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Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake
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Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake

Whole villages were flattened and Water sources spoiled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 20 people, residents said on Wednesday as rescuers struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Papua New Guineas remote, mountainous highlands. The magnitude 7.5 quake rocked the rugged Southern Highlands province some 560 km (350 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, triggering landsl...

Oscars so scandalous: leading movies hit with backlash

For some, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a movie about an angry mother seeking justice. But others cannot get past its racist cop, who they feel is unfairly redeemed. Call Me By Your Name is hailed as a heartbreaking gay romance, but some are puzzled that the filmmakers cast two straight actors to play the lead roles. While recent years have seen the Oscars attacked for under-r...

Govt to have 17 ministries, UML to finalize ministers

The government has decided to reduce the number of ministries from 18 to 17. The meeting of cabinet of ministers has decided to do so. Likewise, Bishnu Rimal has been appointed as chief advisor to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chetan Adhikari, press coordinator of PM Oli said. Following the cabinet of ministers meeting, CPN UML is holding a central committee meeting to finalize candidates...

'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards
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'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner at the BAFTA Film Awards, held in London on Sunday, an event which saw the campaign for womens rights in the entertainment industry take center stage. Three Billboards won five awards, including best film, best actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and a supporting actor award for Sam Rockwell. Writer-direct...

Three killed in separate accidents

Two people died on the spot when a Water tanker knocked their motorcycle at Saraswati Khola on the Hetauda-Narayangadh section of the highway last night. The victims are 26-year-old Prem Bahadur Chhetri of Sunaul Municipality-8, Nawalparasi and 20-year-old Maya Chhetri of Bharatpur Metropolitan City, The District Police Office Makawanpur said. Prem Bahadur was riding the motorcycle and Maya wa...

Canberra student who sold primate skull to Pirates of the Caribbean fined $5,500

A Canberra student who sold a primate skull to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been fined $5,500 for illegally possessing endangered species specimens. Brent Philip Counsell, 28, pleaded guilty to 14 charges, which also included illegally importing specimens. The ACT Magistrates court heard he ran an online business trading in the specimens, some of which he bought from an I...

Great Barrier Reef deaths induce new directive
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Great Barrier Reef deaths induce new directive

Visitors to Australias Great Barrier Reef will be forced to wear life vests if they are deemed to be at-risk swimmers, a new safety code says. The rules are a response the deaths of 10 people - including at least four foreign tourists - on the reef in 2016. Under the Queensland state code, tourism operators will be required to identify swimmers who are potentially vulnerable before they ente...

Sydney father dies after falling from balcony during attempted arrest

Police have launched a critical incident investigation after an Indigenous man fell from a 13th floor balcony and died while officers were attempting to take him into custody in Sydneys inner-south. Patrick Fisher, 31, was wanted in relation to two outstanding warrants for assault and stealing offences. A NSW Police media release from Monday said Mr Fisher frequented the Redfern, Waterloo an...

First Obor China-Nepal Lacquer Art Exhibition drawing audiences

The First Obor China-Nepal Lacquer Art Exhibition with the theme Reaching the Summit has caught the fancy of Nepali audiences. Organised with the objective of contributing to the promotion of cultural relations between Nepal and China, the exhibition is running on in Babarmahal-based Nepal Art Council February 3 through February 9. The event has displayed around 100 works of art by Nepali...

At least four killed, 145 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight. At least four people were killed and 225 injured in the quake that hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said. T...

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