Record-breaking heatwave in Australia

Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate. An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires...

  Asia / South Asia

Record-breaking heatwave in Australia

Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate. An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said preliminary readings showed daily national temperature highs of 40C. The town of Noona in New South Wales meanwhile recorded...

China brushes off international concern over death sentence for Canadian

China said on Wednesday that it was “not worried in the slightest” by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to a Canadian for drug smuggling. Monday’s sentence for Robert Schellenberg for smuggling 222 kg (489 lbs) of methamphetamines prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of “arbitrarily” applying the death penalty, reports Reuters. The United Nations...

'Trump instructed lawyer to lie over Moscow tower deal'

US Democratic politicians have announced that they will investigate allegations that US President Trump directed his long-time personal lawyer to lie to Congress. A Buzzfeed News report alleges Mr Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to BBC on Friday. Cohen has already admitted to lying...

  Europe

  Europe

Doctor, teen die in Sudan protests

A doctor and a 16-year-old have been killed in Sudan amid demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir. Both were shot in the head by state forces who were firing directly on demonstrators, a member of the Sudan Doctors Syndicate briefed reporters. Nine other demonstrators were reportedly wounded in the clashes as protesters staged a sit-in at a hospital in the capital...

South Africa to finalise long-term energy plan next month

South Africa is aiming to finalise a long-term plan for the country’s energy sector next month. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe on Wednesday also said it will launch another round of renewable energy deals after the plan, reports Reuters. “We are aiming for February,” Radebe said, when asked when the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would be completed. “Straight away after that...