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Detroit firefighters pose and smile for a NYE photo in front of a burning home

Daily Mail - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:30
The image was shared online by Detroit Fire Incidents Page on Tuesday night. 'Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!', the caption read.
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At least 17 missing in Victoria, and Premier says 'that number may grow'

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:26
At least 17 people remain missing as 50 fires continue to rage across the state threatening lives of those trapped in 24 isolated communities in East Gippsland.
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Taiwan's air force general missing after helicopter emergency

Al Jazeera - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:24
Rescue mission team dispatched to find General Shen Yi-ming while at least 10 people on board were reported to be alive.
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Hundreds stranded as tiny community is cut off from Western Australia

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:11
Bushfires burning in WA's Goldfields region have forced the closure of the Eyre Highway, leaving hundreds stranded at the Caiguna Roadhouse.
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New dance music festival Sun Cycle set for a bright future

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:10
In its debut outing, the Coburg event was blessed by a strong line-up and moderate weather, conditions that augur well for an institution in the making.
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Sacked vegan brings landmark discrimination case

BBC News - Thu, 2020-01-02 03:04
A tribunal will decide for the first time if veganism is a "philosophical belief" akin to a religion.
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PV Sindhu's Mission 2020: The Olympic gold

Times of India - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:51
After a year in which she became the world champion but had an up-and-down ride in most other tournaments, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu wants to improve the colour of her Rio 2016 silver medal by scripting history in Tokyo eight months from now. "Olympic gold will be the first and most important target. Then to become No.1 in the world and win a few of super series titles," Sindhu said in an interview.
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Tourists urged to leave national parks, with fears bushfires will merge

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:51
Authorities fear two fire fronts burning in Victoria could merge in coming days, creating a  bushfire of enormous scale.
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Kim Kardashian reveals she took daughter North and grandmother MJ on a visit to the White House

Daily Mail - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:49
Kim Kardashian revealed on Tuesday that she had taken her daughter, North, six, to the White House in mid 2019.
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Mysterious drones flying in these rural areas are freaking out residents

CNN - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:45
Mysterious drones have been flying over Colorado and Nebraska in recent weeks and authorities can't figure out who's behind the aircraft.
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UP sets 7-day deadline to reply to seizure notices

Times of India - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:42
Uttar Pradesh government has set a 7-day deadline for response to property attachment notices slapped on those accused of damaging public property during citizenship protests.More than 150 notices have been issued by the Lucknow administration since chief minister Yogi Adityanath declared those who indulged in violence will have to compensate for damages.
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Mother's VERY blunt New Year's message about the bushfires strikes chord online

Daily Mail - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:40
Lucy is a member of the Kurrajong Heights Rural Fire Service in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. She began her post by saying she was not hungover but she was 'tired'.
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Taiwan’s chief of general staff missing after helicopter makes emergency landing, rescue effort underway

Russia Today - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:38

Taiwanese Air Force General Shen Yi-ming, who is also the island’s incumbent chief of the general staff, was on board a helicopter that crash-landed in northern Taiwan. A massive rescue effort has been launched.

Some 13 people were on board a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter when it attempted an emergency landing on Thursday morning, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said.

Rescuers were promptly sent to the area of the crash in the mountainous Wulai district in the northern part of the Chinese self-governing territory. So far, several people have been found alive, while three, including Shen, remain unaccounted for.

While it’s unclear what prompted the mishap, the ministry reported that the aircraft was on a mission to Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan when it went down.

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The incident comes as the island gears up for its presidential and vice-presidential elections, set for January 11.

Speaking ahead of the ballot, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in the upcoming vote, stoked tensions in what is already a very tense relationship between the island and mainland China, rejecting the “one country, two systems” principle as something “definitely not feasible” for Taiwan. It comes after the territory’s parliament passed a so-called “anti-infiltration bill” championed by anti-Beijing forces and aimed at curbing the Chinese government’s influence.

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Austria's Kurz, Greens strike New Year's coalition deal

Al Jazeera - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:36
Deal with Green Party marks a swing left for former chancellor whose last coalition was with far-right Freedom Party.
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Tablet interactive: RFS warns of dangerous conditions this weekend as South Coast evacuates

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:34
More than 1298 homes have been lost, while 3.6 million hectares have been burnt this fire season in NSW.
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Magic Mallacoota will bounce back from tragedy

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:30
It is truly a touch of paradise. Or it was until the devastating bushfires roared through the district.
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Kyrgios proposes tennis fire fundraiser

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:29
Tennis Australia say plans are in place to support those impacted by the country's bushfires after star Nick Kyrgios proposed a charity exhibition match to raise funds.
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Rail fares rise by 2.7%, hitting millions of commuters

BBC News - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:27
Many passengers are facing an increase of more than £100 for annual season tickets.
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Shanghai stocks pop on first day of trading in 2020

CNN - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:24
Markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong rose Thursday after China announced that it will take more action to bolster its slowing economy.
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Hun Sen branded him a traitor. He fled the country but thugs found him

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2020-01-02 02:24
Cambodian opposition figure suffers electric shocks in brazen attack in suburban Bangkok.
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