Alarm over drones

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

JAKARTA: A res­cue he­li­copter has crashed while head­ing to help evac­u­ate res­i­dents near an ac­tive vol­cano on In­done­sia’s main is­land, killing all eight peo­ple on board. The he­li­copter crashed about three min­utes be­fore ar­riv­ing at Dieng Plateau, the pop­u­lar tourist area where a vol­canic erup­tion on Sun­day in­jured at least 10 peo­ple. The air­craft re­port­edly hit a cliff on Bu­tak Moun­tain near the Si­leri Crater in the Te­mang­gung district of Cen­tral Java prov­ince. BEI­JING: China has sent mil­i­tary ves­sels and war­planes to “warn off” an Amer­i­can war­ship that sailed near a dis­puted is­land in the South China Sea. In a provoca­tive move that could fur­ther strain re­la­tions be­tween the su­per­pow­ers the

de­stroyer passed less than 22km from tiny Tri­ton Is­land in the Para­cel Is­lands ar­chi­pel­ago, which is oc­cu­pied by China but also claimed by other Asian coun­tries. Bei­jing has re­acted with out­rage, say­ing the US move “in­fringed upon China’s sovereignty”. The US said its op­er­a­tion was meant to de­mon­strate free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion in dis­puted wa­ters. BA­MAKO: An al Qaeda- linked group in Mali has re­leased a proof- of- life video show­ing six for­eign hostages, ac­cord­ing to a group that mon­i­tors ji­hadist com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The video was re­leased shortly be­fore the French pres­i­dent ar­rived in the West African coun­try for an anti- ter­ror sum­mit. The re­cently formed Nus­rat al- Is­lam wal Mus­limeen is­sued the video on Tele­gram, the SITE In­tel­li­gence Group said. The video shows six for­eign­ers from six dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing a South Amer­i­can nun. “No genuine ne­go­ti­a­tions have be­gun to res­cue your chil­dren,” a nar­ra­tor says. French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said he LON­DON: Pi­lots have warned of a “dis­as­ter” un­less drones are sub­jected to tougher reg­u­la­tion. The warn­ing from the Bri­tish Air­line Pi­lots Association comes as the run­way at Gatwick Air­port was closed for parts of Sun­day evening over fears for safety. Four EasyJet flights were di­verted. DOHA: A group of Arab na­tions has ex­tended a dead­line for Qatar to re­spond to their list of de­mands in a diplo­matic cri­sis roil­ing the Gulf, say­ing Kuwait’s emir re­quested the de­lay as part of his ef­forts to me­di­ate the dis­pute. Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5, re­strict­ing ac­cess to their airspace and ports and seal­ing Qatar’s only land bor­der.

wel­comed the first sign of life for months from the hostages.

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