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14 February 2018 7:12 AM PyeongChang is putting the 'winter' back into Winter Olympics

After two balmy Winter Olympics - where athletes stripped clothes off to cool down and snow had to be trucked in - PyeongChang is bringing the winter back. It's been so biting cold that athletes' skis are warping and makeup is freezing to the faces of BBC anchors (to be fair, it's probably freezing to the faces of other people, as well). Officials have even gone as far as to postpone 13

9 February 2018 3:52 AM Fire breaks out on Thailand tourist hotspot Phi Phi Island

A huge fire broke out on Phi Phi Island in Thailand, a popular tourist destination on Tuesday night. One witness told Fairfax Media she saw five hotels and hostels up in flames, with the blaze "spreading like wildfire". A huge fire, possibly started by a gas canister explosion, has been ‘spreading like wildfire’ through the tourist island of Phi Phi in Thailand 11

8 February 2018 2:37 PM Geopolitics the other race at PyeongChang Olympics

Beijing: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has gone ahead with a military parade the day before the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony in South Korea in an act that some will see as provocative. However, the regime did not broadcast live images of the event, South Korean media reported. The Yonhap News Agency said about 13,000 troops participated while 17

8 February 2018 3:19 AM Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies charged over drink-driving, refusing breath test

Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies is in hot water after being charged with drink driving and refusing to submit to a breath test. The matter was briefly mentioned in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday after he was charged with mid-range drink-driving on January 21. According to court documents, Mr Gillies was driving in Hamilton shortly before 1am before 9

7 February 2018 6:44 AM Several buildings collapse after magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Taiwan

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan just before midnight Tuesday, damaging buildings in the city of Hualien, killing four people and leaving another 145 missing, according to the authorities. The 6.4-magnitude quake was recorded at 11:50 pm and was centred about 23 kilometres north-east of Hualien, a city of 110,000 on Taiwan's east coast, the US Geological 14

6 February 2018 4:45 AM Queensland cop denies attempting to cover up bashing

A senior police officer has denied attempting to cover up the bashing of a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station in 2012. David Joachim was the district duty officer on the night in January 2012 when Gold Coast father Noa Begic was struck at least four times in the basement car park of the Surfers Paradise station. Footage of the bashing was later 12

5 February 2018 10:54 PM Emmanuel Macron heads to Corsica to avert french repeat of Catalonia

Paris: Emmanuel Macron doesn't want Corsica to turn into France's Catalonia. The French president on Tuesday begins a two-day visit to the Mediterranean island where a recently elected local administration is making demands for greater autonomy that the national government so far has indicated it can't accept. French governments have long struggled in their 15

4 February 2018 9:10 PM Man drowns at Pretty Beach near Batemans Bay on NSW South Coast

A Victorian man has drowned after getting caught in a rip at a beach on the NSW South Coast on Sunday. Emergency services were called to Pretty Beach, about 30 kilometres north of Batemans Bay, at 2.30pm, after reports of a man becoming distressed in the water. Westpac Life Saver Helicopter CEO Stephen Leahy said two men were swimming when one of the men, aged in his late 30s, became 77

4 February 2018 6:19 PM The Shape of Water wins at Directors Guild awards and consolidates Oscars push

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water emerged as the big winner at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America awards over the weekend, a victory lap which consolidates its run on the best film Oscar next month. The film, initially an outsider, is now looking to have the form of a likely winner of the covered best picture Academy Award. What's more, based 10

3 February 2018 2:50 PM Heat is on in Sydney as number of extreme days nudges higher

The number of hot days in Sydney increased in the past decade across the city, particularly those with extreme heat, an analysis of Bureau of Meteorology data shows. The tally of days with temperatures of 40 degrees or warmer also got a significant boost last month, with sites such as Penrith Lakes recording four such days in a row. That series had only happened 10