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Families flee ahead of flooding

Brisbane Families are moving out of low-lying parts of Rockhampton, and extra emergency crews have moved into the central Queensland city as it braces for the worst flooding in more than 60 years. The Fitzroy River is rising and are expected to peak of 9.4m on Wednesday or Thursday. At that level flooding will be worse than what was seen in 2011...

‘Papal tyranny’ catches up with Pope

Carpi (Italy) Perhaps the last thing Pope Francis expected to find during a visit to the northern Italian city of Carpi overnight was a huge 136-year-old plaque honouring the victims of "papal tyranny". The Pope passed right by the plaque while standing in his white open popemobile after saying Mass in a square a few dozen metres away during a day-long...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...

Credit Suisse ‘co-operating’ in money laundering case

Amsterdam Swiss bank Credit Suisse has been dragged into yet more tax evasion and money laundering investigations, after a tip-off to Dutch prosecutors about tens of thousands of suspect accounts triggered raids in five countries. Co-ordinated raids began on Thursday in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, France and Australia, the Dutch office for financial crimes prosecution (FIOD) said, with two arrests confirmed so far. The Dutch...

Two dead as floodwaters retreat

Sydney Two women have become the first fatalities in Cyclone Debbie's devastating aftermath as residents of several New South Wales towns are warned they will not be home for some time with five areas declared natural disaster zones. One woman's body was found by a family member yesterday morning on a flooded property in northern NSW. Police say she disappeared overnight in...

New search of deepest cave

Prague Czech divers are preparing to search the world's deepest underwater cave again to see if there is more to be discoverer from its already record-breaking depths. Last September researchers identified the flooded limestone cave, called Hranicka Propast and located 300km east of Prague, as the deepest of its kind when they reached 404m below Earth's surface. Access to the underwater part...

Lung disease again risks miners’ lives

Melbourne Dust in Australian coalmines is risking the lives of miners and more needs to be done to regulate it, a study has found. In the 1960s there was a very high incidence of lung disease among Australia's coalminers until limits were placed on the dust that could be produced. After that there was a massive decline in the prevalence and severity...
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