Being well informed isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. In this feature, The Yorker is bringing you a fortnightly roundup of politics free national and international news. From the stories you’ve seen to some you might not have, this is everything you need to know from the past two weeks. Thanks to the amount of Brexit news, this roundup is significantly shorter.
Over 800 killed in Indonesian earthquake and tsunami
The death toll stands at 832, but Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, said the death toll from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami could rise into the thousands. At 6pm local time, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi, then a tsunami, reaching heights of over five metres, struck the island destroying thousands of buildings and taking hundreds of lives. At a press conference, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the BNPB disaster agency, said “the deaths are believed to be still increasing since many bodies were still under the wreckage while many have not able to be reached,” he also said that the area affected is much bigger than was originally thought.
Flooding in Nigeria kills more than 100
A state of emergency has been declared in four states and President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged $8.2m (£6.2m) for relief efforts. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), it was heavy rains that caused the Benue River and Niger River and to overflow. 12 states have been affected, but Niger State was the worst hit where over 40 people have died. Nigeria does face flooding every year and thousands are usually affected. Experts say a wide variety of factors are to blame, including heavy rainfall and poor town planning.
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After killing dozens in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut made its way across Southern China.
Over a period of 20 years on the 1970s and 1980s, it is believed that about 5,000 people were infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses because of contaminated blood. After many years and much criticism, an official enquiry has begun. But, according to the BBC, it could last up to 2 years.
A suspect behind the Salisbury poisoning was identified as a Russian colonel.
In Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three to ten years for sexual assault.
A study has found a possible link between air pollution and dementia.
Elon Musk has stepped down as Tesla chairman after a confrontation with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In a first, Japan landed two small rovers on an asteroid. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, say they are in good condition and transmitting.
The world’s oldest known animal fossil has been found.
The University of York has moved into the top 120 universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
Let’s hope your packing was as successful as Geordi La Corgi.