One map shows why Trump's trade war with China could be a disaster for average Americans

  1. One map shows why Trump’s trade war with China could be a disaster for average Americans  Business Insider
  2. Trump’s pressure on trade may force China to act faster on reforms, analysts say  CNBC
  3. Did Trump Call Most Chinese Students Spies?  Inside Higher Ed
  4. How China Wins the Trade War  New York Times
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Trump approves disaster declaration for California as wildfires claim another victim

  1. Trump approves disaster declaration for California as wildfires claim another victim  CBS News
  2. Mendocino Complex Fire explodes to 5th largest blaze in California history  AccuWeather.com
  3. The Latest: Growing California Fires Prompt New Evacuations  U.S. News & World Report
  4. State fires: Fires whipped up by dry, hot day; new records are set  Sacramento Bee
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California wildfire: two dead and 500 buildings destroyed as disaster intensifies

California wildfire: two dead and 500 buildings destroyed as disaster intensifiesTwo firefighters are dead and at least 500 buildings have been destroyed by a wildfire in a North Californian city, say officials. Residents of Redding, a city of 92,000 about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, described a chaotic and congested getaway from a blaze that has so far claimed the lives of two firefighters. “I’ve never experienced something so terrifying in my life,” said Liz Williams, who loaded two children in her car and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbours trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates.


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Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescue volunteers

Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescue volunteersThe rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud. Footage of volunteers from Thailand rescuing 14 people, including the baby, was widely shared online when it was released Friday as an increasingly international relief mission scrambles to save lives in a disaster that has left scores dead or missing. The Thai rescue team, who waded several kilometres (miles) through rushing water containing uprooted trees and debris, are fresh from efforts to help free a youth football team trapped in a cave in the north of their country.


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Facebook's earnings disaster erased $120 billion in market value — the biggest wipeout in US stock-market history

  1. Facebook’s earnings disaster erased $120 billion in market value — the biggest wipeout in US stock-market history  AOL
  2. Instagram not an instant fix for ailing Facebook  Reuters
  3. Facebook’s ‘Chief Buzzkill’ Strikes Again  Wall Street Journal
  4. How Facebook can win you back  CNN
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Greece wildfires: Death toll rises to 80 after 'biblical disaster' as rescuers search charred homes

Greece wildfires: Death toll rises to 80 after 'biblical disaster' as rescuers search charred homesA Greek father is appealing for help to find his missing nine-year-old twin daughters, who he last saw in TV news footage getting off a rescue boat after they were caught up in some of the worst wildfires in Europe’s modern history near Athens.  Yiannis Philipopoulos and his wife’s desperate search came as the death toll in the fires in Greece rose to 80, as rescue workers continue to search charred homes and burnt-out cars.  The girls went missing with their grandparents amid the blazes that engulfed popular resort spots near the Greek capital, particularly damaging the small seaside town of Mati. Mr Philipopoulous said on Skai and Alpha TV in Greece that seeing the footage of Sophia and Vasiliki disembarking from a fishing boat – which probably picked them up after they fled the flames and headed for the relative safety of the ocean – had given him hope they were still alive, despite his fruitless attempts to find them at regional hospitals and through law enforcement agencies on Tuesday.  His was just one of many families forced apart by the infernos. Many other local residents and holidaymakers also drove or ran towards the sea to avoid the approaching flames and were picked up by rescue boats, and there is no definitive count on how many are still missing.  The fires were stoked by high winds, reducing pine forests to ash and devouring hundreds of buildings. Survivors told of a “biblical disaster” that Greek media described as a “national tragedy”, while Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cut short a visit to Bosnia and announced three days of national mourning. Firefighters are continuing to battle blazes, which first broke out on Monday morning, in some areas.  It is feared the death toll could rise to at least 100. It already surpasses that from the blazes that hit Greece’s southern island of Evia in 2007, in which 77 people perished. Greece wildfires gallery puff ‘The problem is what is still hidden under the ashes’ The charred bodies of 26 people, including small children, were discovered at a villa at the seaside resort of Mati, 25 miles northeast of Athens. They were huddled together in small groups, “perhaps families, friends or strangers, entwined in a last attempt to protect themselves as they tried to reach the sea”, said rescuer Vassilis Andriopoulos. As world leaders including Pope Francis affirmed their solidarity, Athens said 308 engineers would arrive on site by Wednesday to assess the damage. But “the problem is what is still hidden under the ashes”, said emergency services vice president Miltiadis Mylonas. Firefighters and volunteers race to extinguish flames during a wildfire raging in the village of Kineta, near Athens Credit: VALERIE GACHE /AFP/Getty One Belgian was among the victims, said Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders, while in Warsaw Poland’s government said a Polish woman and her son also died. Some 187 people have been hospitalised, with 82 still being treated on Tuesday evening, including almost a dozen children, most of whom were in a “serious condition”, the fire services said. Dramatic video footage showed people fleeing by car as the tourist-friendly Attica region declared a state of emergency. Video: Villagers race to escape raging blaze Athanasia Oktapodi, whose home is surrounded by pine trees, said she first spotted the fire moving down the hill “and five or ten minutes later it was in my garden”. “I ran out like a crazy person, got to the beach and put my head in the water. Then the patrol boats came,” said the 60-year-old. Bride in hospital and groom missing as Irish newlyweds caught up in wildfires A newly-married Irish couple have been caught up in the wildfires. Zoe Holohan and Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp became separated as they tried to escape the fires in the coastal town of Mati. The pair got married at Clonabreany House in Kells, Co Meath, last Thursday before flying out to Greece for their honeymoon on Saturday. Zoe Holohan on her wedding day. She is now recovering from the Greek fires in hospital Credit: PA Ms Holohan, who works in advertising for the Sunday World, is in hospital after suffering burns to her head and hands, but her husband has not yet been found. The couple, who live in Dublin, were travelling in a vehicle when they were forced to flee. Ms Holohan was able to escape to a nearby beach and was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night. ‘Mati no longer exists’: Resort devastated by blaze Fire service spokeswoman Stavroula Maliri said firefighters were still searching for more victims and taking “dozens of calls” from people looking for relatives. Winds of above 60mph in Mati caused a “sudden progression of fire” through the village, said Maliri. “Mati no longer exists,” said the mayor of nearby Rafina, Evangelos Bournous, adding that more than a thousand buildings and 300 cars had been damaged. “I saw the flames outside the window of our hotel. I thought it would explode,” said Alina Marzin, a 20-year-old German tourist who had been staying at the Capo Verde hotel in Mati on Monday evening with her brother and their parents. At least six people died trying to escape the flames into the sea. Some 715 people were evacuated by boats to Rafina, the government said. Wildfires “People are shocked, lost. Some of them have lost everything: children, parents, homes,” said Red Cross spokeswoman Georgia Trisbioti. The European Union activated its Civil Protection Mechanism after Greece sought help. Several countries said they were sending aircraft to help fight the flames. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted the EU “will spare no effort to help Greece and the Greek people”, while Pope Francis spoke of his “deep sadness,” sentiments echoed by EU and NATO leaders. NATO head Jens Stoltenberg offered the alliance’s full solidarity with Greece, whose government earmarked financial aid for victims’ relatives. Wildfire in Mati, Greece Were fires started by arsonists? Investigation begins Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said the priority was to extinguish a fire still burning in Kineta, 30 miles from Athens. Near the town of Marathon, residents fled to safety along the beach, while 600 children were evacuated from holiday camps. Officials raised the possibility the blazes could have been started deliberately by criminals out to ransack abandoned homes. A firefighting helicopter is used to dump water to extinguish flames in Kineta Credit: VALERIE GACHE /AFP “I am really concerned by the parallel outbreak of these fires,” Tsipras said as supreme court prosecutors announced they had opened an investigation into the causes of the fire. Showers were set to see temperatures around Athens drop slightly after hitting 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Fires rage across Europe amid record temperatures The wildfires come as record temperatures in northern Europe have seen blazes cause widespread damage in recent days. Sweden, experiencing an unprecedented drought and the highest temperatures in a century, has counted more than 20 fires across the country. Fires have also hit Finland’s northernmost Lapland province. A global heatwave map shows how the UK was another warm blob in a mostly warmer-than-normal world in June 2018 Norway, which experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has seen several small fires. One firefighter was killed on July 15 trying to contain a blaze. Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 1,000 hectares in the Baltic state.


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Greece wildfires: Death toll rises to 79 after 'biblical disaster' as rescuers search charred homes

  1. Greece wildfires: Death toll rises to 79 after ‘biblical disaster’ as rescuers search charred homes  Telegraph.co.uk
  2. Greece wildfires: Search for missing family members after 77 dead  BBC News
  3. The Latest: At least 20 dead in wildfires raging near Athens  Washington Post
  4. Greek wildfires: dry winter and strong winds led to tinderbox conditions  The Guardian
  5. As Greek Wildfire Closed In, a Desperate Dash Ended in Death  New York Times
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A 'biblical disaster': Greek official on wildfires that have killed at least 74

  1. A ‘biblical disaster’: Greek official on wildfires that have killed at least 74  ABC News
  2. In Greece, Wildfires Kill Dozens, Driving Some Into the Sea  New York Times
  3. Wildfires kill at least 60 near Athens, families embrace as flames close in  CNBC
  4. Wildfires near Athens kill at least 74; hugging bodies found near beach  Chicago Tribune
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Greece wildfires a 'Biblical disaster': At least 60 killed near Athens as tourists forced to flee into sea

Greece wildfires a 'Biblical disaster': At least 60 killed near Athens as tourists forced to flee into seaRaging wildfires have killed at least 60 people and injured scores more as flames swept through a small resort town near Athens. Emergency crews found one group of 26 victims, including families with children clasped in a last embrace as they tried to flee the flames. They were huddled together in a field just 30 metres from the sea near Mati in the region of Rafina, eastern Greece. Wildfires sweeping through a Greek resort town killed at least 60 people, officials said, including families with children found clasped in a last embrace as they tried to flee the flames. Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, told Skai TV: “They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced.” Interior Minister Panos Skourletis described the wildfires as a “Biblical disaster”, according to The Times, and said rescue workers were “still searching to see if there are more missing”, while mayor of Rafina Evangelos Bournous told the channel: “The number of dead is rising. It has already exceeded 60.” Greece wildfires gallery puff Ferocious fires came all the way into the towns, meaning the only safe direction for people to flee was towards the sea where hundreds of people had to be rescued in local fishing boats. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said early on Tuesday that Greece had requested US drones “to observe and detect any suspicious activity” after “15 fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens”. Is it safe to travel to Greece? The fire was by far Greece’s worst since flames devastated the southern Peloponnese peninsula in August 2007, killing dozens. It broke out in Mati late Monday afternoon and was still burning in some areas on Tuesday morning. Greece wildfires | Travel advice Cecily, 44, from Paris, on holiday with her 15-year-old daughter told The Telegraph: “We were staying in a holiday villa in Mati. We saw the fires outside the house and jumped in our hire car and drove towards the beach. “There were about 500 people crammed onto the beach. There were no warnings and no help from authorities. The local Greek people came to rescue us in their fishing boats. “We got in one then were picked up by a military boat which took us to Rafina. All the hotels were full so we slept in the hallway. We booked a flight back to Paris today. We have had no help from anywhere.” Another French tourist Paulina Corvisier, 25, from Lyon, on holiday with her husband and mother-in-law, said: “We ran to the beach. We were all crowded onto the sand and rocks. Then the trees surrounding the beach burst into flames. “I jumped in the water because I didn’t know what else to do. Ash was falling on me from the sky while I was in the water.” Dozens of people flee to the beach in Matiq Credit: Blitz Pictures Coastguard vessels were combing beaches to find any remaining survivors, with military hospitals on full alert, a government spokesman said. Mati is in the eastern Rafina region, a popular spot for Greek holiday-makers, particularly pensioners and children at camps, 29 km (18 miles) east of the capital. Haris Malimagolou from the Red Cross, talking of the harrowing discovery of the 26 victims found together, said: “Some members of our team found 26 bodies in a field next to the sea, we are assuming they were trapped by the fire because it was so strong and so fast. Some were huddled together as if trying to protect each other. “They were badly burned and have not been identified yet. Their bodies have been transferred to Athens.” He explained that the fire was so devastating because a separate fire at Corinth – some 68 miles from Mati – started earlier at 11am, so all the fire service resources were sent there. This region is also very densely populated with a lot of summer houses, old people and children. Mr Malimagolou told The Telegraph the Red Cross have treated about 100 people for both minor and serious injuries One of the youngest fatalities at this stage is thought to be a six-month-old baby who died of smoke inhalation, officials said. Of the 156 people injured, 11 were in intensive care, they added. Greece wildfires gallery puff The coastguard said four bodies were retrieved from the sea. In total, coastguard and other vessels rescued 696 people who had fled to beaches. Boats plucked another 19 people alive from the water. Greece’s fire brigade said the intensity and spread of the wildfire at Mati had slowed on Tuesday as winds died down, but it was still not fully under control. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday afternoon declared a three-day period of national mourning, and said after cutting short a visit to Bosnia: “We are dealing with something completely asymmetric. It’s a difficult night for Greece.” A woman walks in front of burnt cars at the village of Mati during a wildfire near Athens Credit: AFP Tourist resorts hit Greek authorities were rushing to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches in coastal areas early on Tuesday. Dozens of people scrambled into the ocean as the blaze raged close to the shore, and they were picked up by passing boats. Nine coastal patrol boats, two military vessels and “dozens of private boats” assisted by army helicopters were mobilised to help those stuck in Rafina harbour.  Flames rise as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens Credit: AFP There were several reports of missing persons, including four tourists from Denmark who were said to have fled on a boat that was missing on Tuesday morning. Evangelos Bournous, mayor of the port town of Rafina, said: “We were unlucky. The wind changed and it came at us with such force that it razed the coastal area in minutes.” The dock area became a makeshift hospital as paramedics checked survivors when they came off coast guard vessels and private boats. The operation continued through the night. Wildfire in Mati, Greece At daybreak on Tuesday, Ambulance Service deputy director Miltiadis Mylonas said the number of casualties was likely to rise as the more gutted homes and cars were checked. “It took people by surprise and the events happened very fast. Also, the fires broke out on many fronts, so all these factors made the situation extremely difficult,” he said. “The task we face now is organizing the identification of victims by members of their families.” State of emergency Greece issued an urgent appeal for help to tackle the fires, saying it needed air and land assets from its European Union partners. Cyprus offered to send fire engines and personnel. The first major fire broke out in a pine forest near the seaside settlement of Kineta, 30 miles west of Athens between the capital and Corinth. At least 220 firefighters were on the scene there while five water-dropping planes and seven helicopters helped to fight the blaze from the air. Reinforcements were sent in from across Greece. Residents of coastal areas of Mati and Kokkino Limanaki in Rafina, East Attica, Greece resort to the sea to escape fledging fires today July 23, 2018. #πυρκαγιά#Athens#forestfirespic.twitter.com/2SvFPN0BWB— Theodore Theodorides (@TheoTheodorides) July 23, 2018 Senior fire chief Achilleas Tzouvaras went on state TV to appeal to people to leave the area after some tried to stay on their properties. “People should leave, close up their homes and just leave. People cannot tolerate so much smoke for so many hours,” he said. “This is an extreme situation.” A man holds his son as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens Credit: AFP The second major blaze broke out Monday afternoon in the Penteli and Rafina areas northeast of Athens. Children’s summer camps and a seaside resort for military officers were evacuated, as well as residences in the area. Dozens of homes and cars were reportedly destroyed. Victims flee coast There was no official figure on how many people were evacuated overall. The fire burned into the town of Rafina, turning the sky above the nearby port that serves ferries to the Cycladic islands black from the smoke.  Witnesses reported seeing a hillside of homes gutted by flames east of Athens. A mayor said he saw at least 100 homes and 200 vehicles burning. An official from the Red Cross said on Tuesday morning that 26 bodies had been discovered in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati.  The bodies were entwined and severely burnt, a photographer at the scene said. They appeared to have been caught by the flames trying to reach the sea. A house burns in the town of Mati, east of Athens Credit: AP Greek authorities urged residents to abandon their homes as a wildfire burned ferociously, closing one of Greece’s busiest motorways, halting train links and sending plumes of smoke over the capital. Wildfires are not uncommon in Greece, but a relatively dry winter created tinder box conditions. It was not clear what ignited the fires. A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens Credit: AFP The main Athens-Corinth motorway, one of two road routes to the Peloponese peninsula, was shut and train services were cancelled. Fire raged around the Saronicos Gulf, ravaging tracts of pine forest, and was visible for miles. An ominous cloud of black-orange smoke hung over the Acropolis hill and the Parthenon temple in Athens on Monday afternoon.  Cars are blocked at the closed National Road during a wildfire in Kineta Credit: AFP Several other fires broke out across the country, including in northeastern Greece and the southern island of Crete, stretching Greece’s firefighting capabilities. Gale force winds that frequently changed direction and continued into the night were hampering firefighting efforts. Disaster could top Europe’s most deadly wildfires The wildfires raging near Athens are among the deadliest in Europe, with Portugal and Russia also suffering heavy losses. Here is a recap of the worst. Portugal in 2017 (64) Sixty-four people were killed and 250 injured in the deadliest wildfires in Portugal’s history in June 2017. The fires burned for five days in the central Leiria region, breaking out at the height of a summer heatwave. Many of the victims died trapped in their cars by the flames while trying to escape. Violent winds fanned the fires, ravaging some 460 square kilometres (around 180 square miles) of hillsides covered with pine and eucalyptus. Fire over Vieira de Leiria, Portugal, in 2017 Credit: NPA In 2003 gigantic fires caused by a heatwave left 20 dead between July and September in central and southern Portugal. The summer of 2003 remains the most disastrous in terms of surface destroyed, with nearly 4,250 square kilometres going up in smoke. In 1966 a blaze in the forest of Sintra, west of Lisbon, killed 25 soldiers trying to battle the flames. Russia in 2015 (34) In April 2015 huge fires that started in the Khakassia region of southeastern Siberia killed 34 people as well as hundreds of cattle and thousands of sheep. The blaze, which spread as far as Mongolia and practically up to the Chinese border, also destroyed 2,000 homes and 10,000 square kilometres of land. Five years earlier, vast swathes of western Russia were ravaged by fires for weeks during an unprecedented heatwave and drought. Russian wildfires in 2010 Credit: Artyom Kototayev/AFP The blazes between July and August 2010 tore through 10,000 square kilometres of forest, bogs and brushwood, burning entire villages. Some of the fires came dangerously close to Russia’s top nuclear research centre in Sarov. Greece in 2007 (77) Forest fires killed 77 people at the end of August 2007 in Greece, ravaging 2,500 square kilometres in the southern Peloponnese and the island of Evia, northeast of Athens. A Greek firefighter battles the fire at the village of Styra on the island of Evia, Greece, in August 2007 Credit: Margarita Kiaou/EPA The fires raged for around 12 days, but most of the victims were killed early on in the disaster when they became trapped in villages cut off by the flames, some ignoring orders to evacuate. France in 1949 (82) In the heaviest loss of life in wildfires in France, 82 people were killed battling flames in the southwest Landes region in August 1949. The victims – firemen, volunteers and soldiers – were caught in a ball of fire after the winds suddenly changed direction.


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