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Hurricane Irma's fierce winds blast into Florida

Miami (AFP) - Hurricane Irma regained strength Sunday as it began pummeling Florida, lashing its southern island chain with hurricane-force wind gusts and threatening landfall within hours.

People walk down the street as winds and rain begin to hit as outer bands of Hurricane Irma arrive in Miami Beach, Florida.-AFP

Suspect arrested for slaughtering whale shark in China after transporting it on a lorry

BEIJING: Police have arrested a suspect in relation to a case where a whale shark was reportedly slaughtered after being transported on a lorry in China's south-east Fujian province.

The whale shark was reportedly meant for sale to a hotel.PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM PEAR VIDEO, SINA WEIBO.

Online game leading to suicide has reportedly claimed 150 lives

GEORGE TOWN: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry and other authorities should ban online game ‘Blue Whale’ in Malaysia, said the Consumers Association of Penang.

Mud ball clean-up for river

HUNDREDS of Klangites celebrated National Day with a twist when they tossed about 2,000 effective microorganism (EM) mud balls into the Klang River to clean it up.

The public having a try at making mud balls using rice bran, brown sugar and enzyme made from fruit peels.

Sea Shepherd pulls plug on Japan whale hunt

SYDNEY: Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday pulled the plug on its annual campaign to disrupt Japanese whaling, saying it can no longer match the country’s military and economic power.

This file photo taken on December 13, 2011 shows Sea Shepherd's ship 'Bob Barker' moored in Hobart as it prepares to leave to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. -AFP filepic

US drops charges in another high-profile Wall Street case

NEW YORK: U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday dropped their criminal case accusing Benjamin Wey of running a fraudulent stock manipulation scheme, after a federal judge threw out much of the evidence they hoped to use against the financier

The government had accused Wey(filepic) in September 2015 of making tens of millions of dollars by secretly controlling large blocks of shares through "reverse mergers" between Chinese companies and U.S. shell companies, and selling his shares at artificially high levels.

Japan actor who played original Godzilla dies at 88

TOKYO: Haruo Nakajima, the actor who played Japan's iconic city-wrecking monster Godzilla in the original 1954 movie, has died, film studio Toho said Tuesday. He was 88.

Haruo Nakajima.

Passenger knocked out as whale slams into Australia boat

Sydney (AFP) - A man was knocked unconscious and three others suffered facial fractures and broken ribs after a whale slammed into a charter fishing boat off Australia's north coast, the skipper said Monday.

Each year humpback whales migrate north from the Antarctic to the warmer climate off Australia's coastline to mate and give birth.-AFP

Sri Lanka navy rescues two elephants washed out to sea

Colombo (AFP) - Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks.

Two elephants struggle to stay afloat in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka.-AFP

Beached 'whale' found in central Paris

Parisians and tourists were shocked to see a beached "whale" on the banks of the river Seine in central Paris on July 21, many not realising it was a stunt.

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