Fire prompts evacuation
Hundreds of firefighters on Sunday battled to contain a fire after it broke out at a nature reserve in the south, authorities said. The fire forced authorities to evacuate 1,850 people, many of whom were staying at a camp site, the Andalusian authorities said. No injuries were reported. The blaze started overnight on Saturday and had by morning encroached on the Donana Natural Park at Moguer in the southern region of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal, deputy head of the regional environment protection authority, told national television.
Refugees rescued at sea
An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of Tripoli as part of an international refugee rescue effort, Ireland’s Defence Forces said yesterday. The LE Eithne led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40km northwest of Tripoli throughout Sunday. Six refugees, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness. The ship is to transport the people, including 14 pregnant women and four infants below the age of four months, to a designated “port of safety” to be handed over to Italian authorities. “I’m very proud to say all lives were saved, no lives were lost. It was a complex operation where lives were at stake at every turn over a full eight-hour period,” Commander Brian Fitzgerald told national broadcaster RTE from the ship.
Police commander killed
Armed attackers burst into a restaurant and killed the federal police commander for Veracruz state and a second officer. The police officers were among at least 10 people slain in Veracruz state on Saturday, including four children from one family, local officials said. Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes released a video calling the killers “beasts” and “cowards,” and repeated his vow to crack down on organized crime in the Gulf coast state. “We are going to do everything, whatever it may be,” he said. “Veracruz will not be hostage to these animals.”
Utah wildfire slows down
Better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in Utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said on Sunday night. In southern California, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of nearby homes in the city of Santa Clarita. The blaze in Utah, which is being battled by about 1,000 firefighters, covers nearly 174km2 and is 10 percent contained. It was accidentally started on June 17 by someone using a torch to burn weeds. The fire in California started on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of a highway.
Socialists win election
Preliminary results show that the left-wing Socialist Party has won a new governing mandate in crucial elections in the country’s bid to launch membership negotiations with the EU. The Central Election Commission’s preliminary results after counting one-third of the votes yesterday morning show the Socialist party of Prime Minister Edi Rama winning almost half the votes compared with 28 percent of the opposition Democratic party of Lulzim Basha. Turnout fell to 47 percent, or 6 points lower than in previous polls in 2013.
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
INTERNET CURBS: People are rushing to erase their digital footprints after police given powers over online activity, although it might take years for the full effect to be felt At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s Internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong. Unveiling expanded police powers as part of contentious new national security legislation, the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech, and force Internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms. Many residents, already anxious since the legislation took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the past year of protests. Hong Kong Legislator Charles Mok (莫乃光), a pro-democracy member of the Legislative
‘SUICIDE’: Media reports said Park Won-soon went missing on Thursday after a staff member filed a sexual harassment claim against him this week Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, viewed as a potential candidate for the 2022 presidential election, was found dead of an apparent suicide hours after he was reported missing, police said, adding that he was the subject of an undisclosed investigation. In a note he is thought to have left behind on his desk, Park offered his apologies. “I thank everyone who was with me in my life. I apologize to my family for only making them suffer from pain,” according to the note that was released by his office yesterday. Park, in his letter, asked to be cremated and have his remains spread
RISKY BUSINESS: The Chinese firm has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of 5G equipment not covered by US sanctions, but fears a wider ban could be announced in the UK Huawei Technologies Co believes it can supply 5G hardware unaffected by US sanctions to the UK for the next five years, sidestepping the expected conclusion of British emergency review on Tuesday. The company has stockpiled 500,000 pieces of kit, but fears a wider ban on its equipment is to be unveiled to placate rebel British Conservative Party lawmakers, who say that the Chinese supplier represents a national security risk. The British government on Friday said that it was “very likely” that British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden would make a statement to parliament on Tuesday