A Quake, A Kick, A Rally, A Spring – This Is World News In Focus


New Zealand:  A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island near the tourist town of Kaikoura just after midnight on Sunday.

Hundreds of aftershocks were recorded; some were as strong as 6.2 in magnitude.

At least two people were killed and considerable damage resulted.  Rescue efforts were difficult as roads were blocked by landslides.  And tens of thousands of people were evacuated following a tsunami alert covering the entire east coast.

Waves of about two meters hit the east coast of South Island, according to Prime Minister John Key.

The tremor was reported to be one of the most powerful ever recorded in New Zealand.

For more we go to CNN:


Sports: Chinese football fans will be able to watch top UK matches starting from the 2019-20 season.

Premier League, the professional league for men’s association football in the UK, has signed a £564 million (US$700 million) deal with Chinese digital broadcaster PPTV.

The agreement is said to be the League’s most lucrative overseas deal on a per-season basis, according to the Financial Times, and is worth more than 20 times the current six-year China rights deal with Super Sports Media Group.

It is seen as a step to cash in on the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambition to make China a football powerhouse by 2050.

For more on the future of football in China we go to BBC News:


South Korea: Angry South Koreans rallied in Seoul on Saturday demanding President Park Geun-hye to resign.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned up near City Hall and a boulevard in front of an old palace gate.  Three mass demonstrations have been held in the past three weekends.

President Park is being accused of allegedly allowing her confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to meddle in state affairs and extorting huge donations from companies into non-profit foundations she controlled.

Prosecutors charged Choi Soon-sil with abuse of power on Sunday.  It is likely that two of the President’s former aides and a number of other suspected accomplices could face indictment.

But Park would still be immune from formal prosecution as soon as she holds her presidency, according to the South Korean constitution.

For an explanation of the scandal we go to this October report by the Wall Street Journal:


U.S.: Visitors often find themselves absorbed in thought before a natural wonder.  But being careless, one can literally be dissolved in it.

Colin Scott, 23, from Oregon, fell into a Yellowstone National Park hot spring in June and was dissolved in the boiling, acidic water, according to a park officials’ report obtained by the local television news.

The visitor was apparently looking for a hot spring spot to soak in, an act expressly forbidden in the park.

Colin’s sister Sable Scott, who captured the accident on her smartphone, said he was reaching down a hot spring to check the temperature when he slipped and fell into the water.

Rescue workers were unable to retrieve any significant remains in the boiling water, as “there was a significant amount of dissolving,” according to Lorant Veress, Yellowstone’s deputy chief ranger.

For more we go to CNN:


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