The DailyBrief

Monday October 24, 2016

A Hong Kong judge warned a jury that former British banker Rurik Jutting filmed the torture and killing of the two Indonesian women he is accused of murdering two years ago. Jutting is pleading not guilty to murder as his trial begins.

Japanese fishermen from the remote coastal town of Taiji are pushing back against critics of the dolphin slaughter depicted in Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove. A delegation of Taiji whalers are expected to address the International Whaling Commission’s biennial meeting in Slovenia.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has proposed amending the country’s constitution to allow presidents to serve multiple terms or to establish a parliamentary system. She said the single-term presidency had served its purpose and is now an obstacle to the country’s further development.

China’s yuan exchange rate stabilized after plumbing fresh six-year lows on Monday, as large state-owned banks sold dollars in an apparent effort to slow the decline in the currency’s value against the dollar. The yuan has fallen about 1.5% since the end of September, a slide driven partly by a resurgent dollar and worries over slowing economic growth.

Meet the latest internet meme – Japanese DJ and comedian Piko Taro – whose catchy tune PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) gains a following similar to South Korean pop star Psy. Piko-Taro, who also goes by the name Kosaka Daimaou, has clocked millions of views but is still far from Psy’s 2 billion.