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Israel says it thwarts imminent Iranian attack from Syria

Israel says it thwarts imminent Iranian attack from SyriaThe Israeli military attacked targets near Damascus late Saturday in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military activity in the region. The late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.



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California earthquake: Fears of imminent major quake grow after ‘swarmageddon’

California earthquake: Fears of imminent major quake grow after ‘swarmageddon’The strongest quake to hit Southern California in two decades years has brought fears an even bigger tremor is likely.A 6.4 magnitude quake hit the US state at 10.30am on Thursday near the town of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The large quake and subsequent aftershocks have rattled nerves, as well as causing injuries and damage in the town near the quake’s epicentre. And as residents began picking up the pieces, experts have not ruled out the chance of another large shock of the same level or higher hitting in the next week. The shallow tremor (only 6.7 miles deep) was felt in an area inhabited by 20 million people. Only a few injuries were reported, but two houses were reported to have caught fire from broken gas pipes; water gushed from zigzagged cracks in the busted pavement; and deep fissures were seen snaking across the Mojave Desert. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, California governor Gavin Newsom approved an emergency proclamation, and Ridgecrest mayor Peggy Breeden said she had declared a state of emergency, a step that enables the town to receive help from outside agencies.Ms Breeden said she had asked residents to check on their neighbours in the desert town.“We’re a close-knit community and everybody is working to take care of each other.”President Donald Trump said he was fully briefed on the earthquake and that it “all seems to be very much under control!” The following morning, as residents were still assessing the damage from the July 4 quake, a strong 5.4 magnitude quake struck 11 miles west of Searles Valley at 4.07am local time. The initial 6.4 quake, which the United States Geological Survey estimated caused damage in the millions of dollars, came off the back of hundreds of “foreshocks” that rattled the region late last month. It said the amount of quakes would decrease in the coming weeks – but there was still the risk of an even larger quake. “USGS estimates a 9 per cent chance of one or more aftershocks of magnitude 6.4 or larger in the next week.”USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso said the quake was the largest in Southern California since the 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge earthquake.That quake, which was centred in a heavily populated area of Los Angeles, killed 57 people and caused billions of dollars of damage. Additional reporting Associated Press and Reuters



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Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack imminent, called for talks: Iranian officials

Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack imminent, called for talks: Iranian officialsIranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump through Oman overnight warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent. “In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues…He gave a short period of time to get our response but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei to decide about this issue,” one of the officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.



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Exclusive: Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack was imminent, called for talks – Iranian officials

Exclusive: Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack was imminent, called for talks - Iranian officialsIranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump through Oman overnight warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent. “In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues … he gave a short period of time to get our response but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei to decide about this issue,” one of the officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.



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Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminent

Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminentStudents arriving at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying laminated picket signs in the city’s first teachers’ strike in three decades. “It’s an existential battle for the future of public education,” teacher Mike Finn told Reuters outside John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. Officials for the LAUSD, which serves mostly working-class families who would lack child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.



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Pompeo hopes for imminent end to US govt shutdown

Pompeo hopes for imminent end to US govt shutdownUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes for an imminent end to the longest government shutdown in American history, he said Sunday during a whistle-stop Middle East tour. “I hope it ends tomorrow,” Pompeo said to applause as he addressed US diplomats in Doha, the latest stop on his eight-day regional tour. The partial US government shutdown entered its 23rd day on Sunday and has seen 800,000 federal employees go without wages being paid — including embassy staff.



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Officials warn largest Hawaii volcano eruption is ‘imminent’

Officials warn largest Hawaii volcano eruption is ‘imminent’When the lava lake inside Kilauea drops, a catastrophic explosion could launch ballistic boulders the size of cars into the air and plumes of ash could rise 20,000 feet.



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Hawaii volcano latest: Eruption imminent as locals ordered to prepare for evacuation

Hawaii volcano latest: Eruption imminent as locals ordered to prepare for evacuationHawaiians have been told to “prepare to evacuate” amid growing fears a volcano which forms the state’s largest island could be about to erupt. Authorities have closed 16,000 acres of national park and begun identifying shelters after hundreds of earthquakes heightened concerns that lava and molten rocks could spew out of Kilauea volcano. Geologists warned a continued increase in seismic activity following the collapse of a crater floor on Monday suggested eruption could be imminent.



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White House is Trying to Tamp Down Reports of an Imminent Cabinet Shakeup

White House is Trying to Tamp Down Reports of an Imminent Cabinet ShakeupThe president recently fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet and hinted at more changes to come.



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Turkey's Erdogan says Syria's Afrin town under siege, entry imminent

Turkey's Erdogan says Syria's Afrin town under siege, entry imminentTurkey’s military and its rebel allies have besieged the northern Syrian town of Afrin and were nearing its town center, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, in what would mark a major advance in Turkey’s military operation. Turkey launched its operation, dubbed “Olive Branch”, in northern Syria nearly seven weeks ago to sweep the Syrian Kurdish YPG from the Turkish border. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).



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