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Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

At least 14 killed and scores injured after magnitude 6.4 quake in tourist destination At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, authorities have said. The quake struck at 6.47am local time (2347 BST) and its epicentre was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000. Tourists near Senggigi, the gateway to the popular Gili Islands resorts, reported strong shocks. We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything…

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Milford Track: ‘World’s finest walk’ in danger of becoming just another bucket list tick

Epic trail in the wild south was once a route to inner peace but popularity has trampled its tranquillity Dawn is hours away on a cool Fiordland night but the packed bunk chambers of Clinton Hut are seething with activity. Tramping boots stomp against wooden floorings, bunks creek as their dwellers fling their bodies around, and an urgent, sleep-fogged crescendo of angry whispers is building in the gloom. “Shhhhhh,” hisses someone from a top bunk, directing their fury towards the noisy hiking party who like to vagrant in the dark,…

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Akihito to become first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years

Octogenarian monarch will step down in April 2019, heralding start of new imperial period is presided over by eldest son, Naruhito Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/ EPA Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. The date was set on Friday by the imperial house assembly, comprising the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, parliamentarians, state supreme court magistrates and members of the imperial family. ” I feel deeply moved that the commission has came to its decision smoothly, celebrating a major step towards an imperial succession ,” Abe said. Initial plans for the…

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Mount Agung: Bali airport closed as volcano alert raised to highest level

People within 10 km told to evacuate as explosive eruptions send ash 4,000 metres into atmosphere Indonesian authorities have raised the alarm for a Bali volcano to the highest level, closed the island’s airport and ordered people within 10 km( six miles) to evacuate. Mount Agung erupted on Saturday evening and three times early Sunday, illuminating its cone with an orange incandescence and sending ash 4,000 metres into the atmosphere. The national committee for disaster management said Bali’s international airport had closed for 24 hours and authorities would consider reopening…

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Akihito to become first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years

Octogenarian monarch will step down in April 2019, heralding start of new imperial epoch led by eldest son, Naruhito Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/ EPA Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. The date was set on Friday by the imperial mansion assembly, comprising the cabinet of ministers, Shinzo Abe, parliamentarians, state supreme court judges and members of the imperial family. ” I feel deeply moved that the commission has came to its decision smoothly, recognizing a major step towards an imperial succession ,” Abe said. Initial plans for the succession…

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