'Major massacre' in Myanmar, reports of women and children among 130 killed

'Major massacre' in Myanmar, reports of women and children among 130 killed

Posted September 01, 2017 08:15:48 Photo: A still from a video provided by a human rights monitor is said to show Chut Pyin burning down. (Supplied) There are reports scores of Muslim Rohingyas — including women and children — have been killed by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist vigilantes in a surge of ethnic violence. Key points: Two sources report on mass killings in the village of Chut Pyin Predictions up to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas will now flee Myanmar Communal tensions erupted when 12 police officers were killed…

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How Houston's layout may have led to mass flooding

How Houston's layout may have led to mass flooding

Experts say better urban design and stricter regulations might have made the deadly storm less destructive. “Houston is not designed to handle this kind of rainfall,” said Professor Sam Brody, an expert on urban and floodplain management at Texas A&M University. But longtime Houston residents say the flooding from Harvey is the worst they’ve ever seen. “The water didn’t come in as much … last time,” said Maralyn Rice, who has lived in the city for 37 years. “This one here, this is much worse. I told my daughter, ‘We’re…

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Chinese interest in Australian property cools as tougher regulations bite

Chinese interest in Australian property cools as tougher regulations bite

Updated August 31, 2017 18:27:05 Offshore Chinese investors have helped drive the Australian property market to new heights. But with the tightening of government regulations, that interest is shifting to other attractive markets. “Now we can see a lot of overseas buyers shift their focus away from Australia,” Home 789 chief executive Walton Chu said. “They are looking at our neighbour New Zealand, Europe and some other Asian countries to invest,” he said. It is a similar story at the Sydney-based Linfield Property Agents according to Shan Lin. “We found…

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Prosecutors seek life sentence for IS-linked terrorist

Prosecutors seek life sentence for IS-linked terrorist

Posted September 01, 2017 05:12:15 Photo: The convicted terrorist known as Juhanda smiled from the dock. (ABC News: Ari Wu) Related Story: Firebomb attack on Indonesian church wounds children An Indonesian man accused of killing a toddler in a terrorist attack at a church in East Kalimantan last year has appeared in a Jakarta court room wearing an Islamic State-inspired head dressing. The convicted terrorist known as Juhanda allegedly detonated a homemade bomb at the church in Samarinda, on a Sunday morning in November last year. The panel of three…

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Amazon study discovers 381 new species in two-year period

Amazon study discovers 381 new species in two-year period

Image copyrightEPA Image caption Zogue Zogue Rabo de Fogo monkeys were named “Fire tail” for their distinctive red tailsResearchers have discovered 381 new species during a two-year study in the Amazon region. The report by the WWF conservation body and Brazil’s Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development said that on average a new species was discovered every two days. But all the newly discovered animals and plants were found in areas at risk from human activity, the authors warn. More than 2,000 new species were found between 1999 and 2015. The…

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