Daily Archive: December 22, 2017

Dec
22

Philippines tropical storm toll climbs to 44: officials

Philippines tropical storm toll climbs to 44: officialsThe death toll from a tropical storm that struck the southern Philippines has risen to 44 as mudslides wiped out a mountain village and ravaged another town, officials said Saturday. Nineteen deaths were reported near the town of Tubod on Friday on Mindanao, the archipelago nation’s second-largest island, where Tropical Storm Tembin unleashed flash floods and mudslides that erased a remote village from the map, police said. The village is no longer there,” Tubod police officer Gerry Parami told AFP by telephone.


Dec
22

Driver charged with attempted murder over Australian vehicle attack

Driver charged with attempted murder over Australian vehicle attackThe man accused of deliberately plowing into Christmas shoppers on a busy street in the Australian city of Melbourne was charged on Saturday with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life. Police said they had charged the man, former Afghanistan refugee Saeed Noori, after formally interviewing him about the attack that police had earlier described as a “deliberate act”. Police have said Noori, 32, is known to have mental health problems and to use drugs and they did not believe the attack was terrorism-related.


Dec
22

L.A. Goes Bonkers Over Breathtaking 'UFO' Lighting Up The Sky

L.A. Goes Bonkers Over Breathtaking 'UFO' Lighting Up The Skyunexpected #spacexlaunch sighting A post shared by stephanie clary (@sclary) on Dec 22, 2017 at 5:43pm PST Angelenos thought the end was finally here when they looked up Friday evening to see something that appeared to be an iridescent alien ship exploding across the sky.


Dec
22

California wildfire becomes largest on record in the state

California wildfire becomes largest on record in the stateA sprawling Southern California wildfire that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4 has become the largest on record in the state, state fire officials said on Friday. The so-called Thomas fire has blazed through 273,400 acres (110,641 hectares), surpassing the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people, they said. Incremental increases in burned acreage detected by daily aerial surveys since then have been largely due to controlled-burning operations conducted by firefighters to clear swaths of vegetation between the smoldering edges of the fire zone and populated areas.


Dec
22

US govt to review Obama administration handling of Hezbollah drug initiative

US govt to review Obama administration handling of Hezbollah drug initiativeUS Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an investigation into allegations that the Obama administration undermined efforts to target Hezbollah drug trafficking. The announcement comes after Politico reported that Project Cassandra, a program targeting trafficking by Iran-backed Hezbollah that could have undermined the push for a nuclear deal with Tehran, was “derailed” by the administration of former president Barack Obama.


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