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In pictures: disaster strikes Sulawesi, Rosmah Mansur in court and jumping off skyscrapers

Posted on: October 5, 2018 | Current Affairs

A massive earthquake and tsunami devastated central Sulawesi, in Indonesia. During the week Rosmah Mansur, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrived in court for various corruption-related charges. Meanwhile, daredevils leapt from skyscrapers more than 300m high in Kuala Lumpur

An aerial picture taken with a drone camera shows a general view of an earthquake devastated area in Balaroa, Palu, Central Sulawesi Photo: Mast Irham / EPA-EFE

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in central Sulawesi last Friday, killing more than 1,500 people. Thousands were injured, and many more displaced from their homes. Almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, is escorted by authorities as she arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, Malaysia Photo: Fazry Ismail / EPA-EFE

Rosmah Mansor spent a night locked up in the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday. She is expected to be with around 20 charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act. Her husband, Najib Razak, is also in court facing 32 charges including abuse of power and money laundering linked to the 1MDB scandal.

A jumper leaps from a 300m high deck during the Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photo: Ahmad Yusni / EPA-EFE

More than 140 BASE jumpers (Building, Antenna, Span and Earth) took part in the Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump 2018. Participants of this extreme sports free fall for three seconds before opening their parachutes.

A Filipino vendor paints reindeer-shaped metal fixtures that will be sold as Christmas season decorations in Quezon City, east of Manila Photo: Rolex Dela Pena / EPA-EFE

The metal will be shaped into decorations to be sold during Christmas. According to the report “Navigating Uncertainty” released by the World Bank, economic growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific is expected to slow to 6.3% in 2018, from 6.6% the year before. The report adds that in the Philippines a rapid rise in the price of consumer goods has been observed since earlier this year.

A pile of elephant tusks burn during the destruction ceremony of confiscated elephant ivory and wildlife parts Photo: Hein Hte / EPA-EFE

The destruction ceremony of the confiscated elephant ivory took place yesterday at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Almost 850kg of elephant tusks, wildlife parts and horns worth over $1.3m were burned and destroyed.