News briefs:July 20, 2006
The time is 18:00 (UTC) on July 20th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
Officials in Manila have issued evacuation orders for a 6km (4mi) radius around Mayon Volcano in the Philippines as ash clouds, rivulets of lava, and sulphur dioxide levels indicate an imminent explosive eruption.
International humanitarian organisations and human rights watchdogs have expressed concerns over the rising civilian casualties and the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing conflict in Lebanon and northern Israel. They have also warned the warring groups that their conduct may not comply with international laws governing the safety of civilians in combat areas.
Aid is being provided for the 50,500 people who have been left homeless after a tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Java.
Six people have been taken to hospital and 23 others are being treated for cuts and bruises after an accident on a ride at Alton Towers, the UK’s most famous theme park.
The UK Environment Secretary, David Miliband proposed a carbon trading scheme for private citizens during the Audit Commission's annual lecture. Under the scheme all individuals will receive equal carbon points and can trade electricity, gas, petrol and air travel for carbon points.
The One: Making a Music Star is a new reality show hosted by CBC personality George Stroumboulopoulos.
An Auckland policewoman, who has not been named, has been working part-time as a prostitute.
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