Brekky Wrap: Man Stung Smuggling 200 Live Scorpions On Commercial Flight

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A Chinese man has been busted trying to smuggle 200 venomous live Scorpions out of Sri Lanka.

Authorities at Colombo Airport made the discovery after the live arachnids were found stuffed into plastic boxes inside in the man's luggage.

According to the BBC, security officials believe the man may have been planning to extract the venom from the scorpions once in China.

He was held by customs officials and fined 100,000 rupees (AU$798) before being allowed to return home.

Sri Lanka has many venomous scorpions, but only one species is fatal to humans.

It was not clear which species the smuggled scorpions were.

Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wish for a more independent future following a meeting on Monday to resolve the rift in the British royal family.

The meeting came after Harry and his American actress wife Meghan announced that that they wished to step back from royal duties and spend more time in North America.

During a meeting at the queen’s rural Sandringham estate in eastern England also attended by Harry’s father and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his elder brother, Prince William, 93-year-old Elizabeth confirmed that the family supported the couple’s plans.



Queen Gives Blessing For Harry And Meghan To 'Create New Lives' In Canada

Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing to her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s wish for a more independent future after an urgent meeting on Monday to resolve the rift in the British royal family.

"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the Queen said in a statement.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”

Australian holiday homeowners are being asked to open their hearts and their vacant homes to victims of the bushfire crisis.

In NSW alone, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by fires with another 849 damaged, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

In response, the NSW government has unveiled a scheme where holiday homeowners in fire-affected areas can offer their homes as temporary accommodation for displaced residents.

The scheme was announced by Bega MP Andrew Constance and Kiama MP Gareth Ward, whose electorates are among the hardest-hit by the bushfires.

Owners are being urged to register their holiday homes with local real estate agents so they can be offered to those in need of accommodation, with the government offering financial assistance.

Three weeks after an Alaska man's remote cabin burned down, he was finally found and rescued by Alaska State Troopers.

Rescuers spotted Tyson Steele, 30, the man beside a makeshift shelter with an "SOS" signal stamped in the snow.

CBS News reports Steele appeared to be in good health after he was found at his remote homestead, 20 miles (32 km) outside of Skwentna.

Image: Alaska State Troopers via AP

The trooper helicopter transported Steele to Anchorage, 20 days after his ordeal started.

In an interview with Alaska State Troopers, Steele said he put off eating some of the charred canned food as long as he could.

"Last night's meal was probably one of the worst," he said. "I was leaving the burned-off stuff for the last. And last night's dinner was a can of plastic-smoked refried beans."

Marriage equality is now law in Northern Ireland.

As of yesterday, same-sex couples could register with the government and have their partnerships legally recognised, according to the BBC.

This means the first legal marriage ceremonies can take place as soon as February 10. And couples who are already married will now have their marriage legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

Those who are already in a civil partnership will not be able to convert it to a marriage at this stage.

Image: Getty Images.

Due to an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, the UK Parliament determines the legality of abortions and marriages.

The only way the act from Westminster could have been stopped was if a new Northern Ireland government formed by October 21 last year, which did not occur.

Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash.

Experts warn the eruption could get worse and plans are being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands.

Clouds of ash blew north from the Taal volcano, reaching Manila, the bustling capital, and forced the shutdown of the country's main airport, with more than 500 flights canceled so far.

The erupting Taal Volcano is seen from Tagaytay City, Philippines. Image: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez

There were no reports of casualties or any major damage from the eruption, which began Sunday.

Some government offices, schools and many businesses in a wide swathe of towns and cities were closed Monday to avoid health risks posed by the ashfall.

A mother got more than she bargained for during a trip to Schoenbrunn Zoo in Austria's capital, Vienna, with her baby son.

They went to stop by the orangutan enclosure where Gemma Copeland propped herself in front of the glass with her baby boy in her arms.

Posting on Facebook, Copeland explained: "She (one of the orangutans) then got up, carried a piece of cloth to the window and sat down with me. She looked directly into my eyes then placed her hand up as if to touch my son I was in awe of this beautiful creature already."

Copeland's son then got hungry so she decided to breastfeed him wile sitting near the glass.

"The way the orangutan reacted took my breath away she kept looking at me, then my son then back again. She sat with me for approximately half an hour, kept stroking the glass and lay down next to me as if to support and protect me."

Ash Barty's laid back attitude has once again shone through, this time during a hilarious press conference ahead of the Adelaide International. 

Speaking to reporters the world number one was answering questions from journalists when a phone rang. Barty casually picked it up and answered:  "Hey Kez... it's Ash Barty, who's this? He left his phone on during a press conference."

Whoever was on the other end wasn't too interested in speaking to the Australian tennis sensation because they hung up on her.

“She hung up on me,” the 22-year-old said jokingly, while the room burst out in laughter.

Barty has won over fans in the past with her witty press conferences. During Wimbledon when she kept casually dropping Disney references in her pressers.