The children working in Cambodia's brick kilns

The children working in Cambodia's brick kilns

They’re learning at a first grade level. Neat rows of students read the local language, Khmer, out loud. The 16-year-old off to the side stands out. He’s the only one in the uniformed group wearing long sleeves in the sweltering heat. Phea Chantheng says he’s afraid of the sight of his own hand. He doesn’t even like to think about how the accident happened. At the Marist School for children with disabilities, outside Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, the teachers have seen this kind of injury before. Usually the arms are…

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'I only ride quiet horses': 96yo cameleer still working in Central Australia

'I only ride quiet horses': 96yo cameleer still working in Central Australia

Posted July 27, 2017 08:58:11 Photo: John ‘Wilco’ Wilkinson says getting older is annoying but “better than the alternative”. (ABC News: Claire Campbell) Related Story: Recent camel industry report reveals little: producer Related Story: Camel economy: remote Aboriginal communities capitalise on feral export It is a common phrase that they breed ’em tough in the outback, and at 96 years old, one cameleer is living proof. John Wilkinson, or Wilco as he prefers to be known, is as hardy – and witty – as the animals he works with. “While…

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Thousands evacuated from tourist-heavy French Riviera as wildfires rage

Thousands evacuated from tourist-heavy French Riviera as wildfires rage

Posted July 27, 2017 05:05:19 Photo: Sunbathers are evacuated from a beach in Le Lavandou on the French Riviera. (AP: Claude Paris) French authorities have evacuated thousands of visitors and local residents after a wildfire broke out on France’s tourist-thronged Riviera coast yesterday. The blaze was the latest of several wind-whipped fires that are ravaging forest and scrubland on the hills and slopes that spill into the Mediterranean Sea. Not far west of the yacht-filled marinas of Saint-Tropez resort, some 10,000 people were evacuated — 3,000 of them from campsites…

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New diesel and petrol cars face 2040 ban in UK

New diesel and petrol cars face 2040 ban in UK

Image copyrightGetty Images New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package of spending on air quality. The government will later publish its clean air strategy, favouring electric cars, before a High Court deadline. Campaigners said the measures were promising, but more detail was needed. They had wanted government-funded and…

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Terminally-ill infant Charlie Gard to be moved to hospice if no deal by Thursday

Terminally-ill infant Charlie Gard to be moved to hospice if no deal by Thursday

Judge Nicholas Francis issued the order Wednesday after the boy’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates gave up their fight for him to die at home. “This has been a very very difficult decision to reach,” the judge said. Charlie suffers from an extremely rare degenerative condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which has caused brain damage and left him unable to move his limbs. Hospices focus on supportive care in the final stages of illness, and are not usually set up to accommodate keeping an infant in Charlie’s condition…

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