October 22, 2018

Koreas to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom ‘truce town’

Koreas to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom 'truce town' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Removing guns at the border is aimed at reducing tension between the two Koreas North and South Korea have agreed to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom, the "truce town" that straddles their border. Also known as the Joint Security Area (JSA), Panmunjom is the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas face each other. The aim is to reduce tensions between the two countries. Earlier this month, troops from both sides started removing about 800,000 landmines buried along the border. "The two Koreas and the UNC [US-led United Nations Command] agreed to take measures of withdrawing firearms and military posts from the JSA by 25 October, and for the following two days, the three parties will conduct a joint verification," the South Korean defence ministry in Seoul said in a statement. The three parties also confirmed the completion of the demining ..
October 22, 2018

Nauru migrants: Australia evacuates 11 children off detention island

Nauru migrants: Australia evacuates 11 children off detention island Image copyright AFP Image caption The Nauru detention centre was set up by Australia in 2013 Some 11 children have been transferred to Australia from the Nauru migrant centre to receive medical treatment. The move comes amid reports of a mental health crisis on the island, which has long been plagued by allegations of human rights abuses. The tiny Pacific island nation is the site of Australia's controversial offshore processing centre. Australia has been criticised for holding child migrants who have mental heath issues on Nauru. The island where children have given up on life Abuse and trauma reports leaked Nauru cuts asylum seekers' right to appeal The children join more than 600 people in Australia on "temporary transfers" from offshore detention, reports say. It is thought to be one of the largest groups to be transferred since offshore detentions began in 2013. Can they stay in Australia?Home Affai..
October 22, 2018

Dussehra train crash: India searches for blame after crowd mowed down

Dussehra train crash: India searches for blame after crowd mowed down Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The tragedy has prompted outrage and grieving relatives are demanding answers India is still reeling after 58 people, including children, were killed after a train mowed into a crowd of festival-goers last Friday. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks near the city of Amritsar in northern Punjab state and had no warning the train was headed their way. Few heard the train because of the sound of fireworks being set off. Officials have been trading blame but fury is mounting after the police complaint cited "unnamed persons". "What had been a celebration turned into a horror show. There were so many bleeding and mutilated bodies," Manjit Singh, one of the survivors, who just escaped the train's path, told BBC Punjabi. The crowd were watching celebrations for the popular Hindu festival of Dussehra, which involved the burning of a firecracker-filled effigy of demon ki..
October 22, 2018

Chris Hemsworth picks up US hitchhiker in Australia

Chris Hemsworth picks up US hitchhiker in Australia Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hemsworth flew his new friend over to popular surf spot Byron Bay in a helicopter Australian actor Chris Hemsworth surprised a hitchhiker by giving him a helicopter ride to a surfing spot. The Thor star posted an Instagram video of himself and a friend picking up US musician Scott Hildebrand in Brisbane, who had just arrived from Mexico. "Picked up a hitchhiker, wasn't a serial killer which we were stoked about," Hemsworth wrote. One commenter on the post branded Hemsworth a "true Aussie champion" for his hospitality. Image Copyright chrishemsworth chrishemsworth Report Hemsworth and his friend Luke Zocchi spotted the musician after arriving in the eastern city of Brisbane, and decided to offer him a lift. "Little does he know we're getting a chopper," Zocchi says. Chris Hemsworth 'open to' Crocodile Dundee revamp Thor star on juggling fatherhood and film sets After flying..
October 22, 2018

Shanghai Composite: Stocks surge on hopes of market support

Shanghai Composite: Stocks surge on hopes of market support Image copyright Getty Images One of China's leading stock indexes has had its highest daily spike in more than three years following signs that the government will step in to support battered equity markets. The Shanghai Composite jumped 4.4%, putting it on track for its biggest one-day rise since September 2015. The moves extend a rally that began on Friday and after investor confidence surged on assurances from Beijing. Stocks had been falling as China's economic growth continued to stutter. On Friday, top Chinese financial officials - including economic advisor Liu He and the heads of the securities and insurance commissions - issued a statement to buoy investor sentiment in bruised markets. "The barrage of headlines from key Chinese officials on Friday was deafening and extremely co-ordinated, which has been to great effect," Pepperstone analyst Chris Weston said in a research note. Over the weekend, the gov..
October 21, 2018

Australia sexual abuse: Survivors gather to hear national apology

Australia sexual abuse: Survivors gather to hear national apology Image copyright ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Image caption Messages from survivors were published by the inquiry last year Survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia are gathering to hear a national apology. Hundreds of victims and their supporters have arrived in Canberra for the apology, to be given by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in parliament. It follows a five-year inquiry which found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in Australian institutions over decades. The government described the findings as a "national tragedy". The inquiry, which concluded last December, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims about abuse in organisations such as churches, schools and sports clubs. On Monday, Mr Morrison is expected to acknowledge their suffering as well as failures by institutions to protect them. He will also announce the creation of a museum of remembrance to raise awareness about th..
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 ..
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