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Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night

Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second nightLebanese security forces fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday to try to break up stone-throwing protesters in Beirut, which has been rocked by some of the worst violence since unrest erupted in October.



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Australia braces for second heatwave as wildfires continue to rage

Australia braces for second heatwave as wildfires continue to rageA second heatwave is set to sweep through Australia in coming days, threatening to worsen an already dire wild fire crisis. This fire season more than four million hectares have been burnt in Australia, almost one third the size of England, destroyed nearly 1,000 houses, and has killed at least nine people, with one more missing. Over the past week South Australia endured four days of extreme heatwave conditions, pushing into the high 40s. 84 homes were destroyed since last Thursday and at least 2,700 animals killed as fires wiped out parts of the Adelaide Hills region. In New South Wales, approximately 100 homes were lost to bush fires over the weekend, but weather eased on Monday through to Wednesday, allowing firefighters time to establish desperately needed containment lines. More than 70 fires are still burning in New South Wales alone, with 30 uncontained. The last heatwave saw the record for the hottest average maximum temperature in Australia broken twice in two days, with 40.9 and 41.9 recorded back to back. In addition, record high individual site temperature set twice last Thursday, Eucla in Western Australia with 49.8C, and the South Australian Nullarbor weather station with 49.9C a few hours later. Professor David Karoly, a leading climate scientist at the CSIRO, the Australian government's scientific research agency, said the record spikes were way beyond what had been seen previously, and the cause is climate change. The fires have destroyed an area almost a third the size of England Credit: Australian Broadcasting Corporation “We're smashing the extremes by effectively a degree relative to the other cases because that's by how much the Australian temperatures have warmed,” he said. South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are all expecting severe heat in coming days. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Russell told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the fire danger in Victoria would be very high across the entire state this weekend and was likely to be upgraded to severe on Monday when the heatwave peaked. “On Monday, temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees across the majority of the state, and 44C in the north-west including Mildura and Swan Hill… Very little rainfall is expected and unfortunately, yet again, we are facing that dry lightning risk and are looking at potential gusty winds,” he said. Victorian officials are concerned that three large fires will worsen in the deteriorating conditions. In New South Wales, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rose Barr told SBS that a severe heatwave will start building over the next three days. “Between Thursday and Saturday we are starting to see severe heatwave conditions in the southern parts of the state, extending over a more significant area of New South Wales into the weekend and next week… Some areas are forecast to reach extreme heatwave conditions,” she said. “With the increasing heat and winds, the fire danger will worsen into the new week, with Monday and Tuesday most likely to be the most significant fire weather days.”



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Prince Philip spends second day in hospital but is said to have been joking with staff

Prince Philip spends second day in hospital but is said to have been joking with staffThe Duke of Edinburgh was due to spend a second night in hospital amid reports he is in good spirits and has been laughing and joking with staff. The 98-year-old was admitted to the private King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, central London, on Friday morning for observation and treatment for a pre-existing condition. But despite increasing fears for the Duke's health it is hoped he will be discharged and return to Sandringham to join the rest of his family in time for Christmas. Although he had sparked concerns after contracting a bad cold in recent weeks and has not been in the best of health, he is said to have walked into hospital unaided. Buckingham Palace sources insisted there was “no cause for alarm” despite reports that he was flown by helicopter to London from the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Indeed, the Queen’s decision to leave the capital for Sandringham to begin her own Christmas break just as the Duke was travelling in the opposite direction was said to be a sign that she was not overly concerned about her husband’s ill health. She is said to have spoken to the Duke before he was admitted and is being kept informed of his condition. It is understood that no senior members of the Royal Family intend to visit the Duke in hospital and will not be changing long-held plans.  Profile | HRH Prince Philip The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in Canada, where they are nearing the end of a six-week sabbatical. The couple and their seven-month-old son Archie are expected to be joined by the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, for Christmas and are not expected to fly home early. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, on Saturday wished the young family a “quiet and blessed stay” in the country, telling them they were “among friends and always welcome here”. The Cambridges are believed to be at Amner Hall in Norfolk while the Prince of Wales has an engagement in South Yorkshire on Monday when he will visit victims of the floods in Fishlake. He will join the rest of the family at Sandringham on Christmas Eve. The scene outside King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone where the 98 yr old Duke of Edinburgh was admitted yesterday Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley  Most senior royals will be seen on Christmas Day as they make the short walk to St Mary Magdalene Church. However, the Duke, who missed the family’s pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace last week for the first time, was not expected to join them for the service and did not do so last year. The Duke has been treated for various ailments in recent years, including a hip replacement and bladder infections. In December 2011, he was airlifted to Papworth Hospital near Cambridge from Sandringham with chest pains before undergoing surgery for a blocked coronary artery, spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day in hospital. Buckingham Palace said it would not be providing updates on his current condition.



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Melania Trump has an icy relationship with second lady Karen Pence, according to a new book

Melania Trump has an icy relationship with second lady Karen Pence, according to a new bookCNN correspondent Kate Bennett reported that Trump kept her distance during travel, and uncharacteristically allowed herself to tower over Pence.



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Judge stays 'Texas 7' gang member execution for second time

Judge stays 'Texas 7' gang member execution for second timeA federal judge on Thursday stayed the execution of a "Texas 7" gang member who was convicted in the killing of a police officer because the state has refused to provide him with a Buddhist chaplain in the death chamber.



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Man pulled from train tracks at last second after falling in California

Man pulled from train tracks at last second after falling in CaliforniaDramatic video shows a last-second rescue of a man just before getting hit by a train in Oakland, California.The man was grabbed by a station employee at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station that was crowded following an NFL football game on Sunday night.



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Lost Second World War submarine HMS Urge discovered off Malta

Lost Second World War submarine HMS Urge discovered off MaltaA Second World War submarine paid for by charity dances and card games has been found more than 70 years after it vanished. The wreck of HMS Urge, which was built with money raised by the people of Bridgend in south Wales, was discovered by a University of Malta survey team two miles off the coast of the island. The discovery came after Francis Dickinson, the grandson of HMS Urge's captain Lieutenant-Commander E.P. Tomkinson, requested the university team search an area that had been heavily mined during the Nazi's two-and-a-half year siege of the island.  A sonar image revealed a submarine-like shape at a depth of 130 metres.     "The damage to the bow shows a very violent explosion … indicating that the ship would have sunk very fast giving no chance to anybody to survive from this tragedy," said professor Timothy Gambin, who led the team. A graphic illustration compares a picture of a U-Class Submarine to a Sonar image of the wreck of HMS Urge Credit: UNIVERSITY OF MALTA/PROJECT SPUR/VIA REUTERS "Besides the damage on the bow, the wreck is in absolutely fantastic condition. It is sitting upright on the seabed, very proud, in the direction that it was ordered to take on its way to Alexandria," he told Malta's PBS. The U-class submarine disappeared in 1942 after being ordered with other vessels to sail from Malta to Egypt, with the loss of all 32 crew, 11 Royal Navy passengers, and a journalist.  She put to sea on April 27, but never made the rendezvous in Alexandria on May 6. The wreck of a submarine, which the University of Malta says is Britain's HMS Urge that vanished during World War Two, is seen lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta Credit: University of Malta/Project Spur/via Reuters   The Royal Navy and most family members have long said she was most likely sunk by a mine shortly after putting to sea, a theory confirmed by the discovery. Another theory, based on German naval reports, suggested that she was sunk on 29 April by a dive-bomber as she tried to attack an Italian vessel near Libya.  Those lost included Bernard Gray, a British war correspondent who had previously covered the Dunkirk evacuation and is thought to have used his connections to wangle a berth on the vessel so he could cover the war in North Africa.  His presence on the vessel was only confirmed in 2002 following an inquiry by archivists at the Royal Navy Submarine museum. A ceremony to declare the site an official war grave will take place in April.



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Deep-sea researchers discover second missing Battle of Midway ship

Deep-sea researchers discover second missing Battle of Midway shipAfter the recent discovery of a Japanese aircraft carrier that was destroyed in the 1942 Battle of Midway, researchers combing through the deep seas for lost World War II-era warships have found the remains of another craft.Discovered nearly 5,500-metres below the surface in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, roughly 2,000 kilometres from Pearl Harbour, the carrier Akagi was found by a crew using an autonomous underwater vehicle on Sunday morning.



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Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of MidwayA crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said a review of sonar data captured Sunday shows what could be either the Japanese carrier Akagi or the Soryu resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor. To confirm exactly which ship they’ve found the crew will deploy the AUV for another eight-hour mission where it will capture high-resolution sonar images of the site.



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Marines correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima

Marines correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo JimaThe Marine Corps on Thursday corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Rene Gagnon, as had long been believed, but Cpl. Harold P. Keller, the Marines said in a statement, noting that Gagnon did help obtain the flag.



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