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Thousands Evacuate As California Wildfires Kill 10


More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday. Fanned by winds of over 50 miles (80 kilometers) an hour, the blazes have forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate in the country’s heaviest populated state since they began Sunday night. California’s fire service said about 73,000 acres (30,000 hectares) have been ... Read More »

Magnitude-6.3 Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor hit 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the coastal city of Arica, which is near the border with Peru, the US agency said. The quake struck at a depth of 82 kilometers, it added. Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. In the past seven years it has ... Read More »

Turkey-US Row: Erdogan ‘Upset’ By Visa Suspension


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described a US decision to suspend most visa services as “upsetting”. He said Turkish officials had contacted their US counterparts about the move, which was prompted by the detention last week of a Turkish national working at the US consulate in Istanbul. Turkey has also suspended visa services in the US. Prosecutors are seeking another consulate worker for questioning ... Read More »

Trump Administration To Roll Back Obama Clean Power Rule

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has cast doubt on climate change, said the Clean Power Plan was an overreach. President Donald Trump ordered the EPA to rewrite the rule in March. The Clean Power Plan requires states to meet carbon emission reduction targets based on their energy consumption. Mr Pruitt said he would sign the proposed rule to begin withdrawing from the plan on ... Read More »

Theresa May Sets Out Brexit Options Including ‘No Deal’


The UK has set out how it could operate as an “independent trading nation” after Brexit, even if no trade deal is reached with Brussels. Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs “real and tangible progress” had been made in Brexit talks. But the country must be prepared for “every eventuality,” as the government published papers on future trade and customs arrangements. Labour said “no real progress has been ... Read More »

Trump On North Korea: ‘Only One Thing Will Work’

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US President Donald Trump said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work”, without elaborating further. Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two countries rivals. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and ... Read More »

Gunman Killed After Deadly Attack At Jeddah Palace Gate


A gunman on Saturday drove up to a gate of the king’s palace in the Saudi city of Jeddah and opened fire, killing at least two security guards and wounding three others before being shot dead, according to officials. The attacker, identified by the interior ministry as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national, was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and three Molotov cocktails. Amri disembarked from his vehicle ... Read More »

Deadly Hurricane Nate Hits Southern US


Hurricane Nate has made a second landfall along the US Gulf Coast early on Sunday, after leaving a trail of death and destruction in Central America. Around 1:30am 05:30 GMT, the US National Hurricane Center said the storm struck about eight kilometres west of Biloxi, Mississippi, where storm surges caused sea water to rise dramatically. Nate was packing winds of up to 136km/h and was ... Read More »

US Agrees To Sell THAAD Missile Defence To Saudi Arabia

The US government has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of an advanced missile defence system worth $15bn, the Pentagon said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), which has already been supplied to Saudi Arabia’s neighbours Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most capable anti-missile batteries in the US arsenal and comes equipped with an advanced radar system. Saudi Arabia ... Read More »

Catalonia Referendum: Call For Pro-Unity Rallies In Spain

Catalonia referendum

Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday’s disputed referendum. Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar rally in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spain’s government representative in Catalonia earlier apologised to those hurt during police efforts to stop the referendum. But Enric Millo blamed the Catalan government for holding an illegal vote. In the ... Read More »

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