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Immigrant from Mexico, 2 sisters among mudslide victims

Immigrant from Mexico, 2 sisters among mudslide victimsMONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — An immigrant from Mexico and a pair of sisters were among the 20 people killed in devastating mudslides that brought tragedy and sorrow to the idyllic coastal community of Montecito, California.



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3-Year-Old Girl Among 17 Killed in California Mudslides

3-Year-Old Girl Among 17 Killed in California MudslidesKailly Benitez, the youngest victim, and three other children have been confirmed dead



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Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in Israel

Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in IsraelThe nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was among three tourists repeatedly stabbed in the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, it emerged Monday night.  The wounded holidaymakers, who have not been named, were found lying on the promenade last Wednesday after being targeted by a gang of Israeli men. It comes at a time of heightened tension between France and Israel, as President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Philippe refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. This has greatly angered many in Israel, and especially those who do not want East Jerusalem to be set aside as the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mr Philippe has also controversially backed the publication of anti-Semitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, better known as Celine, despite fury from France’s sizeable Jewish community.  UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel By Monday night, Israeli news outlets were reporting the shocking Eilat crime, while French media ones generally remained silent.  According to the Israeli i24 news channel: ‘The French consul in Tel Aviv was rushed to the spot urgently. ‘Three French tourists, including the nephew of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was on holiday in the seaside resort of Eilat in Israel, were attacked last Wednesday by a group of Israelis. ‘The municipal police found three young tourists lying on the Eilat Promenade with stab wounds on the lower part of their bodies. Two of them were slightly hurt, and the third more seriously.’ All were taken to a local hospital, where they were later joined by the French consul, who is thought to have contacted Mr Philippe immediately.  Two of those hurt were released from hospital on Thursday, while the third remained in a ward. It is not known if he is Mr Philippe’s nephew.  A criminal enquiry into the attack has been launched in Israel, with police attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. They are all believed to be Israeli men, according to detectives.  There was no comment on the incident from France’s Ambassador to Israel, or from the French foreign ministry.  On Monday, President Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Leaders on both sides must continue ‘calling for calm and dialogue’, Mr Macron said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council. It follows American President Donald Trump plunging the area into renewed chaos by recognising Jerusalem as solely being the capital of Israel, and not Palestine too.  This shocked Western allies including France and Britain as much as it did Arab leaders, who insist that East Jerusalem must become the capital of Palestine.  On Sunday Mr Philippe said he was fine about the publication of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays. Referring to Celine, Mr Philippe said: ‘There are very good reasons to detest the man himself, but you cannot deny the writer’s central position in French literature.’ But CRIF, France’s main Jewish umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposed the publication of the three ‘racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler’ essays.  Last year the Jewish Agency of Israel claimed that 5000 Jews emigrated to Israel from France in 2016, partly because of security fears, and an atmosphere of anti-Semitism condoned by those in power. 



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California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on record

California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on recordCalifornia’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history.



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10 Americans among dozen killed in fiery Costa Rican plane crash

10 Americans among dozen killed in fiery Costa Rican plane crashInvestigators on Monday were trying to determine what caused the deadly New Year's Eve plane crash in Costa Rica that claimed the lives of 10 Americans and the two crew members.



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CEO Of World’s Biggest Catering Company Among Those Killed In Seaplane Crash

CEO Of World’s Biggest Catering Company Among Those Killed In Seaplane CrashRichard Cousins, the CEO of one of Britain’s biggest companies, and four of his family members were killed in Sydney, Australia on New Year’s Eve when their sightseeing seaplane plunged into a river, according to multiple reports.



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Prominent British CEO among those dead in Sydney seaplane crash

Prominent British CEO among those dead in Sydney seaplane crashA high-profile British CEO and his family were among six people killed in a New Year’s Eve seaplane crash in Australia, police said on Monday. The plane went down Sunday in the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sydney, as New Year’s revellers on the banks watched in shock. The bodies of all of those on board — one pilot and five passengers — have been recovered from the wreckage, with Richard Cousins, chief executive of British catering giant Compass, identified as among the deceased.



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2 Children Among 4 Dead in Basement in Troy After Act of 'Savagery,' Police Say

2 Children Among 4 Dead in Basement in Troy After Act of 'Savagery,' Police SayTwo young children and their mother were among the four family members found killed in an act of “savagery” this week inside their basement apartment in the upstate New York city of Troy



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One-year-old baby among 12 victims of New York fire 'started by child playing with stove'

One-year-old baby among 12 victims of New York fire 'started by child playing with stove'A child playing with a stove caused New York's deadliest fire in almost 30 years, leaving 12 people dead including one baby. The three-year-old child survived when his mother swept him away from the rising smoke in the kitchen and out into safety with his younger sibling. The fire quickly spread up the block, with the stairway acting "like a chimney", according to investigators, killing 12 people, aged one to 50. The one-year-old girl died along with her mother as they tried to shelter in a bathtub, investigators said. Two young girls aged two and seven, and a boy whose age was not known, were also among the dead. "People had very little time to react," Daniel Nigro, the city's fire department commissioner, said. "They couldn't get back down the stairs. Those that tried perished." The fire broke out at 7pm on Thursday in a building with 26 flats near the Bronx Zoo, a popular tourist attraction. Firefighters were on the scene within three minutes but the blaze spread rapidly fueled by strong winds. Firefighters leave after putting out the major fire Credit:  Amir Levy/ Getty  More than 160 firefighters took three hours to control the blaze as water leaking from hoses froze on the pavement due to extreme cold. The building, made of plaster and brick, was erected in 1916 and had six open safety violations including for a defective smoke detector on the first floor, the New York Times reported. It was not clear if the smoke detector had been fixed or replaced, or whether it had played any role in the fire. The blaze was the most deadly in a block of flats in the city since 1990. Bill de Blasio, the New York City Mayor, called it an "unspeakable tragedy". He said: "What we think at this point is that unfortunately it emanated from an accident, a young child playing with a stove on the first floor of the building. A ladder from a fire truck extends to an apartment window where firefighters respond to a deadly fire Credit: Frank Franklin/AP "Here in the Bronx there are families that have been torn apart. This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter century. "The building owner, the building manager, is supposed to make sure that all those basic safety precautions are in place." Kimberly Wilkins, an eyewitness, said: "People were screaming and that's how we knew there was trouble. People were screaming, 'Fire! Help! Fire! Help!" The building was in a section of the Bronx where half the residents earn less than the US poverty threshold.



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Eight Americans among 12 killed in Mexico bus crash

Eight Americans among 12 killed in Mexico bus crashOfficials in Mexico have begun the process of bringing charges against a driver whose bus overturned on a trip to the Mayan ruins, leaving 12 dead and another 18 injured.



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