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Golfball sized hail batters Canberra as severe thunderstorms hit south-eastern Australia

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Golfball sized hail batters Canberra as severe thunderstorms hit south-eastern Australia

As the wildfires continue to burn in Australia, severe storms have brought hail and flooding to cities of Australia on Monday.  

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm warnings as powerful storms move through for Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, and the capital of Australia. 

The thunderstorm produced large hailstones which went on to damage buildings and smashing all the car windows across the city of Canberra. 
The streets were covered with hailstones too, making it difficult for the drivers to navigate across the city. 

Here’s a photo tweeted by the Australian Parliament house showing the large hailstones right in the front lawn of the Parliament. 

The emergency officials reported over 1,900 calls for service which has already set a record for the highest number of calls in a day, reported by Australia’ Nine News. 

According to local officials, the storm left two people injured and caused flash flooding in several areas. Also, caused the power to go down for many. 

Towns such as Dubbo, Nyngan, Parkes and broken Hil had large dust storms. The Sky News reported a dust cloud of 186-miles descended over the area. 

Here’s a tweet from Jen Browning showing the dust clouds taking over. 

The storms have definitely brought some relief to the areas affected by the wildfires. As of today, there are still several blazes burning around in New South Wales and Victoria. 

Talking to BBC, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said, the recent rain was “very helpful” to the bushfire-affected communities, while the storms caused other weather-related issues too. 

“Ultimately, we need to remain vigilant,” Andrews said, adding the fire season, “is far from over.”

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Taliban leader who justified Malala Yousafzai shooting escaped military prison in Pakistan

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Taliban leader who orchestrated Malala Yousafzai shooting escaped military prison in Pakistan

A Taliban leader who sanctioned the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai has escaped military prison, Pakistani officials said Monday.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former figurehead for the Taliban in Pakistan, posted on social media that he had escaped prison.

After the Reuters asked whether it was true, Pakistani Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said: “That is correct, that is correct.”

Ehsan claims he had fled to Turkey, however, the Pakistani officials weren’t able to verify that, the AFP reported. 

He has claimed responsibility for conducting numerous Taliban attacks, including the assassination attempt on Malala.

Malala was shot in the head on Oct. 9, 2012, while traveling on a bus from school in her hometown of Mingora. Fortunately, she survived the attack and was later awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2014 for her work in advocating for young girls’ rights to education.

The militant Ehsan later surrendered to authorities in the year 2017 and later gave high-profile interviews on Pakistani television.

As of now, It remains unclear how Ehsan managed to escape from a maximum-security prison.

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Astronauts on ISS can soon talk to Earth at ‘broadband speeds’ thanks to new UK-built device

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Astronauts on ISS can soon talk to Earth at 'broadband speeds' thanks to new UK-built device

A UK-built device has reached the International Space Station (ISS), which will enable astronauts to communicate with Earth at home broadband speeds. 

The device will be installed later this year right outside the Columbus module that is the International Space Station’s science laboratory. 

A communications antenna called the Columbus Ka-band Terminal (COLKa), arrived on a Cygnus supply ship this morning making it the first industrial contribution from the UK to the International Space Station. 

The contract to design and build this device was assigned to MDA Space and Robotics Limited,  a global communications and information company based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

David Kenyon, managing director at MDA UK, said: “The COLKa programme has firmly established MDA in the UK as a leading provider of high-quality space equipment, positioning us for continued business growth and new jobs in both communications and space sensor markets.”

To make the device work the astronauts will have to step out of the ISS during a spacewalk to mount it on the module’s meteoroids protection panel and connect the wires to the unit before it can be switched on. 

The European Space Agency (ESA) said the high-speed radio link of the device will transmit scientific data to stations in Europe and the world which are eager to get the latest results from their experiments. 

The device will send signals from the ISS, which orbits at around 155 miles (250km) above Earth, even further into space where they will be picked up by European satellites 22,000 miles (13,670km) above the planet’s surface.

The device will transmit signals from the ISS, which orbits at around 155 miles (250km) above Earth, they will be picked up by European satellites 22,000 miles (13,670km) above the planet’s surface.

The ESA added, the device will transmit data at the speed of up to 50mbps, allowing “astronauts and researchers to benefit from a direct link with Europe at home broadband speeds.”

Dr. Graham Turnock, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This is yet another example of the UK economy benefiting, through investment, jobs and new skills, from our continued collaboration with the European Space Agency.”

The UK Space Agency said the knowledge gained from designing, building and running COLKa could be used for another communications package being designed for the Lunar Gateway, a small spaceship currently being built that will orbit around the Moon.

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US football player bodyslams police officer to the ground during arrest

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US football player bodyslams police officer to the ground during arrest

An American football player’s video has surfaced online where he can be seen body-slamming a police offer after they confront him over ‘erratic behavior. 

It can be seen that 19-year-old Michael Harris lifts the police officer over his head and then drops him to the pavement. 

After receiving a phone call from a woman, officers arrived at business premises in Grove City, Ohio. She said Mr. Harris was acting erratically. 

According to TMZ Sports, the woman described Mr. harris as being “aggressive” and “did not seem to be all there”.

Harris appeared to be confrontational when the authorities went to confront him

(Image: Grove Coty Police Dept)

When the authorities went to confront Harris, He appeared confrontational before lifting up the officer when he tried to restrain him.

The officer, fortunately, escaped the incident without any injury and Harris was arrested too. Harris is seen to be agitated after he is put in the back of the police car. 

The teenager was then taken to the hospital to get him checked over where he was sedated by medical professionals.

Harris was later taken to jail and charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing officials’ business. 

In their report, officers said a search of Harris’ vehicle after the arrested turned up pills and a digital scale that is ‘consistent with drug use.’

However, Harris has denied taking illicit drugs or any medication.

In a statement, a spokesman for Eastern Kentucky University said: “Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is actively monitoring an incident involving one of our student-athletes, Mr. Michael Harris, that resulted in criminal charges against Mr. Harris.

“Mr. Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster.

“He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time.

“When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly.

Michael Harris, 19, was caught on camera bodyslamming the officer onto the pavement during an agitated confrontation
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