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Strong Typhoon Sweeps Southern Japan, Heads To Koreas

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon has blown over Japan’s southernmost islands and is headed toward the country’s main southern island and the Korean Peninsula. More than 20,000 homes were left without electricity, according to Okinawa Electric Power Co. As of noon Tuesday, Typhoon Maysak had already traveled past the area around Okinawa, but warnings continued to be issued about strong gusts that could cause homes to collapse. The Japanese Meteorological Agency had said earlier that Maysak was expected to later make landfall on Kyushu, Japan’s main southern island, but its course appeared to be swerving away. Still, its passing close by could bring strong winds and rain. The storm is on course to hit South Korea by Thursday.
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A Child In Taiwan Was Caught In A Kite And Swept Into The Air

A kite-flying festival turned terrifying in Taiwan on Sunday when a 3-year-old girl became entangled in tail of giant kite and sent flying high into the air. The international kite festival was being held in the city of Hsinchu, south of the capital Taipei. Video of the accident, which circulated widely on social media, show several people preparing the large long-tailed pale orange kite for flight next to a crowd of viewers. The kite is already billowing from the strong wind. Then, the organizers let the kite go — and it flies up, along with a toddler dangling from its tail. It’s not clear how close she was to the kite on the ground, or how she got caught in it.jQuery( document ).ready(function($) {G...
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Belarusian authorities block news websites amid massive protests – The Canadian News

MINSK, Belarus - Belarusian authorities have blocked a number of media websites reporting on the country rocked by two weeks of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian Journalists Association said on Saturday that more than 20 sites had been blocked, including those of US-funded Radio Liberty and Belsat, a Polish-funded satellite television channel that focuses on Belarus. On Friday, the state publishing house stopped printing major independent newspapers Narodnaya Volya and Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing equipment malfunction. Unprecedented protests in Belarus over its size and duration erupted after the August 9 presidential elections in which official results gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office. The protesters allege that the results...
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UN Launches $565 Million Appeal For Beirut Victims

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations launched a $565 million appeal Friday to help Lebanese people affected by the explosion at Beirut’s port with immediate humanitarian assistance and initial recovery efforts. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the money will enable the U.N.’s humanitarian partners “to help people in need by targeting food security, health, shelter and protection, as well as water and sanitation hygiene support.” U.N. humanitarian officials said some of the $300 million pledged at a donor conference Sunday co-chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations may be committed to the $565 million appeal, but the amount won’t be known for some time because the pledges include a mixture of humanitarian and reconstruction activit...
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Trump: Israel, UAE Reach ‘Historic’ Peace Agreement

(L-R, rear) Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien and others listen as US President Donald Trump announces an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize diplomatic ties, the White House August 13, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Trump on Thursday made the surprise announcement of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel is a "HUGE breakthrough" Trump tweeted, calling it a "Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends." (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) President...
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3 Dead, 6 In Hospital After Train Derails In Scotland

LONDON (AP) — Three people were killed and six others injured Wednesday when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after heavy rain and flooding hit the area. The train driver was believed to be among the dead, British Transport Police said. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said that the train conductor was also believed killed. Formal identification has yet to take place. Six people were hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered serious. Images from the scene show that several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and one had tumbled down an embankment. Smoke was seen billowing from the wreck. Air ambulances and coast guard helicopters came and went as the rescue operation unfolded. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a police...
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3 Dead In Passenger Train Derailment After Storms In Northeast Scotland

Three people have died after a passenger train derailed in Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland, following heavy rain and a landslip in the area. British Transport said in a statement that “despite the best efforts of paramedics, we can confirm that three people have been pronounced dead at the scene.” The statement confirmed that the train’s driver was among those who had died, though did not identify the person. A further six people have been taken to be treated for injuries. All of the people on board the train are now believed to be accounted for. Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip, caused by heavy rain in the early hours of the morning. “Inverbervie station, the closest reporting weather station av...
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Bindi Irwin Announces She’s Expecting Her First Child

Bindi Irwin, the 22-year-old daughter of the late conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin, has announced she is expecting her first child. Nearly five months after her wedding to Chandler Powell, Irwin shared the news of her pregnancy on Tuesday, writing on Instagram: “Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021.” “Chandler and I are proud to announce that we’re expecting! It’s an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you,” she wrote. “Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter,” she added. Irwin, a passionate conservationist like her late father, married Powell in March in the gardens of Australia Zoo in Queensland. The venue was opened by her grandparents in the...
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New Zealand Reports First New COVID-19 Cases In 102 Days

New Zealand has reintroduced coronavirus restrictions in parts of the country after new locally transmitted cases broke the 102-day streak the country had gone without recording a local infection. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Tuesday night, and announced that New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, will temporarily see level three restrictions introduced for three days starting from midday on Wednesday. All four of the cases were found within one household in South Auckland according to New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. He added that none of the new cases had recently traveled outside of New Zealand. “We have been preparing for that time, and that time is now,...
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US Skeptical Of Russia’s Virus Vaccine Safety

TAIPAI, Taiwan — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it’s more important to have a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus than to be the first to produce a vaccine. Azar, on a visit to Taiwan, was asked by ABC on Tuesday what he thought of Russia’s announcement that it had become the first country to register a vaccine against the virus. He says, “The point is not to be first with a vaccine. The point is to have a vaccine that is safe and effective for the American people and the people of the world.” He says it’s important to have transparent data on the vaccine to prove its safety and efficacy. He also noted that the U.S. has six vaccines in development under the Operation Warp Speed initiative. The U.S. has the highest death and ca...
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Lebanon Health Minister: Cabinet Resigns Over Beirut Blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s Cabinet has resigned over last week’s devastating blast at the Beirut port, the health minister said, a decision that was made under pressure as several ministers quit or expressed their intention to step down. The minister, Hamad Hassan, spoke with reporters at the end of a Cabinet meeting on Monday, which came after two days of demonstrations over the weekend that saw clashes with security forces firing tear gas at protesters. “The whole government resigned,” Hamad said. He added that Prime Minister Hassan Diab will head to the presidential palace to “hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers.” The massive blast on Aug. 4 which decimated Beirut port and devastated large parts of the city has brought a new wave of public out...
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New Zealand Hasn’t Had Community Coronavirus Transmission For 100 Days

New Zealand has marked an enviable milestone — more than 100 days since its last coronavirus case was acquired locally from an unknown source. As of Monday, the country had reported 1,219 confirmed cases, including just 21 active infections, all in managed isolation facilities. No cases had emerged via community transmission in 100 days, authorities announced Sunday, with all new infections coming from abroad. In total, the island nation of 5 million people has reported 22 coronavirus deaths. While other countries — including Pacific neighbor Australia and the United States — continue to battle outbreaks, New Zealand has been held up as an example of how to fight Covid-19. One key reason is that although the country appears to have the coronavirus under control, aut...