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" ..
August 23, 2018

Hong Kong doctor ‘killed wife and daughter using gas-filled yoga ball’

Hong Kong doctor 'killed wife and daughter using gas-filled yoga ball' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A yoga ball was found in the boot of a locked car in which Mr Khaw's wife and daughter were found dead An anaesthetist killed his wife and 16-year-old daughter using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide, a Hong Kong court has heard. Prosecutors said Khaw Kim-sun left the inflatable ball in the boot of a car where the gas leaked out and killed them. The pair were found dead inside a locked car in 2015, in a case that initially baffled police. Mr Khaw has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. A post-mortem examination showed his wife and eldest daughter had died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police found a deflated yoga ball in the back of the yellow Mini Cooper in which their bodies were discovered. Prosecutors told Hong Kong's High Court that Mr Khaw had deliberately plotted to kill his wife because he was having an affair and she would not ..
August 23, 2018

India’s ‘biggest’ pet rescue operation in Kerala floods

India's 'biggest' pet rescue operation in Kerala floods Image copyright Shravan Krishnan Image caption Many pet dogs were rescued from flooded homes When rescuers in India's flood-ravaged southern state of Kerala reached a flooded hut in the city of Thrissur, the couple living there refused to leave without their 25 dogs. The water was rising, and the dogs were huddled on a single bed. The rescue workers had arrived on boats, and Sunitha, who uses only one name, flatly told them she and her husband would not leave without their stray and abandoned pets. "Our neighbours had been moved to schools and camps nearby. Rescue workers said that we could not bring our dogs to the relief camp," she said. So the workers went back and got in touch with an animal rescue group. Sally Varma of Humane Society International told the BBC that their volunteers arrived soon, and arranged for the dogs to be taken to a special shelter for affected animals. Ms Varma said she has started ..
August 22, 2018

Qantas profits soar nearly 15% despite rising fuel costs

Qantas profits soar nearly 15% despite rising fuel costs Image copyright Getty Images Australia's national airline has posted a 15% jump in annual net profit with healthy returns across its business, despite a rise in the price of fuel. Net profit rose to $A980m ($719m; £557m) in the year to the end of June, up from $A852m. Qantas put the results down to strong demand for domestic travel, as well as efforts to improve its business. An aggressive restructure recently has seen jobs slashed, its fleet reduced and the cutting of loss-making routes. Those measures saw Australia's biggest airline deliver its second highest profit in its 97-year history last year. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said this year's numbers "show a company that's delivering across the board". The biggest contributor to the rise in profits was strong demand for domestic travel, but international travel also saw a 7% increase. First non-stop flight arrives in London from PerthMr Joyce said ..
August 22, 2018

Trade wars: US set to impose fresh tariffs on China

Trade wars: US set to impose fresh tariffs on China Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A worker checks wind turbine blades at a factory in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province The US and China are expected to impose fresh tariffs on $16bn (£12.4bn) of each other's goods on Thursday as their tit-for-tat trade war rages on. The second round of tariffs will see a total of $50bn worth of goods from each side that will now be taxed. Since the opening salvo in July, tensions between the world's two largest economies have escalated, hurting their companies and economies. The tariffs come into effect as officials meet for talks in Washington. They are due to wrap up two days of low-level trade negotiations on Thursday, but few hope for a breakthrough. US tariffs on $16bn of Chinese goods will come into effect at 12pm Beijing time (0500 BST). The new 25% tax will affect nearly 280 Chinese goods, including chemical products, agricultural equipment, motorcycles and antennas. China is..
August 22, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia PM faces second leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia PM faces second leadership challenge Image copyright EPA Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is facing calls for a second leadership vote Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is facing a demand by a party rival for a second leadership challenge, as he fights to retain his grip on power. On Tuesday, former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton lost an internal party vote by a slim 13-vote margin. Australian media reported that Mr Turnbull was resisting Mr Dutton's calls for a second vote on Thursday. Mr Turnbull is under pressure over poor polling and a push by conservative members of his party to replace him. On Thursday, the prime minister lost the support of three key backers - a move seen by commentators as a blow to his chances of remaining leader. Mr Dutton asserted that Mr Turnbull had lost a majority of colleagues' support. Skip Twitter post by @PeterDutton_MP A few minutes ago I spoke with Malcolm Turnbull to advise him I believed the majority of the p..
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