Brekky Wrap: Search For Missing People In Greek Fires Continues And A Lake Discovered On Mars
All the news you need to know this Thursday.
The search for missing people continues in Greece in the wake of devastating wildfires that claimed the lives of at least 79 people. The fires, which burnt north-east of the nation's capital Athens, destroyed houses and cars in coast-side resorts and towns. Police are now investigating if the fires were deliberately lit as Greece continues to remember the dead during three days of national mourning.
At least 31 people have have been killed and another 35 injured by a suicide bomber near a polling station in Pakistan as locals voted to elect a new prime minister. Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack where a bomber is said to have driven a motorcycle into a police vehicle. Voting has now closed in the election which was a close contest between former cricketer Imran Khan and the party of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif who is currently serving time in jail. Khan has said he is looking forward to the result, however won't declare victory until the final ball has been bowled.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reassured Australians that America holds Russia responsible for the shooting down of passenger jet MH17. Pompeo made the statements on the ABC's 7.30 on Wednesday evening, where he threw the full support of the U.S. government behind Australia. "We understand what happened with MH17, we are committed to making sure those responsible are held accountable. I told foreign minister Bishop that but more importantly I am happy to share with the Australian people." These comments come after concern that close relations between America and Russia would see Australian lose the U.S. support in the joint investigation into the tragedy.
Acting New Zealand Prime Minister Winston Peters has called for Australia to change its flag after claiming it copied the NZ one. New Zealand held a referendum to change its flag back in 2016 and while it failed, people campaigning for a change in ensign sighted similarity between the Australian and New Zealand flags as a reason to make the move. When asked about the similarity in flag earlier this week, Peters called Australia out on apparent copycat behaviour. "We had a flag that we've had for a long time, copied by Australia, and they should actually change their flag and honour the fact that we got there first with this design," he told TVNZ. Australia formally adopted the Southern Cross to its flag in 1954, while New Zealand added it in 1902.
A second teenager has been charged with the alleged murder of 19-year-old Laa Chol. A 16-year-old boy was charged on Wednesday with being an accessory to murder and assault just days after a 17-year-old was charged with her murder. Chol was at a party in an apartment in Melbourne's CBD when she was stabbed and later died. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.
A giant lake of water has been discovered buried beneath the icy surface of Mars. An instrument called a ground-penetrating radar on a spacecraft that has been orbiting the planet found the 20-kilometre-wide body of water sitting 1.5 kilometres below the planet's surface. Life as we know it needs water survive and so the discovery adds new information to the quest to determine if life has ever existed on Mars.
Nestle has lost a decade-long legal battle against Cadbury over whether the shape of its KitKat chocolate bars can be protected by an EU trademark. The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the 'three-dimensional shape' is not recognised in enough European nations to qualify for a trademark. The “four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base” -- the official description by the court -- will not be protected from copycats. Nestle spent 11 years in the European courts trying to gain trademark protection for its brand.
Benjamin Pavard's goal for France against Argentina has been chosen as the official goal of the World Cup by FIFA. France managed to win the match 4-3 in the round of 16 to progress to the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams has claimed she is the victim of discrimination after being drug tested more than any other American tennis player this year. Williams has been tested five times between January and June this year, while others have only been tested once within that same time period. Williams returned to grand slam tennis to play in the Wimbledon competition after giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.
April the Giraffe has a big announcement. The 16-year-old mum of four is pregnant with her fifth calf! April captivated millions with her live-streamed birth of a calf just last year via giraffe-cam. April lives at Animal Adventure Park on New York state and is expected to give birth to the latest addition to her family in 2019.
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