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Third of coral ‘dead or dying’ in Barrier Reef

At least 35 percent of corals in parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from mass bleaching caused by global warming, scientists said yesterday. The assessment was made following months of aerial and underwater surveys after the worst bleaching in recorded history firstFULL STORY

Photo of missing Japanese reporter emerges

A fresh photograph of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his “last chance.” The photograph, which received widespread coverage in Japanese media yesterday, shows freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda,FULL STORY

Largely unknown Trump finds fans in China

China features prominently in the rhetoric of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing US jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he is only now emerging as a public figure, despite notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances,FULL STORY

Japanese rescuers widen search for boy left in woods

Japanese rescuers yesterday expanded the search for a seven-year-old boy missing for three days after his parents left him in a mountain forest inhabited by bears as punishment, in a case that has infuriated public opinion. The parents originally told police the boy got lost onFULL STORY

Man’s family press charges over US’ Pakistan drone hit

The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a US drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against US officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said on Sunday. Mansoor had entered Pakistan from Iran using aFULL STORY

Iraqi military presses in on Fallujah

The Iraqi army yesterday stormed the southern edge of Fallujah under US air support, launching a direct assault to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) militants and help protect the nearby capital, Baghdad, from suicide bombings. As government forces pressed their onslaught, a car bombFULL STORY

Libertarians pick former governor for presidency

The Libertarian Party on Sunday again nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate, believing he can challenge Republican hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, because of their poor showing in popularity polls. Johnson, 63, won the nominationFULL STORY

Kidnapped Mexico soccer player rescued by police

Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who yesterday appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief news conference to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a securityFULL STORY

FEATURE: Hollywood’s golden age alive at retirement home

Johnny Weissmuller was said to walk the grounds of this retirement home letting out his trademark Tarzan yell. Another resident wistfully recalls missing out on a date with Marilyn Monroe, while a third has stories about “Walt” or “Frank” — that is Walt Disney or FrankFULL STORY

‘Brexit’ activists on both camps fight to sway voter opinion

Politicians and world leaders have dominated the headlines in the campaign for Britain’s EU referendum, but a passionate battle for the country’s future is also being fought by activists on the streets. At a stall in the bohemian London district of Fitzrovia last week, Sheila HawkinsFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

AUSTRALIA Croc takes night-swimmer A woman is feared dead after being seized by a crocodile during a nighttime swim with a friend at a beach in the north of the nation. The women went for a stroll on Thornton Beach on Sunday evening in the far northFULL STORY

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