Saturday, January 16

Indonesia was rocked by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that left at least 67 dead and hundreds injured

At least 67 people have died after a magnitude of 6.2 earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia early Friday, according to the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Indonesia.Jan Gelfand told CNN on Friday that he expects the death toll and the number of missing people to rise.Hundreds have been injured, according to the country's disaster mitigation agency.A 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, damaged buildings, triggered landslides and killed dozens. (AP Photo / Yusuf Wahil)The epicenter of the earthquake, which occurred at 1.28 am Jakarta time (5.28 am AEDT), was six kilometers northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics...

Man who accidentally threw away a bitcoin fortune offers $ 91 million for permission to unearth it

IT worker James Howells got rid of the unit, which had a 7,500 bitcoin digital store, between June and August 2013. He had originally mined the virtual currency four years earlier, when it was of little value.But when the cryptocurrency skyrocketed in value and he went looking for it, he discovered that he had mistakenly thrown the hard drive with the garbage.James Howells says he has hundreds of millions of bitcoins lost in a landfill in Wales. (Shuttershock / CNN)Now, with his lost bitcoin skyrocketing even further, Howells has reached out to Newport City Council in Wales for permission to excavate a specific section of the landfill where he believes the hard drive ended up.In return, he has offered to pay the city council a quarter of the current value of the treasure, which he says ...

Victorian government accused of ‘double standards’ over Australian Open

The Victorian government is being accused of double standards, welcoming more than 1,000 tennis players and officials ahead of the Australian Open, even though its own overseas residents and the interstate are unable to get home.Around 1,200 elite international players and their support staff will arrive in Melbourne to begin their 14 days. coronavirus quarantines before the tournament on February 8.Hundreds have already arrived since Thursday, flying on chartered flights organized by the Australian Open.The world's No. 2 player Rafael Nadal arrived in Australia and went into hotel quarantine ahead of the Australian Open on February 8. (9News)There are still more than 37,000 Australians stranded abroad and unable to get home, with 4,800 of those classified as "vulnerable."Bernard Tom...

My year as a reporter for 9News USA

Less than ten days ago, he was standing at the doors on the west side of the United States Capitol building as Trump supporters made their way into the corridors of power.I saw people dressed in strange suits climbing stairs, climbing walls and scaffolding on the West Front, where Joe Biden will take office as president next week.They shouted "for the robbery", "our house" and "fake news", some threatened to kill the vice president, the legislators and the media. It was shocking, sometimes terrifying, and completely surreal from start to finish.From Brexit chaos to coronavirusIt has been almost exactly a year since I landed in Los Angeles to start a position at Nine's US office and a new adventure for my family.Flying across the Atlantic from London after a busy period at our European ...

Man convicted of three murders to be executed one last time under Trump

Dustin Higgs, 48, who is scheduled to be executed Friday at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, he says no one is claiming he pulled the trigger. His lawyers have argued that it is "arbitrary and unfair" to execute Higgs while Willis Haynes, the man who shot and killed the women in 1996, was not sentenced to death.The federal judge who presided over Higgs' trial two decades ago says he "deserves little compassion."Dustin Higgs was convicted of the murder of three women, but did not pull the trigger. (Saves Dustin J Higgs)"He received a fair trial and was found guilty and sentenced to death by a unanimous jury for a despicable crime," wrote US District Judge Peter Messitte in a December 29 ruling.Higgs would be the 13th and last federal prisoner to be executed since July, whe...

The global death toll exceeds two million, the actual number probably higher

It is as if 10 of the largest commercial airplanes in the world fell from the sky, every day for an entire year.The official worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded two million overnight, according to Johns Hopkins University.Workers with full protective equipment lower a coffin into a grave in an area of ​​the San Rafael cemetery reserved for people who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (AP)While the two million figure is terrifying, experts say the true death toll is likely much higher.Only confirmed deaths from COVID-19 are included in the count, which means that people who die without a firm diagnosis may not be included.With testing still inadequate in many countries around the world, there could be hundreds of thousands of additional deaths.Chris...

US Says Capitol Rioters Intended To ‘Capture And Assassinate’ Elected Officials

The comments came on a motion that prosecutors filed Thursday night in the case against Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who participated in the uprising while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns.Prosecutors say that after Chansley took the stand where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding moments earlier, Chansley wrote a threatening note to Pence that read, "It's only a matter of time, justice is coming."Trump supporter Jake Angeli (right) confronts a police officer inside the United States Capitol building. (AP)Pence and other Congressional leaders had been removed from the chamber by the Secret Service and the United States Capitol Police before the rioters stormed the room."Strong evidence, including Chansley's own words and actions on Capitol Hill, suppo...

Dutch prime minister and his entire cabinet resign over welfare scandal

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and his entire cabinet resigned on Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as scammers.In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he had reported King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged that his government would continue to work to compensate affected parents as soon as possible and to fight the coronavirus."We agree that if the whole system has failed, we must all take responsibility, and that has led to the conclusion that I have just offered the king the resignation of the entire cabinet," Rutte said.Prime Minister Mark Rute, center left, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, center, pose with ministers for the official photo of the...

Emirates suspends flights to and from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

Emirates has confirmed the suspension of many of its international flights to and from Australia.The Dubai-based airline announced that flights to and from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will be stopped "until further notice" citing "operational reasons."However, its twice weekly services to Perth will continue to operate.An Emirates plane taxis to a gate at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP)The airline has reported that its latest flights in and out of each city are the following: Dubai-Brisbane (EK430), January 16Brisbane-Dubai (EK431), January 17Dubai-Sydney (EK414), January 18Sydney-Dubai (EK415), January 19Dubai-Melbourne (EK408), January 19Melbourne-Dubai (EK409), January 20Emirates advises people with tickets to affected destinations to contact their...

Indonesian divers find parts of crashed plane’s cockpit voice recorder

The aerial search for the crashed Sriwijaya Air plane was also expanding, said National Search and Rescue Agency mission coordinator Rasman, who uses a name.More than 4,000 members of search and rescue personnel are supported by 14 aircraft, 62 boats and 21 inflatable boats. They are using an underwater metal detector and remotely operated vehicle to search for human remains, the cockpit voice recorder and more remains.An Indonesian soldier stands guard near debris found in the waters around the site where a Sriwijaya Air passenger plane crashed into the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, 15 January 2021 (AP)The divers narrowed down the search for the cockpit voice recorder after finding some of its parts."We have found the case, the b...