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Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclear

Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclearThe confirmed death toll of 844 was certain to rise as rescuers reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet). Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta. Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the quake, and two other districts, where communication had been cut off.



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Florida Man Tries To Flee In Pickup, But It's Hooked To Repo Man's Tow Truck

Florida Man Tries To Flee In Pickup, But It's Hooked To Repo Man's Tow TruckA Florida man took extraordinary steps to prevent his pickup from being



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38,500 flee hostilities in Syria's Idlib in two weeks: UN

38,500 flee hostilities in Syria's Idlib in two weeks: UNViolence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 38,500 people in less than two weeks amid increasing hostilities and a looming regime assault on the opposition-held Idlib province, the UN said Thursday. The UN, which has warned a full-fledged assault on Idlib could create the century’s “worst humanitarian catastrophe”, has created a plan to help up to 900,000 people who could flee the onslaught. During the first 12 days of September, “available information indicates that a sharp increase in hostilities and fears of further escalation has led to the displacement of over 38,500 people,” the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) said.



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Hundreds flee, fearing assault on Syria's Idlib: monitor

Hundreds flee, fearing assault on Syria's Idlib: monitorHundreds of civilians have fled villages near the front line in Syria’s Idlib province fearing an imminent regime assault on the country’s last major rebel bastion, a monitor said Thursday. Russia-backed government forces have been massing around the northwestern province for weeks, while on Tuesday Moscow carried out its first air strikes on the rebels in three weeks. Late on Wednesday, hundreds of villagers abandoned areas in the southeast of the province that lie close to government-held territory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



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Venezuelans flee economic crisis at home

Venezuelans flee economic crisis at homeThe Pentagon is preparing to dispatch a hospital ship to Colombia and possibly other parts of South America to help relieve strain on health care systems overloaded by an influx of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans. An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.



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Tourists flee Indonesia's Lombok island after quake kills 91

Tourists flee Indonesia's Lombok island after quake kills 91By Kanupriya Kapoor MATARAM, Indonesia (Reuters) – Rescue workers found chaos and destruction across the Indonesian resort island of Lombok on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the death toll was expected to rise as information came in from areas where thousands of buildings collapsed or were badly damaged, especially in the north, the quake’s epicenter. Power and communications were cut in some areas of Lombok, and the military said it was sending in a vessel with medical aid, supplies and logistical support for the island.



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Powerful quake kills 82 on Indonesia's Lombok island, thousands flee homes

Powerful quake kills 82 on Indonesia's Lombok island, thousands flee homesBy Nyimas Laula DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed. Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his room shook violently and walls cracked. Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western parts of Lombok.



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Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboatThieves have stolen two crowns and an orb from the Swedish royal family’s collection, making off in a motorboat after the heist. The priceless artifacts were snatched from a cathedral in Strangnas, about an hour west of the capital Stockholm, at lunchtime on Tuesday, police said. The robbers broke into a glass case that held the funeral regalia of King Karl IX and his wife Queen Kristina and swiped the two crowns and an orb from the 17th century.



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California wildfires: Six dead and tens of thousands forced to flee homes

California wildfires: Six dead and tens of thousands forced to flee homesFirefighters are rushing against uncertain weather forecasts to contain a multitude of wildfires in northern California that have already claimed the lives of at least six people and forced 50,000 to flee their homes. With hot, dry conditions and high winds fuelling the blazes, 12,000 firefighters have been drafted in to try to contain 17 wildfires that have destroyed buildings in its path – including the home of a fire chief. As those firefighters continued to fight the blaze, families of the dead on Sunday told their harrowing tales of loss.



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Ash from Bali volcano shuts airport; passengers stranded, villagers flee

Ash from Bali volcano shuts airport; passengers stranded, villagers fleeBy Sultan Ashori DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Ash from a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali forced the closure of its international airport and cancellation of hundreds of flights on Friday, while villagers living beneath rumbling Mount Agung began fleeing their homes. The eruption, which began on Thursday, fired a towering column of ash 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) into the sky, and reddish flames lit up the volcano’s crater overnight. Indonesia’s second-busiest airport will stay shut until at least 7 pm local time (1100 GMT) on Friday, with 85 international flights and 191 domestic flights canceled, affecting nearly 16,000 people, airport authorities said.



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