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Thousands raised to free Aboriginal women jailed over debts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts say the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines. Western Australia is the nation’s only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes. Experts note the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians, as well as poor and vulnerable people. The state government says it plans reforms this year that will make it harder for people to be jailed. In the…

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Australia fish deaths: Thousands found floating in New South Wales

Hundreds of thousands of fish have been found floating in the Darling River and washed up on its banks. Local officials say falling temperatures killed an algae bloom, which then decomposed causing oxygen depletion in the water. But critics say the state and federal governments have been mismanaging the environment. Source link

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Black Nazarene: Thousands join annual statue parade in Manila

Image copyright AFP Vast crowds of people have turned out on the streets of Manila in the Philippines for the procession of the Black Nazarene. The annual event sees hundreds of thousands of people trying to catch a glimpse of the historic statue of Jesus of Nazareth. Image copyright AFP Image caption The statue was carved in Mexico and arrived in the Philippines in the 17th Century, surviving a fire on board a ship on the way. It is one of the Philippines’ most revered devotional objects. Image copyright EPA…

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Bluebottle jellyfish: Thousands of Queensland beachgoers stung

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bluebottle jellyfish stings can be painful Vast numbers of bluebottle jellyfish have swarmed beaches in Queensland, Australia, stinging thousands of people and forcing the closure of swim spots. Surf Life Saving Queensland said over 2,600 people received treatment at the weekend. Bluebottle stings are painful but typically not life-threatening. Unusually strong winds pushed the jellyfish colonies close to shore. About 13,000 stings were recorded in the past week – three times more than in the corresponding period last year. Most incidents took place in…

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Thousands raised for workers laid off from Kaiam factory

Image copyright Kaiam Image caption More than 300 people were laid off from the Kaiam factory just before Christmas A crowdfunding appeal has raised thousands of pounds for workers who lost their jobs at a computer factory in West Lothian just before Christmas. The initiative was organised as part of community efforts to support more than 300 people who were laid off from the Kaiam plant in Livingston. They were made redundant without being paid wages expected before Christmas. By 18:00 on Christmas Day, nearly £12,000 had been raised on…

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Lichfield Cathedral: Thousands of people visit illuminations

Church attendance in the UK has been in steady decline, but cathedrals seem to be bucking that trend. Attendance is up more than 13% in the last decade, with ten million people visiting one of these historic buildings last year, Church of England figures suggest. Christmas time is the busiest, with events attracting thousands regardless of faith. The BBC went to Lichfield in Staffordshire to find out why more than 20,000 locals have made the trip this week. Source link

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Sydney Opal Tower: Thousands evacuated after ‘crack’

Image copyright EPA Image caption A loud cracking noise was heard by residents As many as 3,000 people have been evacuated after residents of a newly completed tower block in Australia reported hearing “cracking noises”. Police confirmed they had found a crack in the 33-storey Opal Tower, in Sydney Olympic Park, following reports of the noise on the 10th floor. Engineers said the high-rise tower has moved up to 2mm, local media reported. A 1km (0.6 mile) evacuation zone, which also affected other buildings, was put in place amid safety…

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Thousands make ice fog to mark winter solstice in China

Residents of China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province gathered to mark the winter solstice by spraying hot water into the freezing air to create swathes of ice fog. Thousands of people braved sub-zero temperatures to take part in the eye-catching celebration of the shortest day of the year – though it’s not a trick to try at home. Source link

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Homelessness: Thousands sleeping rough in cars, Crisis says

Image copyright Getty Images Homelessness in the UK is at a record high with 170,000 families and individuals experiencing destitution, the charity Crisis has said. For every one person sleeping rough on the street, there is another living in a car or a tent, figures suggest. Publishing the new research on Sunday, Crisis insisted the underlying causes of homelessness could only be tackled by changes in government policy. The government said it is investing £1.2bn to alleviate the problem. The new research on homelessness, carried out for Crisis by researchers…

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Thousands descend on Britain’s ancient Stonehenge for winter solstice

Ann Bloom, from Canada, joins revellers as they welcome in the winter solstice at Stonehenge stone circle, in Amesbury, Britain, December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY STONEHENGE, England (Reuters) – Wrapped in warm and brightly colored clothes, thousands of revelers gathered at Britain’s Stonehenge to watch the first sunrise after winter solstice on Saturday. People of all ages, including druids and pagans, sang, clapped and cheered as the sun rose over the prehistoric site made up of huge standing stones in the southwest of England. Ann…

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