Coalition rejects NBN investment from giant Chinese firm Huawei Despite favourable signs and strong relationships with senior Liberals over the years, the telco will be left out in the coldThe Coalition appears to be shutting the door on the Chinese telco giant Huawei taking part in the multimillion-dollar national broadband network build, despite a substantial effort by the company over several years to woo key decision makers in the new Abbott government.The treasurer, Joe Hockey, has issued a blunt "no" to a question posed on Sky News about whether Huawei could be an investor in the NBN.The attorney general, George Brandis, says the Coalition has not made any decision to change Labor's policy, which was to decline Huawei's participation in the NBN rollout on advice from Australia's national security agencies."The decision of the previous government not to permit Huawei to tender for the NBN was made on advice from the national security agencies," Brandis said in a statement. "That decision was supported by the then opposition after we received o
China officials in new Photoshop fail Anhui province apologises for doctored picture that shows vice-mayor hovering like a ghost above a puppet-sized old ladyWith an eerie floating head and torso looming above a doll-sized figure, it could be a still from a supernatural movie. Instead the image now spreading far and wide is another spectacular Photoshop fail for Chinese officialdom.The comically inept piece of doctoring, published by the government of Ningguo in Anhui province, was intended to show the concern of vice-mayor Wang Hun and other officials as they visited an old lady in the city.But authorities deleted it, apologised and ordered an employee to write a self-criticism after they were deluged with mockery by internet users. Microbloggers pointed out that while officials had merely said sorry for the obviously fake photograph, an official government crackdown threatens jail for lowlier souls spreading "internet rumours".In a statement the officials said they had indeed visited centenarians including Cheng Yanchun
Tiananmen Square crash: five held over 'terrorist' incident Police say they found machetes and flag with 'extreme religious content' in vehicle that crashed through crowds in BeijingChinese police have detained five suspects in connection with what they are now calling a terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square.They seized the men within hours of the "carefully planned, organised and premeditated" incident on Monday, according to a statement on the Beijing police microblog.State media said the occupants of an SUV that crashed through crowds and burst into flames were a husband and wife and the man's mother, all of whom died after igniting petrol in their Xinjiang-registered vehicle.Police found petrol containers, two machetes and metal rods in the car, Xinhua news agency said, along with a flag with "extreme religious content".The others were detained with the help of police from Xinjiang and other areas, it said, adding that police found long knives and what it described as jihadi flags in the unspecified place where they were staying."After the p
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