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Apple hits back at claims it mistreated Chinese workers

The Chinese factories assemble iPads and iPhones. Credit: Reuters

Apple has hit back at "deeply offensive" claims made by BBC's Panorama that workers were mistreated in Chinese factories.

Undercover reporters allege staff were denied days off, made to work 18 days straight and some were so tired they fell asleep during their 12 hour shifts.

An email sent out by Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said: "Nothing could be further from the truth".

It added: "We know of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions, to discover and investigate problems, to fix and follow through when issues arise, and to provide transparency into the operations of our suppliers."

The factory said it would carefully investigate the BBC's claims before "all necessary actions" were taken.

'Wildlife black market thriving in the West,' Prince warns

Prince William told guests at a wildlife reception in New York that Western nations could look "closer to home" to remedy the problem of the illegal trade in exotic animal products.

The 32-year-old royal said "iconic species are being "illegally butchered in the name of trinkets and medicine".

'China will want to know what Prince will say when he visits'

China will want to know what Prince William will say when he visits China after he spoke out against the illegal wildlife trade, an expert told ITV News.

The country is the world's biggest destination for illegal ivory fulled by the belief it is an aspirational possession and a remedy in Chinese medicine.

ITV's China Correspondent Lucy Watson has this report:

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International taskforce set up to tackle poaching

Prince William before delivering his speech at the World Bank. Credit: pool

A British-backed international taskforce has been set up to help tackle animal poaching.

In a speech on the issue, Prince William said the taskforce will work with the transport industry to see how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking routes.

He added some members of the private sector were already leading the way by banning sharking fins on planes, whether they were obtained legally or not.

The prince said the taskforce would also build on the work done by INTERPOL, who recently issued a list of nine fugitives most wanted for environmental crime.

Prince William delivers speech on poaching to World Bank

Prince William addresses the World Bank in his first trip to Washington. Credit: APTN

Prince William gave a speech urging the global community to act on the issue of illegal wildlife trading during a royal trip to the US.

The Duke of Cambridge addressed the World Bank in Washington ahead of the UN's Anti-Corruption Day on Tuesday.

He said in his view one of the most insidious forms of corruption in the world today is poaching, adding: "I was inspired by my grandfather and father, who have championed international conversation for over 50 years."

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