August 1, 2018

Stranded Russian climber ‘hallucinated’ during Pakistan ordeal

Stranded Russian climber 'hallucinated' during Pakistan ordeal Image caption Alexander Gukov was weak when he was found but had no major frostbite A Russian climber who spent six days stranded on a mountain after his climbing partner fell to his death has described how he hallucinated that he had returned safely home, as avalanches continued around him. Alexander Gukov was stuck at a height of nearly 6,300m (20,670ft) at Latok 1 in Pakistan's northern Karakoram range. He was rescued on Tuesday by military helicopters and said he had decided while he was on the mountain that he would ask his partner of 18 years to marry him. "Every night what I was thinking [was] 'when I come back, I will marry her'," he told BBC Urdu from hospital in Rawalpindi. Mr Gukov said that he and Sergey Glazunov, 26, had been forced back by bad weather as they approached the summit a week ago. As they descended the 7,145m-high mountain, his friend disappeared. "I tried to cry... and [..
August 1, 2018

Koreans turn to ice vests and hot soup in record Seoul heat

Koreans turn to ice vests and hot soup in record Seoul heat Image copyright EPA Image caption Here's one way to cool off South Korea's capital city of Seoul has recorded its hottest ever temperature at 39C (102F). More than 28 people have died and 2,266 have suffered heat-related conditions as a result of a sweltering heatwave, according to authorities. Some are beating the heat in pools and fountains, while others have turned to more creative methods - including "ice vests" - in an attempt to cool down. The hot weather is set to continue throughout the week. President Moon Jae-in has called for the heatwave to be declared a form of natural disaster, a move that would allow victims to claim compensation. The government has also set aside 6bn won ($5.3m; £4m) for city and provincial governments to deal with the effects of the weather. Japan heatwave declared natural disaster Climate change driven by humans made heatwave 'twice as likely' Amid the rising mercury, S..
August 1, 2018

Window-smashing kangaroo escapes from shelter in Australia

Window-smashing kangaroo escapes from shelter in Australia Image copyright MANFRED ZABINSKAS Image caption The kangaroo (seen in foreground) managed to jump over a tall fence A kangaroo that smashed its way into an Australian home at the weekend - prompting its rescue - has escaped from a wildlife shelter, staff say. Rescuers had treated the kangaroo for cuts after it broke a window at the Melbourne house and "ran amok" inside. The marsupial managed to leap over a fence on Tuesday, escaping into a forest in central Victoria. Staff said it was the first time a kangaroo had cleared the 2.2m (7ft 2in) fence. 'One flying leap'Rescuer Manfred Zabinskas said his partner had witnessed the 30kg (65lb) animal's escape during a morning feeding session. "[The kangaroo] was hopping around and getting more and more upset, and at first he just rushed past her and hit the wall," Mr Zabinskas told the BBC. "But then he did another lap. He took one flying leap and absolutely cleared it ..
August 1, 2018

Pilot daughter fulfils mother’s retirement ‘dream’

Pilot daughter fulfils mother's retirement 'dream' Image copyright @caramelwings Image caption Pooja Chinchankar, centre, on her final flight A woman, who fulfilled her air hostess mother's "dream" by piloting her final flight before retirement, says she feels "happy and overwhelmed". Ashrrita Chinchankar was first officer on the Air India flight which brought to a close her mum Pooja's 38-year career as cabin crew. Ashrrita told the BBC: "I am both happy and overwhelmed. Happy because people can relate to the emotion, and overwhelmed because people are celebrating the goodness." She initially tweeted: "So happy and honoured to be able to pilot the one flight that mattered. It was my mum's dream to have me pilot her last flight as an air hostess with Air India. "As she retires after her glorious 38 years of service, I will be carrying on with her legacy." Image Copyright @caramelwings @caramelwings Report Image Copyright @caramelwings @caramelwings Repo..
August 1, 2018

US mulls 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese goods, say reports

US mulls 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese goods, say reports Image copyright Getty Images The US is considering 25% tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods, much higher than the 10% it previously indicated it might impose, reports say. The plan could be announced as early as Wednesday but a higher tariff was not finalised, sources told US media. It would risk further escalating tensions between the US and China which are already mired in a trade war. The US in July published a list of $200bn worth of additional products to be taxed as early as September. The list named more than 6,000 items including food products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags. Six ways China could retaliate in a trade war How a US-China trade war could hurt us all US-China trade row: What has happened so far? The US opened fire in a trade war with 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods, and China retaliated in kind. US threats have escalated since, with US President Donald Trump saying he is ready..
July 31, 2018

Plastic bags: Australia anger over Coles ‘caving in to tantrums’

Plastic bags: Australia anger over Coles 'caving in to tantrums' Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Most plastic enters oceans via the world's major rivers, researchers say It's a question that has prompted a global call to action: how do you best eliminate single-use plastic bags, before they further pollute our oceans? Australia is among places grappling with bans, but it has struck teething pains amid what many have likened to "tantrums" by change-averse customers. Now a major supermarket chain has drawn fury by indefinitely extending its giveaway of new, reusable plastic bags. The grocery giant, Coles, is not having a good day. Skip Twitter post by @GuyMosel Hey @Coles, congrats for being spineless and irresponsible. Never shopping with you again. Keep up the superb work you utter, utter numpties. — Guy Mosel (@GuyMosel) August 1, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @GuyMosel Skip Twitter post by @LuckyLindyMoo Grow a back bone @Coles Rather th..
July 31, 2018

Jalalabad attack: ’15 killed’ in eastern Afghan city

Jalalabad attack: '15 killed' in eastern Afghan city Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan security forces ended the assault At least 15 people have died in a bomb and gun attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, an official says. Gunmen stormed a government building after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate. Afghan security forces had ended the assault and killed two of the gunmen but much of the building was destroyed, a government spokesman said. No militant group has yet said it is behind the attack, although the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed increasing numbers of attacks on civilian targets, amid calls for peace talks between the government and the Taliban. Jalalabad and its surrounding area, which is near the border with Pakistan, has borne the brunt of IS attacks. Other recent attacks in Jalalabad: Deadly Afghan attack targets midwives Suicide blast targets Sikhs in Afghan city..
July 31, 2018

Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Aviation chief quits over failings

Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Aviation chief quits over failings Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives of missing MH370 passengers consoled one another as the official report was released Malaysia's civil aviation chief has quit after a report into the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 found failures by air traffic control. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the official report, released on Monday, highlighted lapses by controllers in relation to emergency procedures. The passenger jet had been missing, the report said, for about 20 minutes before authorities sent an alert. The aircraft mysteriously disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board. It was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur and is believed to have plunged into the southern Indian Ocean. An official search ended in May, although Malaysia's new government has said it might resume the search if more credible evidence emerges. Image copyright EPA Image caption Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said he was resigni..
July 31, 2018

Stranded Russian climber rescued after six-day ordeal in Pakistan

Stranded Russian climber rescued after six-day ordeal in Pakistan Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alexander Gukov (centre) spent the last three days without food Pakistan's helicopter pilots have rescued a Russian climber stranded on a mountain, ending his six-day ordeal in subzero temperatures, the army says. Alexander Gukov was stuck at a height of nearly 6,300m (20,670ft) at Latok 1 in the northern Karakoram range. Previous attempts to airlift him failed because of bad weather. Officials say he is very weak but has no frostbite. His partner Sergey Glazunov fell to his death as the two climbers tried to descend last Wednesday. Image copyright Reuters Image caption A photo showing Alexander Gukov's location near the top of the peak before the rescue Pakistani and Russian officials say Mr Gukov was transported to the nearest hospital in Skardu. "He has no severe frostbite... [He is] very weak and talks with difficulty," said Anna Piunova, the co-ordinator of the rescu..
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