August 24, 2018

Japan’s first woman fighter pilot to blaze a trail in skies

Japan's first woman fighter pilot to blaze a trail in skies Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Misa Matsushima's childhood dream of being a fighter pilot was inspired by the 1986 US film Top Gun A Japanese woman will be flying through the glass ceiling as she becomes her country's first female fighter pilot. First Lieutenant Misa Matsushima, 26, will begin duty on Friday having completed her training to fly F-15s, Japan's military has announced. "As the first female (fighter) pilot, I will open the way," she told reporters. Japan's air force began recruiting women in 1993 - except as fighter jet and reconnaissance aircraft pilots. It lifted that final ban in late 2015. "Ever since I saw the movie Top Gun when I was in primary school, I have always admired fighter jet pilots," the graduate of Japan's National Defence Academy told journalists. "I wish to continue to work hard to fulfil my duty - not just for myself but also for women who will follow t..
August 24, 2018

Australians react with horror and humour amidst political chaos

Australians react with horror and humour amidst political chaos Image copyright AFP Image caption Malcolm Turnbull becomes the fourth PM in eight years to be deposed After days of uncertainty, Australia finally has a new prime minister - their fifth in eight years - following a dramatic leadership battle. Malcolm Turnbull resigned as leader on Friday after being pushed out in a coup by members of his Liberal party. His replacement, Scott Morrison, was voted in minutes later by an internal party poll. Naturally, the country responded by taking to social media - some in horror, others in humour - about the week that was definitely not short on political drama. Australia gets new PM in brutal party coup Australia: Coup capital of the democratic world Australia's national sportIn the run-up to the party coup, Twitter was filled with the hashtag #libspill, a reference to the Liberal party's leadership spill - with one left-leaning tweeter calling it the country's "national ..
August 24, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Six moments that defined Australia’s ex-PM

Malcolm Turnbull: Six moments that defined Australia's ex-PM Image copyright AFP Image caption Malcolm Turnbull (R) successfully challenged Tony Abbott in 2015 His time in power was relatively brief, eventful, and like many recent Australian leaders, abruptly terminated without an election. Here are moments that loomed large in Malcolm Turnbull's three-year prime ministership, before his messy ouster by party rivals on Friday. 1. The toppling of Tony AbbottMr Turnbull is hardly new to internal chaos. As opposition leader in 2009, he was unseated by Tony Abbott. The latter became PM in 2013, but - and stay with us - Mr Turnbull then ousted him in 2015. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScott Morrison is new Australian PM as Turnbull is ousted In doing so, Mr Turnbull used a justification that would come back to haunt him: "We have lost 30 Newspolls [opinion polls] in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott's lead..
August 23, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull ousted as Australian PM by party coup

Malcolm Turnbull ousted as Australian PM by party coup Scott Morrison is to be Australia's new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals, officials have confirmed. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling, a looming election, and a revolt by conservative MPs. Mr Morrison, the current treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, said Liberal Party whip Nola Marino. Mr Turnbull did not stand in the leadership contest. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
August 23, 2018

The heroic Indian teens who conquered Everest

The heroic Indian teens who conquered Everest Image copyright Getty Images Image caption (L-R) Umakant Madavi, Parmesh Aale, Manisha Dhurve, Vikas Soyam and Kavidas Katmode Five Indian teenagers from a remote rural district scaled Mount Everest in May, etching a name for themselves in history. Jaideep Hardikar reports on their 10-month journey. "I still pinch myself to make sure it happened," says 18-year-old Manisha Dhurve, who hoisted the Indian flag on the summit of Mount Everest at 04:30am on 16 May. She says she has achieved what one year ago had seemed unimaginable. And when she reached the top of the summit, her whole life seemed to flash before her eyes. "I remembered my parents, my siblings, my village, my home, our forests, my school, my teachers, my friends, our training, everything." Manisha was one of a 10-member team that took the giant leap - from a non-descript tribal district in the western state of Maharashtra to the snowy Himalayan peak that is a life-long dream fo..
August 23, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia PM’s leadership on a knife edge

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia PM's leadership on a knife edge Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAustralia's struggle to keep a PM on board Pressure is mounting on Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull as internal party rivals prepare for a potential imminent leadership contest. Mr Turnbull is fighting to retain his position amid a push by senior colleagues to replace him as leader. He says he will stand down if a majority of Liberal Party MPs sign a letter to bring on an internal vote. If that happens, a ballot for a new leader will take place on Friday in what is likely to be a three-way race. The prime minister is facing pressure following poor opinion polls, losses in recent by-elections, and a revolt by the conservative wing of his party. Internal rumblings came to a head in a debate about energy and climate change policy - polarising issues for his centre-right coalition. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Three senior Liberals have put their na..
August 23, 2018

Reunited at last: The friends who escaped China’s Cultural Revolution

Reunited at last: The friends who escaped China's Cultural Revolution Image caption Ha (left) and Chan first met when they were six Two childhood friends met and then grew apart in the Chinese city of Guangzhou as the Cultural Revolution was at its height. Nearly six decades later they were reunited in Hong Kong after one read about the other in a BBC report, write Grace Choi and Lam Cho Wai. Hong Kong is a city of immigrants. For decades, particularly in the wake of political turmoil in China, it was a haven for refugees fleeing chaos and seeking new opportunities. It often meant that people lost track of friends and sometimes even relatives. 'We just clicked'Ha Sze-yuen, 71, had been searching for his childhood friend Chan Hak-chi for years. They met when they were six years old. Both of them were enrolled at Guangzhou's Tongfu Middle Road No. 1 Elementary School. "We loved reading and excelled at studies. The teachers liked us a lot, but we didn't see ..
August 23, 2018

Chinese tourists flock to North Yorkshire chippy

Chinese tourists flock to North Yorkshire chippy Image caption The fish and chip shop owner said more than 100 Chinese tourists were visiting a week A fish and chip shop in North Yorkshire has translated its menu for Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to cope with an influx of Chinese tourists. Scotts Fish and Chips near York has seen coachloads of visitors wanting to try the traditional dish. The passion for the chippy has been put down to the fish and chips Chinese president Xi Jinping shared with then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015. Manager Roxy Vasai said more than 100 Chinese tourists were visiting a week. Image caption The restaurant on the A64 is about six miles from York Staff said dining at the chippy was a real occasion for the visitors, with many taking photographs with employees both inside and outside the restaurant on the A64 at Bilbrough Top. Yorkshire breaking news: 'Urgent' appeal over missing woman; Wayward wallaby 'could be 100 miles away' Ms..
August 23, 2018

Huawei and ZTE handed 5G network ban in Australia

Huawei and ZTE handed 5G network ban in Australia Image copyright AFP Chinese smartphone maker Huawei says the Australian government has banned it from providing 5G technology for the country's wireless networks. It said fellow communications firm ZTE had also been banned, reportedly due to national security concerns. "This is a extremely disappointing result for consumers," the company said on Twitter. 5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity and promises faster data download and upload speeds. Wider coverage and more stable connections than current 4G technology are also highlighted as benefits. What is 5G?Several countries are preparing for the roll-out of 5G mobile networks, though analysts say few will launch 5G services before 2020. Huawei is the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment. It also ranks second in global smartphone sales, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. In July, a UK security committee warned that it had "only limited assurance" ..
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