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Australia fires: Angry residents berate PM Morrison in blaze-ravaged town

[ad_1] Image copyright ABC Image caption "What about the people who are dead, prime minister?" this woman called out Australia's PM Scott Morrison had to cut short a visit to a town ravaged by fire after angry locals heckled him over the government's response.Locals said he had done very little to help Cobargo in New South Wales (NSW), where two people died earlier this week and many lost their homes.
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Australia fires: Son of firefighter Geoffrey Keaton awarded medal at funeral

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP / New South Wales Rural Fire Service The son of a volunteer who died fighting Australian bushfires has been presented with his father's medal for bravery at his funeral.Harvey Keaton, aged 19 months, wore a uniform and sucked on his dummy as he received his father's posthumous medal at Thursday's funeral near Sydney.Dozens of firefighters formed a guard of honour to salute Mr Keaton's coffin.He and
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Bushfire crisis: Thousands flee as threat escalates

[ad_1] A week-long state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales (NSW) in response to the escalating bushfire threat.High temperatures and strong winds are forecast for the weekend, leading to "widespread extreme fire danger" in the eastern Australian state.Troops have been evacuating people trapped by the fires in neighbouring Victoria state.Since September, bushfires have killed 18 people and destroyed more than 1,200 homes across NSW and Victoria. [ad_2]
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Syria war: Artillery fire kills nine at school in rebel-held Idlib

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The school in Sarmin was being used to shelter people displaced by a government offensive Syrian government artillery fire killed nine people, including five children, in opposition-held Idlib province on Wednesday, first responders say.Sixteen others were injured when cluster munitions hit a school in Sarmin which was sheltering displaced people, according to the White Helmets.It came as pro-government forces continued an offensive to the
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Taiwan army chief dead in helicopter crash

[ad_1] Image copyright Yilan County Fire Bureau Image caption The Black Hawk helicopter was forced to land in poor weather Taiwan's top military official is among eight people killed when a military helicopter made an emergency landing in mountainous terrain, officials say.General Shen Yi-ming and 12 others were on the Black Hawk helicopter when it was forced to land in poor weather near the capital, Taipei.Earlier reports said some people
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Asia’s richest man takes on retail giant Amazon

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A conglomerate run by Asia's richest man has started rolling out a challenger to Amazon in India.Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries said it has been inviting people to sign up to its grocery delivery service.The company is aiming to use its massive mobile phone customer base as a springboard for the business.The new e-commerce venture is emerging as a major challenger to India's existing online retail
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Jakarta floods: ‘Not ordinary rain’, say officials

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption New Year's Eve in Jakarta saw rainfall through the night At least 16 people have died in flooding in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, after the city had its most intense rainfall for at least 24 years.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) measured 377 millimetres of rainfall per day at an airport in East Jakarta.That's the most most rain in a single day
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Australia fires: Race to flee ‘leave zone’ as fresh threat looms

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Evacuations cause gridlock in Batemans Bay, New South Wales Thousands of people are fleeing a vast "tourist leave zone" in Australia amid forecasts of ferocious bushfire conditions in coming days.Since September, Australia's bushfire crisis has killed at least 18 people and destroyed more than 1,200 homes.The crisis escalated again this week, as blazes tore through communities in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.The
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Letter from Africa: Gambia’s code of the road

[ad_1] Image copyright Ade Daramy In our series of letters from African journalists, Sierra Leonean-Gambian writer Ade Daramy, who moved to live The Gambia earlier this year, fastens his seat belt. On moving to a new country, there many things to consider - learning the language, always helps you get around.But if you are a driver, learning the "road culture" is a must. After six months in The Gambia I