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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 Lee Jin-man

New Year, renewed resolve

International | Hong Kong protesters remain dedicated to their call for change
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/20, 03:58 pm

Hong Kong entered a new year with continuing demonstrations calling for democracy. On Sunday, thousands of protesters marched near the border with China to decry “parallel traders” who buy duty-free goods in Hong Kong and sell them at a profit on the mainland. Police pepper-sprayed and arrested dozens of these protesters on charges of diverting from their authorized route.

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Associated Press/Photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore/U.S. Air Force (file)

Extremists attack U.S. base in Kenya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/06/20, 10:23 am

One U.S. serviceman and two American contractors died in an attack on an airstrip in Kenya early on Sunday morning. The Kenyan military confirmed five of the attackers died in the assault, which damaged several U.S. and Kenyan aircraft and vehicles at the military base known as Camp Simba. The al-Shabaab Islamic terror group claimed responsibility.

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