May 14, 2018

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit Image copyright AFP Image caption In 1975, Xia Boyu handed his sleeping bag to a suffering teammate - and lost both feet to frostbite A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year's climbing season. In 1975, Xia Boyu lost his feet after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm. Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest - and the first ever from the Nepalese side. Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents. Plain's achievement also features a story of overcoming physical challenge, coming four years after he broke his neck in a surfing accident. 'A challenge of fate'The storm that caused Xia's frostbite struck in the "death zone" above 8,000m (26,200ft) and stranded his team for three nights, not ..
May 14, 2018

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes

India deaths after West Bengal election clashes Image copyright Sanjay Das Image caption More than 12 people have been injured in violent clashes outside polling booths in West Bengal Five people have been killed in the Indian state of West Bengal amid violent clashes over local body elections, police say. But reports from the ground indicate the toll could be as high as 10. Violent attacks, voter intimidation and attacks on polling booths were also reported in several locations. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) of instigating violence to disrupt voting. The TMC has denied the charges and said the reports were overblown. "Other than a few violent incidents, the voting is being conducted peacefully," Parth Chatterjee of the Trinamool Congress said. Analysts are calling this the most violent election in the state in recent years. The election where no-one came to vote Why does India's election t..
May 14, 2018

India’s Tharoor charged over wife’s death

India's Tharoor charged over wife's death Indian MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor has been charged with aiding his wife’s suicide in 2014. Sunanda Pushkar's death was initially treated as suicide, but police later said they were treating it as murder, without naming a suspect. Mr Tharoor is charged under sections of the law pertaining to cruelty to women and abetment to suicide. 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.
May 14, 2018

Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan’s Fujifilm

Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan's Fujifilm Image copyright Getty Images Technology firm Xerox has ended its controversial sale to Japan's Fujifilm after reaching a deal with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Together, they own 15% of Xerox and had opposed the $6.1bn (£4.5bn) deal because they said it undervalued the firm. The decision ends months of infighting, including a major boardroom clear-out. Xerox said it could not proceed, partly because Fujifilm failed to deliver financial audits on time. Mr Icahn welcomed the outcome, saying "we are extremely pleased that Xerox finally terminated the ill-advised scheme to cede control of the company to Fujifilm". As part of its decision to call off the merger agreement, Xerox fired its chief executive Jeff Jacobson in early May. Six board members were also ousted, paving the way for two executives close to Mr Icahn to be installed in the roles of chief executive and chairman. Five new board directors have since..
May 14, 2018

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states

India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states Image caption Officials said many people died as their homes collapsed due to the storm At least 39 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured. The northern state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest death toll - 16. More than 70 people had died in dust storms in the state earlier in May. Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further. Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, while two people have been confirmed dead in Delhi. All three states remain on high alert as officials warn of more thunderstorms over the next few days. India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue..
May 13, 2018

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir

Malaysia to review not revoke fake news law, says Mahathir Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commuters in Kuala Lumpur are being warned against the dangers of fake news Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he will redefine a controversial anti-fake news law introduced by his predecessor. The legislation, brought in just before last week's election, was criticised as undermining freedom of speech. Mr Mahathir had himself been targeted under the law and during his campaign had vowed to entirely abolish it. But he has now said there have to be "limits" to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Meanwhile the head of AirAsia has apologised for backing the ousted government of Najib Razak. Days before the election, the budget airline's chief Tony Fernandes had released a video supporting Mr Najib and had an AirAsia aircraft painted with a slogan for the ruling government. On Sunday he apologised in a Facebook video, saying he had "buckled a..
May 13, 2018

Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters

Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters Two people on a motorcycle have carried out a suicide bomb attack on police headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia, say local authorities. Police officers were injured in the blast, which occurred at 08:50 local time (0150 GMT), but the extent of casualties was not immediately clear. It comes one day after at least 13 people were killed in bomb attacks on churches in the city. The Islamic State group said it was behind those attacks. Authorities were due to provide more details about the latest attack at a briefing later on Monday. "We can't be open up all details yet because we are still identifying victims at the scene and the crime scene is being handled," East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said in a briefing. It was not yet clear whether the attacks were connected to deadly blasts carried out at churches in the same city on Sunday. A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while th..
May 13, 2018

The restaurateur couple who overcame arson threats

The restaurateur couple who overcame arson threats Image copyright Suzanne Bearne Image caption Htet Myet Oo and Isabella Sway-Tin now run a growing restaurant empire When a group of friends proudly opened a restaurant, they didn't expect someone to threaten to burn it down. But that is what happened when Htet Myet Oo and his three co-founders launched the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, in 2014. Now 28, Htet Myet Oo had the idea of modernising Burmese food, and taking it upmarket. So when the Rangoon Tea House opened its doors, it was a sleek, stylish eatery that would not look out of place in London or New York. And its modern takes on Burmese cuisine had prices four or five times higher than the normal in Yangon. Image copyright RTH Image caption The Rangoon Tea House serves up to 700 customers per day "Everyone thought we were crazy for selling Burmese food at a higher price," says Htet Myet Oo. Yet while some thought the founders were mad, others we..
May 13, 2018

Volcano Kilauea: What stops eruptions of lava?

Volcano Kilauea: What stops eruptions of lava? Image copyright US Geological Survey Lava reaching temperatures of 1,000C and plumes of poisonous gas shooting up through cracks in the ground have forced hundreds of people on Big Island, Hawaii, to evacuate their homes. After the Kilauea volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in the world - erupted, slow-moving rivers of lava in the Leilani Estates area have covered more than 100 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in its path, including homes. So, do we know when it'll stop? The Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting for 35 years. And it has been active for thousands of years. It's not the only volcano on Big Island, but is the "youngest and feistiest", said Vox. In 1990 an eruption caused about 200 hundred homes to disappear under lava. Image copyright US Geological Survey Image caption Lava fountains captured on 5 May. The pressure of the magma underneath the surface has not decreased, and there are no f..
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