July 2, 2018

Koala’s genes could halt sex disease

Saving koalas: Gene study promises solution to deadly sex disease Image copyright GREG WOOD Despite being (possibly) the world's cuddliest creature, the super-sweet koala is also one of the unluckiest animals on the planet. Australia's most famous tree hugger has been ravaged by sexually transmitted disease, attacks from dogs, being hit by cars and habitat loss. Chlamydia has spread fast in koalas, causing infertility and blindness. But scientists say decoding the genome should lead to an effective vaccine for the STD. Australia pledges cash to save koalas Australian zoo welcomes rare white koala Koala survives 16km ride on car axle In fact, researchers say they've been amazed by the information that's been hidden in the marsupial's DNA. While they didn't find a gene for cuteness, they've worked out how koalas can survive solely on a diet of eucalyptus - which poisons most other creatures that consume it. Genes that are switched on in the koala&#0..
July 2, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse Image copyright EPA Image caption Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted in May A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the offence. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest in New South Wales. On Tuesday, a magistrate said Wilson was likely to avoid time in jail. He is expected to serve his sentence in home detention, Australian media reported. Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, despite relinquishing his duties in the wake of his conviction. In May, a court found he had failed to report his colleague James Patrick Fletcher's abuse of altar boys to police. Wilson, then a junior priest in the Maitland region, had dismissed young victims in a bid to protect the Church&#..
July 2, 2018

Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo Image copyright EPA Image caption Federer wore Uniqlo during his first match - except for his trainers which are still Nike Tennis legend Roger Federer has signed a deal with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo after ending his decades-long partnership with Nike. The new contract is reportedly worth $300m (£228m) over the next 10 years and was signed after Feder's deal with Nike expired in March. The tennis star donned the Japanese brand at his Wimbledon match on Monday, but for now has kept his Nike shoes. The 36-year-old Swiss player first signed with Nike in 1994. Sports news site ESPN reported the price tag of Federer's new deal, but Uniqlo has not shared the specific terms. Nike shares fly as sales momentum mounts AI used to edit Wimbledon TV highlights Forbes reveals world's richest sports stars "I was excited to wear Uniqlo today," the 20-time Grand Slam winner said after his match on Monday, the Wall Stree..
July 2, 2018

India mystery over Delhi’s ‘house of mass hangings’

India mystery over Delhi's 'house of mass hangings' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The neighbourhood of Burari is reeling from the deaths of the Bhatia family The funerals of 11 members of an extended family - 10 of whom were found hanging from the ceiling of their home in the Indian capital Delhi - will take place on Monday night following post-mortem examinations, police say. Investigators have said the case could be one of "mass suicide linked to spiritual and mystical practices" based on some notes they found inside the house on Sunday morning. However, they have not yet ruled out murder. These are the details so far about the case, which has gripped the country: What do we know about the family?The 11 dead are members of the Bhatia family. They include 75-year-old Narayan Devi, her daughter, two sons, their wives, and five grandchildren aged between 33 and 15. All of them - apart from Narayan Devi who was lying on the floor - were found hanging from th..
July 2, 2018

Missing Thai boys ‘found alive’ in caves

Missing Thai boys 'found alive' in caves Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage from the Thai Navy shows rescuers at the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai All 12 boys and their football coach have been found alive after nine days missing in caves in Thailand, the regional governor says. All 13 are safe, Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed, speaking after a mammoth search operation in the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai. They were discovered by naval special forces, he said. Rescuers had hoped they would find safety from flooding on a mound in an underground chamber. The group's plight gripped the country and led to an outpouring of support. Rising water and mud had impeded the search by divers. Image Copyright @pakhead @pakhead Report Image Copyright @pakhead @pakhead Report The boys aged 11 to 16 and their coach went to explore the caves on 23 June. Drones, dogs, drilling and desperation Thais show their love for lost cave boys What to do to sur..
July 2, 2018

The desperate search for Thailand’s lost boys

Thailand cave: The desperate search for lost boys On 23 June, 12 boys and their coach went to explore a cave after football practice in northern Thailand. They have not been heard from since. A rescue operation involving the Thai navy and air force has been ongoing. Image copyright AFP Shortly after the group's bikes were found abandoned at the entrance, heavy rain sent torrents of water through the cave. Rescuers hope that the boys aged 11 to 16 and their coach are alive deep inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. They could have found safety on a mound in an underground chamber, after being trapped by flood waters. Image copyright EPA A photo of one of the missing boys, Prachak Sutham, is shown on the phone of a Thai student, below. Image copyright AFP Thai navy divers, along with four British cave divers and some US military personnel, have been trying to reach the deepest caverns of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, the fourth longest in Thailand. Image copyright Getty Images Im..
July 2, 2018

Philippine mayor Antonio Halili shot dead at ceremony

Philippine mayor Antonio Halili shot dead at ceremony Image copyright AFP Image caption Antonio Halili was stripped of his powers over local police after being accused of links to the drugs trade A controversial mayor in the Philippines has been shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony. Antonio Halili was shot in the chest as he sang the national anthem outside the town hall of Tanauan, south of Manila. Footage showed bystanders screaming and running away after the shooting. Mr Halili, who paraded drug suspects through the streets, was known for his hardline position on drugs. But he was also accused of protecting drug traffickers - something he denied. The shooter was able to escape, and no suspects have been identified yet. Local police chief Renato Mercado told AFP the shooter had opened fire from about 150m (490ft) away. "The distance from the position was extraordinary. It could not be done by an ordinary person. His skill can be compared to a trained sniper," he said. 'The..
July 2, 2018

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme?

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme? Image copyright Getty Images Reports that North Korea is continuing its weapons programme, despite pledges to denuclearise, have cast doubt on its sincerity in peace talks. The recent reports, based on US intelligence leaks, suggest the country is still upgrading its nuclear enrichment sites, among other activities. So what's actually going on? What are the allegations?Here's what has been reported across US media: North Korea's only official nuclear enrichment site at Yongbyon is being upgraded. The country is stepping up enrichment at two or more secret sites besides Yongbyon. Pyongyang continues to produce more mobile launch vehicles for its ballistic missiles. It has also expanded missile production of solid fuel engines which are more mobile and easier to launch. How reliable are these reports? They are "only" reports but they are deemed accurate by respected North Korea watchers. The information is based..
July 2, 2018

Australian senator Leyonhjelm criticised for ‘sexist slurs’

Australian senator Leyonhjelm criticised for 'sexist slurs' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Senator David Leyonhjelm has been accused of sexism Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on a political opponent to resign for making "offensive and sexist slurs" towards her. Senator David Leyonhjelm made remarks about Ms Hanson-Young's private life in the Senate last week, and again in a television interview at the weekend. His comments have been condemned by other MPs and the public. Mr Leyonhjelm, from the minor Liberal Democrats party, has said he will not apologise. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Hanson-Young speaks in support of same-sex marriage last year Mr Leyonhjelm first made the comments on Thursday, during a debate on curbing violence against women, a topic of much discussion since the recent killing of comedian Eurydice Dixon. Senators had been talking about whether restrictions on the importation of some weapons should be ..
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