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‘Ethiopia pilot asked permission to climb’

He reported control problem, was operating at an unusually high speed: recording Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which crashed killing 157 people, had an unusually high speed after take-off before the plane reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly, said a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording. A voice from the […]

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At least 42 dead in floods in Indonesia’s Papua: official

At least 42 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province, an official said on Sunday. The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday, and also left 21 people injured. Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo […]

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Christchurch shooting: death toll rises to 50

The bodies of the victims in the attack had not yet been released to families because investigations were ongoing. The death toll in the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch rose to 50 after investigators found another victim as they removed bodies from the crime scenes, the country’s police commissioner […]

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The poison of choice for many Japanese

One pufferfish secretes enough toxin to kill 30 adult humans. But, thanks to advancements in cooking techniques, the fugu has enjoyed a high status in Japan. It’s late afternoon at the Karato fish market in the Japan’s far western port city of Shimonoseki. The floor is slick with scales and water. The wholesalers have packed […]

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Cyclone Idai batters Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead

Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, has been worst affected At least 24 people have died in south eastern Zimbabwe as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, the country’s Information Ministry said on Saturday. Cyclone Idai, which brought flood water and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting […]

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World agrees on first global commitment to curb single-use plastics

Nations have agreed to "significantly" curb items such as plastic bags and straws by 2030. Environmentalist groups warn the measures don't go far enough, with the US reportedly blocking efforts for more radical action. United Nations member states agreed on Friday to “significantly reduce” single-use plastics over the next decade. The pledge came after marathon […]