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Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill vote

Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill voteThe Oregon Capitol will be closed on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on.Republican state senators fled the legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes to take up the climate bill, which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050.It would be the second programme of its kind in the nation after California if passed.Governor Kate Brown then dispatched the state police to round up the rogue lawmakers, but none appeared in the Capitol on Friday and the stalemate seemed destined to enter its third day with a week left in the legislative session.Right-wing groups posted their support for the GOP lawmakers on social media on Friday — in one instance offering to provide escorts to them should the state police come for them.A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on Saturday when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join, prompting the statehouse shutdown.One of the groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands.The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group's spokesperson and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting."The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat," Carol Currie, spokesperson for Senate president Peter Courtney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press late on Friday.The governor's office also confirmed the threats.Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been "monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviours were realised."Also late on Friday, Mr Courtney and House speaker Tina Kotek, both Democrats, condemned comments made by senator Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, Oregon, that urged the state police to "send bachelors and come heavily armed" when they come to bring him back to the Capitol."His comments have created fear among employees in our workplace," the leaders said in a joint statement. "We will always defend free speech and welcome frank policy discussions, but threats like these are unacceptable."Mr Boquist has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for Senate Republicans did not respond to queries about the statehouse closure.Democrats have an 18 to 12 majority in the chamber, but they need 20 members present for a quorum. One GOP senator recently died and has not yet been replaced.Under the proposed cap-and-trade bill, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each tonne of carbon industries plan to emit.The legislation would lower that cap over time to encourage businesses to move away from fossil fuels: The state would reduce emissions to 45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.Those opposed to the cap-and-trade plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal, urban parts of the state and the rural areas. The plan would increase the cost of fuel, damaging small business, truckers and the logging industry, they say.Democrats say the measure is an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities' ability to adapt to climate change. It has the support of environmental groups, farmworkers and some trade unions.California has had an economy-wide cap and trade policy like the one Oregon is considering for a decade. Nine northeastern states have more limited cap-and-trade programmes that target only the power sector.Associated Press



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Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears

Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fearsHundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday’s coordinated suicide blasts, including more than 100 Christians attending mass at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo on the island’s west coast. The attacks have been condemned by leaders of the country’s Muslim minority who have said mosques will not bury the bombers, and the community has been left in fear of a backlash.



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Tourists Flee Sri Lanka as Foreigners Targeted in Blasts

Tourists Flee Sri Lanka as Foreigners Targeted in BlastsKishu Gomes, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, said he couldn’t give an exact count of the number of people leaving, but it could run into the thousands. Tour operators in India, the biggest source market for visitors to Sri Lanka, are also canceling trips for clients. The foreigner death toll rose to 39 on Monday, including nationals from India, Portugal, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. The Sri Lankan government blamed the local group National Thowheed Jamath for the attack after confirming seven suicide bombers carried out the blasts.



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US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'

US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'Thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes after a so-called bomb cyclone brought flooding to huge swathes of the American midwest. From Nebraska to Kansas, and Missouri to Illinois, residents have been evacuated amid flooding that has killed at least three people. The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.



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Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclave

Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclaveKurdish-led forces in eastern Syria captured around 400 Islamic State group jihadists as they attempted to slip out of their besieged enclave of Baghouz, a senior officer said Wednesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces intercepted a large group trying to escape from the village, the last tiny patch of territory under IS control, the officer said. “Four hundred IS fighters tried to flee Baghouz” on Tuesday night, the SDF official said on condition of anonymity.



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Afghan 'Messi boy' forced to flee home

Afghan 'Messi boy' forced to flee homeThe family of an Afghan boy who gained brief Internet fame after being photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag in the colors of his hero, Argentine soccer idol Lionel Messi, has been forced to flee his home after a Taliban attack. Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines two years ago when his brother made him a shirt out of a blue and white plastic bag, with Messi’s name and number 10 playing number. “Murtaza became famous around the world and we are not able to walk free and go anywhere.



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California wildfires bring apocalyptic scenes as Hollywood stars flee Malibu and 11 people die

California wildfires bring apocalyptic scenes as Hollywood stars flee Malibu and 11 people dieHollywood stars fled as wildfires raged through the celebrity enclave of Malibu burning multi-million dollar mansions and leaving apocalyptic scenes of destruction. Nine people died as a separate blaze, the most destructive ever in California, incinerated the town of Paradise in the north of the state, burning 6,700 buildings. The death toll throughout the state was t least 11. In southern California, near Los Angeles, 200,000 people were evacuated, including Malibu which stretches for 27 miles along the Pacific Ocean. A home is engulfed in flames in Malibu Credit: Reuters It is home to 13,000 wealthy residents, including some of Hollywood's biggest names. Those who own, or have owned, homes in Malibu include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, and Robbie Williams. Charlie Sheen, the actor, launched an appeal to find his father Martin Sheen, who lives in Malibu and couldn't be contacted. The older Sheen later turned up at an evacuation spot on a beach. A palm tree on fire in Malibu Credit: AP Addressing his son via a TV camera Martin Sheen said: "We're fine, we're at Zuma Beach and we're probably going to sleep in the car tonight." He said it was the worst fire he had seen after living in Malibu for half a century. Lady Gaga was also evacuated and photographs showed smoke swirling around her mansion. California as pictured from about 440 miles above the earth's surface today. #CampFire#WoolseyFire#HillFire#CAfires#cawxpic.twitter.com/3ULADSdSwd— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) November 9, 2018 Will Smith posted videos on the internet of the fire approaching his home and said he was evacuating his family. He said: "Our house is there…and the fire is right there. I don’t like it so we are going to go." A man watches as the Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean near Malibu Credit: AFP The home of Caitlyn Jenner, America's most famous transgender person, reportedly burned down. She said: "I don’t know if the house made it or not, it’s still up in the air." An aerial view of the fire in Malibu Credit: Reuters Kim Kardashian, the reality television star, and her family were evacuated from nearby Calabasas. She said: "I heard the flames have hit our property. I just pray the winds are in our favour. I’m just praying everyone is safe." Cher, who has lived in Malibu since 1972, said the wildfire was coming close to her home, although she was not there. She said: "Friends houses have burned. I can't bear the thought of there being no Malibu." I’m worried about my house��, but there is nothing I can do. Friends houses have burned���� I can’t bear the thought of there being no Malibu I’ve had a house in Malibu since 1972��— Cher (@cher) November 9, 2018 The flames ripped through the Paramount Ranch in Malibu destroying a Western town which which has been used as a film set for a host of Hollywood cowboy films and TV shows since the 1920s. The cowboy film set at Paramaount ranch was destroyed Credit: AP Known as the "Woolsey fire," the blaze also jumped the Hollywood freeway in places and burned all the way through the mountains to the Pacific coast. There were surreal scenes as residents of Malibu fled to beaches with their pets, included horses and llamas, which were tied to lifeguard huts like those featured in the TV series Baywatch, and enveloped by an orange haze. Pet llamas were evacuated from Malibu to the beach Credit: Los Angeles Times The giant plume of smoke hovering over Malibu was visible from space. Charlie Dresser, a Malibu resident, said: "This fire is like Armageddon. It’s out of control." California has endured drought conditions for many years. A police car driving away from Malibu Credit: AFP Donald Trump blamed mismanagement for the destructive fires and threatened to withhold government funding in future. He wrote on Twitter: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018 Katy Perry, the pop star, replied: "This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren't even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters." Other areas evacuated included Thousands Oaks, the scene of America's latest mass shooting when a gunman killed 12 people at a bar on Wednesday. A separate, smaller fire forced the evacuation of some animals from Los Angeles Zoo. In northern California the "Camp fire" that raced through Paradise, a town of 30,000 people, caused residents to evacuate in panic with some crashing their cars and fleeing on foot. ������ Father sings to 3-year-old daughter to keep her calm as they drive through California wildfire. At least 9 have been killed in the massive blaze and 35 people are missing. #CampFire in Northern California. #California#CaliforniaFires pic.twitter.com/HHnVy0vcBP— ernesto veles (@erveza) November 10, 2018 Some drove through walls of flame as a "firenado" – a burning whirlwind – loomed behind them. Breaking: Cal fire captain says that thousands of structures have been destroyed and multiple people are dead from #Campfire in Butte County, California. The captain said that the town of Paradise has been wiped out from the fire. pic.twitter.com/g18CzAQiLg— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) November 9, 2018 Only a small portion of the massive blaze, which is being tackled by 2,000 firefighters, has been contained. Harrowing footage captures family fleeing from the massive #CampFire as flames consumed the town of Paradise in Northern California. This family managed to escape to safety. The entire town of about 27,000 was ordered to evacuate because of the fire. pic.twitter.com/da3VqmMRnE— THE LONE PREACHER ™ (@JeanMinistries) November 10, 2018 Four of the dead were found inside a car close to Paradise. Another person was discovered nearby. Three people were found dead outside a house, and another inside their home. Mark Ghilarducci, California's director of emergency services, said: "The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking."



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Northern California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

Northern California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands fleeA fast-moving wildfire advanced to the outskirts of the Northern California city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins. Fire officials issued evacuation notices for homes on the eastside of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people situated about 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento. “Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property,” the Chico Fire Department said in a Tweet.



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'Camp Fire' inferno: North California town of Paradise 'wiped out' as thousands flee

'Camp Fire' inferno: North California town of Paradise 'wiped out' as thousands fleeTens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire on Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that destroyed hundreds of structures. Driven by strong winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire roared through the town of Paradise, about 85 milesnorth of Sacramento, forcing the population to flee in a chaotic mass evacuation. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation," said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean late on Thursday. "The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out." Mr McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 290 kilometres northeast of San Francisco. The extent of the injuries and specific damage count was not known as officials could not access the dangerous area. Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured. Flames consume a car and building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, California Credit:  Noah Berger/AP As she fled, Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene in which flames engulfed homes, sparked explosions and toppled utility poles. "Things started exploding," Ms Oviedo said. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running." Dozens of businesses and homes were levelled or in flames, including a liquor store and gas station. "It's a very dangerous and very serious situation," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. "I'm driving through fire as we speak. We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas." Patients are quickly evacuated from the Feather River Hospital as it burns down during the Camp fire in Paradise, California  Credit:  JOSH EDELSON/AFP The blaze erupted as windy weather swept the state, creating extreme fire danger. A wind-whipped fire north of Los Angeles in Ventura County burned about 15,000 acres and at least one home in a matter of hours. It prompted evacuations of a mobile home park, a state university campus and a small community. A nearby blaze was smaller at less than 1,000 acres (1.5 square miles) but moving quickly. Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California. Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage. He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Ms Bernacett said. "My husband tried his best to get everybody out. The whole hill's on fire. God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said. A vintage car rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise Credit:  Noah Berger/AP Terrifying videos posted on social media showed cars driving along roads that looked like tunnels of fire with flames on both sides of the road. Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone. Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m on Thursday that she would flee her Paradise home in her Buick with her cat. Her grandmother, who is in her 70s and lives alone, never showed up up at a meeting spot in Chico, though. "We've just been posting all over social media. And just praying for a miracle, honestly," said Curtis, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Vehicles are seen during an attempt to evacuate the Camp Fire in Paradise, California  Credit: Reuters Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said. "Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming," he said. "There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state." The sheriff confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles. Rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles, he said. "We're working very hard to get people out. The message I want to get out is: If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate," Honea said. A firefighter looks on as a home is consumed by the Camp Fire Credit: Getty The wildfire was reported around daybreak. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles, Gaddie said. Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. Fire officials said the flames were being fuelled by winds, low humidity, dry air and severely parched brush and ground from months without rain. "Basically, we haven't had rain since last May or before that," said Read, the fire chief. "Everything is a very receptive fuel bed. It's a rapid rate of spread." The Feather River Hospital burns down during the Camp fire in Paradise Credit: AFP At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities and some buildings caught fire and were damaged. But the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said. Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with staff, Kinney said. Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said. The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.



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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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