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Smoking in cars with children banned in some countries

Smoking in cars that are carrying children has already been banned in some states of Canada, Australia and the US and the whole of South Africa.

A man holds a cigarette while at the wheel of a car.
Labour hopes to impose a ban on smoking in cars that are carrying children in England. Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Canada's Cancer Advisory Coalition claims the states' bans on smoking in cars have reduced children's exposure to second-hand smoke by 33%.

Read: Labour attempts to ban smoking in cars carrying children


Teenager 'takes control of plane after pilot faints'

A teenage boy was forced to take the controls of a light aircraft after the pilot lost consciousness just minutes after taking off in rural Australia, the Associated Press reports.

A single-engine Cessna plane similar to the type Jenkins was flying
A single-engine Cessna plane similar to the type Jenkins was flying Credit: Richard McCarthy/PA Wire

Troy Jenkins, 19, flew circles above the airstrip in Forbes, New South Wales for around 45 minutes before the pilot came round and was able to help him land the plane.

"Keeping it up wasn't a problem, it was the landing part I wasn't sure of," Jenkins is quoted as saying. "I thought I had to save myself and him. It was quite an experience."

The pilot and Jenkins' family friend, Derek Neville, was taken to hospital on Saturday where doctors have not yet diagnosed what caused him to faint.

England's cricketers finally claim win in Australia

Ben Stokes hit 70 with the bat before taking four wickets to be crowned man of the match as Australia's cricketers finally tasted defeat. Credit: Ross Swanborough/AAP/Press Association

England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.

Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.

But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.

Read: England cricketers save a man from suicide attempt

Chocolate melts in under 3 minutes in Australia heat

A blistering heatwave in Australia has made some people take out their cameras to show how hot it is getting.

Motion graphic designer Evan Stainsby decided to film a piece of chocolate melting outside south Melbourne. It took just under three minutes for the sweet treat to turn into a puddle of chocolatey goo in 42 C heat.

Play had to be suspended at the Australian Open on Thursday due to the heatwave.

Read: Australian Tennis Open suspended in extreme 42C heat

Read: Egg fries on court in extreme heat at Australian Open

Extreme Australian weather: Lightning over Melbourne

A bolt of lightning appears in the sky as Stephane Robert of France plays Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Credit: Reuters / Brandon Malone

Following an earlier suspension of play due to extreme heat, the tennis was further interrupted later in the day by heavy rainfall.

Reuters photographer Brandon Malone captured a lightning bolt appearing in the Melbourne skyline while Michal Przysiezny played Stephane Robert played on an outdoor court.

Play has currently resumed on the covered showcourts for the evening session. Andy Murray's second round match has been delayed.


Egg fries on court in extreme heat at Australian Open

Temperatures in Melbourne are so hot that an egg has been pictured frying on court at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise tweeted this photograph:

Forecasters suggested temperatures could hit 44C on Thursday and Friday.

Latest: Australian Open tennis suspended in extreme heat

Australian Open suspension will cause severe disruption

The suspension of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne following two days of soaring will cause severe disruption to in ad schedule of 32 singles matches as well as doubles.

The Australian Open extreme heat policy has been implemented," said a statement.

The roof on Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena will be closed at the end of the set. Play will be suspended at the end of the set on all outside courts until further notice.

– Tournament statement

Temperatures could go as high as 44C according to forecast and remain high on Friday.

Australian Tennis Open suspended in extreme 42C heat

Lleyton Hewitt (right) and Pat Rafter of Australia in action. Credit: MARK DADSWELL/AAP/Press Association Images

The organisers of the Australian Tennis Open have suspended play amid extreme heat as temperatures soared to 42C, according to AFP.

The news agency reported that players would have to complete their current sets at 6am GMT on the outside courts and the roof would be closed on centre and second courts

Read: Australian Open suspension will cause severe disruption

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