China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing as it lodged “strong protests” over the detention of a Chinese technology executive in Canada.
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of smartphone giant Huawei, was arrested on 1 December while changing planes in Vancouver.
She is the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei and the growing row between the US and China over the case destabilised global stock markets last week as share prices suffered big falls.
Chinese foreign minister Le Yucheng has “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with US ambassador Terry Branstad, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Mr Le reportedly called Ms Meng’s detention “extremely egregious” and demanded the US rescinds its order for her arrest.
He also urged the US to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and said it would take further steps based on Washington’s response.
The move comes a day after Canadian ambassador John McCallum was summoned amid a similar protest warning of “grave consequences” if she was not released.
A Canadian prosecutor has urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to Ms Meng.
Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of telecoms equipment and has been the target of deepening US security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government.
Ms Meng, who was held at the request of the US and faces extradition there, is suspected of trying to evade US trade sanctions on Iran.
The electronics giant allegedly used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of those restrictions and there are claims she covered up her firm’s links.
The US also claimed she and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in the Middle East country.
The surprise arrest has raised doubts about whether a trade truce between Washington and Beijing will hold and whether the world’s two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.
America’s trade representative Robert Lighthizer has said US-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful conclusion by a “hard deadline” of 1 March next year or new tariffs will be imposed.
World markets are jittery over the prospects of a deepening row over China’s huge trade surplus with the US and American claims that China is stealing intellectual property and technology.
At a G20 summit last weekend in Argentina, President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day truce that delayed the planned US hike of tariffs on 1 January to 25% from 10% on $200bn of Chinese goods while they negotiate a trade deal.
Man jailed for sharing footage of Christchurch mosque shooting | World News
A man has been jailed in New Zealand for sharing footage of the al Noor Mosque attack.
Christchurch businessman Philip Neville Arps had admitted two charges of distributing an objectionable publication after the shootings.
On Tuesday he was jailed for 21 months, with a judge saying he had “glorified” the shootings.
Fifty-one Muslims died after being shot as they attended Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in March.
The al Noor shooting was streamed on Facebook.
Arps, among 13 people charged regarding the attack material, distributed the video to approximately 30 people on the social networking site, the court heard.
The second charge related to him asking another person to add crosshairs and a “kill count” to the video, intending to use this as a meme.
He was arrested days after the shootings and has been kept in solitary confinement since then.
In comments reported by the NZ Herald, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said on Tuesday that Arps, 44, had “strong and unrepentant views towards the Muslim community”.
The court heard that Arps, who runs what was described as an insulation company that has used neo-Nazi imagery, showed “particular cruelty” in sharing the footage the day after the attack.
A pre-sentence report said Arps showed no remorse or empathy for any of those affected.
Judge O’Driscoll said some parts of the pre-sentence report were concerning but he did not mention them publicly, wary of Arps considering them a “badge of honour”.
The judge did, however, say that Arps had once compared himself to Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess and that the report said he was a high risk of re-offending.
According to TVNZ, Arps faces six months of strict conditions after he completes his sentence.
These include psychiatric assessments, drug and alcohol treatment and a ban on using the internet.
Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, has been criticised for being slow to take down footage of the attacks, which was deemed objectionable by New Zealand’s Chief Censor.
Along with other social media, Facebook has long been under pressure to do more about hateful and abusive posts.
Toronto Raptors: Two injured in shooting at victory parade for NBA champions | World News
Two people have been injured in a shooting at a victory parade for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, police have said.
Tweets from people attending the parade at Nathan Philips Square said they heard several gunshots, which sparked a stampede from the crowd.
Canadian journalist Diana Weeks said she heard four shots in total, but “thought they were fireworks”.
She added: “I don’t even know what to say right now.”
“Started running for our lives. This is not Toronto. Children crying… ppl running.”
Videos of the incident showed people running to exit the square as the incident unfolded.
Toronto police said the victims’ injuries were “serious but not life threatening”, and that two people had been arrested.
Two firearms have also been recovered.
More than a million people had lined the streets on Monday to celebrate the Raptors’ – and Canada’s – first ever NBA championship win.
The team was paraded aboard five double-decker buses through the city, before coming to an end at the square.
Several public figures delivered speeches, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mr Trudeau, Toronto’s mayor and Raptors player Kawhi Leonard remained on stage as the incident unfolded, and resumed celebrations shortly after.
Teenager survives after 10in blade narrowly misses his brain | World News
Surgeons have told a 15-year-old Kansas boy who got a 10in knife embedded in his skull when he fell on it that he was within millimetres of death.
The knife narrowly missed Eli Gregg’s brain with the tip pushing against his carotid artery, which supplies the brain with blood.
Dr Koji Ebersole, who oversaw the removal, said: “It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event.
“I don’t think he would have survived it.”
Eli’s mum Russell said her son was playing in the garden on Thursday when she heard him scream.
She found him with the large knife jutting out from just below his eye.
“It looked pretty grim, it was scary,” she said.
Within 24 hours of the surgery, Eli was able to talk and make light of the situation.
His mum added: “He says he is going to stay away from sharp objects.”
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