Fears flood water runoff could ‘smother’ Barrier Reef

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SYDNEY: Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said yesterday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. Parts of northern Queensland are still reeling after nearly two weeks of unprecedented rainfall that turned roads into rivers […]

Myanmar sentences two to death for lawyer’s murder

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YANGON: A Myanmar court yesterday sentenced two people to death for the murder of a Muslim lawyer and Aung San Suu Kyi advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large. Ko Ni, whose work and faith made him a target of […]

Singapore detains alleged sponsor of M’sian IS fighter

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SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man who gave financial support to a Syria-based Islamic State (IS) militant from Malaysia has been detained under the city-state’s tough internal security laws, authorities said yesterday. The arrest highlights the continued influence of Southeast Asian militants fighting with IS in Iraq and Syria in radicalising people […]

Thai with dementia returns home after 640 km detour

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BANGKOK: A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who left home eight months ago to see her son nearby, only to apparently walk 640 kilometres into China, arrived back in the kingdom yesterday. Kaeomanee Arjaw, who is from the ethnic Akha hill-tribe, was reported missing on June 12 from her house […]

Mini me: Rossi finds fountain of youth in his academy

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TAVULLIA, Italy: Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi says he has discovered the fountain of youth in his VR46 Riders Academy as he aspires to continue competing at the highest level past his 40th birthday on Saturday. “Working with young people keeps me young,” said the nine-time world champion who set […]

Luiz insists Chelsea stars still believe in Sarri

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LONDON: Chelsea defender David Luiz insists there has been no dressing room revolt against manager Maurizio Sarri’s tactics despite a 6-0 mauling at Manchester City last weekend. Sarri has been criticised for refusing to adapt his style, even on the road against the best opponents. The Blues bounced back by […]

Man United can still progress despite PSG defeat: Herrera

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MANCHESTER: Ander Herrera believes Manchester United can still progress in the Champions League despite their chastening home loss to Paris Saint-Germain, saying it will not throw their season off track. After winning 10 out of his first 11 matches in all competitions, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat for […]

Napoli captain Hamsik completes China move

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ROME: Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has sealed his move to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, the Serie A side’s lawyer told Italian radio on Wednesday. “Hamsik is a Dalian player from 2030 (1930 GMT) this evening,” Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Radio Kiss Kiss. The Slovakian, who is currently […]

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’: Study

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Billions of tonnes of meltwater flowing into the world’s oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could boost extreme weather and destabilise regional climate within a matter of decades, researchers said Wednesday. These melting giants, especially the one atop Greenland, are poised to further weaken the ocean currents that […]

Malaysia makes record 30-tonne pangolin seizure

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Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tonnes of pangolins and their scales worth some US$2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday. The haul included about 1,800 boxes full of frozen pangolins stuffed inside three refrigerated containers, 572 more frozen pangolins […]

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