Friday 20 July 2018

In brief: Three children die in school collapse

A Red Cross official says a school collapsed in northern Haiti, killing three children. Pericles Jean-Baptiste says the children were in the school when a wall collapsed at about noon yesterday in the city of Cap-Haitien.

Officials say the area saw heavy rains and a small earthquake overnight, though the cause of the collapse is not immediately clear.

Russia to thaw Ukraine relations

Russia invited Ukrainian President-elect Viktor Yanukovich yesterday to visit Moscow, aiming to consolidate improved relations with Kiev after years of acrimony under the outgoing president.

Ukraine's electoral commission confirmed on Sunday Mr Yanukovich's victory over Yulia Tymoshenko in a runoff on February 7, paving the way for his inauguration. Ms Tymoshenko intends to challenge the result in court.

Lab temperature record broken

Scientists have created the hottest temperature ever recorded in a lab -- four trillion degrees celsius -- hot enough to break matter down into the kind of soup that existed microseconds after the birth of the universe.

They used a giant atom smasher at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to knock gold ions together to make the ultra-hot explosions.

Fancy chocolate covered larvae?

With chocolate ant-wafer biscuits, cheese and bacon flavoured crickets and chocolate-coated larvae, it is not your average pick 'n' mix. But the snacks, which contain real dried insects, are being offered to children in traditional pink-and-white paper bags as part of a trial at a British theme park.

Chessington World of Adventures will be asking guests to taste the creepy crawly goodies on Friday when they will be dished out free of charge.

'Coconut' remark sparks race row

A city councillor in Britain appeared in court yesterday following a race row in which she allegedly called an Asian colleague a "coconut". Shirley Brown, a black Liberal Democrat member of Bristol City Council, is charged with racially aggravated harassment.

The slur has long been used to accuse someone of betraying their race -- the implication being that like a coconut, they are brown on the outside but white inside. The case was adjourned to April 12.

Irish Independent

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