Australian child takes grenade for ‘show and tell’

Updated 05 December 2012
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Australian child takes grenade for ‘show and tell’

SYDNEY: An Australian school was evacuated yesterday after a child took a hand grenade into the classroom for a “show and tell” lesson, police said. The grenade resembles a World War II “pineapple” model and was believed to be inert but police said it would not be moved from a teacher’s desk until specialists were satisfied it was safe to do so.
“At this time we anticipate an early resolution to this issue, but we will await specialist advice as to the safety of moving the item,” said Inspector Gerrard Lawson from Newcastle City Local Area Command.
“I want to warn members of the public that if they have or are aware of military ordnance they should not touch or move it but contact police immediately.” He added that it was not yet known where the student, whose age was not revealed, obtained the grenade.


Egypt hit by a deluge of rain, making rivers out of roads

Updated 15 min 6 sec ago
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Egypt hit by a deluge of rain, making rivers out of roads

  • Egypt's current deluge of rain is in stark contrast to the previous warmer weather
  • Streets, homes and even a popular shopping mall have been overwhelmed by the wet weather

CAIRO: Heavy rain has left parts of Egypt impassable after the deluge of water flooded streets and damaged property on Tuesday, and the poor weather conditions were expected to continue through the week.

The cold unstable windy conditions hit the north of the country, across Cairo, North Sinai and the upper Egyptian governorates, turning roads into rivers.

The current poor weather conditions follow warmer spells, but head of Egypt’s Meteorological Authority Ahmed Abdel-Aal told local papers the change in conditions was not unusual.

“This is natural change amid a transitional period in the spring season, which undergoes rapid and sharp changes in temperatures,” he said. 

Of course, with such dramatic scenes, people have reacted in the only way they know how and captured the floods, leaky ceilings and downpours on their mobile phones and posted the imagery on social media.

Footage includes scenes of water pouring through the ceiling of a mall in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement area. 

Other pictures from the same district showed parked cars almost completely submerged in the flood waters.