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Firefighters battle blazes on two fronts in California, 50 dead

Thousands of firefighters battled blazes in northern and southern California on Tuesday as body recovery teams searched the remains of houses and charred cars for victims of the deadliest wildfire in the history of the US state. At least 50 deaths have been reported statewide so far from the late-season wildfires, and with hundreds of people unaccounted for, the toll ...

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Suu Kyi stripped off Amnesty award

Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces Min Aung Hlaing (File photo, collected) Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award. The politician and Nobel peace prize winner received the honour in 2009, when she was living under house arrest. The rights group ...

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CNN sues President Trump over Jim Acosta’s press pass

Photo Courtesy: cnn.com CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta ...

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California wildfires: At least 42 are killed in deadliest blaze

Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state’s deadliest wildfires to 42, officials say. The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state.   At least 228 people are missing, as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly 7,200 structures have been ...

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Netanyahu rushes back to Israel after burst of Gaza violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushing back to Israel on Monday following a sudden burst of fighting the previous night that left in doubt efforts to bring to an end months of relentless violence between Israel and Hamas.   The Israeli military said an officer was killed and another was moderately wounded during an operation in the southeast Gaza ...

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149 killed as Yemen rebels hold back loyalists in Hodeida

At least 149 people including civilians have been killed in 24 hours of clashes between government loyalists and rebels in Yemen’s flashpoint city of Hodeida, medics and military sources said Monday.   A source in Yemen’s pro-government military coalition, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, said the Huthi rebels had pushed back a large-scale offensive aimed ...

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100,000 police deployed as volatile Indian state votes

Tens of thousands of armed police were on duty Monday as a restive Indian state wracked by violence went to the polls.   Maoist militants have unleashed a string of deadly attacks ahead of the vote in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest states, killing 13 people in recent weeks.  Hours before voting began, insurgents blew up an improvised explosive ...

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Israeli soldier, 7 Palestinians killed in new Gaza fighting

A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving an Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians dead, just as Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence.   It was not immediately clear what set off the sudden, rare late-night burst ...

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Pilot error cause of deadly military plane crash

The cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Georgia, was pilot error, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board. Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard died May 2 when the plane plunged onto Georgia Highway 21 shortly after takeoff from the Savannah airport.   “The purpose of ...

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Brazil: Mudslide in Rio de Janeiro state kills 10

 Rescuers are searching for survivors from a Brazilian landslide that killed 10 people, including at least one child. The incident happened in Rio de Janeiro state in the early hours of Saturday, following two days of heavy downpour.   A boulder slid down a slope and hit a group of houses in the city of Niterói, according to the local ...

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