Sunday, 5 August 2018

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Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Lombok Island, Tsunami Warning Issued
A major earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok island on August 5, just a week after a quake had killed more than a dozen people on the holiday island, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert.

The latest quake had a magnitude of seven and struck just 10 km underground according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to move away from the ocean.

“Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking,” Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, said. Residents in Lombok’s main city Mataram described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling out of buildings.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit the island, killing more than a dozen people and damaging hundreds of buildings.It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.
20 Killed in Swiss Alps Plane Crash
Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday."The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished," police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

There were 11 men and nine women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son, she said. The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors' item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 10,000-foot peak in the east of the country on Saturday.

The crash occurred at 2,540 metres on the mountain's western flank, Senti said. The airspace above the crash site was closed by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation and access to popular hiking trails were blocked.


20 Killed In Swiss Alps Plane Crash
Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday. There were 11 men and 9 women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors' item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 10,000-foot peak in the east of the country on Saturday. The crash occurred at 2,540 metres on the mountain's western flank.  
 
According to media reports, the flight had taken off from Ticino in the south of the country and had been due to land at the Duebendorf military airfield near Zurich on Saturday afternoon.  
 
Police said earlier that 5helicopters were involved in a đź‘€search and rescue mission and the airspace over the crash site was to remain closed until late Sunday.  The aircraft belongs to JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss air force.

Tsunami Warning For Lombok Earthquake Officially Ended
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered on the Indonesian island of Lombok rocked the tourist destination as well as nearby Bali, and authorities initially said the temblor could trigger a tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, and Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency dropped the tsunami warning a short time later. Social media posts from the scene, however, showed debris scattered on streets and sidewalks.

Lombok, about 50 miles east of Bali, was rocked by a magnitude 6.4 quake less than a week ago that killed 16 people. That quake injured more than 150 people, damaged thousands of homes and cut off power to many more.

Zimbabwe: Chamisa Rejects  Mnangagwa's Poll Win, Vows Legal Action
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has rejected President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory as fraudulent, saying he will pursue legal and constitutional means to challenge the result.

His comments on Friday came as Mnangagwa denied the opposition claims, hailing "a free, fair and credible election".

In the early hours of Friday, the electoral commission said Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 percent of votes in Monday's presidential poll. Chamisa, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, came in second, at 44.3 percent.

"We are not accepting fake results. We are not accepting this fiction. We want a proper result to be announced," Chamisa told reporters in the capital, Harare, on Friday.

"We will pursue all means necessary - legal and constitutional - to make sure that we protect the people's vote," he added.

The 40-year-old described the electoral body's declaration of Mnangagwa, 75, as the winner of the first poll since long-term leader Robert Mugabe left office in November 2017 as "regrettable".

His press conference was delayed for more than an hour after riot police shouting "clear out" chased reporters who gathered at Harare's Bronte Hotel.

Russian Helicopter Crash in Northern Siberia Kills 18
Moscow on Saturday said 18 people were killed when a helicopter crashed on its way to an oil station in northern Siberia in the early hours of the morning.

The Russian Transport Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter carrying three crew members and 15 passengers crashed when it collided with machinery carried by another helicopter soon after takeoff.

It added that the second helicopter landed safely and that the accident took place in “normal” weather conditions.

Ai Weiwei Beijing Studio Demolished 'Without Warning'
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the authorities in Beijing have demolished his studio there.In a series of clips on Instagram showing the former factory being torn down, Ai said that he had been given no notice of the decision.

Another of his studios in Shanghai was destroyed in 2011. He also said at that time he had received no warning.

The 66-year-old has lived in Germany since leaving China in 2015. He is a strong critic of China's government. On Instagram Ai said "farewell" to the space, which he had used since 2006.

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