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Lightning Strike Damages Rio’s Jesus Statue

Lightning Strike Damages Rio’s Jesus Statue

The iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro has lost a thumb tip as a result of a lightning strike.

Christ the Redeemer, one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, was damaged in a huge storm on Thursday night.

Standing at 38 metres the statue – which sits atop Mount Corcovado – was named in a 2007 global poll as one of seven new wonders of the world.

The famous statue is hit by lightning

The famous statue is hit by lightning

Site caretaker Father Osmar Raposo said the read more

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Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

An Australian man put police officers in a spin when they had to free him from a washing machine after a game of hide and seek went wrong.

The man from Mooropna, north of Melbourne, became stuck in the top-loading machine as he tried to use it as an elaborate hiding place.

It took 20 minutes to free the man, with rescuers using olive oil to ease him out.

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Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

A man in Australia had to be rushed to hospital in terrible pain after a large cockroach crawled into his ear as he slept, and an attempt to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.

Medical treatment initially only caused the inch-long insect to burrow further into the head of Hendrik Helmer.

The unwelcome invader was eventually extracted by a doctor with forceps, but only after Mr Helmer had endured the unpleasant sensation of it being in the “throes of death-twitching”.

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Australia bushfires – One dead

Australia bushfires – One dead

More than 80 bushfires are burning across Victoria and South Australia states as temperatures continued to top 40C (104F).

Both states have endured several days of scorching temperatures, with winds helping to increase the speed of the fires.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said one person died at their home in Roses Gap in the Grampians region, northwest of Melbourne.

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Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines says it cannot explain how the packed aircraft landed seven miles from its intended destination.

A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago is under investigation after it landed at the wrong airport seven miles from its intended destination.

Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to fly from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, Missouri.

But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney read more

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Germany Plane Crash: ‘Four Die’ As Jet On Fire

Germany Plane Crash: ‘Four Die’ As Jet On Fire

The jet, carrying two pilots and two passengers, was alight after coming down near an airfield, damaging an electricity pylon.

Four people are believed to have died after a small jet flying from England crashed near an airfield in Germany.

The plane damaged an electricity pylon as it came down at a landfill site and was ablaze when firefighters arrived at the scene near the western city of Trier.

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Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

One of the world’s largest museums has launched an ambitious project to 3D scan its collection.

America’s prestigious Smithsonian museum is using the revolutionary technology to document its artefacts but also to share them through 3D printers and online.

3D scanning bounces lasers off objects using the echo to map them in space.

The process is used to build up 3D digital images of almost anything, regardless of size or complexity.

Adam Metello, 3D digitisation read more

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British Dad Drowns After Rescuing Sons

British Dad Drowns After Rescuing Sons

The man managed to get his two boys on to a surfboard and they were taken to safety, but attempts to revive him failed.

Burrill Beach,

Emergency services at the scene on Burrill Beach. Pic: 9News

A British man has died after rescuing his two sons who were caught in a rip tide at a beach on Australia’s east coast.

The 44-year-old was with his family at Burrill Beach, about 150 miles south read more

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US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia

US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia

The US military sees its second helicopter crash in as many days following the crash that killed four in England.

MH-53E

The Navy says an MH-53E similar to this one crashed off Virginia

A search and rescue effort is under way off the coast of Virginia for a downed MH-53E helicopter, the US Navy has said.

The US Coast Guard says five were aboard when the helicopter crashed about 18 miles read more

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