Category: World

Australian dies in Saudi Arabia during Hajj pilgrimage

An Australian has died in Saudi Arabia amid the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the federal government has confirmed. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the family. “We send our deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time,” a spokesperson said. READ MORE: M*A*S*H and Hunger Games star Donald Sutherland dead at 88 The ABC reported the man…

M*A*S*H and Hunger Games star Donald Sutherland dead at 88

Donald Sutherland, a veteran actor known for roles in M*A*S*H, Klute and The Hunger Games, has died, according to a statement from his agency CAA. He was 88. Sutherland died on Thursday in Miami after a long illness, according to his agency. “With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland’s son, wrote in a…

Putin and Kim vow to aid each other if attacked

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a partnership that includes a vow of mutual aid if either country is attacked, during a Pyongyang summit on Wednesday that came as both face escalating standoffs with the west. Putin’s first visit to North Korea in 24 years comes amid growing concerns over an arms arrangement in which the country provides Moscow…

Vladimir Putin makes rare visit to Kim Jong Un in North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in North Korea, Russian news agencies report, after saying the two countries want to cooperate closely to overcome United States-led sanctions in the face of intensifying confrontations with Washington. Putin was met at Pyongyang’s airport by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to the news agencies, RIA-Novosti and Interfax. Putin, making his first trip to North Korea in…

Colorado LGBTQ+ club mass shooter pleads guilty to avoid death penalty

The shooter who killed five people and injured 19 others at a nightclub in Colorado Springs has pleaded guilty to 50 United States federal hate crime charges. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 24, is already serving life in prison after pleading guilty to state charges in the 2022 shooting last year. Federal prosecutors have focused on proving that the attack at Club Q — a sanctuary for…

Michael Mosley’s body to be repatriated within days

The body of British television doctor Michael Mosley is likely to be released to his family and repatriated by the weekend, according to reports. The health guru and broadcaster was holidaying on the Greek island of Symi when he went missing last Wednesday, sparking an enormous days-long search. His body was found on Sunday. READ MORE: A croc was terrorising a Top End town. The…

France preparing for potential terror threats at ‘bold’ opening ceremony

“Bold, original and unique.” That is how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is describing the Paris 2024 opening ceremony, which will see 10,500 athletes parading down the Seine river on 94 boats for a six-kilometre stretch on July 26. It is the first time an opening ceremony will be held outside of a stadium in the Olympic Games’ 128-year history. The ambitious ceremony is open…

Biden’s son convicted of all three felonies in federal gun trial

Hunter Biden has been convicted of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018 when, prosecutors argued, the United States president’s son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. Jurors on Tuesday (early Wednesday AEST) found Hunter Biden guilty of lying to a federally licensed gun dealer, making a false…

Main takeaways after far right rocks European politics

A four-day election has shaken the foundations of the European Union, with the far right rocking ruling parties in France and Germany, the bloc’s traditional driving forces. For the next five years it will be harder for the European Parliament to make decisions. French President Emmanuel Macron called snap national elections after Marine Le Pen’s National Rally humbled his pro-European centrists in the polls. German…

Body of TV presenter Michael Mosley found on Greek island

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley has been found on a Greek island after a days-long search, his family has confirmed. The British television presenter disappeared while on holiday on the island of Symi, which is on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea and about 6.5 kilometres from Turkey. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday (last night…

Search for missing TV doctor to focus on maze of tunnels known as ‘The Abyss’

A search for a British TV doctor who vanished in the Greek Islands will now focus on a maze of tunnels known as ‘The Abyss’. Dr Michael Mosley was last seen on Wednesday after he left friends to go on a coastal walk along Saint Nicholas Beach on the Greek Island of Symi. At least 100 rescuers and volunteers, including a helicopter, have been scouring…

Israel rescues four hostages kidnapped in Hamas’ October 7 attack

Israel said on Saturday it rescued four hostages who were kidnapped in the Hamas-led attack on October 7, the largest such recovery operation since the war began in Gaza. At least 94 Palestinians including children were killed as heavy fighting continued around the sites in central Gaza, the Health Ministry said. Israel’s army said it rescued Noa Argamani, 25; Almog Meir Jan, 21; Andrey Kozlov,…

Worries grow for British TV doctor missing in Greece

Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. Police said on Friday that the coast guard, police and fire department were involved in the search, with a helicopter, drones and a police…

Two children stomped by angry elk in four days in US town

A four-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl were attacked and injured by elk four days apart in a Colorado town in the US. The boy was at a playground near Stanley Park in Estes Park, Colorado, around 1.30pm Monday local timewhen a cow elk “suddenly charged and stomped on him multiple times,” a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release said Tuesday. Two elk calves were…

Search for popular weightloss doctor who is missing on Greek island

Greek authorities are searching for Michael Mosley, a well-known British television doctor who popularised intermittent fasting for weight loss and long-term health. Greek police said a broad search and rescue operation has been under way since Wednesday on the island of Symi, which is on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea and about 6.5 kilometres from Turkey. Mosley, 67, is believed to have gone…

Woman found alive at funeral home dies

Constance Glantz had been in a nursing home – in hospice care. Whatever ailment had ushered the 74-year-old toward this inescapable brink, her death – as those whose business it is to care for the recently departed often say – had been expected. They say in such cases that “a ‘death of a patient is anticipated,’” the sheriff’s chief deputy in Lancaster County, Nebraska, later…

McDonald’s loses years-long Big Mac EU trademark court battle

McDonald’s has lost a European Union trademark dispute over the Big Mac name after a top court sided with Irish fast food rival Supermac’s in a long-running legal battle. The EU General Court said in its judgment on Wednesday that the United States fast food giant failed to prove that it was genuinely using the Big Mac label over a five-year period for chicken sandwiches,…

Three baby siblings found abandoned in London parks

Police are searching for the parents of three babies who were wrapped in shopping bags and blankets, then abandoned in east London over the past seven years. A court revealed on Monday that baby Elsa, who was found left in a park in cold weather in January, is a sibling of two other newborns, PA Media reported. Elsa’s sister and brother, who were named in…

Biden hints Netanyahu is dragging out war for political survival

United States President Joe Biden has suggested his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, may be dragging out the war in Gaza in an attempt to cling to power and said it was “uncertain” whether Israel had committed war crimes. The president made the comments in an interview published on Tuesday in Time magazine. “There is every reason for people to draw that conclusion,” he said when…

Melanoma vaccine lowers death, reoccurrence risk by 49 per cent, trial finds

A melanoma vaccine has been found to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence or death by 49 per cent over three years, researchers have found. The results of the vaccine trial are being presented at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. The vaccine, called mRNA-4157 (V940), was developed by Moderna and was given to patients in the trial in combination with an…

Boeing’s first astronaut flight called off last minute due to computer issues

Last-minute computer trouble nixed today’s launch attempt for Boeing’s first astronaut flight, the latest in a string of delays over the years. Two NASA astronauts were strapped in the company’s Starliner capsule when the countdown automatically was halted at 3 minutes and 50 seconds by the computer system that controls the final minutes before liftoff. With only a split second to take off, there was…

‘My rock’: Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s mother dies

Marian Shields Robinson, the mother of former US First Lady Michelle Obama who moved with the first family to the White House when son-in-law Barack Obama was elected president, has died. She was 86. Robinson’s death was announced by Michelle Obama and other family members in a statement that said “there was and will be only one Marian Robinson. In our sadness, we are lifted…

Indian airline’s new safety check-in offer for female travellers

One of India’s biggest airlines has just launched a new feature that allows female travellers to see where other women are sitting when selecting seats for their flights. According to a statement sent to CNN, low-cost carrier IndiGo Airlines is offering the feature on a pilot basis to female passengers checking in for their flights online. The carrier, founded in 2006, operates more than 2000…

Trump responds to his guilty verdict by falsely blasting a ‘rigged trial’

Donald Trump launched into attacks on the judge in his criminal trial and continued to undermine New York’s criminal justice system on Friday as he tried to repackage his conviction on 34 felony charges as fuel, not an impediment, to his latest White House bid. Trump spoke to reporters at his namesake tower in Manhattan on Friday, his return to campaigning a day after he…

Jury in Trump hush money trial resumes deliberations

The jury in former US President Donald Trump’s hush money trial resumed deliberations on Thursday (Friday AEST) after revisiting portions of the judge’s instructions and rehearing testimony from multiple key witnesses about the alleged scheme at the heart of the history-making case. The judge responded to a jury request by rereading 30 pages of jury instructions. The 12-person jury, which deliberated for about four and…

New challenge to evacuate traumatised PNG landslide survivors

Traumatised survivors of the massive landslide estimated to have buried hundreds in Papua New Guinea have been slow to move to safer ground as the Pacific island nation’s authorities prepare to use heavy machinery to clear debris and risk triggering another landslide, officials say. Government and army geotechnical experts on Thursday were examining the stability of the massive swathe of rubble that crushed Yambali village…

Aussie convicted in ‘ruthless’ Hong Kong security law case

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia is “deeply concerned” by the conviction of an Australian-Hong Kong dual national and 13 others on charges under the territory’s national security laws. The pro-democracy activists, including Australian citizen Gordon Ng, were convicted in Hong Kong‘s biggest national security case on Thursday. A court said their plan to effect change through an unofficial primary election would have undermined the…

G-force changes, 54-metre drop blamed for Singapore Airlines injuries

The Singapore Airlines flight that suffered severe turbulence, leaving one passenger dead and dozens more injured, dropped 178 feet (54 metres) in less than five seconds, an early investigation has found. Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau today blamed the drop and an associated “rapid” change in gravitational force for the injuries to crew and staff who were unbuckled at the time. UK grandfather Geoffrey Kitchen,…