Crocodile attacks sleeping camper
SYDNEY • A 19-year-old man on a family camping holiday in northern Australia had a lucky escape yesterday when he fought off a crocodile that bit his foot as he slept.
The reptile struck at 4.30am at the campsite in the Northern Territory.
Mr Peter Rowsell said he was awoken by a crocodile 3m to 4m long "shaking" his right foot. He said he hit the reptile on the head and it went back into the water. His screams awoke his fellow campers, who drove him to hospital.
Iran in talks to sell heavy water to Russia
MOSCOW • Iran is holding talks with Russia about sales of heavy water, Russia's RIA news agency quoted an Iranian foreign ministry official as saying yesterday.
Heavy water is used in the making of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. It is not radioactive. Under last year's landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the US and five other world powers, Teheran is obliged to reduce its stock of heavy water.
Dubai to promote driverless vehicles
DUBAI • Dubai will introduce legislation to promote the use of driverless vehicles and invite companies to propose automated transport systems for the emirate, the government said yesterday.
The fast-growing city state, which has about 2.5 million permanent residents, aims to make 25 per cent of its transport - both public and private - driverless by 2030.