Terror-related deaths see first fall since 2010
LONDON • Terrorism deaths fell last year thanks to a weakening of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Boko Haram in Nigeria, but both groups have expanded their geographic reach, a new index revealed yesterday.
Last year, 29,376 people died from terrorism, down 3,389 on the previous year and the first fall since 2010, according to the Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Denver legalises social use of marijuana
LOS ANGELES • Denver has become the first city in the United States to legalise the social use of cannabis in businesses, including bars, yoga studios and art galleries.
The new ordinance was part of several marijuana measures put to voters in nine US states during last week's general election.
2 French tourists found dead at Great Barrier reef
SYDNEY • Two elderly French tourists died yesterday while snorkelling at a popular tourist spot on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the authorities said.
The man and woman, both in their 70s, were spotted floating in the water at Michaelmas Cay, a reef-ringed sand island near Cairns, by staff working for dive company Passions of Paradise, chief executive Scotty Garden said.
Domino's in NZ first to deliver pizzas by drone
WELLINGTON • The world's first pizza drone delivery was claimed yesterday by the New Zealand division of fast food giant Domino's.
The firm said it used an unmanned aerial vehicle to deliver two pizzas to a customer at Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland.
Domino's boss Don Meij said drones will become an essential part of pizza deliveries in the future.