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iPhone battery smoke forces evacuation at Apple store

Geneva: An overheated and smoking iPhone battery forced the evacuation of about 50 people from an Apple Store in Zurich on Tuesday and left an employee slightly injured, police said. Staff at the store near Zurich’s central train station called police after noticing the smoke and sprinkled the battery with quartz powder, a statement from…

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Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

TOKYO: A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo, reported Reuters. Four people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights canceled, and train services disrupted…

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Tens of thousands of Canadians flee huge forest fires

NEWS DESK: Almost 40,000 Canadians have fled their homes under threat of huge wild fires, with British Columbia facing its largest emergency evacuation ever, officials said Monday. AFP reported that Canada scrambled thousands of firefighters and hundreds of aircraft from across the country to tackle raging infernos in the western province, and had even drafted…

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50,000 evacuated in Germany over unexploded WWII bombs

Berlin – German police on Sunday evacuated 50,000 people from the northern city of Hanover in one of the country’s largest post-war operations to defuse World War II era bombs. Residents in a densely populated part of the city were ordered to leave their homes for the operation, planned since mid-April, to remove several recently…

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Syrian rebels, govt say working on deal to secure Aleppo evacuation

ALEPPO: A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria’s east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after  demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two villages besieged by insurgents. A Syrian rebel official and a government official said early on Saturday the…

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45,000 left homeless after Indonesia quake

JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia killed more than 100 people, an official said Saturday, leaving communities in ruins as aid trickled into the disaster-stricken province. “We have 45,300 people evacuating in several places as of Saturday morning,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told…

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Canadian forest fire still burning out of control

    EDMONTON: The huge forest fire that prompted the evacuation of Fort McMurray remained out of control Wednesday but cooler, more humid weather slowed its advance, Canadian officials said. All told, crews were battling 20 fires in Alberta province, although Fort McMurray’s was the only one still out of control, as it spread east….

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Wildfire spared 90 percent of Fort McMurray: Alberta premier

FORT MCMURRAY: Fort McMurray is largely intact despite a week of damage from the wildfires devastating Canada’s oil sands region, Alberta’s premier said after touring the ghost town on Monday. Firefighters warned, however, that the tens of thousands of evacuated residents would not be able to return for at least two weeks. “It was a…

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Canadians drive through burning city seeking safety

FORT MCMURRAY: Canadian police led convoys of cars through the burning ghost town of Fort McMurray Friday in a risky operation to get thousands of people to safety on the other side. In the latest harrowing chapter of the drama triggered by monster forest fires in Alberta’s oil sands region, the convoys of 50 cars…

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Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

LAC LA BICHE: Canada prepared Thursday to airlift to safety up to 25,000 people who were forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta’s oil sands region, and now risk getting trapped north of Fort McMurray. The oil city of 100,000 people has been ordered evacuated after firefighters backed by air tankers and…

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‘Catastrophic wildfires’ force thousands to flee in Canada

  MONTREAL: The Canadian city of Fort McMurray remained under threat from catastrophic wildfires Wednesday, authorities warned, after more than 80,000 residents were forced to flee the raging inferno sweeping through Alberta’s oil sands region. No casualties have been reported from the monster blaze, which lashed at residences and motor home parks, causing traffic chaos…

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UN begins major evacuation in Syria as peace talks fray

ZABADANI, Syria: The UN began evacuating hundreds of people from besieged Syrian towns in a rare sign of humanitarian progress, as the US Air Force for the first time deployed a B-52 bomber against the Islamic State group. In Geneva, where UN-brokered peace talks have faltered as a fragile ceasefire has come under strain, the…

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Army shifts 528 persons to safer places

MULTAN: Multan Corps soldiers of Pakistan Army shifted 528 flood victims to safer places during relief operations thorough helicopters in flood hit areas of South Punjab. According to a release issued by ISPR here Sunday, the army provided free medical treatment facilities and medicines to 234 flood affected people at army medical camp Layyah besides…

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California brush fire forces evacuation of more than 300 campers

LOS ANGELES: Dozens of children were among more than 300 people evacuated from campgrounds early Saturday morning as firefighters battled brush fires burning in Southern California's drought-parched foothills, fire officials said. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened from the fire that broke out at about 9:30 p.m. along the Angeles Crest Highway….

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Saima Tanvir awaits Pakistani rescue in Yemen

Pakistan’s Saima Tanvir put lives at stake by making her way out of Aden—the worst pummeled by ongoing conflict. The school teacher, along with her family members, managed to reach near port, where they are holed up at an undisclosed location waiting for Pakistani help.

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Little Anabia appeals for evacuation from Yemen

Anabia, a little child stranded in Yemen, appeals to Pakistani authorities for safe evacuation of her family. Watch video.

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Mass evacuation saves Indian lives as cyclone leaves trail of destruction

GANJAM/BHUBANESWAR: A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India's fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.Cyclone Phailin was expected to dissipate within 36 hours, losing momentum on Sunday as it headed inland after making landfall from the Bay of Bengal,…

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Russia sends warships for possible Syria evacuation – agency

MOSCOW: Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in case it has to evacuate its citizens from Syria, Interfax news agency quoted a naval source as saying on Tuesday.In what appeared the clearest sign so far that Russia is making firm preparations for a possible evacuation, a group of five ships, including two assault…

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Japan orders evacuation of 240,000 people amid heavy rains

TOKYO: Almost a quarter of a million people were ordered to leave their homes in southwest Japan on Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for the third day, with 20 already dead, officials and reports said.The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall…

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Colorado wildfire forces evacuation of 900 homes

DENVER: A wind-driven wildfire destroyed an unknown number of homes and forced the mandatory evacuation of 900 dwellings in the foothills and canyons west of Denver on Monday, authorities said.The blaze, which also forced the closing of some roads in the area, was believed to have been ignited by embers left over from a controlled-burning…

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High magnitude quake hits Chile; evacuation ordered

SANTIAGO: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile, prompting an evacuation of coastal areas for fear of a tsunami and causing scenes of panic in an area devastated by a massive quake two years ago.There were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage, officials in Chile said.But authorities ordered the evacuation of the central…

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