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India women: First female climbs sacred mountain

Dhanya Sanal was the first woman to scale the peak. Courtesy: BBC A woman has climbed a mountain in India, where only men were allowed until now for religious reasons. Dhanya Sanal’s ascent to the summit of Agasthyakoodam in southern Kerala state came after a court ruling in November. Local tribespeople oppose women climbing it because of its statue of a Hindu sage associated with celibacy. Ms Sanal, 38, told the BBC she had not been stopped by locals or protesters. Campaigners say it’s a victory in the fight to end gender discrimination. Ms Sanal said she had been...

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YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks

The film Birdbox led to a craze in which people attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded. Courtesy: BBC YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform. The move comes in response to so-called “challenges” that have sometimes resulted in death or injury. The Google-owned video sharing site said such material had “no place on YouTube”. However, the firm appears to be failing to enforce its existing rules on harmful content. A Buzzfeed report detailed how images depicting, or alluding to, bestiality were still appearing on the site – despite a pledge last April...

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Fire guts unit building in Sydney’s west

The fire spread to the roof of the unit block in Merrylands. Courtesy: 9NEWS Emergency services have rushed to a building in Sydney’s west following reports a number of units were on fire. Fire and Rescue NSW attended a unit block on Todd Street in Merrylands, 25 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD, to find several units well alight. The fire then spread to the roof of the building, where it was contained by firefighters. No injuries have been reported at this stage with no persons missing. More to come Source:...

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How one heatwave killed ‘a third’ of a bat species in Australia

Many spectacled flying foxes were found dead around Cairns, a city in Queensland Courtesy: BBC Over two days in November, record-breaking heat in Australia’s north wiped out almost one-third of the nation’s spectacled flying foxes, according to researchers. The animals, also known as spectacled fruit bats, were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C. In the city of Cairns, locals saw bats toppling from trees into backyards, swimming pools and other locations. Wildlife rescuers found surviving animals clumped together, usually on branches closer to the ground. “It was totally depressing,” one rescuer, David White, told the BBC. ‘Biblical...

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Three Florida children die after becoming trapped in freezer

All three children were found dead in the unplugged freezer. Courtesy: BBC Three children have died in Florida after becoming trapped in an unplugged freezer, according to police. The children, aged one, four and six, were playing outside their home before allegedly climbing into the unit, which had been left in the garden. Two women living at the property in Live Oak found the children but were unable to resuscitate them. Police say foul play is not suspected, but the case will be sent to the state attorney’s office for review. In a statement, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office...

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