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Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was northeast of Rome , near Norcia in Umbria, while the US Geological Survey ( USGS ) put the magnitude at 6.2. The mayor of nearby Accumoli, Stefano Petrucci, described desperate scenes as rescuers raced against time to try to save those beneath the rubble. The worst hit towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto, spokesman for the Italian fire department Luca Cari told Reuters.


AFP to raid Parliament House over the NBN leaks

AFP to raid Parliament House over the NBN leaks

In May as the federal election got underway, the AFP raided senator Conroy's Melbourne office and the home of a staffer of Labor's communications spokesman Jason Clare. On Wednesday morning, staff for Senator Conroy were asked to meet AFP officers at Parliament House. "The facts are that there were allegedly documents that were commercial-in-confidence that had been stolen from nbn".


Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes at IS in Syria

Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes at IS in Syria

Dujarric says that "given the scale and pace of displacement, not all needs can be met yet", and urged all parties to facilitate "permanent and unhindered" access for the delivery of humanitarian aid. This decision was made within the framework of strengthening the fight against terrorism, because members of terrorist organizations from Syria regularly try to cross into the territory of Turkey.



Iran's Parliament Speaker Says Russia Continues To Use Iranian Base

On a second front, talks between the U.S. and Russian Federation on military cooperation in the fight against ISIL militants in Syria are said to be nearing an end. Last week Russian Federation announced what it called an increase in cooperation with Iran. Russia's boasting took the western countries by surprise as it is the first time a foreign power has used Iran's military facilities, since the Second World War.



China seeks info on Chinese drug suspects in Philippines

Chinese official media quoted Duterte as saying that he had no plan to take the South China Sea arbitration to the East Asia Summit next month, and would rather talk about the dispute with China face-to-face. It will be the bones of our soldiers, pati na yung akin isali niyo (even mine). Duterte said the Philippines had not "insisted" on the judgement, but signalled that stance would change.


Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Montgomery County

Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Montgomery County

Thankfully, the city has found no mosquitoes carrying Zika, however, as of August 11, they've found 141 mosquito traps with the West Nile virus. After showing 46 human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection past year, in Maryland, health officials of the state confirmed the first case of WNV in 2016, in the western part of the state.