World Briefs: Cats kill 1m birds in Australia daily: Study

Cats kill 1m birds in Australia daily: Study

SYDNEY • Feral and pet cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research shows, with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species. The study in the journal Biological Conversation found wild cats wiped out 316 million birds every year, while pets killed 61 million birds annually.


All 3b Yahoo accounts hacked in 2013

WASHINGTON • Yahoo said on Tuesday that all three billion of its accounts were hacked in 2013, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history. Yahoo said last December that data from more than one billion user accounts had been compromised.


40% of cancers in US linked to extra weight

WASHINGTON • About 40 per cent of all cancers in the US - more than 630,000 in all - are associated with excess weight, health officials said on Tuesday. Carrying excess weight has been shown to boost the risk of 13 types of cancers involving the oesophagus, thyroid, post-menopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum.


US moves to repeal Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan and will solicit input on a rule to replace it.

The decision marks the agency's first formal step to sweep away the rule intended to cut carbon emissions from power plants, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in March launching the agency's review.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe