US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’

US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most weapons systems, including the F-35 jet, were found to be vulnerable to cyber-attack Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems tested between 2012 and 2017. That includes the newest F-35 jet as well as missile systems. Pentagon officials had no immediate response to the 50-page report from the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee’s…

Outcry at far-right child informer scheme

Outcry at far-right child informer scheme

Image copyright AFP Image caption AfD are hoping to enter Bavaria’s state parliament for the first time in elections on 14 October German justice minister Katarina Barley has sharply condemned an online scheme launched by the far-right AfD party to get schoolchildren to inform on teachers who are politically partial. The far-right party entered parliament for the first time this year, becoming the biggest opposition party. Its informant site started in Hamburg and is likely to be launched elsewhere. Ms Barley said it was “a method of dictators” and one…

Turkey calls for CCTV of missing Saudi

Turkey calls for CCTV of missing Saudi

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release images proving that a missing reporter left its consulate in Istanbul. Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was “possible for there to be no camera systems” running at the building, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports. Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate last week. Turkish officials claim that Mr Khashoggi was murdered within its walls.…

Astronauts escape malfunctioning rocket

Astronauts escape malfunctioning rocket

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight A US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut were forced to make an emergency landing after their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Shortly after taking off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin reported a problem with the rocket’s booster. The men were forced into a “ballistic descent”, with their capsule landing a few hundred miles north of Baikonur. They have been picked…

Your mid-terms daily digest

Your mid-terms daily digest

There are just under four weeks until the US elections that will help define the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency. The mid-term elections will see people vote for members of both houses of Congress, as well as for governors in 36 out of 50 states. Between now and then, we’ll bring you updates and all the best analysis every weekday in this round-up. Today: health becomes the number-one issue, and more fears of voter suppression. One video to watch The second-most Googled question about the mid-term elections is… what are…

Longest non-stop flight set to depart

Longest non-stop flight set to depart

Image copyright SIA The battle to offer the world’s longest non-stop flight steps up a gear on Thursday, when a new Singapore-to-New York service takes off. Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after they withdrew it because it had become too expensive. It will cover more than 15,000km and is scheduled to take just under 19 hours. Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha. Have passengers been snapping up the tickets? The…

Verne Troyer death is ruled a suicide

Verne Troyer death is ruled a suicide

Image copyright Getty Images Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer’s death has been ruled a suicide by a coroner in Los Angeles. The actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, died in April at the age of 49. Troyer, who was 2ft 8in (81cm) tall, also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter film. Following an autopsy and further tests, the Los Angeles County Coroner said he died from the effects of alcohol, and ruled his death was a suicide. He had been open about his alcoholism…

Record-breaking ‘hell’ hurricane mauls US

Record-breaking ‘hell’ hurricane mauls US

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStorm Michael’s trail of devastation The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees. Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds. Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris. Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are…

‘I believe my son is still alive’

‘I believe my son is still alive’

Nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Palu, major search and rescue operations are due to end. More than 2,000 people are known to have died and around 5,000 are still feared missing. The government says it has imposed the rescue deadline to stop the spread of diseases, and because it’s increasingly difficult to identify bodies. The BBC’s Howard Johnson reports from Balaroa, one of the worst hit districts of Palu. Video produced by Abdujalil Abdurasulov

Donald Trump and a world of disorder

Donald Trump and a world of disorder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump has often cut an isolated figure on the world stage At a moment when America has been focussed myopically on the highest court in the land, the Trump administration stands accused of being a bystander to lawlessness around the world. The forced disappearance of the Interpol chief, Meng Hongwei, who it turns out is being held by the Chinese authorities. Mounting evidence underscoring the Kremlin’s involvement in the chemical poisonings in Salisbury. The seemingly gruesome case of Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist who…