AUSTRALIA

Tourists told not to swim

after two shark attacks

Tourists were warned to keep out of the water in the Whitsunday Islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef after two swimmers were critically hurt in shark attacks on consecutive days.

A 46-year-old woman was mauled on Wednesday and a 12-year-old girl was attacked on Thursday while swimming from yachts in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island, the largest in the group of islands that is a premier tourist destination.

The victims were in critical but stable condition with leg wounds in hospitals in the Queensland state capital Brisbane.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Prime minister blames

EU for Brexit 'impasse'

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an "impasse" in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound falling as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared.

With British newspapers declaring that May had been "humiliated" by EU leaders, the prime minister used a televised statement from 10 Downing St. to insist she was prepared to take Britain out of the bloc without a deal if it did not treat the country with more respect.

Declaring that "we are at an impasse," May said the EU must lay out "what the real issues are and what their alternative is."

 

JAPAN

Unmanned spacecraft

drops rovers on asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the asteroid, about 170 million miles from Earth, in June.

JAXA said confirmation of the robots' safe touchdown has to wait until it receives data from them on Saturday.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires