Friday 24 May 2019

Ancient crocs dug up

Prehistoric bones discovered more than a century ago have been revealed as a new species of ocean predator distantly related to modern-day crocodiles.

An amateur palaeontologist found the specimen in a clay pit near Peterborough in the early 1900s, and it has since been held at the University of Glasgow.

No drink consensus

Little agreement exists between countries on what is considered safe or sensible alcohol consumption, a UK study has found.

Psychologists looked at government advice on drinking in 57 countries, including all 27 EU member states. They found a "remarkable lack of agreement" about harmful alcohol consumption.

War reporter dies

Stanley Karnow, the award-winning author and journalist who wrote a definitive book about the Vietnam War, worked on an accompanying documentary and later won a Pulitzer Prize for a history of the Philippines, died Sunday morning. He was 87.

Mr Karnow, who had congestive heart failure, died in his sleep at his home in Potomac, Maryland, said son Michael Karnow. He was a Paris-based correspondent for Time magazine.

Rain strands hikers

Dozens of hikers have been rescued after being stranded by high water from heavy rains in an Arizona canyon. Up to 50 adults and children were stranded when waters rushed down mountainsides.

Rescuers used a technique that involved roping together hikers and flotation devices to help get them through high water. Some of the hikers were flown out by helicopter.

Deadly factory blaze

A fire swept through a two-storey garment factory in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least seven female workers and injuring five others.

The fire at the Smart factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory, raising questions about safety standards in Bangladesh's garment industry that exports clothes to Western retailers.

India tests missile

India has successfully tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal. The missile will soon be ready for deployment.

India and its nuclear-armed rival Pakistan routinely test different versions of their missiles. The countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Irish Independent

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