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.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete