The world is set to mark the end of the year, and the decade, as 2019 comes to a close

The world is set to mark the end of the year, and the decade, as 2019 comes to a close – and while spectacular firework displays are expected to herald in the 2020s across the globe, some threaten to be overshadowed by ongoing events. In Australia, New Year’s Eve celebrations have been marred by wildfires which have threatened to cause mass evacuations in population hubs including Victoria in the east of the country. She suffered burns to 40 per cent of her body and died a week later. Police have now launched an investigation into her death, The Sun reports. … Continue reading The world is set to mark the end of the year, and the decade, as 2019 comes to a close

One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires

One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires driven by extreme weather conditions swept across four Australian states on Monday. The volunteer firefighter from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service died when a truck rolled near Jingellic, about 70km east of Albury, on the border with Victoria. The RFS said two trucks, including the one in which the firefighter died, had been overturned by high winds. Two others suffered burns in the crash. The figure amounts to the equivalent of 45 abuses every single day for 10 years. But even that may be just … Continue reading One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires

A widow who inspired a central character in HBO’s Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired

A widow who inspired a central character in HBO’s Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired, revealing tearfully how her firefighter husband gave her flowers from his hospital bed before he died of radiation poisoning.  Lyudmila Ignatenko was pregnant with her first child when her husband Vasily hurried to the scene of the 1986 nuclear disaster. EU institutions are currently hammering out the details of the bloc’s long-term budget, known as the multiannual financial framework (MFF). The UK’s withdrawal will leave a large hole to plug. Senior EU officials have described the negotiations over the … Continue reading A widow who inspired a central character in HBO’s Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired

Several hundred mostly Muslim men face having their property confiscated after being given “unpayable” fines

Several hundred mostly Muslim men face having their property confiscated after being given “unpayable” fines for allegedly vandalising police batons, motorbikes and loudspeakers during protests against a new Indian citizenship law. Residents described the unprecedented fines as being part of a clampdown involving arbitary arrests and intimidation by the Hindu nationalist government in the state of Uttar Pradesh against the Muslim community over the demonstrations. She stayed with him in hospital where he gave her carnations from under his pillow, but died painfully of radiation poisoning two weeks after the accident.  Speaking to BBC News, Lyudmila said she had suffered … Continue reading Several hundred mostly Muslim men face having their property confiscated after being given “unpayable” fines

A girl who made headlines around the world when she survived almost two weeks alone in the Siberian wilderness has won a Russian children’s beauty contest

A girl who made headlines around the world when she survived almost two weeks alone in the Siberian wilderness has won a Russian children’s beauty contest. Karina Chikitova, who clung on to her loyal puppy, fought to stay alive in a forest full of brown bears and wolves. Homes nearby were a mixture of restored shops and houses and burnt-out shells, but the means by which this Christian town, on the Nineveh Plain east of Mosul, was rebuilding itself, three years after it was smashed by Islamic State, were also clearly on show. A USAid lorry was parked opposite the … Continue reading A girl who made headlines around the world when she survived almost two weeks alone in the Siberian wilderness has won a Russian children’s beauty contest

The US has recalled its ambassador to Zambia after he called the imprisonment of a gay couple “horrifying” and accused authorities of corruption

The US has recalled its ambassador to Zambia after he called the imprisonment of a gay couple “horrifying” and accused authorities of corruption. Daniel Foote, a career diplomat appointed by the Trump administration in 2017, had issued a strongly worded statement criticising the 15-year sentences handed down to two men for being in a relationship. Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia. He was bent double in the narrow space between a dry stone wall at a the home on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. Rescue workers arrived and discovered he was holding a shopping bag with a pack of instant … Continue reading The US has recalled its ambassador to Zambia after he called the imprisonment of a gay couple “horrifying” and accused authorities of corruption

A mass exodus of civilians from the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria has begun

A mass exodus of civilians from the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria has begun as thousands of people flee towards the Turkish border in the face of a fierce new military assault by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies. As many as 30,000 people have left the area around the town of Maarat al-Numan after four days of airstrikes and heavy shelling paved the way for Syrian government troops to push deeper into north-western Idlib province. The idea was suggested up by L’Eryn Detraz, a native of Cow Island and a missionary currently stationed in Ohio, according to a statement … Continue reading A mass exodus of civilians from the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria has begun

Eerie photos show the charred remains of the town of Balmoral which burned to the ground last week after firefighters ran out of water

Eerie photos show the charred remains of the town of Balmoral which burned to the ground last week after firefighters ran out of water, but angry locals have rejected the Premier’s claims the town was ‘wiped off the map’. The aftermath of the devastation in the New South Wales Southern Highlands town can be seen in harrowing pictures showing a burnt out car covered in ash, a charred railway line and the rubble of destroyed homes. The murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, triggered Saudi Arabia’s biggest diplomatic crisis since the 9/11 attacks as world leaders and business executives … Continue reading Eerie photos show the charred remains of the town of Balmoral which burned to the ground last week after firefighters ran out of water

More than 500 homes have been destroyed by fires raging across Australia and thousands of people face the possibility of Christmas in shelters

More than 500 homes have been destroyed by fires raging across Australia and thousands of people face the possibility of Christmas in shelters. One of the largest fires in the nation’s history ripped through communities west of Sydney. Several villages in the Blue Mountains were partly destroyed despite the efforts of 3,000 firefighters to contain blazes that have now burnt a total area far in excess of that destroyed in the Amazon this year. Carnival Cruise Lines said one person suffered a minor injury on the Carnival Glory when a group of guests was evacuated from the dining room. Additional … Continue reading More than 500 homes have been destroyed by fires raging across Australia and thousands of people face the possibility of Christmas in shelters

A policeman who brought a teenage girl protesting climate change to tears as he threatened to arrest her has been branded ‘a coward’

A policeman who brought a teenage girl protesting climate change to tears as he threatened to arrest her has been branded ‘a coward’. Schoolgirl Izzy Raj-Seppings, who was with her dad, was filmed being spoken to by a policeman outside the Australian Prime Minister’s home who said she was ‘blocking the road’. Ms Parveen’s fear stems from two recent decisions by the Indian government. Last week the country’s parliament passed a bill that will grant citizenship to illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries, as long as they are not Muslim. Alongside this, the government of Narendra Modi plans to produce a … Continue reading A policeman who brought a teenage girl protesting climate change to tears as he threatened to arrest her has been branded ‘a coward’