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France’s ‘king of lighthouses’  wins Unesco heritage listing

France’s ‘king of lighthouses’ wins Unesco heritage listing

Battered by the wind and swell for 400 years and nicknamed the “king of lighthouses”, France’s Cordouan beacon yesterday won recognition from Unesco.

Biden assures Afghanistan of US support amid Taliban advances

Biden assures Afghanistan of US support amid Taliban advances

With the last US forces on the way out of Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden assured President Ashraf Ghani of US diplomatic and humanitarian support as Taliban advances piled pressure on the US-backed government in Kabul.

Florida concludes search for remains at collapsed condo

Florida concludes search for remains at collapsed condo

The Miami-Dade County fire and rescue department has declared an end to its search for human remains in the rubble of a Florida condominium tower that collapsed on June 24, killing at least 97 people.

Firefighters facing return of hazardous conditions, Covid-19

Firefighters facing return of hazardous conditions, Covid-19

Strike teams making headway against a huge wildfire in Oregon faced a resurgence of dry, windy weather on Friday while an outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) among firefighters posed a new complication in battling the three-week-old blaze.

‘Smoke shading’ from other wildfires helps crews fight biggest US blaze

‘Smoke shading’ from other wildfires helps crews fight biggest US blaze

Scores of wildfires raging across the Western United States’ forest and scrub have belched so much smoke that it is helping an army of firefighters gain ground on the nation’s biggest blaze, Oregon’s Bootleg fire, by blocking sunlight, officials said yesterday.

Rescuers hunt for survivors as India’s monsoon toll hits 120

Rescuers hunt for survivors as India’s monsoon toll hits 120

Rescuers in India waded through knee-deep mud and debris yesterday in a grim search for survivors as the death toll from heavy monsoon rains climbed to 125, with nearly 100,000 others evacuated.

Hair today, green tomorrow: UK stylists join campaign to help the environment

Hair today, green tomorrow: UK stylists join campaign to help the environment

Hairdressers across Britain are being urged to do their bit for the environment by recycling snipped-off hair to help clean up oil spills, make compost or generate energy.

Indonesia mulls relaxing curbs despite high caseload of Covid

Indonesia mulls relaxing curbs despite high caseload of Covid

Indonesia is suffering a devastating wave of coronavirus infections, driven by the Delta variant, but the government is already talking about relaxing social curbs enacted earlier this month - a move analysts say is largely led by economic considerations.

Philippines evacuates thousands as rains flood Manila, provinces

Philippines evacuates thousands as rains flood Manila, provinces

Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities yesterday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces.

China braces for Typhoon In-Fa

China braces for Typhoon In-Fa

China shut down ports and railways yesterday as it braced for Typhoon In-Fa as parts of the country struggled to recover from devastating floods earlier this week.

Protesters clash with police in march against Australia lockdown

Protesters clash with police in march against Australia lockdown

Thousands marched through Australia’s two biggest cities in anti-lockdown protests yesterday, sparking violent clashes with police in Sydney.

Benin’s political opposition goes into hiding

Benin’s political opposition goes into hiding

Silence has fallen around the political opposition in Benin, once a beacon of multi-party democracy, where arrests have proliferated since presidential elections less than four months ago.

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