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Mother arrested in stabbing deaths of 8 children in northeast Australia

Mother arrested in stabbing deaths of 8 children in northeast Australia

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — The mother of seven of eight young children who were found stabbed to death at a house in northeastern Australia has been arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said on Saturday, but the motive for the brutal kil…

8 children found stabbed to death in northeast Australia

8 children found stabbed to death in northeast Australia

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Eight children have been found stabbed to death at a house in the northeast Australian city of Cairns, officials said on Friday, but it was not immediately known who was responsible, though the mother of most of the vi…

At least 4 historical sites in Syria devastated by looting, conflict

At least 4 historical sites in Syria devastated by looting, conflict

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) — At least four major archaeological sites in Syria have been heavily looted and damaged, according to an analysis of high-resolution images that document the extent of the destruction after nearly four years of conflict, a …

UN suspends Iraq’s obligation to compensate Kuwait invasion damages

UN suspends Iraq’s obligation to compensate Kuwait invasion damages

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (BNO NEWS) — The Iraqi government will not be required to pay the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation until at least January 2016 to reimburse the state-owned company for losses suffered from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, a United Na…

Dutch far-right politician Wilders to be tried over anti-Moroccan chant

Dutch far-right politician Wilders to be tried over anti-Moroccan chant

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders will be prosecuted on charges of discrimination and inciting hatred over his anti-Moroccan chant at an election rally earlier this year, prosecutors said on Thursday, three y…

Chinese tourist dies in Turkey hot air balloon crash

Chinese tourist dies in Turkey hot air balloon crash

ANKARA, TURKEY (BNO NEWS) — A Chinese woman was killed Wednesday and eleven other tourists were injured when two hot air balloons crash-landed in central Turkey, local authorities said, just over a year after three Brazilian tourists died in another ballooning accident in the same area.

The latest accident happened at around 8:15 a.m. local time on Wednesday when two hot air balloons were affected by strong winds while flying over the Güvercinlik Valley in the touristic region of Cappadocia, which is located in Central Anatolia. People who saw the accident alerted the emergency services by calling 112.

Nevsehir Governor Mehmet Ceylan said the accident occurred when the balloons experienced crosswinds while descending, causing both to make hard landings. The governor said a 23-year-old Chinese tourist was killed and six tourists from China and Malaysia were injured, but medical officials later raised the number of people hospitalized to eleven, including two who were critically injured.

Several other passengers were treated at the scene but did not require hospitalization.

In addition to the accident, the private Dogan news agency said that officials at the scene had attacked journalists and attempted to take their memory cards which contained photographs. The report said the journalists had filed a criminal complaint following the attack, but it did not say whether any of the journalists had been injured.

Hot air balloon accidents are fairly uncommon, although deadly crashes have taken place in recent years, including in Cappadocia where the ballooning industry had already suffered after two fatal accidents since 2009. Three Brazilian tourists were killed in May 2013 when a hot air balloon crashed in Cappadocia, just a few years after a Briton died in another crash.

Prior to the accident last year, critics had expressed concern over the large number of hot air balloons navigating at the same time in Cappadocia, as well as unclear traffic rules and unexperienced pilots. Nonetheless, balloon trips remain relatively safe despite deadly crashes in Egypt and New Zealand over the past few years.

Nineteen people were killed in February 2013 when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor, making it the world’s deadliest ballooning disaster in history. The second deadliest disaster occurred in August 1989 when two balloons collided over Australia’s Northern Territory, causing one of the balloons to crash to the ground and killing all thirteen people on board.

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4 Russian children die in fire while mom is out drinking

4 Russian children die in fire while mom is out drinking

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) — A 28-year-old mother in Siberia has been arrested after her four young children died in a house fire while she was out drinking alcohol with a friend, authorities said on Wednesday. An electrical fault or careless handling …

World’s oldest known crocodile turns 114 in South Africa

World’s oldest known crocodile turns 114 in South Africa

SCOTTBURGH, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) — A Nile crocodile which was captured in the early 20th century and condemned to a life of captivity for eating several children has turned 114 at a conservation center in South Africa, making him the world’s oldest…

3 dead, including gunman, after Sydney siege ends

3 dead, including gunman, after Sydney siege ends

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Two hostages have died and several others have been injured after heavily-armed commandos stormed a Sydney cafe where a man was holding a number of hostages for more than sixteen hours, police said on Tuesday. A third fa…

TRANSCRIPT — Australian Prime Minister Abbott addresses hostage crisis

TRANSCRIPT — Australian Prime Minister Abbott addresses hostage crisis

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the media Monday on the hostage crisis in Sydney, saying the motivation of the perpetrator was not yet clear but could be politically-motivated. A full transcript of his pr…