August 24, 2018

North Korea visit: Trump calls off Pompeo trip

North Korea visit: Trump calls off Pompeo trip Image copyright Reuters Image caption Problem solved - according to Mr Trump after his June summit with Kim Jong-un US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not be travelling to North Korea in the immediate future after Donald Trump asked him to call off a planned trip. The president said in a tweet that insufficient progress was being made on denuclearising the Korean peninsula. And he suggested China was not doing enough to pressure North Korea - due to trade tensions with the US. After his summit with the North Korean leader in June, Mr Trump said the country was no longer a nuclear threat. But since then there have been several reports that it is failing to dismantle nuclear facilities. One of the most recent warnings came from unnamed US officials, who told the Washington Post that North Korea appeared to be building new intercontinental ballistic missiles. The UN's nuclear agency (IAEA) has also said North Korea is continuing..
August 24, 2018

Kerala floods: Victims face snake menace as waters recede

Kerala floods: Victims face snake menace as waters recede Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floodwaters are receding in Kerala - but have left behind a glut of snakes Flood victims returning home in the Indian state of Kerala have been warned to prepare for a new menace: Snakes. Several snake-catching teams have been deployed to affected areas, amid fears the reptiles could be hiding in cupboards, under carpets, or inside washing machines in previously submerged homes. Hospitals in the worst-hit areas are readying supplies of anti-venom. Devastating flooding has killed around 400 people in Kerala since June. More than a million others were displaced, with many of them taking shelter in thousands of relief camps across the southern state. As well as the glut of snakes, scorpions and other insects are reported to have moved into human homes. On social media, footage emerged of a woman trying to stop a 10ft (3m)-long python from entering her garden by tapping a broomstick on th..
August 24, 2018

Australian rent-a-grave law to be reviewed

Australian rent-a-grave law to be reviewed Image copyright AFP Image caption Burials are costly in New South Wales, with much of the expense going on the burial plot A controversial law in Australia's New South Wales that allows graves to be "rented out" is going to a public inquiry, reports say. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the NSW government is going to review rentable graves, after they were introduced into the region's Cemeteries and Crematoria Act in June. The act allows relatives to rent graves for 25-99 year periods if they can't afford the leasehold fees on their loved one's permanent grave. The state library of New South Wales says that burials are an expensive business, and that a single grave can cost anywhere between AUD $2,970 and AUD $4,800 (£2,727; $3,506). Political issueThe existing law means the headstones of deceased relatives can be removed if relatives don't renew the deceased's plot of land within two years of expiration..
August 24, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: The ‘refreshing’ PM felled by revolts and revenge

Malcolm Turnbull: The 'refreshing' PM felled by revolts and revenge Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malcolm Turnbull failed to live up to his promise as prime minister. Malcolm Turnbull began his Australian prime ministership in 2015 by declaring it was the most exciting time to be alive. Achievements followed but, as political historian Paul Strangio writes, so too did reality - and it bit hard. What madness has infected Australian politics and why did Mr Turnbull, whose ascension to the job aroused such initial optimism, end so badly? Partly it can be explained by the primal political passion of vengeance. Malcolm Turnbull toppled Tony Abbott to become prime minister in September 2015. As in the preceding Labor period of government when Julia Gillard felled Kevin Rudd as prime minister who thereafter waged a remorseless insurgency against her, Mr Abbott and his allies have been hell bent on retribution against Mr Turnbull since 2015. On Friday, Mr Turnbull was ..
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..
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