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Greece wildfires: Seven hundred people rescued by boat

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Coast guard and private boats picked up more than 700 survivors from beaches and the sea ‚Äî but also recovered six bodies. The coast guard earlier said the bodies of three women and a child were found in the sea. There was no official figure on how many people were evacuated overall. Senior firefighter Achilleas Tzouvaras said crews were tackling "an extreme situation". Read More »

Iran jolted by moderate, light earthquakes; injures almost 130

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An quake measuring 5.9 points occurred in the West of Iran a few hours after the two main shocks in the South of the country. " Reports indicate that some walls have collapsed, but extensive damage has not been reported", Morteza Salimi, head of Iran's Red Crescent society, told official news agency IRNA. Read More »

Ivanka Trump's clothing company shutting down, reports say

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Ivanka Trump's clothing and footwear company will wind down, the company confirmed. "While we will not continue our mission together, I know that each of them will thrive in their next chapter". Trump started her fine jewellery line in 2007, and has since expanded to shoes, clothing and eyewear. In a statement, she said the company was built on a growth model that was limited by Ivanka Trump's resignation from the company. Read More »

Israel activates missile defense system after Syria rockets

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Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the global nuclear deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions. Israel's Haaretz daily said the evacuees also included orphans who had been injured in the Syrian fighting. Some 800 people were evacuated to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight, Israeli media say. Read More »

George HW Bush's former cardiologist fatally shot on his bike

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Bush, said Dr. Hausknecht treated President Bush for heart arrhythmia in 2000. "Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man", Bush said in a statement Friday. Hsieh, spoke about gun control following her husband's death. "These are the only images available for release at this time", police said . In a statement published in full by KTRK , Houston Methodist described him as a "compassionate physician with a phenomenal bed side manner", whose patients were "so proud to call him ... Read More »

Israel shoots down Syrian jet; Syrian forces reach Golan

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It is reportedly the first time Israel has shot down a manned Syrian aircraft since 2014. This is the second time the Israel Air Force has shot down a Russian-made Syrian jet since 1985. Syria and Israel fought two wars over their shared border, in 1967 and 1973, leading to Israel's seizure of the Golan Heights in what was Syria's Quneitra province. Read More »

President calls taping 'unheard of and perhaps illegal'

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He added that there was some good news out of the debacle after all, "the good news is that your favourite President did nothing wrong!" Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN that Trump had no idea he was being recorded during his conversation with Cohen, which took place in the then-candidate's office at Trump Tower in September 2016. Read More »

Toronto gunman who killed two identified

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It was not clear if those people had been injured or were hiding. At this time, the identity of the suspect has not yet been released to the public, although police said that they quickly identified the suspect at the scene; officials are also said to be investigating the motive behind the shooting. Read More »

College student Mollie Tibbetts missing in Iowa after going running

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Dalton and Mollie started dating in high school and have now been together for more than two years. The UI student was getting ready to move into her own apartment and was anticipating the upcoming school year. "The run happened and then she was at the house as far as we know". Hundreds of volunteers have helped in the search . "It's hard. Even the planes flying over have a difficulty looking down in the corn rows". Read More »

UK Brexit secretary threatens to withhold divorce bill

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Thirty-eight percent of people would vote for a new right-wing party that is committed to Brexit , while nearly a quarter would support an explicitly far-right anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party, the poll found. Theresa May's decision to rule out European Court of Justice (ECJ) jurisdiction and the "disappointingly rigid" approach to negotiations by Brussels contributed to a risk of the United Kingdom being locked out of EU databases, losing access to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and ... Read More »

Heat advisory issued for parts of the Bay Area

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During the current heatwave, United Kingdom temperatures have been approximately 10C higher than average for this time of year. "We monitor track-side temperatures at vulnerable locations and will, if necessary, introduce temporary speed restrictions during the hottest part of the day as slower trains exert lower forces on the track and reduce the chance of it buckling". Read More »

Israeli military shoots down Syrian fighter jet

Israel has shot down a Syrian warplane flying over its airspace over southern Golan, according to its military. The plane crashed in Syrian territory. Earlier, sirens went off in Israeli communities across the Golan Heights, near the Syria border. The source, cited by state news agency SANA, did not specify if the plane had been hit or downed. Read More »

Trump wants to strip security clearances from Obama intel officials

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Trump's threat against Brennan and former US officials James Comey, James Clapper , Michael Hayden , Susan Rice and Andrew McCabe represented an extraordinary politicization of the USA government's security clearance process. Officials can maintain their highest level clearance, but that is not always the case. "I don't go back for classified briefings". Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some ... Read More »

North Korea reportedly dismantling key missile launch site

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Asked about the analysis, the U.S. State Department declined to comment. Trump met North Korea's leader in Singapore in June. Those moves were widely seen symbolic gestures ahead of the Singapore summit. "The U.S.is pressing South Korea to pay far more, especially in the name of operational support costs, which includes the deployment of so-called strategic assets such as aircraft carrier, long-range bombers and nuclear subs to Korea". Read More »

Amber heatwave alert for Surrey and Hampshire

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A level three, amber warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30C during the day and 15C at night for at least two consecutive days. Forecasters are warning of heatwave conditions in parts of the United Kingdom, and have raised the alert level to 3 - one below a national emergency - because of prolonged high temperatures in The Midlands, eastern and south-eastern England. Read More »

Iranian general: Trump's threats are 'psychological warfare'

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Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats on Sunday, Rouhani said: " Mr Trump , don't play with the lion's tail , this would only lead to regret", state news agency IRNA reported . Others were more straightforward in their criticism, questioning why it was necessary for the President to tweet in capitals - and whether the vicious response was appropriate for someone in his position. Read More »

Scale of fires in Greece revealed in video taken through plane window

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Greece's fire brigade said the intensity and spread of the wildfire at Mati had slowed on Tuesday as winds died down, but it was still not fully under control. Wildfires are not uncommon in Greece, and a relatively dry winter helped create tinder-box conditions. The army was also drafted in on Monday afternoon to help fight the blazes. Read More »

Satellite images show North Korea has begun dismantling key test site

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North Korea appears to have started removing key facilities, such as a missile transfer structure and a rocket engine test stand, used to develop engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the northwestern province, satellite photos revealed by 38 North showed. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation misled court when it spied on my aide

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Hannity said several key officials signed off on the FISA warrant, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. The FISA application, and its subsequent renewals, were approved by four Republican-appointed judges. The document refers to Mr Trump as candidate # 1. Read More »

1 injured in building collapse on Miami Beach

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Emergency workers say the search effort is "out of an abundance of caution", to make sure no one is trapped in the rubble. There had been permits for the 13-floor beachfront condo property, at 5775 Collins Avenue, to be demolished, Miami Beach Police tweeted. Read More »

Philippines' Duterte to pursue "relentless and chilling" war on drugs

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Arroyo was formally installed as the new Speaker of the House after 238 House members stayed on after President Rodrigo Duterte ended his less than an hour State of the Nation Address at 6 p.m. But those warmer relations would not come at the expense of the Philippines' territorial integrity and economic interests in the South China Sea, he added. Read More »

Brexit deal: Let's get on with it, says Theresa May

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Asked about European Commission comments that there were no arrangements in place for United Kingdom and EU expats in the event of no deal, Mr. Raab said: "Well, I think that's a rather irresponsible thing to be coming from the other side". Read More »

Residents flee as two major forest fires rage near Athens

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A separate fire also broke out west of Athens yesterday, adding to the challenge faced by the authorities. Hundreds of children were also evacuated from holiday camps. "People can not tolerate so much smoke for so many hours". "I said my God, we must run to save ourselves". "Also, the fires broke out on many fronts, so all these factors made the situation extremely hard", he said. Read More »