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New volcano vision shows rocks raining down from the sky in Tonga

A week on from one of the world's most violent volcanic eruptions in decades, events that happened on the ground in Tonga are still being uncovered. The natural disaster hit the island nation on January 15, leaving three people confirmed dead and causing a massive amount of destruction. New footage shows cars crawling inland as rocks and ash rained down from the sky. READ MORE: Tongan 'Aquaman': Miracle man who survived 28-hour swim after tsunami tells story Stories of survival are being shared over satellite phone and social media. "It's a very, very difficult time for the people of Tonga. The feedback on the ground that I got today is, again, many people displaced," Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja, said. Some 4000 kilometres away in a warehouse in NSW, Matraville families are packing supplies for their loved ones in Tonga. READ MORE: Search underway for missing man after boat capsizes in Sydney There are more 30,000 T..

Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. The death was confirmed by a monk at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam who said that Nhat Hanh, known as Thay to his followers, died at midnight on Saturday morning. The monk declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to media. A post on Nhat Hanh's verified Twitter page attributed to The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism also confirmed the news, saying, “We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts." READ MORE: NSW records significant drop in COVID-19 cases, reporting 20,148 infections Born as Nguyen Xuan Bao in 1926 and ordained at age 16, Nhat Hanh distilled Buddhist teachings on compassion and suffering into easily grasped guidance over a lifetime dedicated to wor..

Norway killer Anders Breivik tests limits of lenient justice system

Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spends his days in a spacious three-room cell, playing video games, exercising, watching TV and taking university-level courses in mathematics and business. Halfway through a 21-year sentence and seeking early release, Breivik, 42, is being treated in a way that might seem shocking to people outside of Norway, where he killed eight in an Oslo bombing in 2011, and then stalked and gunned down 69 people, mostly teens, at a summer camp. But here — no matter how wicked the crime — convicts benefit from a criminal justice system that is designed to offer prisoners some of the comforts and opportunities of life on the outside. READ MORE: Breivik tells parole hearing doesn't renounce white supremacy Still, Breivik's extreme case is testing the limits of Norway’s commitment to tolerance and rehabilitation. “We have never had anyone in Norway who has been responsible for this level of violence before. And there has been debate here about ..

Brian Laundrie admitted killing Gabby Petito in notebook: FBI

The boyfriend of slain cross-country traveller Gabby Petito admitted killing her in a notebook discovered near his body in a Florida swamp, the FBI announced on Friday. It was the first time authorities squarely pinned the blame for Petito’s death on Brian Laundrie, though he was the prime suspect all along. Investigators meanwhile announced that Laundrie, 23, had sent text messages to intentionally deceive people that Petito, 22, was still alive after he beat and strangled her in late August, according to a statement released by the FBI in Denver. READ MORE: Probe finds 'unintentional mistakes' in Petito police stop “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in the statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito." Petito's body was found September 19 at a campground near Grand Tet..

Woman in botched police raid says money won’t ‘right this wrong’

A Black woman who settled with the city of Chicago for $4 million after she was handcuffed while naked by police officers during a botched raid of her home said “there’s no amount of money that will right this wrong” and that changes are needed to the Chicago Police Department. Anjanette Young, who sued the city after the 2019 raid, said the city council’s approval last month of the $4 million settlement has not changed her life and she’s still struggling with what happened to her. Young, a social worker, was getting ready for bed in February 2019 when several officers serving a search warrant stormed into her apartment and handcuffed her while she was naked. READ MORE: Bat Out of Hell singer Meat Loaf dies, aged 74 The city’s law department said Young was naked for 16 seconds but the covering officers put on her kept falling off before she was allowed to get dressed several minutes later. Young said during an interview that aired on Friday on “CBS Mornings” that the officers ignored h..

Boosters provide the best protection against Omicron variant: study

Three US studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the Omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots. They are the first large US studies to look at vaccine protection against Omicron, health officials said. The papers echo previous research — including studies in Germany, South Africa and the UK — indicating available vaccines are less effective against Omicron than earlier versions of the coronavirus, but also that boosters significantly improve protection. READ MORE: Why is there a lag in Australia's COVID-19 booster rollout? The first study looked at hospitalisations and emergency room and urgent care centre visits in 10 states, from August to this month. It found vaccine effectiveness was best after three doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in preventing COVID-19-associated emergency department and urgent care visits. READ MORE: TGA approves Novavax COVID-19 vaccine Protection dropped from 94 per cent durin..

Cameras found in women’s locker room at handball club

German police are investigating after two hidden cameras were found in the locker room of a leading women's handball team, the club said yesterday. The team, TuS Metzingen, which plays in the top-tier Bundesliga - said the cameras were found earlier this week. READ MORE: NSW records deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic READ MORE: Everything you need to know about WA's hard border They said that an unnamed person who worked with the team is being treated by police as a suspect and their role with the club has been terminated. The women's handball Bundesliga said in a statement that it was "shocked" by the find and that "we condemn this reprehensible behaviour in the strongest possible terms." READ MORE: Man survived 28-hour swim after tsunami There was a similar incident in the same league last year when three cameras were found at another club, HL Buchholz 08-Rosengarten. The league said Thursday that investigations in that case are still ongoing.

China says it warned off US warship in disputed sea

A United States Navy guided missile destroyer has challenged Chinese claims of sovereignty in and around islands in the South China Sea, with a US Navy statement saying such claims violate international law and "pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas". The USS Benfold sailed around the Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China, in what the Navy calls a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), Lt. Mark Langford, spokesperson for the US 7th Fleet, said in the statement. The Paracels are a collection of 130 small coral islands and reefs in the north-western part of the South China Sea. They have no indigenous population to speak of, only Chinese military garrisons amounting to 1400 people, according to the CIA Factbook. READ MORE: Western Australia delays border reopening plan The islands are also claimed by Vietnam and self-ruled Taiwan but in Chinese hands for more than 46 years. The islands have been fortified with People's Liberation Army (PLA) military insta..

Tongan ‘aquaman’ reveals how he survived 28-hour swim after tsunami

A Tongan man who swam for 28 hours after getting swept out to sea during Saturday's devastating tsunami has spoken about his epic swim. The island nation was hit by a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami on Saturday. Three people have since been confirmed dead. In an interview with, and translated by, Tongan radio station Broadcom, Lisala Folau recounted the ordeal which left him lucky to be alive. READ MORE: Western Australia delays border reopening plan A social media post described the 57-year-old as a "real life Aquaman". Mr Folau lives on the small, isolated island of Atata, which is about 8km north-west of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, or a 30-minute boat ride. Only 61 people lived on the island paradise, which includes the Royal Sunset Island Resort. Mr Folau was alerted to the tsunami by his brother and hid up a tree. However, once he got down after the first wave, a bigger wave arrived and swept him and his family out to sea. He has four children. He thinks t..