California wildfires torch record 2m acres as new blazes force evacuations

Wildfires have burned a record 2m acres of California, with fresh conflagrations prompting dramatic rescue missions and shrouding much of the US west in smoke that has caused some of the worst air quality in the world. The area burned this year is now larger than the state of Delaware, surpassing the annual state record of 1.96m acres that went up in flames throughout 2018, according to the California department of forestry and fire protection, or Cal Fire. California’s governor, …

Southern Africa’s hunger upsurge blamed on climate, COVID-19

The World Food Program said that an estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press September 7, 2020, 6:30 PM • 2 min read JOHANNESBURG — An estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year, …

Democratic Lawmakers Erupt After Election Security Briefings Are Terminated

The sudden decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cut off congressional briefings on election security is a “shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility” and a “betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” said a stinging statement Saturday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “This intelligence belongs to the American people. … The American people have both the right and the …

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The president of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law on boycotting Israel and allowing trade and financial agreements between …

‘Inside The NBA’ Host Kenny Smith Walks Off Set In Support Of Players’ Boycott

“Inside The NBA” host Kenny Smith walked off set on Wednesday to show solidarity with the NBA players who boycotted their games to protest racial injustice and police brutality. “As a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight,” the commentator said before removing his microphone and leaving the studio. “I just don’t feel equipped to be here.” Ernie Johnson said he respected Smith’s decision. He, Shaquille …

Panda Watch: Mei Xiang, National Zoo Panda, Could Soon Give Birth

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., says an ultrasound taken Friday showed what could be signs of a fetus in its panda Mei Xiang. How about some not so dire news for a change? Mei Xiang, a panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., could soon give birth. An ultrasound taken Friday showed what veterinarians at the zoo said was tissue that’s consistent with fetal development. The zoo said it’s still too early to determine whether the tissue is …

Wirecard is finally getting booted from Germany’s blue-chip DAX index after insolvency

Wirecard’s logo can be seen on a smartphone held in front of a stock market chart. Alexander Pohl | NurPhoto | Getty Images Insolvent payments company Wirecard will finally be ejected from Germany’s benchmark DAX index this month after exchange operator Deutsche Boerse announced a change in its selection rules. Deutsche Boerse said Thursday that, from Aug. 21, a rule change will be implemented that allows it to remove insolvent companies from the DAX with two trading days’ notice. It …