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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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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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