'I still can't believe she's gone': Calls to address visiting student drownings

'I still can't believe she's gone': Calls to address visiting student drownings

Updated April 15, 2017 16:46:10 Photo: Sanskriti K C is grieving for her two Nepalese friends who were swept from rocks at Sydney’s Maroubra beach. (ABC News: Danuta Kozaki) There are calls for a national approach to training overseas students about water safety after a disproportionately high number of drownings in New South Wales this summer. The Royal Life Saving Society estimates there were about 42 deaths along the state’s beaches, pools, and waterways between December and February. Of the five overseas students who drowned, four were Nepalese. Sydney based…

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Rescuers try to save hundreds of stranded migrants

Rescuers try to save hundreds of stranded migrants

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said in a statement they “believe there have been deaths,” but it is not clear how many people have drowned. So far rescuers have pulled 453 people to safety, but were forced to suspend the operation overnight with their rescue vessel the Phoenix running at full capacity. The charity’s founder, Christopher Catrambone, said yesterday: “Nobody has ever seen anything like what we are witnessing this weekend.” “There were 8-10 people dead on board but the situation is not finished yet,” said Michael Buschheuer, founder…

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Turkey on course to give president sweeping new powers

Turkey on course to give president sweeping new powers

With 95.73% of the ballots counted, early results put the “yes” vote ahead, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Results show 51.94% of Turks are in favor of giving Erdogan more power and 48.06% are against. Voters were asked to endorse an 18-article reform package put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party that would replace the current system of parliamentary democracy with a powerful executive presidency. Erdogan, who cast his vote in Istanbul earlier in the day amid tight security, said he hoped Turks would make the “expected”…

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North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

Pictures on state television showed thousands of soldiers marching in formation alongside tanks, balloons and enormous crowds. Leader Kim Jong Un was shown clapping and smiling from a reviewing box. At one point, the soldiers directed a chant toward him. “We will die for you!” they yelled, CNN’s Will Ripley, who was at the event, reported. During the pomp and circumstance at Kim II Sung square, citizens showed their revolutionary fervor with choreographed performances while vehicles displaying North Korea’s military arsenal rolled by. “We saw a submarine launch ballistic missiles,…

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