Six In The Morning Wednesday 29 May 2019

Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ gives donations to NZ attack survivors

An Australian teenager who broke an egg on a controversial far-right senator’s head says he has given almost A$100,000 (£55,000; $69,000) to survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Will Connolly egged Fraser Anning in March – prompting people to flood him with donations to pay his legal costs.

Mr Anning had caused fury a day earlier when he said, on the day of the shootings, Muslim migration was to blame for them.

Fifty-one people died in the attacks.

Myanmar police hunt ‘Buddhist bin Laden’ over Suu Kyi comments

Ashin Wirathu has long been blamed for inciting hatred against Muslims, in particular the Rohingya minority

Myanmar police have issued an arrest warrant for Ashin Wirathu, a firebrand monk known as the “Buddist Bin Laden”, over alleged incendiary remarks about Aung San Suu Kyi.

Wirathu has long been accused of inciting sectarian violence against Myanmar’s Muslims, in particular the Rohingya community, through hate-filled, Islamaphobic speeches.

The monk, who is at the forefront of Myanmar’s radical nationalist movement, supported the military crackdown on the Rohingya in August 2017 in Rahkine state. The UN has since defined the military violence as ethnic cleansing which was carried out with “genocidal intent”.

Schwarzenegger teams up with activist Greta Thunberg at climate summit

A top climate summit organized by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s environmental organization has opened in Vienna. Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the opening of a failure by the leaders in attendance to act.

Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday called on leaders to inform the public about climate change without sugarcoating “the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.”

Most people have no clue about the scale of the climate emergency because they “have not been told, or more importantly, told by the right people,” said Thunberg, who has inspired millions of young people across the globe to participate in the Fridays for the Future school strikes.

Over 400 IS group-linked French nationals detained in Syria, Paris says

Around 450 French nationals linked to the Islamic State (IS) are being held by Kurds or detained in refugee camps in northeastern Syria, the French foreign minister said Tuesday.

In the northeastern zone of Syria, we think that there are between 400 and 450 French people, some in camps, others held as prisoners, including children,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

He said only the children could be repatriated if they were orphans or if their mothers gave permission.

Everest makes you feel superhuman. But the mountain has other plans

Updated 0721 GMT (1521 HKT) May 29, 2019


Our helicopter lands in Lukla, a small town best known for being the gateway to Mount Everest.

Tucked into the green cascading foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas, it boasts a single, hair-raisingly short runway, rumored to be one of the most dangerous landing zones in the world.
A handful of climbers are waiting for their flights out. Those who attempted to climb or have successfully summited Everest are easy to identify by their sunburnt faces and visible exhaustion.

A quarter of world’s children robbed of their childhood: Report

About 690 million children denied happy childhood due to early marriage and exclusion from education, charity says.

An estimated 690 million children are being robbed of their childhood today due to conflict, early marriage and exclusion from education among other factors, even as progress was made over the last two decades, according to an international aid group.

In its annual report published on Tuesday, Save the Children, said the overall situation for children has improved in 173 of 176 countries since 2000, but one in four under the age of 18 is still being deprived of the right to a safe and healthy childhood. Those living or fleeing conflict zones are among the most vulnerable, it said.