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Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia
Six rescue divers have drowned while trying to save a teenager from a disused mining pool in Malaysia. They were searching for a 17-year-old boy who is thought to have fallen into the body of water while fishing with his friends on Wednesday. Authorities said the divers became caught in a "whirlpool" and sudden strong currents caused some of their equipment to come off. The search for the...
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Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid
Rescuers in Indonesia are still trying to reach remote areas in Sulawesi cut off by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the island and killed more than 1,400 people. Efforts have largely been focused on the city of Palu, where most of the confirmed dead have been counted. This has angered people elsewhere, who say they have not received help. The UN has warned that large p...
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First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years
The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Dr Strickland shares this year's prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France. It recognises their di...
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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave
Volunteers have begun burying victims of Indonesia's deadly earthquake and tsunami in a mass grave. Friday's disaster devastated swathes of the eastern Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead. Some remote areas have yet to be contacted, and there are fears that the death toll could rise further. A lack of heavy lifting equipment is hampering rescuers' attempts to reach peopl...
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Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll
At least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says. Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference. The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added....
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ABC chair resigns over Australian political interference claims ABC chair resigns over Australian political interference claims
The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has resigned following allegations of political interference. Justin Milne resigned from the national broadcaster amid reports he had called for journalists to be fired because their reporting was disliked by the Australian government. The government has denied pressuring the broadcaster over its staff. His exit comes after man...
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Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol
Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year. The city is considering fines for anyone found carrying alcohol after 19:00 - even sealed in shopping bags. Police say they do not plan to stop Venetians on their way home from the shops, but rather drunk revellers. Millions of tourists visit the hist...
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Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries
he Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves. There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia. Many are thought to be copycat cases or...
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Canadian politician says a family can eat on $75 a week Canadian politician says a family can eat on $75 a week
A Canadian political leader has been caught in a dangerous election campaign trap: not knowing the cost of groceries. Quebec Liberal leader Phillipe Couillard told a radio station this week that a family of three could eat for a week on C$75 ($57; £45). He conceded it would be challenge and the menu would be limited. Still, opponents pounced on the comment to accuse him of being out of to...
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Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns
A further one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, the charity Save the Children has warned. Rising food prices and the falling value of the country's currency as a result of a civil war are putting more families at risk of food insecurity. But another threat comes from fighting around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is the principal lifeline for almost two-thirds of the pop...
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