While you were sleeping
Three people were confirmed dead and 56 are still missing after flood waters washed through the town of Xiaohe in the Yunnan province of China. Weeks of heavy rain still show no sign of abating.
Northern Ireland police said they came under vicious and sustained attack in Ardoyne, with Catholic rioters hurling petrol bombs and bricks at them as they escorted a Protestant parade in remembrance of the Battle of the Boyne. One female officer was seriously injured, joining others who suffered wounds in previous attacks. They hope that will mark the peak of this year’s sectarian violence.
The US government issued a new moratorium on deepwater drilling to replace an order struck down by the courts. It said the inability of the oil industry to conduct such drilling safely, and respond to blowouts, made the ban necessary. Oil companies and politicians in Louisiana, who say the ruling imperils more than a hundred thousand jobs unnecessarily, vowed to fight the order. BP, meanwhile, started testing of its latest cap on the blown well in the Gulf of Mexico.
USA Today, AP
Fiji declared Australia’s acting high commissioner to the island, Sarah Roberts, persona non grata, saying she had been interfering in its internal affairs and “conducting unfriendly acts”. Roberts took over as Australia’s top diplomat on the island after the previous high commissioner was thrown out in November, in a tit-for-tat spat with the military government of Fiji.
ABC, The Australian
A light plane crashed near an airport in North Carolina, killing the pilot and slicing off the legs of the co-pilot, who is in a critical condition. The only passenger was hospitalised with much less severe injuries. He is Kyle Henn, the brother of the American aid worker killed in Sunday’s bombings in Kampala.
The World Cup final drew the largest US television audience of any soccer game ever, measurement company Nielsen said, with an audience of 24.3 million. But it didn’t come close to rivalling the (American football) Super Bowl, which in February drew a viewership of more than 106 million.
LA Times, Houston Chronicle
Somebody ran George H.W. Bush’s fishing boat, the Fidelity IV, aground on a beach near his home in Maine in thick fog. And while we wouldn’t want to point fingers or anything, Bush himself was aboard at the time and is known to enjoy piloting his own boat.
Fatso the crocodile showed an unexpectedly merciful side after a man, thrown out of a bar for being drunk, scaled his enclosure at the Broome Crocodile Park in northwest Australia and tried to sit on him while giving him a pat. Police say Fatso, apparently unimpressed by the familiarity, inflicted some severe lacerations on the drunk’s leg, but (unlike the habit of saltwater crocodiles) let him go, and he was able to clamber back out again.
Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun