Associated Press/Photo by Rick Rycroft

Disaster Down Under

International | Blazes rage on amid economic and political turmoil in Australia
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/14/20, 03:31 pm

Australian firefighters on Sunday celebrated a break in the weather that allowed them to get ahead of disastrous bushfires that have blazed since September. Firefighters near Bodalla, New South Wales, said the cooler temperatures and mild winds allowed them to pull down small trees and burn bushland in the fire’s projected path.

The fires have burned more than 25.5 million acres—a little more than the size of Indiana—killing 28 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. Beyond the damages to lives and property, the fires also have kindled political and economic conflict.

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Associated Press/Photo by Frank Augstein

Bertie Boris

International | The unlikely ascension of Britain’s new prime minister
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/25/19, 01:12 pm

BRITAIN: The Conservative Party has named the Bertie Wooster of British culture, Boris Johnson, the country’s new prime minister. Pledging to take the U.K. out of the European Union—as former Prime Minister Theresa May was unable to do—by the statutory deadline of Oct. 31, Johnson has ascended to head of government through an unlikely path resembling U.S.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/U.S. Navy

U.S.-released video links Iran to tanker attacks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/14/19, 10:08 am

The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the two oil tankers targeted Thursday in the Gulf of Oman. The black-and-white footage shows a small military boat pull alongside the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker and remove the suspected mine from its hull. The U.S. military also released a still photo that showed a mine and damage to the tanker.

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