Kings Plaza fire: At least 17 injured as firefighters tackle blaze at Brooklyn shopping centre parking lot

Kings Plaza fire: At least 17 injured as firefighters tackle blaze at Brooklyn shopping centre parking lotFirefighters are tackling a massive fire that spread through a parking garage in Brooklyn, New York. The fire began before 9:00 a.m. local time near the Kings Plaza shopping centre in Brooklyn, erupting from a two-alarm to a six-alarm emergency within an hour. Police and fire department officials did not respond to enquiries, and it was not immediately clear whether police suspected criminal intent or wrongdoing.


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Venezuela lops five zeros off its currency in bid to tackle hyperinflation

Venezuela lops five zeros off its currency in bid to tackle hyperinflationVenezuela is launching a new currency that slashes five zeros off the country’s fast-depreciating bills, in a bid to tackle the country’s accelerating hyperinflation. President Nicolas Maduro has also announced a 3,000 per cent hike in the minimum wage and a rise in the price of fuel to international levels, in changes that will be implemented from Monday.


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Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin

Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside BerlinStanding beside Putin, Merkel said both countries – but especially Russia as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council – had a responsibility to tackle these problems. Merkel said it was important to avert a humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria and the surrounding region, and said she and Putin had already discussed the issue of constitutional reforms and possible elections when they last met in Sochi in May. Putin told reporters that everything must be done to help Syrian refugees to return to their country and that Syria needed assistance to rebuild. On Ukraine, Merkel said she hoped there would be fresh efforts could be undertaken at the beginning of the new school year to disentangle Ukrainian military forces and separatists on the front lines in the Donbass region.


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