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Japan issues evacuation advisories for one million as typhoon hits west coast

TOKYO: Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights in the face of extremely strong winds and heavy rain as typhoon Jebi made landfall along its west central coast on Tuesday. Jebi - whose name means “swallow” in Korean - was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people. There were scattered reports of mild injuries as the typhoon made…

Wildfire kills at least 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

GREECE: A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured more than 150 as it swept through a small resort town near Athens, with huge flames trapping families with children as they fled. The fire which hit Mati, 29 km (18 miles) east of the capital, late Monday afternoon was by far the country’s worst since flames devastated the southern Peloponnese peninsula in August 2007, killing dozens. People scrambled to the sea as the blaze closed in close to the shore. Hundreds were rescued by passing boats but others found their…

5.6 million Floridians ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma closes in

MIAMI: Florida has ordered 5.6 million people to evacuate as massive Hurricane Irma menaces the southeastern US state, according to its Division of Emergency Management. Irma regained strength as a Category 5 storm late Friday as it made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba, and is now swirling about 275 miles (440 kilometers) away from Miami packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. Irma is expected to strike the Florida Keys late Saturday and Sunday before moving inland, according to the National…

Five London towers evacuated over fire safety fears

LONDON: Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks' external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The cladding on the five Chalcots Estate towers is similar to that used on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze last week that is presumed to have killed 79 people. The dramatic decision follows urgent testing of the towers' exteriors, which were installed by the same contractor as the…

Fire alarm prompts evacuation in Dunedin Test

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: South Africa shrugged off a ground evacuation because of a fire alarm to reach 38 for one in the first Test against New Zealand on Friday, a lead of five runs. With the game evenly poised after an absorbing first three days, both sides were hoping looming rain over the weekend did not dictate the outcome. "It does seem pretty even but we don't know what the weather holds. But hopefully we can make a game of it, it's always nice to get a result," said South Africa's man of the moment Keshav…

Thousands evacuated from Aleppo after deal over besieged villages

BEIRUT: Thousands of people were evacuated from the last rebel-held enclave of Aleppo on Monday in return for insurgents allowing people to leave two besieged pro-government villages in nearby Idlib province. In bitter winter weather, convoys of buses from eastern Aleppo reached rebel-held areas to the west of the city. More buses left the Shia Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya for government lines, according to a UN official and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. The foreign and defence…

Red Cross says hopes to resume Aleppo evacuation on Sunday

BEIRUT: Thousands of people congregated in a square in Syria's east Aleppo, waiting for buses to arrive and take them away from rebel-held areas as part of an evacuation that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hopes will resume on Sunday. Many spent the night sleeping in the streets in freezing temperatures while pro-government and opposition forces as well as their international backers worked on a deal to allow people to be escorted out. The Aleppo evacuation ground to a halt on Friday after a…

Iran holding up Aleppo evacuation deal, claim Syrian rebels

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels accused Iran and its Shi'ite-backed militias on Saturday of holding up a deal to evacuate civilians trapped in the remaining rebel bastion in Aleppo. Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was insisting people be allowed to leave two besieged Shi'ite villages before letting the Aleppo evacuation happen. He said Russia was failing to restrain its ally. "Iran and its sectarian proxies are using the…

Aleppo evacuation suspended: Syria security source

ALEPPO: The Syrian government on Friday suspended an operation to evacuate civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo, accusing the opposition of violating the deal, a security source said. An AFP correspondent heard gunfire and explosions in Ramussa, the government-held neighbourhood that evacuees had been passing through. "The evacuation operation has been suspended because the militants failed to respect the conditions of the agreement," the security source told AFP. A regime source close to…

Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city's streets. However a source close to Syria's government denied the development, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said hostilities were ongoing after an earlier agreement collapsed. Under the initial plan, thousands of civilians and rebel fighters were due early Wednesday to evacuate the east of Syria's second city, scene of…