Eight dead, 13 missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia

Eight people are dead and 13 missing after a boat capsized in Indonesia.

The boat, carrying 48 passengers, sank off Kalimantan Island.

Onlookers jumped into the water to try to rescue passengers.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Indonesia has a dire water safety record. On New Year's Day last year more than 20 people died when a boat caught fire near Jakarta.

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US Lottery jackpot balloons to whopping NZ$996 million

The fourth-largest lottery prize in US history will be on the line as numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game's $US654 million (NZ$996 million) jackpot.

The grand prize for tomorrow's (NZT) draw has grown so enormous because no one has won the jackpot since July 24.

Although the jackpot is massive, the odds of matching all six numbers and becoming instantly wealthy are remarkably small at one in 302.5 million.

The estimated $US654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favoured by nearly all winners, is $372 million (NZ$566).

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'couldn't think of better place' than Australia to announce baby news

Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, mentioned his impending fatherhood for the first time today, at a reception at Admiralty House, the Australian Governor-General's official residence.

The news of the pregnancy was announced after Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan arrived in Sydney on Monday.

Thousands of people turned out in the city to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. Source: 1 NEWS

"Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life," the Duke of Sussex said.

"And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby – be it boy or a girl, so thank you very, very much."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to Sydney's Admiralty House for the first official engagement of their Australian tour. Source: Associated Press

The couple are on 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

News that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby came on October 15. Source: Associated Press


Stephen Hawking, in message from beyond the grave, warns science, education are under threat around the world

Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world.

The words of the scientist, who died in March at 76, were broadcast at a London launch event for his final book "Brief Answers To The Big Questions."

Hawking warned that education and science are "in danger now more than ever before." He cited the election of US President Donald Trump and Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union as part of "a global revolt against experts and that includes scientists."

Acknowledging that science had yet to overcome major challenges for the world - including climate change, overpopulation, species extinction, deforestation and the degradation of the oceans - the physicist still urged young people "to look up at the stars and not down at your feet."

"Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist," he said. "It matters that you don't give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future."

Hawking lived for more than five decades with motor neuron disease that left him paralysed, communicating through a voice-generating computer. In June, his ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

Hawking's daughter Lucy, who attended the book launch, said hearing her father's unmistakable voice had been "very emotional."

"I turned away, because I had tears forming in my eyes," she said. "I feel sometimes like he's still here because we talk about him and we hear his voice and we see images of him, and then we have the reminder that he's left us."

1 NEWS’ Joy Reid spoke with Professor Hawking’s daughter about her father’s final message. Source: 1 NEWS