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Wildfires scorch California, Colorado, and Oregon

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/17/20, 12:00 am

In California, lightning from a summer thunderstorm sparked several small fires in Northern California while exacerbating a large wildfire in Tahoe National Forest. The intensity of the blaze, which has burned 45 square miles and led to evacuations, has also caused rare fire tornados. Meanwhile, the Lake Fire in Southern California has burned more than 18,000 acres with 4,500 structures currently threatened by the blaze.

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Hunger in a year of pandemic

Health | A dangerous food crisis mounts for the world’s poor amid pandemic restrictions
by Sarah Erdős
Posted 8/13/20, 09:26 am

In Burkina Faso, 12 million people, more than half the country’s population, will not have enough food to eat this year, according to Issaka Kiemtore, the national director of Compassion International there.

Observers say coronavirus-related restrictions are playing a major role in the West African nation’s food crisis. Yet Burkina Faso had only 54 confirmed deaths due directly to the virus, as of Tuesday.

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Train derails in Scotland

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/12/20, 04:17 pm

The United Kingdom’s first fatal railway crash since 2007 left at least three people dead and sent six others to the hospital. Several of the passenger train’s cars went down an embankment near the coastal town of Stonehaven, Scotland, on Wednesday morning. British Transport Police said they believe rescuers have found all of the passengers.

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