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Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killed

Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killedTwo ski resort workers have been killed in Morillon, a French Alps destination popular with Britons, by explosives they were using to spark an avalanche to keep the slopes safe for skiers. Their deaths came as three German cross-country skiers died and a fourth was reported missing following an avalanche in western Austria. The incident in Morillon occurred at around 8:30 am local time on Sunday as the workers were preparing the explosives at a height of 1,800 meters in the family resort in the Haut-Giffre valley. Police said it had been confirmed that they were killed by the explosion and did not die after being caught up in the avalanche the blast set off. They had been sent out to do their job in the Lanches sector of the resortbefore the ski slopes were opened to the public, after a night of heavy snowfall. Skiers had been warned that the risk of avalanche was at four on a scale of one to five. Setting off explosives, often dynamite, is a common technique used in ski resorts to spark avalanches that might otherwise happen when slopes are packed with skiers. Various methods are used, with some involving ski workers skiing to a spot above where experts believe the avalanche may take place, placing explosives there and later detonating them remotely. “The specialist pisteurs who are involved in securing the trails and roads from avalanches with explosive devices go through extensive training,” said Henry Schniewind from Henry’s Avalanche Talk, a website which offers advice and training for off-piste skiers. “Their job involves hazards from avalanche danger that most of us are aware of; the danger from explosives seems less apparent. Today’s tragedy is a reminder to us all about how brave these men and women are,” he told The Daily Telegraph. It was not immediately clear which avalanche control method was being used by the workers in Morillon, where a 21-year-old skier was killed by a falling tree earlier this month. The mountain gendarme unit from the town of Chamonix has been tasked with the investigation into their deaths and has sent officers to the scene, where they will work with rescue workers from the resorts of Flaine and Araches. The deaths reported in Austria were those of two men aged 32 and 36 and a third aged 56, all German cross-country skiers, who were found on Saturday evening, while a 28-year-old man still missing. The avalanche that killed them came after several days of heavy snowfall which saw the army called in to secure roads and buildings and help with a number of evacuations.



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U.S. anti-Islamic State meeting turns to damage control after Syria decision

U.S. anti-Islamic State meeting turns to damage control after Syria decisionThe previously scheduled conference, tentatively set for Feb. 7 in Washington, aims to gather ministers from many of the 79 nations in the Global Coalition To Defeat Islamic State and galvanize their fight against the militant group. In the latest ambiguous signal, a senior State Department official on Friday first told reporters the United States has no timeline for the withdrawal of troops from Syria and then said it does not plan to stay indefinitely. Another senior State Department official, also briefing reporters before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to the Middle East next week, said one of his main messages would be that “the United States is not leaving the Middle East.” “Despite reports to the contrary and false narratives surrounding the Syria decision, we are not going anywhere.” However, three sources familiar with the matter said that the Trump administration is still working assiduously to contain the fallout from Trump’s troop decision.



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8-Year-Old Boy Who Died in Border Control Custody Had the Flu, Authorities Confirm

8-Year-Old Boy Who Died in Border Control Custody Had the Flu, Authorities ConfirmA Guatemalan boy who died in government custody tested positive for influenza B, though the exact cause of death is still unknown.



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8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control Custody

8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control CustodyAccording to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the unidentified boy died in the early hours of Christmas Day after showing “signs of potential illness” on Monday. CBP said the boy, accompanied by his father, was taken to a hospital Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.



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Guatemalan boy, 8, dies in US border control custody on Christmas Day

Guatemalan boy, 8, dies in US border control custody on Christmas DayAn eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early on Christmas Day, US immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald Trump's request for border wall funding. US Customs and Border Protection said the boy- identified by the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix as Felipe Gomez Alonzo – showed "signs of potential illness" on Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever. The boy was prescribed amoxicillin and Ibuprofen and released on Monday afternoon after being held 90 minutes for observation, the agency said. The boy was returned to the hospital on Monday evening with nausea and vomiting and died there just after midnight, CBP said. CBP has not yet confirmed when or where the father and son entered the United States or how long they were detained, saying only in its statement the boy had been "previously apprehended" by its agents. The agency said the cause of the boy's death has not been determined and that it has notified the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general and the Guatemalan government. A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents in New Mexico. The body of the girl, Jakelin Caal, was returned to her family's remote village Monday for burial on Tuesday. Relatives and friends of the family carry the coffin of Guatemalan seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, Credit: AFP The White House referred questions about the latest case to the US Department of Homeland Security, CBP's parent agency. CBP officers and the Border Patrol remain on the job despite the shutdown. According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the US at El Paso, Texas, on December 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station on Sunday. Alamogordo is about 90 miles from El Paso. Oscar Padilla, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, said he was told by the boy's father in a telephone interview that the two had been traveling from their home in Nenton, a village about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from Guatemala City. They were planning to go to Johnson City, Tennessee. The consul identified the father as 47-year-old Agustin Gomez, and said he remains in U.S. Border Patrol custody. CBP typically detains immigrants for no more than a few days when they cross the border before either releasing them or turning them over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for longer-term detention. Agency guidelines say immigrants generally shouldn't be detained for more than 72 hours in CBP holding facilities, which are usually smaller and have fewer services than ICE's detention centres. Parents and children together are almost always released quickly due to limited space in ICE's family detention facilities. A girl from Guatemala, part of the Central American migrant caravan, plays with a doll near the US-Mexico border fence Credit: AFP A CBP spokesman on Tuesday did not respond to questions about the ministry's statement. The hospital, the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Centre, declined to comment, citing privacy regulations. CBP promised "an independent and thorough review of the circumstances." The Guatemalan foreign ministry called for an investigation "in accordance with due process." Democratic members of Congress and immigration advocates sharply criticised CBP's handling of Jakelin's death and questioned whether border agents could have prevented it by spotting symptoms of distress or calling for an evacuation by air ambulance sooner. CBP has said it took several hours to transport Jakelin and her father from a remote Border Patrol facility to a larger station, where her temperature was measured at 105.7 degrees Fahrenheit (40.9 degrees Celsius). Emergency medical technicians had to revive her twice. She was ultimately flown to an El Paso hospital, where she died the next day. Large numbers of Guatemalan families have been arriving in recent weeks in New Mexico, often in remote and dangerous parts of the desert. Jakelin and her father were with 161 other people when they were apprehended in Antelope Wells, about 230 miles southwest of Alamogordo. CBP announced new notification procedures in response to Jakelin's death, which was not revealed until several days later. A spokeswoman for Congressman Steve Pearce, a Republican whose district along the US-Mexico border includes Alamogordo, did not respond to messages on Tuesday. Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat who will represent the district starting in January, called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the children's deaths and more medical resources along the border. "This is inexcusable," she said in a statement on Tuesday. "Instead of immediately acting to keep children and all of us safe along our border, this administration forced a government shutdown over a wall." Felipe Gonzalez, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said on Monday that the US government's detention of children due to their immigration status violated international law.



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Pilots says Boeing didn't disclose jet's new control feature

Pilots says Boeing didn't disclose jet's new control featureBoeing didn't tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system in its 737 MAX that reportedly is a focus of the investigation into last month's deadly crash in Indonesia, according to pilots who fly the jet in the U.S.



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Mother Of Thousand Oaks Victim Calls For Gun Control

Mother Of Thousand Oaks Victim Calls For Gun ControlThe mother of a Thousand Oaks shooting victim made a heartbreaking plea to end gun violence.



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Pelosi Promises ‘Bipartisan, Commonsense’ Gun Control after Calif. Mass Shooting

Pelosi Promises ‘Bipartisan, Commonsense’ Gun Control after Calif. Mass ShootingHouse minority leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to advance “bipartisan, commonsense” gun-control legislation on Thursday, hours after a gunman shot and killed twelve people at a bar in Southern California. “The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,” said Pelosi, who is expected to lead the Democrats’ newly secured majority as speaker. “House Democrats will fight to pass bipartisan, commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence in communities across the country,” she added.



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Republicans Lose Control Of The House, But Trump Takes A Victory Lap Anyway

Republicans Lose Control Of The House, But Trump Takes A Victory Lap AnywayWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will see renewed congressional probes of



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What the Democrats will do with control of the House

What the Democrats will do with control of the HouseDemocrats in Congress are being encouraged by the party’s left wing to hammer the Trump administration. But to keep their majority, they will need to address issues that more directly affect the American people.



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