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Russians in Far East region protest arrest of regional governor

Russians in Far East region protest arrest of regional governor

World
July 11 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of people protested in the Far East region of Russia Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of a regional governor arrested recently on murder charges. The protests in Khabarovsk, a city bordering China, and numerous other towns were the largest in the area in many years. Advertisement Some demonstrations were comparable in size to those last summer in Moscow, where most street protests opposing Putin's regime have taken place. On Thursday Sergei I. Furgai, the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a sprawling region that spans the Chinese frontier to the Arctic along the Pacific region, was arrested near his home in Khabarovsk city on suspicion of involvement in multiple murders in the early 2000s. Furgal took...
Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

World
June 21 (UPI) -- A rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse was visible across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia on Sunday. The annular eclipse, the first of two solar eclipses set to take place in 2020, produced a visible orange ring of sunlight around the Moon, viewable in a narrow portion of the globe. Advertisement An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth, according to NASA. "Though the Moon orbits Earth about once a month, its orbit is tilted by five degrees, so the perfect alignment that creates an eclipse is relatively rare," said NASA. "Often the Moon is too high or too low in our sky to block out the sun." Northern India experienced a near-full solar eclipse with 99.4 percent of the Sun blocked at the peak of the event. Some portions of Europe and the ...
East Kent hospitals: Care watchdog inspects trust after baby death apology

East Kent hospitals: Care watchdog inspects trust after baby death apology

Health
England's care watchdog has carried out a no-notice inspection of an NHS trust at the centre of concerns over the possible preventable deaths of babies.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is investigating East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust but has not yet decided whether to prosecute.At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at the trust since 2016, a BBC investigation found.The trust apologised and said it had made "significant changes".It comes as the trust is likely to be heavily criticised on Friday at an inquest into the death of baby Harry Richford. East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust consists of five hospitals and community clinics and almost 7,000 babies are b...
Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Business
Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Reports that the U.S. is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East are "flat out wrong," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement Friday. "As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Esper said in the statement. "Reports of this are flat out wrong. DOD will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false." On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the administration is considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East, a claim Pentagon officials have denied since. But on Thursday, John Rood, under...
Lorenzo strengthens into hurricane east of Caribbean

Lorenzo strengthens into hurricane east of Caribbean

World
Sept. 23 -- Hurricane Lorenzo strengthened into a Category 4 storm Thursday, producing swells that could affect parts of the Windward Islands and South America, the National Hurricane Center said. The eye of the major hurricane was about 1,095 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands in the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update. The storm was moving northwest at 12 mph with 140 mph maximum sustained winds. The storm isn't forecast to make landfall in the coming days, though a turn toward the northeast Saturday could bring Lorenzo near the Azores in the middle of next week. Forecasters predict the storm will weaken below Category 3 on Monday. Swells generated by the storm could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents in the Windward Islands and northeastern South America. Lorenzo is the s...