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Drone used to save teenage swimmers in 'world first'

A drone has been used to rescue two teenagers who got into difficulty swimming in rough seas in Australia, in what has been hailed a "world first".

The two boys, aged 16 and 17, were spotted by a member of the public when a powerful surf left them in difficulty off the coast of Lennox Head, around 115 miles south of Brisbane on Australia's west coast.

Luckily for the two teenagers, a group of lifeguards were undergoing drone training nearby and were able to use one of the robots to drop an inflatable raft to the pair, which the boys were able to use to get back to safety.

The drone was able to reach the two boys in just 70 seconds, compared to the six minutes it would take for a more traditional rescue.


US warning for Iran after jets fire at surveillance drone

A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone Credit: REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Handout

Iranian fighter jets fired multiple rounds at an unarmed US drone in international airspace over the Gulf last week, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The aircraft was on a routine surveillance flight and returned undamaged to its base.

US President Barack Obama and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta were both advised about the unprecedented incident, which occurred at about in the early hours of November 1.

Iran was later warned through diplomatic channels the US would keep conducting surveillance flights in the region and would protect its military assets, the spokesman said.

UK agents accused of 'assisting murder by CIA'

UK intelligence officials said to be providing information on targets for CIA drone strikes in Pakistan could be "encouraging or assisting murder" and the commission of war crimes, the High Court heard.

The son of a Pakistani man killed by a missile from a drone in the north-west tribal area wants a declaration that the UK Government's alleged policy of passing on information on the location of individuals to the CIA is unlawful.

UK intelligence officials said to be providing information on targets for CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are accused of "assisting murder". Credit: Reuters

Lawyers for Foreign Secretary William Hague are urging two judges to block the application brought by 27-year-old Noor Khan.

They argue that the case raises issues relating to sovereign foreign states that cannot be determined by the English courts.

They also say that adjudicating on Mr Khan's claim would plainly have a "significant impact" on the conduct of the UK's relations with the US and Pakistan in an "acutely controversial, sensitive and important" context, and also impact on relations between the US and Pakistan.

Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Simon are deciding over two days at the High Court in London whether the application should go to a full hearing.

Drone strike kills al Qaida militants in Yemen

A 'US drone strike' in Yemen has killed six suspected al Qaida militants, Yemeni military officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack took place near the border of Marib and Shabwa provinces south-east of the capital Sanaa.

There was no immediate word from Washington on whether it was behind the attack.