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People Trapped After Deadly Earthquake In Italy

24 August

At least six people have reportedly been killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, causing extensive damage to buildings and blackouts.

The quake hit just after 3.30am local time and was felt across a large swathe of the country, including in Rome, where people in the historic centre felt swaying followed by aftershocks.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was north east of Rome, near Norcia in Umbria, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.2.
Italian media reported that an elderly couple had been killed when their home collapsed in Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region, to the east of the epicentre.
The mayor of Accumoli, another town hit by the quake, said he had seen no signs of life from a family of four trapped under debris.
The USGS's PAGER system, which predicts the impact of earthquakes, issued a red alert - suggesting significant casualties and damage.
Sergio Perozzi, mayor of Amatrice, told state-run RAI radio that buildings had collapsed and lights had gone out across the town centre.
He said he was unable to get in touch with emergency responders to get help for people he believed were trapped or reach the hospital.
He said: "Half the village has disappeared. There is a landslide on one road, a bridge is about to collapse on the other one."
Amatrice is famous in Italy as a beauty spot and is a popular holiday destination for Romans seeking cool mountain air at the height of the summer.
A resident of the Rieti region, which is between Rome and the epicentre of the quake, told the Rai News 24 channel that she and most of her neighbours had come out onto the street after feeling "very strong shaking".
In 2009 a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in L'Aquila, 55 miles south of the latest quake, killing more than 300 people.
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British Backpacker Stabbed To Death At Queensland Hostel

24 August

A British backpacker has been stabbed to death at a hostel in Australia by a man who allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked her.

Police said they found a "terrible scene" when they arrived at the scene of the knife attack in Home Hill, north Queensland.
Two men were injured, including a 30-year-old Briton who was taken to Townsville Base Hospital where he is reportedly in a critical condition.
A dog was also killed in the attack, which happened at around 2.15pm (11.15pm local time) on Tuesday and was witnessed by up to 30 people.
Police have arrested a 29-year-old Frenchman and recovered a knife, which they believe was used in the attack.
Investigators said they were probing possible extremist links, while mental health issues and drug use were also lines of inquiry.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said: "We are not ruling out any motivations at this stage. We wish to reassure the community - we are not looking for anyone else."
He said the suspect had been in Australia for about a year on a temporary visa.
He said: "This person appears to have acted alone.
"He is a visitor to Australia and has no known local connections, however investigations are ongoing."
The British High Commission in Australia said it was providing support to the families of the victims.

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North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile, Says South

24 August

North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to the South.

State news agency Yonhap claimed the missile was launched off the North's eastern coast and travelled 300 miles before falling inside Japan's Air Defence Identification Zone.
The missile is said to have been fired shortly before 6am local time Wednesday (about 10pm BST on Tuesday).
An unnamed US official said it detected and tracked what it believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile.
If correct, it is the latest in a series of missile tests by the North - a show of muscle in full defiance of the UN.
Perfecting submarine-launched ballistic missile technology would take its nuclear capabilities to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.
It comes as the state's southern neighbour holds joint military exercises with the US, which the North insists is preparation for an invasion.
North Korea described the drills, in which 75,000 troops are taking part, as an "unpardonable criminal act".
It warned that any violation of territorial sovereignty would result in a "pre-emptive nuclear strike".

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Midweek Sizzler: Heatwave Alerts For Parts Of UK

24 August

Britons have been warned to take extra care in the warm weather as heatwave alerts are issued for parts of the UK.

The Met Office has issued a level three heatwave alert for eastern England, as warm air is pushed up from the continent.
It means there is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions (at least two successive days of 30C temperatures) between 12pm on Tuesday and 9am on Friday.
Forecasters say the temperatures are expected to be highest in East Anglia, with sizzling conditions also in London and the South East.
Health experts have warned that older people, young children and babies could be at risk, with temperatures tipped to rise even further after highs of 31C on Tuesday.
There is a level two alert across the South East and London meaning there is a 60% chance of heatwave conditions.
Night temperatures in London and the South East are unlikely to drop below 20C (68F) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tips to keep cool during the day include closing curtains, keeping out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, wearing loose fitting cotton clothes and applying suncream.
But millions of people in the north and west of the UK look like they will miss out on the fine weather.
Sky weather producer Chris England said: "It will stay hot and humid for the next few days, especially in the southeast where temperatures could well reach 31 or 32C somewhere, that's around 89F.
"Thursday and Friday look like being a little less hot, but temperatures will rise again on Saturday, before a more general cooling to start next week.
"The heat and humidity will bring a risk of thundery downpours, especially on Thursday."
Dr Thom Waite, from Public Health England said: "Older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children may all feel the ill-effects of heat over the coming days.
"We're urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at-risk this summer.
"If you're able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any help."

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Corbyn Defiant As Virgin Casts Doubt On Leader's Packed Train Claim

24 August

Jeremy Corbyn's team has insisted the Labour leader could not find an unreserved seat when he got on a train - amid a row with Virgin Trains.

The rail company took issue with Mr Corbyn after he complained in a video he had to sit on the floor because of "completely ram-packed" carriages on a service between London and Newcastle.
The politician was travelling on the three-hour Virgin Trains service on 11 August for a leadership hustings in Gateshead.
A video then emerged which showed him sitting on the floor, reading a newspaper, and saying "this is a problem that many passengers face every day", before calling for public ownership of the railways.
But Virgin Trains has released CCTV images which appear to show him and his team walking past several empty unreserved seats in coach H at 11.07am and empty reserved seats in coach F at 11.08am.
He recorded his video message on the floor around 30 minutes into the journey before on-board staff found him a seat when two passengers were moved to first class, Virgin Trains said.
Footage from the train operator shows Mr Corbyn sitting down in an empty seat in coach H of the train at 11.43am.
The firm said there were additional empty seats on the train which were reserved but not taken, meaning they were available for other passengers to sit on.
Responding to Virgin Trains' claims that seats were available, a Corbyn campaign spokesman said: "When Jeremy boarded the train he was unable to find unreserved seats, so he sat with other passengers in the corridor who were also unable to find a seat.
"Later in the journey, seats became available after a family were upgraded to first class.
"And Jeremy and the team he was travelling with were offered the seats by a very helpful member of staff."
A Virgin Trains spokesman earlier said: "We have to take issue with the idea that Mr Corbyn wasn't able to be seated on the service, as this clearly wasn't the case.
"We'd encourage Jeremy to book ahead next time he travels with us - both to reserve a seat and to ensure he gets our lowest fares - and we look forward to welcoming him on board again."
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who co-owns Virgin Trains with Stagecoach, posted a link to the images on his Twitter account.
Emma Rees, who was on the train with Mr Corbyn, questioned the timing of the CCTV footage emerging as "odd".
Ms Rees, who is the national organiser for the Momentum Group which supports him, told Sky News: "This is a train journey that took place on 11 August.
"And yet Virgin Trains and Richard Branson, people who are opposed to Jeremy's policy of bringing the railways back into public ownership, have waited until we are on the second day of the Labour leadership election.
"The ballots dropped yesterday, lots of people are voting. It does seem strange that they are bringing this up now, the timing is odd."
Mr Corbyn's leadership rival Owen Smith tweeted: "My campaign remains on track. Proud to be genuinely standing up for ordinary people."
Labour MP and former acting leader Harriet Harman told Sky News: "There is a case for more public control or ownership of the railways.
"But I think you have to build that case on forensic facts and figures, not by sitting outside a toilet in a railway carriage, so I'm slightly baffled by that."

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