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Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

Technology
The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain's summit. Before and after images from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called "completely annihilated." Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said Tuesday that the chunk, known as the "lava dome," had a volume of at least 1.6 million cubic meters (56.5 million cubic feet). The volcano in North Sumatra, which has been active since 2010 after centuries of dormancy, erupted explosively on Monday morning. Hot ash clouds rolled down its slopes, traveling as far as 4.9 kilometers from the crater, and ash reached Lhokseumawe, a city more than 260 kilometers (162 miles) to the northwest. No-o...

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Science
The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say.They have been urging for a new global treaty to tackle the problem.But a new report - to be presented to a Royal Geographical Society conference on Tuesday - says littering the sea with plastics is already prohibited under existing agreements.The report urges those governments that are trying to tackle the issue to put legal pressure on those that are not.The paper has been written by the veteran environment journalist Oliver Tickell.His principal conclusion is backed by ClientEarth, the legal group that successfully sued the UK over failures to meet air pollution laws.Tickell says legal action against big polluters such as China, India and Indonesia can be taken only by a nation state.So...
Rush 'inappropriately touched co-star on stage'

Rush 'inappropriately touched co-star on stage'

Entertainment
Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has been accused in court of repeatedly touching an actress inappropriately while on stage.Rush is suing Sydney's The Daily Telegraph for defamation over articles it published detailing the allegations.In court on Monday, the newspaper's lawyer Tom Blackburn claimed the 66-year-old touched the actress on five consecutive nights in the final week of the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear in 2015.The newspaper's legal team has previously told the court that the articles, published in 2017, did not allege Rush engaged in inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature.During the latest hearing, Mr Blackburn told the court that Rush had touched the unnamed actress in a way he had not done before that made her feel uncomfortable.He said: "Sh...
Baker Mayfield decides not to attend 2018 NFL Draft

Baker Mayfield decides not to attend 2018 NFL Draft

Sports
Baker Mayfield may stay away from the NFL draft in April at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Despite projections that the former Oklahoma quarterback will be drafted in the first round, Mayfield is not planning to attend, NBCSports reported Monday. Mayfield was in Fort Worth on Monday night to receive the Davey O'Brien Award. It is not uncommon for first-round draft picks to stay away. Myles Garrett, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook were not there last year. Garrett ended up as the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. In 2015, two of the top quarterbacks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, decided against attending. Some players are concerned that they'll be stuck in the draft room while being passed over while other players are selected. Mayfield is one of four quarterbacks...
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

World
While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign. His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press. "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said. The federal indictment issued Friday names a businessman linked to President Vladimir Putin and a dozen other Russians. It allege...