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Published on: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • Police are searching for three men who are suspected of lighting the fire that caused the bushfire that burnt over 3200 hectares after video footage emerged of the men on Snapchat laughing and joking as the fire burnt. There is no suggestion that the men in the video are responsible for starting the fire. However, police are urging the men – along with any other witnesses – to come forward.
  • Starbucks will close 8,000 company-owned US cafes for the afternoon on May 29 to train nearly 175,000 workers on how to prevent racial discrimination. The announcement from the world's biggest coffee company comes as it tries to cool tensions after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week.

  • A woman has died on a Southwest passenger flight from New York to Dallas after one of the engines exploded, shattering the window on row 17, before partially sucking the woman out the window. Photos from the scene show severe damage to the plane's left engine, its cover ripped off and a window about a metre away has been blown out. The incident caused the plane to descend rapidly and violently, passengers said.

  • A pilot has escaped with relatively minor injuries after crashing his helicopter in Kosciuszko National Park. The 45-year-old male pilot was the only occupant of the helicopter, and managed to escape from the wreckage with head lacerations.

  • Australian shares are set to open higher, following another strong day for US markets boosted by technology stocks. Overnight in the US, the Dow Jones closed +0.9% at 24,787, S&P 500 +1.1% at 2,706, Nasdaq +1.7% at 7,281. Over to Europe, the FTSE +0.4% at 7,226, DAX +1.6% at 12,586, Euro Stoxx 50 +1.2% at 3,482.


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