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New Zealand volcano erupts: Five killed and several tourists missing

New Zealand volcano erupts: Five killed and several tourists missing

World
By Alison Chung, Alix Culbertson and Chris Robertson, news reporters At least five people have died after a volcano erupted in New Zealand.Police say the number of people who are unaccounted for following the eruption on White Island is in double figures - but the rescue operation has been suspended because it is too dangerous to search the area. Approximately 50 people, New Zealanders and foreign tourists among them, were feared to have been nearby when the eruption happened at 2.11pm local time on Monday (1.11am UK time). Image: The GeoNet agency said a moderate volcanic eruption had occurred at around 2.11pm. Pic: GeoNet Image: A we...
Ceiling collapse at West End theatre leaves several injured

Ceiling collapse at West End theatre leaves several injured

Entertainment
Several people have been hurt after part of a ceiling collapsed at a theatre in London's West End.Emergency services were called just before 8pm following the incident during a performance of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre. A picture from the scene showed a large hole in the ceiling about three or four metres wide, with wires protruding in the middle of it.Witnesses reported there had been a "slight dripping sound" and "running water" followed by "lots of screams" from audience members as a section of the ceiling came crashing down. Roof collapsed in Piccadilly Theatre tonight during performance of Death of a Salesman. Running water, then lots of screams. A few minor injuries. Thank you @WendellPierce for coming out to check everyone safe. Decent ...
North Korea fires several short-range missiles

North Korea fires several short-range missiles

World
North Korea has fired several unidentified short-range missiles from its eastern coast, the South Korean military has said.The projectiles were fired from Wonsan on the east coast at around 9am local time on Saturday and flew up to 200km (125 miles) before landing in the ocean, the military said in a statement. The South had previously said the North launched a single missile.South Korea's military has bolstered its surveillance in case of further missile launches, and South Korean and US authorities are analysing the details.If it is confirmed as a firing of a banned ballistic missile, it will be the first such launch since the North's November 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Advertisement ...
Common Costa Rican frog species consists of several ‘cryptic’ species

Common Costa Rican frog species consists of several ‘cryptic’ species

Science
April 11 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered multiple "cryptic" species hiding inside a common Costa Rican frog species. Warszewitsch's frog is found in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. But according to a new study, not all Lithobates warszewitschii frogs are the same. Scientists in Britain and Costa Rica used an analysis technique called DNA barcoding to compare snippets of DNA samples collected from dozens of Warszewitsch's frog specimens collected from three different locations in Costa Rica and Panama. Genetic sequences from the specimens' mitochondria, the DNA powerhouses inside animal cells, revealed significant intraspecies diversity. The analysis showed the common species houses several cryptic species within it. Cryptic species are groups within a single classified s...
Several private firms still interested in buying Nielsen as sale process drags on

Several private firms still interested in buying Nielsen as sale process drags on

Finance
Nielsen, the media research firm famous for its TV ratings, is still contemplating an outright sale, fueled by continued private equity interest, according to people familiar with the matter. Advent International is working with Goldman Sachs Group on a bid, as well as Apollo Global Management, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Advent and Goldman have consistently shown interest and recently attended Nielsen management presentation, although it's unclear if the consortium will be willing to pay enough to get a deal done, two of the people said. A sale isn't imminent, and while Nie...