Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited La Palma on September 20, in the wake of a volcanic eruption that caused thousands to evacuate on the island, and destroyed around 100 homes.This footage shows Sanchez in the company of Angel Víctor Torres Perez, Canary Islands president, during their visit.The Cumbre Vieja volcano’s eruption was reported around 3:30 pm local time on Sunday. Multiple government agencies responded, including the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan), the local council, civil protection units, firefighters, and police. Credit: Gobierno de Canarias via Storyful
Police in New Zealand arrested two people they said were “gang associates” on September 19 as they tried to enter Auckland in a car full of KFC and AU$100,000 in cash.The men attempted to evade police when officers spotted their vehicle on a gravel road near Auckland’s southern border, travelling from Hamilton.Officers eventually pulled the car over. Upon searching the car, they found empty ounce bags along with the cash and a large amount of Kentucky Fried Chicken in the trunk.Both men were to appear in court for breaching a health order, police said, with further charges “likely.” Credit: New Zealand Police via Storyful
A magpie near the head is often cause for concern in Australia, as the territorial creatures are known to swoop aggressively. Shelley McNicholl, however, has an altogether more chilled relationship with one these birds.She told Storyful she “made friends” with the bird in this video a year ago, and can be seen here with the bird singing atop her head.“She comes to visit a couple of times a day and if she is out and about will come if I call her,” McNicholl, of Sandy Point, Victoria, said.“She is incredibly inquisitive and wants to be a part of whatever we are doing outside, reading books, chopping wood, gardening,” McNicholl said. Credit: Shelley McNicholl via Storyful
The Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption on land in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso municipality on the island of La Palma and to urge sightseers attracted by the phenomenon to stay away.People from the neighborhood of Tacande Alto were evacuated late Monday (September 20) and early Tuesday (September 21) after a new stream of lava started flowing from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, El Paso's mayor Sergio Rodriguez told state broadcaster TVE.About 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far, TVE said.
Mourners left flowers and candles outside Perm State University, around 800 miles east of Moscow, after the gunman went on a rampage, killing at least six people and injuring many more.The gunman was wounded after resisting arrest, and was being treated in hospital, the Investigative Committee law enforcement agency said in a statement.University spokesperson Natalia Pechishcheva earlier said the shooter had been "liquidated" but later said he was in police custody. Footage from the scene showed his body lying on the ground outside the university building.Local media identified the gunman as an 18-year-old student who had earlier posted a photo of himself on social media, posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition. That photo could not be independently verified.
The Taliban say they have changed since their 1996-2001 rule, when they barred women from leaving home without a male relative and shuttered schools for girls, but they stirred skepticism when they said last week that they would open schools for high school-aged boys but not girls."The Ministry of Education is working hard to provide the ground for the education of high school girls as soon as possible," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. Younger girls in primary schools have already resumed studies in segregated classes.Amnesty International on Tuesday released a briefing on the deterioration of human rights since the Taliban took over, saying some women's rights were under threat while protests on the matter had been violently suppressed.
A two-year-old’s insistence that she and her family’s pet cat be given some peace and quiet for a nap was captured on camera by her doting mother.Erin Merryn of Elgin, Illinois, shared footage of the adorable moment to YouTube, and told Storyful that her daughter, Claire, and pet cat Carrot are “best friends.”Merryn’s video shows the toddler making a shushing gesture before gently singing a version of You Are My Sunshine to the dozy feline. Credit: Erin Merryn via Storyful
Melbourne police made at least 44 arrests on September 21 during a second day of chaotic protests in the city that have followed the shutdown of Victoria’s construction sector.Thousands opposing lockdowns and vaccine mandates marched through the city in high-vis vests for several hours, blocking roads and the West Gate Bridge. Protesters chanted “Free Victoria,” among other slogans, threw objects at police, and lit flares. Videos on social media showed police vehicles being attacked.Hundreds of riot police were present, and used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds, local media said.Footage posted by Tammie Winward shows protesters on the West Gate Freeway as a group of police officers moves in. Credit: Tammie Winward via Storyful
Speaking to Turkish broadcaster Haberturk, Karzai said Afghanistan will not be a well-off country without educated women."We will not give up on that," he said.Most schools in the capital Kabul have stayed shut since the Taliban captured the city just over a month ago. Taliban officials say they will not return to the fundamentalist policies - including a ban on girls receiving an education - when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.They have now promised that girls will be able to study - but only in segregated classrooms.The Taliban promised to "work hard" on girls' high school education, appoint women to cabinet positions, while vowing to build a "positive and good" relationship with the United States.
BMW and Mercedes-maker Daimler are being sued for refusing to speed up the shift to zero-emission vehicles. German green group Deutsche Umwelthilfe confirmed to Reuters that it filed the legal action on Monday (September 20) evening. It's the first time that German citizens have sued private firms for exacerbating climate change. Other activists including Greenpeace plan a similar case against Volkswagen. The moves come after Germany's top court last year ruled that the country's climate law was not doing enough to protect future generations, and set carbon emissions budgets for major sectors. Now the case demands that the firms set a 2030 date for phasing out combustion-engined vehicles, and take steps to limit their emissions before then. Both have so far avoided committing to an end date for traditional cars. BMW and Daimler confirmed to Reuters that they have not accepted the demands, though Daimler does aim to produce only EVs by 2030BMW wants half its sales to be electric by then. If the two firms lose, more cases are expected against other companies such as airlines and energy providers.Oil giant Shell has already lost a similar case in the Netherlands.
Police in Melbourne arrested 44 people as thousands of anti-lockdown protesters caused chaos for a second day running on Tuesday, September 21.Numerous protesters were seen in construction gear, as the rallies came in the wake of a two-week shutdown of building sites. They were joined by groups opposed to the wider lockdown in Victoria, and vaccine mandates.Videos on social media showed flares being lit and police cars being attacked, while this video shows a crowd on the city’s Westgate Bridge.In a statement, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said there was “no excuse for the terrible behaviour” during protests in the city on Monday and Tuesday.“Acts of violence and disruption won’t result in one less case of Covid – in fact it only helps the virus to spread,” he added. Credit: @az_asx via Storyful
"Our relations are very difficult," Beaune told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU counterparts in Brussels. "We cannot act as if nothing happened. We need to look into all options."Beaune welcomed support from EU foreign ministers at a meeting late on Monday (September 20), stressing that this an EU matter, rather than just a French problem.
There was snowfall in Berridale, New South Wales, as a strong cold front brought cold temperatures across the state on September 21.The state Bureau of Meteorology warned of thunderstorms, and snow in the higher areas.Snowy River Cabins posted this footage from their location in Berridale. Credit: Snowy River Cabins via Storyful
The Dixie Fire, burning across several north California counties, stood at 90 percent containment early on September 21, officials said.The fire has burned a near-record 963,200 acres since it began on July 13.Officials estimated the blaze would be fully contained by September 30, and the last remaining evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings.This footage, posted by Lassen National Forest on Monday, shows the impact of the fire on forests in the fire’s east zone. Credit: Lassen National Forest via Storyful
European Union foreign ministers expressed support for France in its submarine order dispute with Australia during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.Australia said last week it would scrap a $40 billion submarine order from Paris in favor of a U.S. and British deal that's enraged France.It includes at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology and a trilateral security partnership under the name AUKUS.After a closed-door meeting at the annual UN gathering of world leaders, European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrel, said “more cooperation” was needed among leaders and “less fragmentation.”"The position has been this clear expression of solidarity with France, and the consideration that this was not a bilateral issue but a relationship with European Union that affects all of us. And also the fact that it doesn't go in the direction of a greater cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which is our purpose."French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave the U.S a dressing down earlier on Monday, accusing U.S. President Joe Biden of continuing his predecessor Donald Trump’s foreign policies.“Yes, it is a disappointment. We thought unilateralism, unpredictability, brutality and not respecting your partner was part of the past but it continues so we want to understand.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there will not be an opportunity to address the issue with French President Emmanuel Macron this week.Meanwhile, Biden and Macron are set to speak by phone in the next few days.White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said she expected Biden to "reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing.”It’s not clear what impact the security partnership will have on next month’s fresh rounds of EU-Australia trade talks.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Saturday (September 18) that it was accelerating expulsions to Haiti, sending more agents to the area and taking other steps to address the humanitarian and political challenge posed by thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions under the bridge that links Del Rio with Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.Many of the returnees who spoke to Reuters said they had left their troubled homeland and initially settled in South America.They headed north more recently because they could not attain legal status or struggled with racism and securing decent jobs.
Shares of Chinese property developer Evergrande plunged by as much as 7% on Tuesday.That's after it tumbled 10% the previous day.It has two repayment deadlines looming ahead, one this Thursday.Investors fear the giant could default on its mountain of debt, and spark a failure throughout China's property sector and everything exposed to it: first the banks, then the broader market.Evergrande has $305 billion in liabilities, equivalent to 2% of China's GDP.The pressure to sell was high in Asia. The Hang Seng Index was at its lowest point in 11 months in morning trade.Japan's Nikkei fell nearly 2%, returning from a Monday holiday.A S&P report on Monday said there was a slim chance of Beijing bailing out the firm.S&P Global Ratings believed Beijing would "only be compelled to step in if there is a far-reaching contagion causing major developers to fail and posing systemic risks to the economy."And that - "Evergrande failing alone would unlikely result in such a scenario."Evergrande's chairman Hui Ka Yan tried to downplay its debt crunch, though.In a letter to staff on Tuesday, coinciding with China's mid-autumn festival, he said the firm will 'walk out of its darkest moment', and deliver property projects as pledged.Investors in Evergrande, however, remained on edge.The Chinese government has been largely quiet about Evergrande on the public holiday.There was no mention of the firm's troubles in major state media.
That itch that you just can’t scratch can be hugely frustrating, though that doesn’t look likely to be an issue for this grey seal, captured gliding its back along the stony seabed off the UK coast recently.Footage of the seal was posted to Twitter by Ben Burville, a scuba diver who spends plenty of time in the waters close to the Farne Islands in the North Sea.Burville, who works as a doctor in the coastal town of Amble, Northumberland, by day, has built up a rapport with seals in the area after nearly 20 years diving among them. Credit: Ben Burville via Storyful
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a third term on Monday but his party fell short of a majority win.Trudeau, in power since 2015 and governing with a minority of seats since 2019, had hoped to capitalise on his government's handling of the pandemic by calling an early vote.Instead, he was met by an unexpectedly tight race.His lackluster campaign was exacerbated by voter anger at the decision to call an election during a health crisis.A point Trudeau acknowledged in his speech to supporters in Montreal."I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love not worry about this pandemic or an election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis and beyond."CBC and CTV projected that Trudeau's Liberal government would hold a minority of seats in the House of Commons.Elections Canada showed the Liberals leading in 156 electoral districts nationally, one more than they held before the vote, leading one commentator to dub it a "Groundhog Day election".The Conservatives, led by Erin O'Toole, were in second place, and conceded defeat as results trickled in late into the night.A second minority government will mean Trudeau's Liberals will have to rely again on opposition parties, such as the left-leaning New Democratic Party, to pass legislation.Trudeau has pledged to work with other parties to get the country through the pandemic. He said the results meant he had a clear mandate and that brighter days were ahead.
This student in Cambodia is flying through the air sitting in a school chair, strapped to eight propellers.It's a prototype drone designed to ferry humans and was developed by students at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.Dubbed the "NPIC Human Carrier Drone", the drone is in the early stages of development and testing.The protoype can carry just one person weighing 60kg, and fly as high as 4 metres for just 10 minutes.Students have taken three years and $20,000 to build the drone. They estimate they need at least two more years before it's completely ready and fully tested.21-year-old Lonh Vannsith was the pilot.He says he was inspired at first by a desire to beat his city's notorious traffic. "We had this idea that we wanted to solve some problems for our society by making a drone taxi, as well as inventing drones for firefighters to help put out fires. For example, for high-rise buildings that the average fire truck can't reach, this drone could transport the water or at least it could carry the water hose to very high floors on the building."The school plans to build a drone prototype, focused on fighting fires.That project may cost up to $40,000.They admit, the global health crisishas severely delayed testing and development of the original prototype.The university is trying to secure more investment for the project.
This college kid started his aquaponic farm at the age of 17 and now he's able to introduce this new way of farming through his invention.
A man’s unusual van modification drew the attention of YouTubers at a camping ground in Saint-Sylvestre, Quebec, in early September.In this video by Dori and Mena, a couple that documents their travelling adventures in vlogs, a man pours a beer from one of two taps built into the side of his RV.Asked by Storyful if they had the chance to sample the brew, the couple said, “Nope, missed opportunity.” Credit: Dori and Mena via Storyful
A truck driver escaped without injury after his truck was engulfed in flames on Interstate 10 in Kenner, Louisiana, on September 20, police said.St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Greg Champagne posted on Facebook that parts of the Interstate 10 were closed due to the truck fire on Monday.Jami Bolin was driving out of New Orleans when he filmed this video that shows thick black smoke billowing from the burning truck. Credit: Jami Bolin via Storyful
The Windy Fire burning in Tulare County, California, was at 26,051 acres with five percent containment on Monday, September 20, according to fire authorities.Footage by the U.S. Forest Service – Sequoia National Forest shows firefighters using tools to “remove fuels near the trees” in order to prevent the forward spread of the wildfire.The service said over 1,136 firefighters were working to suppress the Windy Fire burning in the Sequoia National Forest.The KNP Complex Fire, which was also burning in the Sequoia National Forest, prompted authorities to wrap the base of the world’s largest tree in aluminium.Evacuation warnings were in place for areas across Tulare County on September 20. Credit: U.S. Forest Service – Sequoia National Forest via Storyful
Britain's Prince Andrew has been served in the United States with a civil lawsuit by a woman who has accused him of sexual assault. In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhatten, lawyers for Virginia Guiffre said they sent the lawsuit to the prince's Los Angeles-based lawyer via email and FedEx.Under federal rules, the Duke of York now has 21 days to respond or face default judgement.Virginia Guiffre has accused the Queen's second son of forcing her to have sex when she was underage in London. She alleges it happened at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell - a longtime associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.She also claims the Duke abused her on Epstein's private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in his mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.Maxwell, herself, is facing charges that she helped recruit and groom underage girls for Epstein to abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Prince Andrew and his lawyers have strongly denied the allegations against him.His legal team have previously contested whether he has been officially notified about the claims against him.Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages under New York's Child Victims Act.The 2019 law gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse a window to sue their alleged abusers over conduct that occurred many years or decades earlier.