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Massive 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

Massive 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck Indonesia. The powerful quake was reported off the coast of Java just before 10am this morning AEST. There are currently no tsunami warnings in effect for the quake. It comes a day after a devastating quake killed at least 225 people in Mexico City. Another powerful […]

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

A British holidaymaker, who is presumed dead after being snatched by a crocodile in Sri Lanka, was a Financial Times journalist. Paul McClean, who worked as a reporter on the newspaper’s fastFT desk in London, is missing after the huge reptile grabbed him and dragged him underwater at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock. The 25-year-old […]

Bangladesh garment factory blast kills 10

Bangladesh garment factory blast kills 10

At least ten people were killed and up to 50 injured after a boiler exploded at a garment factory in Bangladesh on Monday, authorities said. Dozens of labourers were on site at the facility in an industrial district outside the capital, Dhaka, when a blast tore through the six-storey building, causing its walls and a […]

India introduces sweeping tax reform

India introduces sweeping tax reform

India has replaced its numerous federal and state taxes with the Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to unify the country into a single market. The historic overhaul of the existing tax legislation was carried out at a special midnight session of parliament. India says introducing GST will cut red tape and increase tax revenues, […]

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said murder in the name of cow protection is “not acceptable”. Many Hindus believe cows are sacred and killing them is banned in some states. Hours after Mr Modi’s comments, a Muslim man was reportedly killed by a mob who accused him of transporting beef in his car. On […]

Two Chinese killed in Pakistan

Two Chinese killed in Pakistan

The IS-linked Amaq news agency made the claim in an Arabic statement on the Telegram messaging app. China’s foreign ministry said it was “gravely concerned” and working to verify the information. The pair are said to have been studying Urdu at a language centre in the city of Quetta when they were abducted. According to […]

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka announced plans Saturday to prosecute a slew of companies and individuals behind illegal construction projects blamed for landslides and flooding that have killed at least 211 people following heavy monsoon rains last week. The urban development ministry said they will press criminal charges against those illegally occupying marshlands earmarked to absorb flood waters […]

Manila Attack: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

Manila Attack: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

Thirty-six bodies were found at the biggest hotel-casino in the Philippines after a gunman carrying a container of gasoline set fires and touched off a mass panic — hours after the authorities said that only the assailant had died. The discovery of the bodies was confirmed about noon on Friday by Oscar Albayalde, a police […]