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Warming climate will displace millions in coming decades: World Bank

WASHINGTON: The number of people fleeing crop failures, droughts and rising sea levels will grow drastically over the next three decades if world governments do not intervene, according to a World Bank report released Monday. By 2050, 86 million "climate migrants" will be displaced in Sub-Saharan Africa, 40 million in South Asia and 17 million in Latin America -- 143 million in all -- according to the report, which the bank said was the first to address the question of migration spurred by climate change. These regions…

Worst NY fire in decades kills 12, including four children

Four children were among 12 people killed in a devastating fire that tore through a New York apartment building as terrified residents rushed to escape. The cause of the blaze -- the city's deadliest in decades -- was under investigation, authorities said. The fire broke out around 6:51 pm (2351 GMT) Thursday in a 25-apartment building near the Bronx Zoo, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the US financial capital. Fueled by strong gusts of frigid wind, the flames quickly raced through the building.…

Las Vegas gunman stockpiled weapons over decades, planned attack

LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock who killed 58 people and himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history stockpiled weapons and ammunition over decades, and meticulously planned the attack, authorities believe. But what led Stephen Paddock, 64, to unleash the carnage he did remains largely a mystery. “What we know is that Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph…