or Little Bing (R) A popular Chinese messenger app has ditched two experimental chat robots, or “chatbots”, which were apparently voicing criticism of the government. Messenger app Tencent QQ introduced chatbots Baby Q and Little Bing, a penguin […]

Afghan mosque attack: Father of teen roboticist among victims in Herat

Afghan mosque attack: Father of teen roboticist among victims in Herat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fatemah Qaderyan was pictured with her father at Herat airport last month after being allowed to fly to the US The father of an Afghan schoolgirl who took part in a recent robotics competition in the US was among those killed in an attack on a mosque in the city […]

Australia terror probe: Two men charged over ‘plot to bomb plane’

Australia terror probe: Two men charged over ‘plot to bomb plane’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The raids on properties in Sydney provided “very strong” evidence against the suspects, police said Two men have been charged with terrorism offences in Australia over a suspected plot to bring down an aircraft. Police said an alleged plan to blow up a plane was thwarted following a number of […]

Warming to boost deadly humidity levels across South Asia

Warming to boost deadly humidity levels across South Asia

Image copyright NOAH SEELAM Image caption Heat and drought have a huge impact on India’s farmers Millions of people living in South Asia face a deadly threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming according to a new study. Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability […]