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World’s ‘oldest coloured molecules’ are bright pink

Image copyright LANNON HARLEY Image caption The pink pigments are the fossilised molecules of ancient sea organisms Scientists have discovered what they say are the world’s oldest surviving biological colours, from ancient rocks beneath the Sahara desert. The 1.1 billion-year-old pigments have a bright pink hue, but range from blood red to deep purple in […]

Cave rescue: Eight rescued Thai boys in ‘good health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boys, aged between 11 and 17, became trapped with their coach on 23 June The first eight boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand are in good mental and physical health, according to a health official. The boys, who were brought out of the caves over the […]

Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Image copyright FOOD STANDARDS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Image caption A range of frozen vegetable products have been recalled from Australian shops Australia has become caught up in a European food scare, with supermarkets across the country recalling bags of frozen vegetables over fears they may contain a deadly bacteria. It follows similar moves in […]

Cave rescue: Divers ready to save remaining five Thais

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boys, aged between 11 and 17, became trapped with their coach on 23 June Divers are preparing to resume a high-risk rescue operation to free the last five members of a group who became trapped in a vast cave system in northern Thailand last month. The health of […]

Cave rescue: Four more boys rescued by Thai Navy divers

Media captionThere were cheers and applause as the first boys’ rescue was confirmed Divers have rescued four more boys from a vast flooded cave system in northern Thailand on the second day of a complex operation. The Thai Navy Seals leading the rescue operation have confirmed that eight boys in total have been extracted. Four […]

Cave rescue: Operation resumes to bring out boys

Media captionThere were cheers and applause as the first boys’ rescue was confirmed Cave divers in Thailand have resumed the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system, the head of the mission has said. Four boys were brought safely out of the cave on […]

Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall

Media captionJapan’s military have been airlifting people to safety from the flood waters At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says. Dozens more are reported to be missing and electricity supplies have been hit. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan […]

Sydney restaurant ‘dumped’ drunk customers on street

Image copyright INDEPENDENT LIQUOR AND GAMING AUTHORITY Image caption CCTV images show the women lying on the footpath outside the restaurant An Australian restaurant has been fined after its staff “dumped” two drunk, unconscious women on the street. The incident at the Korean BBQ diner in Sydney was one of the worst breaches of liquor […]

India Delhi bus gang rapists lose death row plea

Image copyright Delhi police Image caption The four men had pleaded not guilty India’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition seeking to overturn the death sentences of four men convicted of the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh had challenged the court’s 2017 ruling upholding […]

First eastern quolls born in Australian wild for half a century

Image copyright AFP Image caption The eastern quoll was driven to extinction on the Australian mainland by predators and disease A rare species of marsupial, the eastern quoll, has been born in the wild on the Australian mainland for the first time in more than 50 years. The native animals were once found along Australia’s […]