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Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia’s third-hottest year

Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country’s weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent’s climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector. Unusually, the high heat last year came despite the absence of an El Nino weather system in the Pacific, which tends to warm Australia, the ...

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13 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides 

At least 13 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. Helicopters were used to pluck more than 50 people from rooftops because downed trees and power lines blocked roads, and ...

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Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras 

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras. There are no early reports of damage on land, but the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center warns of tsunami dangers in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, other islands and the coast of Central America. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. The quake ...

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Iran lawmaker says 3,700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released. The protests, which vented anger at high unemployment and official corruption, were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, and ...

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North Korea to join Olympics in South Korea as tensions ease

The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline. The meeting, the first of its kind in about two years, was arranged after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an abrupt push for ...

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2 injured in Trump Tower heating system fire

New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower’s heating and air conditioning system caused smoke to billow from the roof and injured two people. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7 a.m. Monday at the building that contains President Donald Trump’s home and business offices. Fire officials say a civilian was treated ...

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At least 23 killed in explosion in Syria’s Idlib

An explosion in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib killed at least 23 people and injured tens more, including civilians, a war monitor reported on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion targeted the headquarters of a minor rebel faction in Idlib. The nature of the attack was not immediately clear. The monitor said there were conflicting accounts, ...

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Author of Trump book contradicts president, says aides see him as a ‘child’

The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump’s first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump’s assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorised any access to the White House. Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump ...

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Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes protesting cuts to perks

A group of 11 Saudi princes was arrested Thursday after staging a sit-in at a palace in Riyadh, the kingdom’s attorney general said Saturday. The princes were protesting a recent royal order that “halted payments by the state to members of the royal family to cover their electricity and water utility bills,” Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said in a statement. ...

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Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth term 

More than three months after a German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is still scrambling to form a new government and will on Sunday launch a five-day attempt to persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to join a coalition with her conservatives. The SPD reluctantly agreed to exploratory talks and is playing hard-to-get. Enticing them to team up with her is Merkel’s ...

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