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'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

Sports
Alex McLeish says he will need to "stand up and be brave" as the pressure increases on the Scotland manager.Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Portugal means he has won two of his six games in charge of the national side.The friendly defeat came just three days after a 2-1 collapse away to Israel, ranked 94th in the world, in the Nations League. "It's never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend," said McLeish."I have to stand up and be brave and take it forward."There's other examples of managers being under the cosh - Michael O'Neil and the Russian camp and Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I'll always retain that determination."Scotland beaten by ruthless PortugalAs it happened: Scotland lose to ...
The Latest: Indonesia quake, tsunami deaths climb to 384

The Latest: Indonesia quake, tsunami deaths climb to 384

Technology
The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Indonesian television and other media, citing disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says the death toll from the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami has jumped to 384. The figure is from the hard-hit city of Palu alone, where hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. The tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake smashed into two cities and several settlements on Sulawesi island at dusk Friday. ——— 1 p.m. Indonesia's disaster agency says the fate of "tens to hundreds" of people involved in a beach festival is unknown after the area was struck by a tsunami. The festival was in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, which was stre...
Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe's latest crisis

Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe's latest crisis

Health
Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe's capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn. A cholera outbreak has killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 7,000 as it spreads beyond Harare, posing the latest crisis for a government that pledges, somehow, to turn a collapsed economy into a middle-class one by 2030. The signs are not encouraging. Inflation has spiked. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took office after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe and for a while sent hopes soaring, now spends his time vowing to fight a "medieval" disease. As many residents of Harare hop-skip over fetid puddles, many are reminded of the outbreak a decade ago that killed over 4,000 people. Now water and s...
The Latest: 4 dead, over 30 buried in northern Japan quake

The Latest: 4 dead, over 30 buried in northern Japan quake

Technology
The Latest on the powerful earthquake in northern Japan (all times local): 4 p.m. The Hokkaido prefectural government says at least four people have been confirmed dead on the island struck by a powerful quake. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern part of Japan's northernmost main island early Thursday. Hokkaido officials said three other people were found without vital signs when they were dug up from landslides in the worst-hit Atsuma town near the epicenter. Officials said more than 30 people were unaccounted for and feared buried underneath landslides in Atsuma. More than 290 other people were injured. The quake also damaged Hokkaido's main thermal power plant, causing power outages at nearly 3 million households across the island, as well as train services and hospitals. ...
The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

Technology
The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Firefighters are making progress against the largest California wildfire ever recorded although thousands of homes and buildings remain under threat. State fire officials Wednesday night say the Mendocino Complex — twin fires that are being fought together — has destroyed 119 homes and 472 square miles (1,222 square kilometers) of brush and timber north of San Francisco. The complex is 47 percent contained. However, the smaller of the two blazes actually is 81 percent surrounded. Fire crews have kept the southern edge from spreading. Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders for most communities near the resort of Clear Lake. Meanwhile, a fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding in Northe...