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Hundreds missing after hydroelectric dam collapses in Laos

Dam collapses in LaosA hydroelectric dam collapsed in southeastern Laos, leaving an unknown number of people dead and hundreds missing, state media said Tuesday. Rescue efforts were underway as top government officials rushed to the site and public appeals were launched for aid.

The official Lao news agency KPL said the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province collapsed Monday evening, releasing cascades of water that swept away houses, flooded villages and made more than 6,600 people homeless.


Greece wildfires: Survivors of deadly blazes dig through wreckage

Greek wildfiresLate on Monday night, Giorgos Stabelos was sitting in his living room at home in the Greek coastal town of Rafina, watching the news when the presenter uttered a sentence that made his heart jump.

Since the early afternoon, news had trickled in about wildfires spreading throughout areas surrounding the Greek capital, Athens, including Mati, Rafina and Kineta.

But the powerful blaze had suddenly passed Marathonos Street and was heading towards the beachfront in Mati, a resort village some 29km east of Athens, where his son owns a taverna.

He rushed out of his home and hopped on his motorcycle. At first, he could not find a clear path due to dense plumes of smoke.


Pompeo calls Iran's religious leaders 'hypocritical holy men'

Iran v US in trade of threats

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted Iran's religious leaders as "hypocritical holy men" whom he says are more interested in lining their pockets and spreading hardline views abroad than helping out their own cash-strapped citizens.

Pompeo's speech on Sunday came as US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani traded angry threats amid rising tensions between the two countries.

"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses," Pompeo told a crowd of Iranian Americans during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.


Canada: At least two dead, dozen injured in Toronto shooting

Two dead in Toronto shooting

At least two people have been killed and a dozen others wounded, including a young girl, after a gunman opened fire in the Canadian city of Toronto before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police.

An unidentified man opened fire late on Sunday in the neighbourhood known as Greektown.

"Other than the shooter, we have a young lady that is deceased," Toronto police chief Mark Saunders told reporters late on Sunday.

"We are looking at all possible motives ... and not closing any doors," he added.


Syrian 'White Helmets' flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help

Shite Helmets rescued from Syria by Israel , West

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a brief video statement on Sunday he had helped the evacuation at the request of U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders - and there had been fears that the workers’ lives were at risk.

The group, known officially as Syria Civil Defence, has been widely hailed in the West and credited with saving thousands of people in rebel-held areas during years of bombing attacks by Damascus and its allies.


Steve Bannon plans right-wing group in Brussels

Steve Bannon organizing right wing groups in Europe

Donald Trump’s former chief of staff is planning to set up a foundation in Brussels to support right-wing, anti-establishment groups in the run-up to the European Parliament election.

Steve Bannon said in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast that he wants to unite powers on the right end of the political spectrum.

“Everybody agrees that next [European Parliament election in] May is hugely important, that this is the real first Continent-wide face-off between populism and the party of Davos,” Bannon said in the interview. “This will be an enormously important moment for Europe.”


Hundreds of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound

Sett;ers storm Al-Aqsa mosque

Hundreds of Israeli settlers have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem to commemorate the historic destruction of Jewish temples, referred to in Israel as Tisha B'av.

Palestinian sources said that at least 1,023 settlers entered the compound on Sunday under heavy police protection.

The Al-Aqsa compound, which houses the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, represents the third holiest site in Islam, while in Judaism it is considered their most holy place.


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