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Fires and avalanche alerts as Storm Eleanor batters Europe.

The French Alps were on maximum avalanche alert yesterday as Storm Eleanor swept through Europe, killing at least five people and fanning rare winter wildfires in Corsica. Nearly 400 firefighters on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica were battling blazes fanned by Eleanor's strong gusts of wind, with three people injured in a fire overnight. In the Netherlands, Eleanor has caused about 10 million euros of damage to buildings and vehicles. Citing the risks from strong winds and large waves, the whole of Spain's northern coast remained on "orange alert", which is the second highest ‘alert’ on a four-point scale. Germany lowered its alert for violent winds on Wednesday evening, but high tides were worrying several states, where heavy downpours have halted boat traffic. The Rhine River is set to surge to seven metres, as its water level is rising.

Michael Wolff’s new book portrays US President Donald Trump as uninformed, unprepared and lacking focus

The portrait that emerges in the new book authored by Michael Wolff titled “Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House”, has become the talk of the town in Washington, these days. Trump is depicted as presiding over a chaotic White House. He is portrayed uninformed, unprepared and lacking focus.

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Trump says Ex-aide Bannon has lost his mind

Former White House aide Steve Bannon "lost his mind" after he lost his job at the White House, US President Donald Trump has said.The president disavowed Mr Bannon after he was quoted in a new book describing a meeting between Mr Trump's son and a group of Russians as "treasonous". The Russians had offered Donald Trump Jr damaging information on Hillary Clinton at the June 2016 meeting. Mr Bannon's quote appears in a new book by journalist Michael Wolff.

Storm Eleanor results in disruption of power, as it sweeps across the UK

Thousands of homes are without power and travel has been disrupted after Storm Eleanor swept across the UK. The UK Met Office recorded gusts of wind reaching 100 miles per hour, overnight. A 'yellow warning' is still in place for England, Wales, most of Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland. There are numerous road closures and delays on public transport. More than 4000 homes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are without power. As Storm Eleanor approached from the Atlantic, the UK Met Office cautioned that injuries from flying debris were also possible.

Peru bus plunge kills 48.

A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve," officials said. The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday. It plunged 100 meters and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

Iran Supreme leader Khamenei blames enemies ‘over protests.

Iran's supreme leader has accused the country's enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since people protesting at Iran's economic troubles clashed with security forces last Thursday.

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Israel raises threshold to cede parts of Jerusalem, in peace deal

Israel set a higher threshold today for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. The amendment to existing legislation passed by the Israeli parliament, raised from 61 to 80, the number of votes that would be required in the 120-seat Knesset, to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to a ‘foreign party’. The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
US negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014.

Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.

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China rejects Trump accusation on North Korea sanction breaches


China rejected accusations that it had helped Pyongyang skirt sanctions, after US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter, that Beijing was turning a blind eye to oil transfers to North Korea. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said China had looked into the report of a Chinese ship transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and found it to be inaccurate. She added that there is no record of the said Chinese vessel visiting a Chinese port, since August. She opined that making 'pointless hype' through the media will not be conducive to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation.

George Weah elected Liberian president

Former footballer George Weah is set to become Liberia's next president. With most ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai. It is Liberia's first democratic handover in decades. The former football star's campaign appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice President Mr Boakai was seen as 'old and out of touch'.

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