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Australian PM Tony Abbott ousted by Cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull

Tony AbbottAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been ousted from his position after a challenge within his Liberal Party by senior Cabinet minister turned-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

A ballot was hastily held Monday to determine the leader of the party and its deputy position. Abbott's leadership survived a challenge in February but Abbott has continuously been plagued by poor opinion polls and a hostile Senate.


Eruption at Japanese Mount Aso raises warning level

Mt. Aso eruptionJapan's Mount Aso erupted Sunday on the southern island of Kyushu, prompting the nation's weather agency to raise its volcano alert level.

Thick smoke spewed from the volcano Sunday, threatening to endanger locals with volcanic ash and falling rocks. One transit station about half a mile away was engulfed by the ash.


Mexican tourists killed in error by Egyptian forces

Mexican tourists killed in EgyptAt least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert Sunday when armed forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. It said in a statement that the victims were still being identified, and Foreign Ministry personnel were working with the families of the victims.


Crowdfunding Campaign Ruled A Scam, Must Pay Back Victims

Crowdfunding campaign a fraudA Kickstarter campaign must repay money collected from supporters after failing to make good on promises and other rewards.

The Washington state Attorney General’s office ordered Atlius Management owner Ed Polchlopek III to pay $54,841 in restitution and civil consumer protection penalties to the state and 31 Washingtonian backers of the Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter campaign.


Hawaii to experience worst-ever coral bleaching due to high ocean temperatures

Bleached coral in HawaiiWarmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen, scientists said.

Many corals are only just recovering from last year’s bleaching, which occurs when warm waters prompt coral to expel the algae they rely on for food, said Ruth Gates, the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. The phenomenon is called bleaching because coral lose their color when they push out algae.


Refugee crisis: Germany reinstates controls at Austrian border

Germany sets up border controlsGermany introduced border controls on Sunday, and dramatically halted all train traffic with Austria, after the country’s regions said they could no longer cope with the overwhelming number of refugees entering the country.

Interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, announced the measures after German officials said record numbers of refugees, most of them from Syria, had stretched the system to breaking point. “This step has become necessary,” he told a press conference in Berlin, adding it would cause disruption.


Errant Civilian Airstrikes Turn Yemenis Against The U.S.

Yemen drone strikesThe Obama administration's assistance in a Saudi-led military coalition is turning Yemeni people against the U.S. as more of the Saudi airstrikes aimed at the Houthis, Yemen's rebel militia group, fall errantly on civilians, The New York Times reported.

People living in areas controlled by the Houthis, which forced Yemen's elected government from power earlier this year, have increasingly become victims of Saudi airstrikes falling off-target on apartment buildings, refugee camps and in one instance, a water bottling plant miles from any other buildings.


Study Predicts 200 Feet Of Sea Level Rise If All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

Sea level rise prediction"To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all."

So says Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a new paper that paints a dire picture of our planet should we continue to extract and burn the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves.

Published Friday in the journal Science Advances, the study forecasts sea levels rising more than 200 feet should all fossil fuels be used by humanity. In such a scenario, the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, as well as every bit of land ice on Earth, would melt.


3 inmates dead, 5 hurt in incident at Oklahoma prison

Oklahoma prison incidentA disturbance at an Oklahoma prison that left three inmates dead and five injured, months after several prisoners were hurt during a large brawl at the facility.

The disturbance Saturday lasted about 40 minutes and was contained to one housing pod at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, said Steve Owen, a spokesman for Corrections Corporation of America, the Tennessee-based company that owns and operates the prison.


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