English tourists seriously injured in Australia shark attack

English tourists seriously injured in Australia shark attackAn English tourist had his foot bitten off by a shark while another was bitten during the attack in the Whitsunday Islands near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Tuesday, officials said. In the latest in a string of shark attacks in the tourist area, a 28-year-old man’s right foot was bitten off while a 22-year-old man suffered serious lacerations to his lower left leg, according to Mackay Base Hospital. The pair were in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital after being airlifted from the resort town of Airlie Beach, an official told AFP.

Asian markets boosted by trade deal optimism

Asian markets boosted by trade deal optimismAsian markets rallied Monday after China and the US said they were close to agreeing a mini trade deal, while the pound struggled to recover on fresh Brexit uncertainty while EU leaders consider extending a deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. Investors tracked a strong lead from Wall Street, where the S&P 500 flirted with another record, after the US Trade Representative’s office said the top-level negotiators had held talks Friday and were “close to finalising” an agreement. The tech-heavy Shenzhen composite index jumped more than one percent after Chinese state news reported Xi as saying China would boost investment in blockchain technology and speed up its development.