SYDNEY: Heading Down Under where locals are “dry as a dead dingo’s donger” and beachgoers don “budgie smugglers“, but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things ‘Straya.
BAGAN: Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.
BANGKOK: Thai police on Wednesday released sketches of four male suspects in the bombings of Hua Hin resort and Phang Nga province two weeks ago.
LIBREVILLE: Gabon’s leading presidential challenger Jean Ping is a career diplomat determined to wrest power from the Bongo dynasty in Saturday’s election after serving the family for two decades.
PARIS: France’s highest administrative court will on Thursday examine a request to scrap a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit which has sparked a furore in the country.
TOKYO: A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two pedestrians, killing one and injuring the other, state broadcaster NHK said, in Japan’s first death related to the Nintendo Co craze.
INDIANAPOLIS: Tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were reported.
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch.
AMATRICE: Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday.
KABUL: Afghan security forces killed two gunmen who attacked the American University in Kabul, police said early on Thursday, ending an assault on the compound that killed at least one person and sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic.
SYDNEY: A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.
TEHRAN: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says a gas explosion in a residential building has killed six people and wounded 11.
LONDON: The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer.
NEW DELHI: The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India’s surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.
CINCINNATI: Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
LONDON: Britain should ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries, a group of lawmakers has recommended, saying companies’ voluntary efforts to phase them out were not enough.
BANGKOK: A gang of foreign criminals stole millions of baht by hacking a Thai bank’s ATM network in a theft believed linked to a similar one in Taiwan, police said Wednesday.
PUERTO PRINCESA: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said.
DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Wednesday they had arrested six members of banned Islamist groups blamed for a series of deadly attacks, including the main suspect in the gruesome killing of a secular publisher.
KARKAMIS: Turkey’s army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.
NEW DELHI: An official says that heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India.
CORMORANT: The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.
RIYADH: A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2,300 people during last year’s hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month’s pilgrimage, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU: Nepal’s new prime minister will visit India next month on his first foreign visit, seeking to repair the strained relationship between the neighbours, an official said Wednesday.
GAZA CITY: An international charity has removed 15 animals rescued from the Gaza Strip’s main zoo, dubbed “the worst in the world.”
SYDNEY: French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.
SYDNEY: Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane’s crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday.
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