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California wildfires: Air quality rated ‘world’s worst’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People across northern California are snapping up masks to try to handle the smoke Northern California's air quality has become the worst in the world, according to monitoring groups, as the state battles devastating fires.Air quality network Purple Air said on Thursday the air is now worse than smoggy cities in India and China. Schools have cancelled classes, flights have been delayed, and
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Chinese City Bans Daytime Dog Walking in a Crackdown on Canines

[ad_1] HONG KONG — A major city in China is cracking down on pet dogs, banning dog walking during the day and prohibiting many larger breeds, after a publicized fight between a dog owner and a bystander.The new rules in Hangzhou, in eastern China, were adopted after a dog owner was filmed pushing and shoving a woman who had kicked his dog. Before the fight, surveillance footage showed a young
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Panda enjoys the first snow of the season in Washington DC

[ad_1] Bei Bei the giant panda enjoyed a carefree day at Smithsonian's National Zoo despite the heavy snowfall.The three-year-old male is the youngest of the three giant pandas at the zoo, after being born to couple Tian Tian and Mei Xiang in August 2015.He’ll be sent to China when he is four as part of a deal between the US and China. [ad_2] Source link
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Peace tougher as impetus for war stronger in Israel

[ad_1] It was not so long ago that there were rumors claiming there would be permanent peace between Gaza and Israel. Both the Palestinian and Israeli media were announcing that officials from both sides were meeting under the mediation of third parties. Among the plans were enabling the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip under Qatari sponsorship, a prisoner swap, the reopening of the Gaza border, expanding the currently restrained fishing
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Police dance delights Russian viewers

[ad_1] Image copyright Russian interior ministry Image caption Mind how you go A group of Siberian police officers have become Russian internet stars after their dance routine was posted online.They recorded a clip for a police benefit talent show in the Sakha Republic, the home of Siberia's Yakut people, in an effort to boost ticket sales. When it started to attract attention, the Interior Ministry in Moscow promoted the clip
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Bulgaria’s nationalist vice premier resigns after insulting parents of disabled kids

[ad_1] Bulgaria's nationalist vice premier Valery Simeonov resigned on Friday after weeks of street protests by insulted mothers of children with disabilities who pressed for him to go. "I tabled my resignation as vice premier in Bulgaria's coalition government," Simeonov told journalists Friday evening. The government press service said it had been accepted by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Mothers of children with disabilities rallied in downtown Sofia every evening for
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Students say Dartmouth ignored professor ‘predator club’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dartmouth College is ranked as one of the top 20 US universities Dartmouth College is facing a $70m (£54m) lawsuit from six women who claim the school ignored 16 years of sexual harassment by three ex-professors.They allege the Ivy League school allowed the tenured psychology professors to harass, discriminate against and rape female students.The federal lawsuit, filed on Thursday, names Dartmouth trustees as
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Zimbabwe bus: At least 42 killed in suspected gas explosion

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bus was completely destroyed in the fire At least 42 people are confirmed to have died in a fire aboard a bus in Zimbabwe late on Thursday.The bus was near travelling near Beitbridge, close to the border with South Africa, when the blaze began.The company that owned the vehicle, Brooklyn Buses, said it believed that a gas canister brought on board by a
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American Missing in Mexico Was Killed by Drug Cartel Member, Officials Say

[ad_1] An American teacher whose baffling disappearance in Mexico last month set off a social media campaign to solicit information was killed by a drug cartel member, the Mexican authorities said Thursday.The teacher, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, went for a walk on Oct. 28 outside the remote town of Urique, in Mexico’s northern state of Chihuahua, and never returned.The authorities now say that Mr. Braxton-Andrew was killed that day by José