Three navies continued to search Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing US sailors for a second day as the US Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided east of Singapore. Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America and ships and aircraft from the navies of Malaysia and Singapore were focusing their search east of the city-state where the two vessels collided at an approach to a busy shipping lane.

Bollards and other safety measures are being considered for Queensland's tourist hot spots following the latest terrorist attack in Spain, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. She said the Australian state government had started working with councils and the security cabinet committee would meet tomorrow to discuss the federal Government's new terrorism strategy.

A massive blaze has swept through the southwestern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. The fire that erupted at a wooden house quickly engulfed neighbouring buildings. Desperate residents rushed to contain it before fire teams arrived. About 2000 firefighters backed by several helicopters worked for hours to contain the blaze, which destroyed more than 80 houses. Emergency officials said 45 people were injured, and seven of them were hospitalised.

A man has been charged after an alleged incident of road rage in which another vehicle was almost rammed off the road in Newcastle, Australia. The 47-year-old attended Singleton police station and faces a string of charges after footage was uploaded to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page at the weekend. The video shows a person driving a white Toyota Land Cruiser along Maitland Road and apparently becoming enraged by another motorist in the right-hand lane. The second vehicle, a 4WD driven by the P-plater, continues driving for about a minute before the motorist swerves suddenly and rams into the side of it.


The office of French President Emmanuel Macron has published a charter detailing the role his wife will play during his term, a first in France but a step down from his initial plan to give Brigitte Macron a budget and legal status as first lady. The Charter of Transparency states that there will be no formal budget for the endeavours of the President's wife. Macron dropped the idea after a recent petition opposing it secured more than 280,000 signatures.

Chile's Constitutional Court is upholding a measure that would end the country's absolute ban on abortions. The court's 6-4 vote accepts the constitutionality of a measure to legalise abortions when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. Congress recently approved the bill and President Michelle Bachelet has said she will sign it into law.

A Cuban street artist said that he was detained by police and told to erase the more than 200 or so murals that have gained him widespread attention throughout the country. Yulier Rodriguez Perez said authorities kept him in custody for two days last week and told him that he will be charged with damaging property if he does not remove the whimsical abstract images that he has painted on decrepit buildings and partially collapsed walls around Havana and in some provincial capitals.

- agencies