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Three wounded in shooting near US mine in Papua

Three wounded in shooting near US mine in PapuaAt least one gunman has wounded three people near a huge Indonesian gold and copper mine owned by US firm Freeport-McMoRan, the company said Sunday. The attacks on Saturday injured two policemen and a security contractor, according to Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama.



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Oil rig explosion near New Orleans

Oil rig explosion near New OrleansOne worker is missing and several others are injured after a massive explosion ripped through an oil rig in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.



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The U.S. Navy Just Parked a Guided-Missile Submarine Right Near North Korea

The U.S. Navy Just Parked a Guided-Missile Submarine Right Near North KoreaAs tensions with North Korea continue to rise, the United States continues to bring more long-range precision striking power into the region. On October 13, USS Michigan (SSGN 727)—an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine—pulled into a South Korean naval base in the port city of Busan. While the U.S. Pacific Command states that Michigan’s visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) was long planned, the message to North Korea is clear—the United States will stand by Seoul if Pyongyang makes any aggressive moves.



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Iraqi forces seize air base from Islamic state near Hawija

Iraqi forces seize air base from Islamic state near HawijaIraqi forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State on Monday, the army said, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as they push toward the town of Hawija. Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, which lies west of the oil city of Kirkuk and is one of two areas of the country still under the control of the militant group. Iraqi army commanders said the Rashad air base, which is around 30 km (20 miles) south of Hawija, was used by the militants as a training camp and logistic base.



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Russian Forces Start Air Bombing Drill Near North Korea

Russian Forces Start Air Bombing Drill Near North KoreaThe combat drills are underway during a tense time for the Korean Peninsula.



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Motorists Face Huge Flames Near Anaheim-Corona Border Amid Canyon Fire

Motorists Face Huge Flames Near Anaheim-Corona Border Amid Canyon FireMotorists traveling on the Riverside freeway near the Anaheim-Corona border in California took videos of the flames of a fast-moving wildfire, as they raced up hillsides along the freeway. The blaze prompted immediate evacuations.



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Palestinian Kills Three Israelis in a Settlement Near Jerusalem

Palestinian Kills Three Israelis in a Settlement Near JerusalemA Palestinian attacker opened fire early on Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli men and critically wounding a fourth.



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US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria's Raqa: HRW

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria's Raqa: HRWUS-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, including dozens of children, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday. The group said the strikes hit two sites: a school housing displaced families in the town of Mansourah, and a market and bakery in the town of Tabqa. It said witnesses acknowledged IS fighters had been present at both sites, but that large number of civilians were also there.



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US bombers fly near North Korea in show of force after Donald Trump 'rocket man' comments

US bombers fly near North Korea in show of force after Donald Trump 'rocket man' commentsThe show of force follows a contentious week in which Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged personal barbs over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The comments marked an escalation in rhetorical warfare that has already seen Mr Trump promise “fire and fury” if North Korea does not curb its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could hit America. Earlier on Saturday an earthquake was detected near the site where North Korea has conducted numerous nuclear tests, sparking fears of a new detonation.



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British man dies as Royal Navy helicopter rescues wife and children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

British man dies as Royal Navy helicopter rescues wife and children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaA British man died and his family were plucked to safety by a Royal Navy helicopter after their pleasure boat overturned while sailing off Puerto Rico in the teeth of Hurricane Maria. The 56-year-old Briton's wife, a 48-year-old Dominican, and their two 12-year-old sons were spotted on top of the capsized vessel waving desperately for help while he was trapped underneath. It was believed the family had set sail from Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, which was battered by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago, and were trying to reach St Lucia. Their vessel, the Ferrel, was a 133ft former survey ship sued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It had been decommissioned in 2002 and recently converted into a pleasure boat. US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown said: "We initially got the call, a vessel in distress, a family of four, north of St Croix, literally in the teeth of a hurricane. "We were obviously concerned. We didn’t ask their names and didn’t ask why they were out there." The US Coast Guard in Miami said the Ferrel sent out an emergency position alert on Wednesday as Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico. Rescuers hoist up stranded family Credit: AP The family then issued a distress call saying they were adrift amid 20ft waves and 115 mph winds near Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico's east coast. Communications were then lost with the boat. A search was launched which included the Royal Navy ship RFA Mounts Bay, the US Coast Guard, and US Navy. The USS Kearsage amphibious assault ship, a search plane and helicopters also joined the hunt. In the early hours of the morning a Wildcat helicopter from RFA Mounts Bay spotted an upturned hull, debris, and a life raft in the water, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said. Three people were then seen clambering up on top of the capsized hull and waved for help. They were winched on to the Wildcat and flown to RFA Mounts Bay where they were treated for minor injuries, before being returned to Tortola. Captain Steve Norris, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, said: "My ship and crew demonstrated exceptional teamwork today to save these lives and I am immensely grateful to them all for their efforts in this operation. "It is with regret that we understand that a fourth individual at the scene is missing, presumed dead. Our thoughts go out to their family." The boat capsized after being hit by Hurricane Maria Credit: AP The body of the man was not recovered and was "inaccessible to search and rescue crews" under the boat, the US Coast Guard said. A spokesman said: "The husband was a British national. The wife was Dominican." Maria's winds had blown the Ferrel about 50 miles from where the distress call was made. Dramatic video footage filmed from a US Coast Guard helicopter showed the woman and two boys, wearing life jackets, standing and waving for help from the hull of their boat, then being rescued by the Royal Navy helicopter. Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost 90 years. The entire island of 3.5 million people was left without electricity and there were warnings it could take months to restore power. At least 33 people were killed on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, homes were destroyed, there was widespread flooding, and communities remained isolated with roads impassable. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, said: "I got an SOS from an elderly home and it was a text like from a horror movie. "It said if anybody can hear us, please, we are stuck here and we can't get out and we have no power, and we have very little water left. We got there just in time." Experts expected the storm to cause up to $ 45 billion in damage across the Caribbean, with at least $ 30 billion of that in Puerto Rico. On Friday Maria, the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month, moved on to lash the Turks and Caicos Islands. Meanwhile Evacuations were underway in two towns in the northwest of the island after a dam began failing in what the government called an "extremely dangerous" situation. Isabela and Quebradillas, towns which are home to 70,000 people, were being cleared with buses "as quickly as they can," the National Weather Service said. The nearby Guajataca Dam holds back a man-made lake covering two square miles, and was built decades ago.



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