The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground
website has been sentenced to life in prison for
orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million
of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency
Rivers in Texas have flooded their banks after historic
storms had pounded the state for more than a week, with the
severe weather leaving at least 21 people dead, damaging more
than 4000 structures and prompting widespread evacuations.
A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of
Kuchinoerabujima has erupted suddenly, blasting plumes of
black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order
the island's evacuation and forcing airlines to divert
Hundreds of people have fled areas near Texas rivers that
overflowed their banks as the US state reeled from severe
storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded
cities and set a record for the wettest month.