August 19, 2018

Australia drought: New South Wales town ‘mobbed’ by thirsty emus

Australia drought: New South Wales town 'mobbed' by thirsty emus Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least five emus have been hit by cars in the town of Broken Hill Large numbers of emus have been flocking to an outback mining town in New South Wales as Australia continues to struggle with extreme drought. The flightless birds are desperately searching for food and water in Broken Hill, local animal rescue services say. "They're actually walking down our main street. We're seeing mobs of them," wildlife worker Emma Singleton said. Separately, the Australian PM has announced extra aid for farmers hit by the drought. "I want to say to our farmers, we have your back," Malcolm Turnbull told reporters, as he announced a A$1.8bn (US$1.3bn; £1.03bn) increase in funds to help deal with extreme aridity in New South Wales. Australia's most populous state, which produces about a quarter of the country's agricultural output, was officially declared entirely in ..
August 19, 2018

China arrests over Tang Dynasty relic thefts

China arrests over Tang Dynasty relic thefts Image copyright AFP Image caption Ancient relics have been stolen from a Tang Dynasty burial site, Chinese police say Chinese police have arrested 26 people suspected of stealing relics from an ancient burial site. The gang allegedly seized almost 650 objects, including gold and silver cutlery and jewellery, from the Dulan Tombs, which lie on the ancient Silk Road in northwest China. The stolen items date back to the 7th Century, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. The suspects allegedly tried to sell them for about $11m (£7.8m). The objects were said to have been illegally excavated from the tombs, located in the north-western province of Qinghai. Image copyright AFP Image caption The Tang dynasty is famous for its gold and silver ware Silk, gold, silver, bronze ware and other items have been unearthed at the tombs, of which there are more than 2,000, since 1982. Experts believe that many of the items are of huge ..
August 19, 2018

Kerala floods: Rescue efforts step up as rains begin to ease

Kerala floods: Rescue efforts step up as rains begin to ease Image copyright Reuters Image caption Torrents of water have rushed through towns and villages in the southern Indian state of Kerala Rescue efforts are being stepped up in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala, where monsoon rains have eased for now. The India Meteorological Department has removed a red alert in several districts, though some areas are still under water. India's air force and navy helicopters are airlifting stranded people from rooftops, and dropping food supplies to those they cannot yet reach. More than 350 people have died in the floods. Thousands remain marooned. Officials said rescue teams are focused on the riverside town of Chengannur, where as many as 5,000 are feared to be trapped. A local politician, Saji Cherian, broke down in tears on TV on Friday describing the crisis there. "Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is..
August 19, 2018

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital to give birth

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital to give birth Image copyright Julie Genter/Instagram Image caption Ms Genter and her partner cycled to hospital where she would have their first child New Zealand's minister for women has cycled to hospital to give birth to her first child at 42 weeks. The Green Party's Julie Genter went by bicycle to be induced because "there wasn't enough space in the car". She posted pictures on Instagram of her and her partner enjoying the "beautiful Sunday morning" ride. In June, PM Jacinda Ardern became the second world leader to give birth in office. Both she and Ms Genter attended the public Auckland City Hospital. NZ PM Ardern returns from maternity leave Female politicians and the baby question Ms Genter, 38, also the country's associate transport minister, is a well-known and outspoken cycling advocate. "This is it, wish us luck!" she wrote to her followers, adding: "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room ..
August 19, 2018

UK probes WW2 shipwreck looting claims

UK investigates WW2 shipwreck looting claims Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wreck of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Repulse was reported to have been damaged or destroyed by thieves The UK will investigate allegations that British World War Two wrecks in Asia have been targeted by scavengers, the defence secretary says. Gavin Williamson said he was "very concerned" to hear claims that four shipwrecks off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts had been looted. The Mail on Sunday said HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza were targeted for their metal. They are thought to be the graves of Royal Navy sailors and civilians. It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were reported to have been damaged or destroyed by thieves. The UK government "absolutely condemns" the unauthorised disturbance of any wreck containing human remains, Mr Williamson said. "I am very concerned to hear any allegations of incidents..
August 19, 2018

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by another strong earthquake, just two weeks after the last one killed more than 460 people. Sunday's quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of 7km (4 miles). It is not yet known if there are any casualties. Residents said the tremor was felt strongly to the east of the island, and sent people fleeing into the streets. The last quake on 5 August displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Lombok is a roughly 4,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island east of the slightly larger island of Bali. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.
August 18, 2018

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption She is a Bollywood megastar who has crossed into American TV and films, while he is a singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". Image Copyright nickjonas nickjonas Report Their engagement is one of a rash of recent quick celebrity engagements. Earlier this year, singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson decided after a few week..
August 18, 2018

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Nobel Peace Laureate dies at 80

(CABNC)-Kofi Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, between 1997 to 2006 he served as the seventh United Nations Secretary General. The Kofi Annan Foundation […]
August 18, 2018

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded. The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Image copyright Reuters Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright EPA Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed. Image copyright Reuters This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety. Image copyright Reuters Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods. Image copyright AFP Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety. Image copyright Getty Images For those who have already made it to safety, the relief is palpable..
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