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Sprawling storm threatens several US states, thousands evacuated

Sprawling storm threatens several US states, thousands evacuatedA massive late-winter storm hit several central US states Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate, snarling air traffic and leaving drivers stranded. There were widespread road closures and more than 1,000 flights canceled at the worst affected airports. The intense storm affected much of the nation’s midsection with “heavy snows, blizzard conditions and widespread wind gusts over hurricane force,” according to the National Weather Service.



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Plane makes emergency landing after suspected fire, passengers evacuated

Plane makes emergency landing after suspected fire, passengers evacuatedAir Transat Flight 942 was on its way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when it reported a possible fire in the cargo hold and was diverted to Newark.



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Final battle to liberate last Islamic State village begins after civilians evacuated

Final battle to liberate last Islamic State village begins after civilians evacuatedWestern-backed forces say they plan to crush the Islamic State terror group within two days after launching an operation to clear out the group's final stronghold. The Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led group that has been the US-led coalition’s main ally against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria, commenced their final assault on the village of Baghuz just after sunset on Friday night. “After evacuation of thousands of civilians and our comrades who were held hostage in Baghouz, the operation to clear the last remaining pocket of Isil started at 18:00 this evening,” Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF said. Mr Bali told The Daily Telegraph that said the operation is expected to last two days, but may take a week to complete as hardened jihadists fight back with heavy weapons and suicide car bombs. Isil, which once ruled over eight million people in a proto-state covering large swathes of Syria and Iraq, now controls a patch of land about 700 metres across on the banks of the Euphrates river. The demise of ISIL in Syria and Iraq The operation follows three weeks of evacuations of civilians from the tiny pocket. About 17,000 people, mostly women and children, have left in the past 16 days. SDF commanders estimate there are around 1,000 Isil fighters remaining in the pocket, along with an unknown number of non-combatants.   They may include John Cantlie, a British journalist who was kidnapped in 2012. Ben Wallace, the UK Security Minister, said last month that there was reason to believe Mr Cantlie is still alive. Photo Dispatch: Syria's fight against ISIL Although the fall of Baghuz would mark the end of the group’s pretensions to a caliphate, SDF officials have warned it will continue to present a security threat.   Sleeper cells using guerrilla tactics continue to carry out drive-by shootings and suicide bombings in liberated areas. Some fighters still hold some desolate territory in a remote area west of the Euphrates River. “All the remaining fighters are experienced and professional. They the true radicals and jihadist fighters. Therefore they will fight to the end,” Mr Bali said. “We do not expect any to surrender.”



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Diocese of Covington Evacuated After Receiving Suspicious Package

Diocese of Covington Evacuated After Receiving Suspicious PackageThe diocese of Covington, which is affiliated with the high school involved in Saturday’s viral confrontation in front of the Lincoln Memorial, was evacuated Wednesday evening after receiving a suspicious package. Cincinnati bomb squad and emergency management were dispatched to the Roman catholic diocese after church personnel reported a suspicious package around 4:30p.m., according to WLWT5 Cincinnati. Covington Catholic High School cancelled classes Tuesday after receiving hundreds of threats related to the confrontation that occurred Saturday between a group of its students, who travelled to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life, and an elderly Native American man, Nathan Phillips.



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Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruptsNearly 4,000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country’s disaster agency Conred said. The volcano spewed out dangerous flows of fast-moving clouds of hot ash, lava and gas early Monday and more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters so far, officials from the agency told reporters. More dangerous flows of hot ash and lava could be expelled, said Juan Pablo Oliva, the head of the country’s seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh.



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Calabasas evacuated as wildfire rages through hills of Southern California

Calabasas evacuated as wildfire rages through hills of Southern CaliforniaAffluent California neighborhood Calabasas evacuated as firefighters work to contain wildfire blaze.



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75,000 Los Angeles County homes remain evacuated, number of destroyed homes expected to rise as Woolsey Fire rages in Southern California

75,000 Los Angeles County homes remain evacuated, number of destroyed homes expected to rise as Woolsey Fire rages in Southern CaliforniaExtreme fire behavior will continue to challenge firefighters in Southern California early this week as they look to gain ground on two large wildfires.



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Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside communities

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside communitiesThe beachside community of Malibu and at least 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been evacuated as multiple wildfires raged across California. Two fires burning in the region increased in size and scope just before the weekend, as the Woolsey Fire remained zero per cent contained as of Friday morning. Meanwhile, flames have taken over more than 8,000 acres of land and jumped over the south-side of the 101 Freeway, effectively shutting down miles of roadway into the Calabasas area.



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CNN New York Headquarters Evacuated Due To 'Suspicious Package'

CNN New York Headquarters Evacuated Due To 'Suspicious Package'NEW YORK ― Authorities were investigating a package containing a pipe bomb and



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'Potential explosive devices' sent to Obama, Clinton homes; CNN building evacuated

'Potential explosive devices' sent to Obama, Clinton homes; CNN building evacuatedSuspicious packages addressed to top Democrats and CNN’s New York headquarters were recovered by law enforcement officials in multiple locations on Wednesday.



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