December 24, 2018

Sydney Opal Tower: Thousands evacuated after ‘crack’

Sydney Opal Tower: Thousands evacuated after 'crack' Image copyright EPA Image caption A loud cracking noise was heard by residents As many as 3,000 people have been evacuated after residents of a newly completed tower block in Australia reported hearing "cracking noises". Police confirmed they had found a crack in the 33-storey Opal Tower, in Sydney Olympic Park, following reports of the noise on the 10th floor. Engineers said the high-rise tower has moved up to 2mm, local media reported. A 1km (0.6 mile) evacuation zone, which also affected other buildings, was put in place amid safety fears. An email to residents of a nearby apartment block said the evacuation had been ordered because "there is a potential for the tower to collapse", according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Specialists were due to enter the 10th floor to inspect the crack and assess whether the building was safe, Greg White, a spokesman for New South Wales Fire And Rescue, told reporters. He said police ha..
December 24, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYuni was forced to run from the water The death toll following the tsunami caused by the Anak Krakatau volcano has risen to at least 373, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency says. Saturday saw giant waves crash into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java. It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves. "1,459 people are injured, while 128 remain missing," said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a statement. Coastal residents near the volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami. Anak Krakatau erupted again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke. Video shot from a charter plane captured the magnitude of the volcanic event in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. A volcanologist explains eruption images The rock band swept away by deadly ..
December 24, 2018

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of supporters of Nawaz Sharif gathered at the court in Islamabad for the verdict Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sent back to jail after a fresh corruption conviction. The court in Islamabad gave Sharif a seven-year term for having investments beyond his declared assets. Sharif, who denies wrongdoing, was jailed in July in a different corruption case but bailed on appeal when the Islamabad High Court suspended his sentence in September. His party lost general elections in July while he was in jail. Former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won most seats, after running on an anti-corruption platform. Security around the court in Islamabad was tight for Monday's verdict. Profile: Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif's Panamagate explained How a font exposed 'fake' documents Can Imran Khan change Pakistan? The former ruling pa..
December 24, 2018

India rescuers step up efforts to save trapped coal miners

India rescuers step up efforts to save trapped coal miners Image copyright Sannio Siangshai Image caption Rescue officials are trying to pump out water from the mine Rescuers in India say they are hoping for a miracle to save 15 workers trapped inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men were trapped 11 days ago when sudden flooding blocked their exit. Officials hope they have found an air pocket in the main shaft to survive. Rescuers have been trying to drain the mine but have just two pumps and have asked for more resources. So-called "rat-hole" coal mining is widespread in the state, but illegal. Such mining involves digging pits into the ground to create a narrow hole to find coal. The trapped workers were inside one such mine in East Jaintia district. "We are optimistic that the miners have found an air pocket [a dry area] in the main shaft, it will give us more time to reach them," Santosh Singh from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ..
December 24, 2018

Chris Dawson: Husband in podcast mystery released on bail

Chris Dawson: Husband in podcast mystery released on bail Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian Chris Dawson is accused of murdering his wife who vanished in 1982 The husband of Lynette Dawson, a Sydney woman whose disappearance has been the subject of a popular crime podcast, has been released on bail after his arrest for her alleged murder. The 70-year-old denies killing his wife, saying that she abandoned the family for a religious group in 1982. The story of her disappearance is told in Australian podcast The Teacher's Pet, which secured a global following. Chris Dawson was greeted by a media throng upon exiting jail on Monday. He posted A$1.5m (£0.85m; $1.05m) bail and will return to his family home in the state of Queensland, where he will have surrender his passport and report daily to authorities. Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Lynette Dawson, a mother of two, was last seen in 1982 Police arrested the former high school teacher on 5 December, following a th..
December 23, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Rock band Seventeen swept away by waves

Indonesia tsunami: Rock band Seventeen swept away by waves Image copyright Instagram/Seventeenbandid Image caption (From L-R) Andi, Riefian, Bani and Herman were performing as the tsunami struck One of the most shocking and heart-rending stories to emerge from the Indonesian tsunami is that of rock band Seventeen, who were performing in a marquee on the beach when waves came crashing through and swept them away. If a lot of the current soul searching and commentary in Indonesia right now is about how there was absolutely no warning for the killer waves, this is the starkest illustration of that. The footage of the event is startling for how quickly a scene of about 200 people gathered around tables listening rapt to the band, became one of vast waves surging through the tent as the singing turned into screams. Three members of the band - the bassist, road manager, guitarist - and a crew member have been killed. The band's drummer still remains missing. The lead vocalist of the..
December 23, 2018

Anak Krakatau: Volcanologist explains Indonesia eruption images

Anak Krakatau: Volcanologist explains Indonesia eruption images Image copyright EPA Image caption The death toll after Saturday's tsunami continues to rise It is very likely that a collapse of rocks on Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano caused an undersea rockslide, which in turn generated a tsunami on Saturday that has claimed hundreds of lives. The volcano is now entering a new, deadly phase, writes California-based volcanologist Jess Phoenix as she looks at a series of spectacular images to analyse the timeline of eruptions. Image copyright Getty Images In the illustration above, we see Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) from before its infamous 1883 eruption. The name "Anak Krakatau" means "Child of Krakatau," so this look at the modern volcano's predecessor provides perspective for scientists. Krakatau was a classic cone-shaped stratovolcano (meaning it was made of layers and layers of erupted material) that appeared to be intact and large. The presence o..
December 23, 2018

Yanxi Palace: The most Googled show on Earth

Yanxi Palace: The most Googled show on Earth Image copyright IQiyi Image caption The Story of Yanxi Palace revolves around its female protagonist, Wei Yingluo It has love but also hatred, intrigue, revenge, poisoning rivals and even killing babies. The Chinese drama Story of Yanxi Palace is the most Googled TV show of 2018 globally, despite Google being largely blocked in the country. The search engine's analytics suggested that the top interest in the drama has come from Asian regions like Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Hong Kong, but its popularity in mainland China has been overwhelming as well. The series has been streamed more than 15 billion times on iQiyi, China's Netflix-like site where the show premiered in July before it reached domestic TV channels and more than 70 markets abroad. It was the most watched online drama in China for 39 consecutive days over the summer. The 70-episode Story of Yanxi Palace fictionalised the power struggles among the concubines of E..
December 23, 2018

Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes

Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYuni was forced to run from the water Coastal residents near Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami. On Saturday, giant waves crashed into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 222 people and injuring 843. It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves. Anak Krakatau was erupting again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke. Video shot from a charter plane captured the magnitude of the event in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. Skip Twitter post by @hudasafiro Mt. Krakatoa Eruption, one hour ago. Credit to Capt. Mykola from Susi Air#PrayForBanten #prayforanyer #PrayForLampung #PrayForSelatSunda #prayforindonesia #Krakatau #TsunamiSelatSunda #TsunamiAnyer #tsunamibanten #TsunamiLampung pic.tw..
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