Two people have been killed in an explosion at a naval test facility in northern Russia, officials say. The victims were civilian specialists. At least four others – both military and civilian personnel – were injured. The facility, in the north-western Arkhangelsk region in the Russian Arctic, has not been named. The blast occurred during testing of a rocket engine, officials said, adding that the explosion did not release harmful materials or radiation.
China said on Thursday it “strongly deplores” comments by the head of Australia’s parliamentary intelligence committee, who likened the West’s attitude to China to the inadequate French response to the World War Two advances of Nazi Germany. The Chinese Embassy in Australia said in a statement that Australian lawmaker Andrew Hastie had a “Cold-War mentality and ideological bias”. While China and Australia are major trading partners, their relationship has deteriorated in recent years over concerns Beijing is influencing the island’s domestic affairs.
Cutting fossil fuel emissions alone won’t be enough to stop global warming, according to a new report released by UN scientists. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that agriculture, wide-scale forestry and other land use now accounts for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. The report, Climate Change and Land, says humans now use 72% of the planet’s ice-free surface to feed, clothe and support the growing population.
A cross-Canada manhunt that transfixed the international community appears to have come to an end, with police saying they believe they have found the bodies of teen fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, in northern Manitoba. Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in the double murder of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and US citizen Chynna Deese, 24. Both had been shot.
Kyrgyz security forces have launched a second raid on the house of former president Almazbek Atambayev, independent news website Akipress.kg reported on Thursday, citing witnesses. According to the website, witnesses saw security operatives entered the house and heard gunshots. Atambayev evaded arrest during a previous raid on Wednesday night, which failed after supporters clashed with security forces.