October 21, 2018

Legendary mountain team’s 1921 Everest album

Pipes, monks and glaciers: Climbing Everest, 1920s-style Image copyright RGS-IBG/Salto-Ulbeek Image caption A member of the expedition relaxes with his pipe British mountaineer George Mallory took his last breath on the imperious slopes of Everest in 1924. But three years before that, he made history as part of the first British reconnaissance expedition to the world's highest peak. Led by soldier and explorer Charles Howard-Bury, this was the first group of Westerners to set foot on Everest. Mallory and fellow climber Guy Bullock made it 23,000ft up the mountain via the North Col, on Everest's north ridge, before searing winds forced them to turn back. Their journey proved that there was indeed a path to the top of the world. These are the pictures they took on the way: The rocky shot below was captured on the Kyetrak Glacier on Cho Uyo, a mountain whose name means Turquoise Goddess in Tibetan. The peak is the world's sixth-highest. The team were lucky to get it, as t..
October 21, 2018

Taiwan train: Derailment in Yilan County leaves ’17 dead’

Taiwan train: Derailment in Yilan County leaves '17 dead' Image copyright BEING CHUNG CHOU/via REUTERS Image caption Several train carriages were photographed on their sides, off the tracks At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more hurt after a passenger train derailed in Yilan County in Taiwan, government authorities say. Photographs from the scene show several train carriages lying on their side on railway tracks. The incident reportedly happened at about 16:50 local time (08:50 GMT). Train authorities say at least 80 people have been injured and local media report that 310 people were travelling on board at the time. 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.
October 21, 2018

Top Macau official Zheng Xiaosong dead after fall from building

Top Macau official Zheng Xiaosong dead after fall from building Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Zheng was the head of China's liaison office to Macau China's top representative governing the Chinese territory of Macau has died after falling from a tall building. Beijing released a brief statement saying that Zheng Xiaosong had been suffering from depression, implying he had killed himself. Mr Zheng, who was 59, fell off the building where he lived, officials said. He served as the liaison between the Chinese government and the casino hub of Macau, a former Portuguese colony. There is no evidence that Mr Zheng had come under the watch of China's pervasive anti-corruption campaign. However, hundreds of mid-level Chinese officials who had been accused of graft have died in recent years - reportedly by killing themselves, though observers have questioned these accounts. A statement on the Macau liaison's office website showed that Zheng met with the head of a ..
October 20, 2018

K-beauty: The rise of Korean make-up in the West

K-beauty: The rise of Korean make-up in the West Image copyright Beige Chuu Image caption Why has the West fallen in love with Korean beauty trends? For thousands of years the fashion conscious have used make-up to get their look just right, and keep up with fast-moving trends. Now, the global beauty industry is experiencing a revolution driven by South Korea. Say hello to K-beauty. Young people in Western countries have become infatuated with K-pop - Korean pop music - and Korean soap operas. Many Korean celebrities and pop stars, including the seven-member boy band BTS, are known for their signature looks. But it's not just Korean entertainment - in the last 18 months, there has also been a rise in Korean beauty trends coming over to the West. In 2017, South Korea's beauty industry was estimated to be worth just over $13bn (£10bn), according to retail researchers Mintel. The fascination with Korean cosmetics is due to how innovative they are, says Marie Claire's digi..
October 20, 2018

The day out that reunited an Indian boy with his family

The day out that reunited an Indian boy with his family Image copyright Mansi Thapliyal Image caption Hassan Ali spent nine years in different children's homes in India Fifteen-year-old Hassan Ali was on his way to an amusement park outside India's capital Delhi in July when his memory was jogged by something he saw. He was on a bus with more than 50 boys from different children's homes in the city. Hassan had run away from home nearly a decade ago. And ever since he had been unable to recollect enough details to find his way back - until now. He fell silent as the bus passed through an uncannily familiar street with many Hindu temples. And when he spotted an Islamic book shop on his right, he couldn't help but squirm in his seat. He was suddenly filled with nostalgia and a sense of disbelief. He bent over and whispered in his friend Michael's ear, "This is where I ran away from. This is where my madrassa [Islamic school] was." The 'escape'Hassan..
October 20, 2018

Do you speak Telugu? Welcome to America

Do you speak Telugu? Welcome to America Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America, has roots in Telegu-speaking Andhra Pradesh. Claim: Telugu is the fastest growing language in the US. Verdict: Yes it is, according to a study by an American think tank. The number of speakers of Telugu, a south Indian language, has grown by 86% in the last seven years. However, it is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English. Think of the most commonly-spoken languages other than English in the United States and this one from southern India may not spring to mind. The number of US residents speaking Telugu rose by 86% between 2010 and 2017, according to an online video by the World Economic Forum. The video referred to a study by the US-based Centre for Immigration, which analysed census data to look at the pace at which languages are being spoken in America. So what's behind the rise of Tel..
October 19, 2018

Australia government braced for Wentworth by-election defeat

Australia government braced for Wentworth by-election defeat Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma faces a strong challenge from independent Kerryn Phelps People are voting in a by-election in a suburban constituency in Sydney, which could wipe out the government's one-seat parliamentary majority. PM Scott Morrison's ruling Liberal Party is fighting to hold the affluent seat of Wentworth, vacated by his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull was ousted by Mr Morrison in an unpopular party coup in August. Australia has had six prime ministers in eight years and could face further uncertainty if the Liberals lose. The centre-right party would need to rely on independent MPs to survive confidence votes. Two of the MPs have already vowed not to back Mr Morrison. Malcolm Turnbull ousted in brutal party coup The rise of Scott Morrison, Australia's new PM Australians vent about political chaos "The events of a couple of months ago w..
October 19, 2018

Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky?

Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Moon, seen over Chengdu, could be backed by a fake one - but there would be significant hurdles A Chinese company has announced ambitious plans to put a "fake moon" into space to brighten the night sky. According to the People's Daily state newspaper, officials at a private aerospace institute in Chengdu want to launch this "illumination satellite" in orbit by 2020, and say it will be bright enough to replace street lights. The straight-out-of-sci-fi news has sparked fascination, scepticism from scientists, lots of questions and outright mockery. What do we know about this project?Not much - and the little information that is available is somewhat contradictory. People's Daily first reported it last week, quoting comments made at an innovation conference by Wu Chunfeng, chairman of the neatly named Chengdu Aerospace Science Institute Microelectronics System Research Institut..
October 19, 2018

Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security

Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfghan "war on terror" generation votes Voters in Afghanistan are due to cast their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections, amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. More than 2,500 candidates - including many women - are vying for 250 seats. But more than 30% of polling stations are shut because of security concerns - 10 candidates have been killed in the lead up to the vote. Meanwhile voting in Kandahar province has been delayed by a week after the assassination of a top police chief. Gen Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a rogue bodyguard on Thursday. The Taliban claimed the attack, which came after a high-level security meeting. US commander Gen Scott Miller narrowly escaped unhurt. Kandahar vote delayed after Gen Raziq killed What's at stake in the parliament vote? Polling day - key numbersNearly nine million voters are entitled to cast th..
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