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Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have combined to become a full humanitarian crisis -- with more than 16 million people affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday."This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods," Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said."Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters."Another relief organization, Save the Children, said the situation in South Asia is "e...
USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise

USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group has completed the multinational Saxon Warrior 2017 exercise off the coast of the Britain.Participating units from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Germany and Norway engaged in a 10-day series of carrier strike group training drills involving multiple possible scenarios for future conflicts.It included the commander and staff of the British carrier strike group built around the country's new flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently conducting sea trials."Saxon Warrior was a perfect platform to test how far we've come because we started from scratch," Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Capps said in a press release."We're trying to get in a position that when the Queen Elizabeth comes online, we can operate her as an embryonic carrier s...
Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve

Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve

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July 31 (UPI) -- The Nimitz carrier strike group has begun performing combat missions against the Islamic State group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday.The first flights launched from the Nimitz were composed of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, early warning radar planes and other support aircraft."For the Nimitz Strike Group, today is game day," commander of CSG-11 Rear Adm. Bill Byrne said, said in a press release."When you hear the roar of the jets today it is for real. It's game on. Our pilots and aircrew are demonstrating our continued commitment to this region and all of our partner nations."In addition to strike missions against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, CSG-11 will conduct routine security and freedom of navigation operations in th...
Iowa group sues United over death of giant rabbit

Iowa group sues United over death of giant rabbit

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A group of Iowa businessmen filed a lawsuit Wednesday against United Airlines over the death of Simon, a giant rabbit whose lifeless body was discovered in a kennel after a flight from London to Chicago. The lawsuit comes as United struggles to repair its image after a string of events, including the videotaped forced removal of a 69-year-old doctor from a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and the banning of two young girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings. The businessmen filed the lawsuit more than three months after airline workers found the continental rabbit dead on April 20. Simon had been placed in a United kennel at O'Hare while awaiting a connecting flight to Kansas City, where his new owners planned to pick him up. The lawsuit seeks unspecified dama...
Blackstone takes reins at £600m events group

Blackstone takes reins at £600m events group

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The exhibitions group which stages the Olympia Horse Show and World Counter-Terror Congress will be sold next week to one of the world's biggest buyout firms for nearly £600m.Sky News has learnt that Blackstone will announce on Monday that it has acquired Clarion Events from rival Providence Equity Partners.The value of the deal is not expected to be disclosed but sources said it would be just under £600m.Clarion, which is chaired by Simon Kimble, a former RAF officer, owns the rights to hundreds of exhibitions ranging from the House & Garden Show to the Conde Nast Traveller Luxury Fair.The takeover will make Blackstone one of the biggest event-owners in the UK, and will come less than three years since Clarion last changed hands.Exhibitions like those staged by Clarion have demonstrat